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miam_miam May 27, 2012 04:06 PM

Does anybody know where to get beef brisket in Montreal ? I would like to experiment with corned beef / pastrami / smoked meat. Are there any other easier to find beef cuts that could be used ?

  1. porker May 28, 2012 05:53 AM

    Technically, you can corn/smoke any cut of beef. I've done beef ribs, cross rib roast, eye of round, and blade roast.
    I think brisket was traditionally used (as Montreal smoked meat) as its plenty tough and the long smoking/steaming times help with tenderness.
    Still, when going for Montreal smoked meat (MSM), you will miss the texture and fat ratio thats available with brisket. So it may be somewhat hard to find, but the results are generally worth it.

    I usually order my brisket from Joe at Fairmont butchers
    3833 St-Laurent, 514-288-8046

    Ifn you want to experiment with MSM maybe have a looky here
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/794033

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      catroast May 28, 2012 12:01 PM

      i've never thought of brisket as a hard to find cut. any decent butcher would have including at grocery stores with a meat counter - loblaws and metro in particular.

      1. re: catroast
        estilker May 28, 2012 12:49 PM

        I got my brisket from Chez Vito (following porker's MSM recipe + spice mix to a tee). Smoking on Friday, steaming on Saturday. Can't wait!

        1. re: catroast
          porker May 28, 2012 05:02 PM

          I dunno, I don't generally see whole honkin brisket like this everywhere
          http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4020/4...
          The small cuts of brisket at grocery stores are usually expensive to boot. You can get a good price from Joe at Fairmont for the whole brisket.

          1. re: porker
            estilker May 29, 2012 10:57 AM

            Mine was $50 for 8.8lbs. Though it was more flat than the one in the picture.

            1. re: estilker
              porker May 30, 2012 04:42 AM

              About $5.70/lb or $12.50/kg seems like a good price to me.

      2. RhondaB May 31, 2012 12:13 PM

        Tony at Westmount Butcher has great brisket

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