Where to buy meat

Discussion in 'Catering & Large Group Gatherings' started by scpatterson, May 4, 2009.

  1. scpatterson

    scpatterson Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Where do you guys buy the large amounts of meat for your catering jobs. Most things I have found at Sams but thing like Turkey legs I dont ever see. I have seen places where I can buy one or two but not 100....
     
  2. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    See if you can make friends with a Meat manager with a major chain Like Krogers. Tell him you are a smoker and bribe him with some samples occasionally.


    Good luck! Worked for me.
     
  3. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Talk to a local steak house of any of the restaurants and see who they get their meat from. Then contact them and see what kind of rates you can get them ask a local meat market what they would charge you for stuff by the case.

    Also if you have a costco or sams around they will sell by the case too.

    Good Luck.
     
  4. smokeguy

    smokeguy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Funny- I just asked our local smallish grocery store in East Texas, Brookshires Brothers, about turkey legs since all they had were the 2 pack that were already "smoked" up. He said they could order them, and right now they were $.99/lb for a 30 lb case and his best guess was there were probably 18-20 of them in a case. I'm going to keep asking around since I don't need them this second and see if that's pretty standard around here or not.
     
  5. scpatterson

    scpatterson Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thats the exact same thing I find here. I still have not asked around much....
     
  6. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Don't be shy in asking around. If the restaurant or grocery store has a good relationship with their supplier then they'll be happy to pass on a referral for more business, especially in these times.
     
  7. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I became friends with a local Q joint guy who caters large events but not really interested in smaller say 50ish plate events. I buy my meat from him and since I can't handle large events, he sells to me at wholesale.
     
  8. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ask local meat markets who their wholesalers are; many times they will cater to an individual for cases of butts, loins, COV beef subprimals, etc., cash and carry. Use what you need and freeze the rest, bring out a piece at a time.
     
  9. jdt

    jdt Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

  10. bigbaldbbq

    bigbaldbbq Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Ask around. Find out where your local restaurants get their meat.
     
  11. scpatterson

    scpatterson Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for all the input. Im in Rio De Janerio right now listening to some kind of a demonstration out in the street from my office. I will try some of this out once I get back to good ole TN in about 4 weeks......Obrigado-Chow
     

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