Good, well-priced meat market in East Bay/Tri-Valley
Anyone know of such a place? I just got a small Brinkmann smoker for Xmas and want to start using it, but might as well go for the full experience with some supreme meat, right?
Looking for a place with a nice variety of meat at a decent price.
Costco's pork butts are great for smoked pulled pork.
Lots of smoking info can be found on the web.
Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time...like 8-10 hours and use oak,cherry,hickory or apple but never mesquite wood.
mesquite is for grilling not smoking.
And use a internal thermometer because you may freak out when the "bark" on the outside starts to get really dark. and "pull it" to soon...pardon the pun.
Haven't been in a while, but I have long been a fan of Lawrence's Walnut Creek Meat Co., which is actually in Alamo. They have a large variety of high-quality meats at a reasonable price, and helpful customer service.
For a good general butcher shop with good prices I like Lunardis. Prices are quite reasonable. I do alot of home smoking and tend to get most meat from Costco including whole chickens, salmon, ribs and sometimes boneless pork butt. Bone in pork butt can also be obtained cheaply from Safeway usually. I have bought whole briskets in a bag with intact fat cap from Lunardis, but I have also seen them cheaper at Costco at times. Trimmed briskets are good at Costco, but not ideal for a long smoke. I also get turkey legs from Lunardis which I love to smoke. Still looking for great beef ribs. I am often disappointed with the available (often pre frozen) ribs available.
I'm not that big of a fan of Lunardi's. I think they are on the expensive side without the quality to match.
I guess i should get used to doing this with our soon to be nuked restaurant database.
"Restaurants" Database To Be Eliminated
Address, phone nunber, website, etc can be found on yelp
Here's the location info for Lawrence's
Searching the category 'meat shops' on yelp turns up Kinders which I like less than Lombardis
Another thought is to check out the Mexican or Chinese markets that sell meat in your area. Usually it is good quality meat at good prices.
Kelly's Meat Market in Livermore has always been a big favorite of mine. Great service, will take special orders and always have a little bit of meat to taste when you are shopping
Kelly's Meat Markets of Livermore & San Ramon
74 S L St
Livermore, CA 94550
I'm a fan of Verbrugge on College. Great quality, nice variety, terrific service, and good (not bargain, but definitely decent) price.