Pork Belly Prices

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by confederateknowhow, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. I'm considering giving bacon a shot. I called a butcher in town they said they would probably be around 15#'s a piece and  run a little over $1 a pound. Does this sound fair or should I keep looking?


  2. A little over a dollar a pound? Jump on it. They're like 2.69 a pound here. And they are like only 8 -10 pounds.
  3. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Stock Up!

  4. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Something doesn't smell right in the woodshed.  I just got off the phone with my butcher to order bellies for SELA,   1.85 lb for 3 belly cases  maybe 45lbs of belly.

    Make sure you are not getting the tail end trimmings that tend to be very thin.  If they look nice stock up because I doubt you'll see them at that price again!
  5. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Man,just called and it's $1.81/lb. here in N.Cen.oihO.Oh, man. More begging now,I just talked her into a Maverick.[​IMG]
  6. Well, hopefully I'll be making bacon soon!
  7. $1.40 per pound for fresh bellies. About 40 lbs to a case. I'm not sure where they are getting them, but more than likely Dryden Provisions. I heard from a friend I work with that there isn't a whole lot of meat on them and are kind of thin. There is a place in Bardstown called Boones, that sells them and he said they are better quality. I have one more place to check before pulling the trigger. 
  8. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Good fresh bellies are essential to good bacon.  The thin ones are fine as long as they have a good ratio of fat to meat. 
  9. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I just had to pay 2.89 here for some thin ones
  10. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    I paid $2.78 lb for some thin ones that were frozen but I just found a wholesale place that will sell for $1.70 lb if I buy at least 50 lbs. Sounds like it's time to stock up on cure! That said, $1.40 lb sounds like a steal. Get some!
  11. I've got a lot of cure. I have some maple flavored bacon and ham cure that will do 25# of meat, and 5 pounds of instacure #1 that will do about 450# of meat....I just need the meat! I'm thinkin about gettin one of them there AMZN gadgets. Everyone seems to really like them and they seem to be great for bacon and cheese.
  12. I talked to the people, they said the bellies they get for other people are really good quality. Said they get them from up in Indiana. I'm excited!
  13. nakom

    nakom Fire Starter

    They wanted $5.99 lb here in TN.  I found a Mexican Grocery store that is suppose to get some in and he was saying $2.99 lb.  I bought 2 pigs to raise a month ago because i could not believe the price.  I will raise these for 7 months and off to the butcher they go.  $1.40 lb i would buy 50# for sure.
  14. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    The AMNPS is excellent for bacon and cheese. Cheese is probably the easiest thing you will ever smoke with the AMNPS.
  15. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    $2.69/lb here
  16. smokeamotive

    smokeamotive Smoking Fanatic

    $2.89 here. @ $1.70 lb I'll take 50lbs
  17. Holy pig that would make a lot of bacon! I contacted the Swift meat company yesterday for pork bellies. Told them I would be making it at home and what not, here is the email I received...

    Our minimum del quantity is 40,000 lbs . I make 9/11-11/13 13/15 & 15/17 skinless bellies.

    These are all formula priced and the prices change as the bellies and the credit items prices change.

    Example right now the 9/11 11/13 & 13/15 skinless bellies are priced  at 1.4500 fob the plants.

    Did I read that right or maybe it was a typo?  40,000 lbs of bellies?! Now my next question...the 9/11 13/15 and all that. Is that a ratio of meat to fat or something? and what would be the ideal one to look for? Thanks for the help!
  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Never paid less than $1.99, or more than about $3 per pound.

    All were nice quality, except one of the highest priced ones was almost all fat !!!

    Can't beat the AMNPS (any kind of smoking), or it's little brother AMNS (for cold smoking).

  19. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    We can't even get pork bellies here.
  20. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Here fresh, local, bellies are $2.99 a pound.  #12-15 per belly. 

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