Pork belly costs?

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by billm75, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. java

    java Smoking Fanatic

    I just smoked two bellies, they were 2.59lb, and were the meatiest bellies i have ever had.

    Fresh, skin on, weighed 27lbs each. Nice to find once in a while.
  2. java

    java Smoking Fanatic

    make that 27lbs for two!
  3. bigwheel

    bigwheel Smoking Fanatic

    Gotcha..thanks for the update. I will now know if somebody is trying to give me a skinning on belly prices so to speak. Guessing that skin taste mighty good in a big pot of pintos. In fact thats how my Mama cooked em. We used to buy it like that with the skin still on. My Daddy said it had tits..but they were worthless..hmmm.
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2014
  4. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Pop always called the skin and fat that he didn't make into cracklins sow-belly and they were good in bean, better if cut off after smoking! I learned when smoking bacon, it all smokes!
  5. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

    Anyone from MN have suggestions??
  6. steve0617

    steve0617 Newbie

    Anybody in the Denver area found a source? Went with Tenderbelly.com for the first shot. Amazing stuff but $7.55 (!) a lb. Tony's Meats and Oliver's Meats both want $6.99 per. Don't have rights to Restaurant Depot out here.

    Ideas? Was going to try Longmont Packing and see what they can do.
  7. teamteke

    teamteke Newbie

    I did buy mine at Restaurant Depot.  All you need is a business license to get a membership.  Beg or borrow a buddy's or create a fake business and buy the license yourself. 

    Here is a long shot...try Lombardi meats in Denver.
  8. java

    java Smoking Fanatic

    Longmont packing gets them in once in a while. I would suggest calling them before you head there.

    Sometimes it is a few months between shipments. You can also go to Arapahoe packing and they will

    order you a case, takes a couple days but a case is usually only three bellies.

  9. steve0617

    steve0617 Newbie

    How are RD's bellies? I know they're cheap $3.19 a lb (cheap compared to everybody's $6.99 lb I keep finding) but I can't get in the store yet without a membership.

    Are they good?
  10. steve0617

    steve0617 Newbie

    Do you know their prices by any chance?
  11. rexster314

    rexster314 Meat Mopper

    I handpicked 3 of them last month and they were skinless and very good mix of fat and lean. Same price as for a case lot
  12. steve0617

    steve0617 Newbie

    How big were they? Cryovac sealed like Costco does some of their stuff? (I've never been inside a RD).
  13. java

    java Smoking Fanatic

    Steve where are you, I think I have a belly left in the freezer.

  14. steve0617

    steve0617 Newbie

    SW Littleton just south of Chatfield by Lockheed.

    I just broke down and paid $7.99 a lb (big sob) for a 3.4lb piece of fresh belly at Whole Foods. Wanted to get something going tonight for the weekend after next and couldn't wait for Tony's stuff to thaw (frozen was all they had).

    Arapahoe Packing (do you mean Arapahoe Meat in Lafayette?) is too far as it's about 50 miles north of me.

    Anybody done the Asian or Hispanic markets? Suggestions?
    Last edited: May 21, 2014
  15. steve0617

    steve0617 Newbie

    Wow! Where'd you get those? I'd drive for $2.59 a lb given my $7.99lb I just paid at Whole Foods.
  16. java

    java Smoking Fanatic

    I have a carnicia order them for me. You have to get to know the guy, but now when he gets them in he lets me take my pick

    from the case. He will even "correct" me if I have made a poor choice. You have to get to know him, and it takes some bribery,

    but has been worth it.
  17. I bought a belly at Sams Meats (butcher not the wally world club) in Aurora last week for $3.59 a lb.  Last two times I made bacon, that is where I went.  They are located at Iliff and Chambers, just east of 225.  Like anywhere, just pick the best...ask for the thickest ones they have in the freezer..they will let you pick them out and will also order anything you want.  I tried several of the Asian food markets, they didn't look very good and were more expensive.
  18. I'm lucky - there is a small butcher shop 19 miles from my house that sells nice ones cheap. They recently went up to $2.60/lb. but that's still a good price from what I see being charged other places. Some of those prices are crazy!  [​IMG]
  19. tiny chalupa

    tiny chalupa Newbie

    Cheapest place I've found, and I've check all the Asian markets around town, is $3.15 a pound from Cash and Carry. Its 17lb w/ the Rind on
  20. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bride keeps asking what I pay for bellies........ Then, every time we eat our bacon, she comments how much better it is than store bought...

    Sooooooo all you wizards out there...... Is that a good thing or a bad thing..... I'm still having trouble deciphering women lingo....

    Personally I don't mind paying a little extra for such a great product.... ($2.70 ish last case of 4 bellies)

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