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Best place to buy a whole brisket?

estone888 Dec 19, 2009 10:20 AM

I'm planning on smoking a whole brisket for New Years Eve. I need a 10-12 pounder, untrimmed, complete with the massive cap of fat on top - so it stands up to 12 or so hours of smoking. I bought one once at Whole Foods that was pretty good, but I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for somewhere around here - 15-20 minutes drive from Silverlake - that would be as good if not better quality, and cheaper. I was at Costco last night with my girlfriend who is cooking an Italian-style brisket for a Holiday party, but she wanted the leaner sort that one cooks in the oven. Costco had good ones for that in the 4-6 lb range, but I didn't see any of the whole beasts of the sort I need.

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  1. monku RE: estone888 Dec 19, 2009 10:40 AM

    Costco Business Center in Commerce (14 miles from Silver Lake) exit Washington off the 5 freeway. They have whole briskets.
    Open 8am-6pm to all members. Closed Sundays.

    1. Sarah RE: estone888 Dec 19, 2009 11:03 AM

      If they're in LA area, Smart & Final had briskets but didn't check size and cost. They looked huge.

      1. bodie RE: estone888 Dec 19, 2009 11:08 AM

        Gelson's has a sale on Brisket at $5.99/ lb right now - not sure how that compares to Costco or Smart & Final, I am guessing it's not a favorable comparison.

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          Burger Boy RE: estone888 Dec 19, 2009 11:15 AM

          I know Samrt & Final & Costco can hook you up. The ones I have seen at Smart & Final are bigger as I recall, maybe 15lbs or so. Never been to the new Costco Business Centers but they should have, do you need a special card or is the regular membership okay. Might want to check with the Mexican or Armenian Markets, Have fun!

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            posh RE: estone888 Dec 19, 2009 08:24 PM

            Snake river farms has great brisket. It's very fatty.

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              Harry Nile RE: posh Dec 20, 2009 10:40 AM

              I've never tried the SRF brisket, but their tri-tip is outstanding -- the best I've had.

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              duck833 RE: estone888 Dec 19, 2009 08:35 PM

              I have been buying lots of brisket from Cash n Carry/Smart n Final for around $1.89 per pound. These are for full packers, they have some small ones and big ones normally.

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                fressers RE: estone888 Dec 20, 2009 05:43 PM

                Smart and Final has the brisket with fat cap you are looking for.

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