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May 18, 2011 07:57 AM

red butcher paper

Is there a local source for the plain red butcher paper? Not looking for bleached white or kraft paper. I want the stuff the BBQ joints use.

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  1. You should be able to get some from any teacher supply store

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    1. re: amykragan

      Wouldn't that be craft paper which is chemically treated?

      I'm looking for actual butcher paper that is food use approved. I plan on wrapping my briskets in butcher paper instead of foil for the last half of the smoke like Franklin does to see if I can turn out something close to his.

      1. re: achtungpv

        I have not been able to find a local source for this stuff. Talked to a guy at ace mart and he said that there aren't any local butcher supply stores, but he thinks there may be one in san antonio.

        Also, one of the texas bbq posse guys found a place:

        Order 1000ft rolls at a time, but it looks like the real stuff.

        HEre is a link to the bbqposse blog post:

        1. re: bbq1995

          Yep. That's the blog that gave me the idea to try it. I actually ordered the butcher paper from that site. It arrived yesterday but it definitely does not look or feel like butcher paper. It has a a fuzzy soft texture which made me think of kraft paper. So, I looked around and found what appears to be the exact same product sold at Office Depot as kraft paper. That website even uses the same product image as Office Depot. Also the item number is 24KP-BROWN which I fear means 24" Kraft Paper - Brown. I've emailed to verify that is FDA approved for food use and have had no response.

          I've found another site that has the legit red colored butcher paper but I was going to try and avoid shipping costs if possible.

    2. Why does it have to be red? I do a lot of BBQing (and cooking) myself and I can't think of why red would be any different than white except for heat absorption. And that can easily be manipulated by the temperature of your smoker which would be much more important than red vs. white.

      Do we even know the average temp of Franklin's pit?

      IIRC, Franklin's uses post oak. Do you have a good source for post oak CHUNKS. I've never looked for it, but I knwo my HEB doesn't carry any oak at all. I need a new wood this season. I'm tired of pecan and hickory for my beef and pork..

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      1. re: sqwertz

        No reason for red other than that's what I've always seen used. I did get an answer on the butcher paper I've already bought and it is FDA approved so I will see if I get a chance to test it out this weekend.

        Franklin specifically uses white oak. We have plenty of land in our family so I just get it as I need it when visiting my parents. The firewood place up on 183 supposedly has all their wood sorted by species so if they have white oak available it should be pretty inexpensive. I've never been there personally but I know a couple of guys that get their wood there.

        1. re: sqwertz

          I don't know if they are post oak, but academy had bags of oak chunks in the grill/smoker section the last time I was there. In the past they have just had hickory/mesquite/pecan (I quite like pecan). The bag is black with orange stripes and was strangely hard to find.

        2. I work at Kocurek Charcuterie and we've ordered butcher paper from Uline. It ships out of Dallas and the freight was high enough we just buy local now. Here's their brown paper:

          It's FDA compliant and comes in rolls and sheets..

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