Price on pork bellies?

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by darrin, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. darrin

    darrin Meat Mopper

    Was wanting to try making some bacon, but cant find anywhere to buy bellies. I did find one butcher about 25 miles away that can order them, but says that they are $4.00 a pound and the minimum quantity that he can get is 2 bellies that weight 8-10 pounds each. I don't think I wanna drop $80 on bellies. Does that price sound right?
     
  2. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I can't even find anyone who will order me any around here. [​IMG] I get a look like I'm nuts if I ask in person. On the phone it's a moment of silence, lol. I'm going to have to head out to amish country to the butchers out there next.
     
  3. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I paid 2.79 for mine and had to buy a case. 30 pounds of bacon is a lot but it gave me enough to play with. (try different methods etc.) I still have half raw in the freezer but of course now I have people interested in obtaining some bacon. [​IMG]
     
  4. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    $2.69 here in tucson-ordered outta phoenix-2 bellys bout 30# YUMMM BACON
     
  5. handsomeswede

    handsomeswede Newbie

    I actually just picked some up from my butcher for $1.99/lb. of course he and I have a great relationship. If you don't want all the slabs I highly recommend getting some ground and using it like you would any other ground pork - meatloaf, meatballs, potstickers, etc.
     
  6. formerlyfatguy

    formerlyfatguy Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    I pay $2.59 a pound at the local Asian supermarkets here in Boston.
    I bought an 11lb piece about a month ago and I got it hanging in the basement set up as Pancetta.
     
  7. mgwerks

    mgwerks Smoking Fanatic

    I was quoted $2.39 from the Texas chain H.E.B., but you have to ask the butcher-folk, and they can order it for next day delivery.
     
  8. munymunyd

    munymunyd Newbie

    It is a great place in the heart of the Eastern Market.
     
  9. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dang - makes me want to go as my butcher what he can get bellies for. I haven't gone to him in a while 'cause his prices spiked pretty high, but it's time to go back and visit him. :eek:
     
  10. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    $2.49 here
     
  11. sea_munky

    sea_munky Smoke Blower

    I get it for about 2.99 lb in the Hispanic supermarket. They are usually in 6-8 lb slabs. Try to find one there. Or at an asian market but they are usually sold in smaller pieces there as Asians tend to cook them in smaller pieces in braised dishes and such.

    A quick search on Yellowpages.com for "mercado" yielded:

    El Mercado del Hidalgo
    3401 White Horse Rd
    Greenville, SC 29611 Map
    • (864) 295-3030
    Mercado El Rey
    3225 W Blue Ridge Dr
    Greenville, SC 29611 Map
    • (864) 269-5977
    Mercado Latino
    247 US Highway 17 S
    Hardeeville, SC 29927
    • (843) 784-6684
    Super Mercado Las Vigas
    507 W Main St
    Williamston, SC 29697
    • (864) 847-8790
    or you could try searching "Tienda" (store)

    Don't know how far these are from you but I hope this helps.

    Good luck in your quest for bacon! It's well worth it!
     
  12. I get mine for 1.75 a pound form a local butcher here in South Jersey
     
  13. pepseamani

    pepseamani Fire Starter

    $2.20 a lb here in Canada. Most times I will have to order it at least a day in advance.
     

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