Untrimmed Beef Brisket in Toronto
The old thread on this subject seems to have died a few years ago with people checking back in every year so I'd like to get a newer updated list and prices for untrimmed beef brisket.
Looking for the whole brisket (flat and point). This may be referred to as a packer brisket, double, whatever.
It should have all the fat on it and not be lean. This will be for smoking. (burnt ends mmm)
Looking for cheapest and not necessarily best 'quality' (doesn't need to be organic, hormone free, etc etc.) Grocery store, or whole sale or even smaller markets are fine. I've been to a few places (costco, no frills, etc) and I can't seem to find a place that sells the whole brisket untrimmed for a reasonable price.
Looking for in Toronto closer to North York the better.
Any help would be great
You can check out Skyland at Lawrence and Scarboro Golf Rd. www.skylandfoodmart.com
They have a bin of packer briskets, usually AA from Excel, a Cargill division. Price is usually just over $3/lb, so each runs $22 to $38. There is a bin of about 12, over near the pickled pigs feet (yes, I enjoy this store!). My hit ratio for good Texas Q is about 70% here, as I learn how to pick a good piece.
I have moved away from the GTA, and now use a small town butcher for occasional briskets. The quality has been excellent, and they can deliver exactly what I want. Sometimes I can even specify breed (prefer short stocky breeds such as true Aberdeen Angus). Price was $4-$4.50/lb. and they always need a week lead time. These local abattoirs deal with a lot of grass fed beef, and I find that to be ideal for brisket and front quarter cuts. It should be possible to pre-order from the farmers markets, if the vendor has a solid small town abattoir connection.
I bought a huge brisket (10 lbs at least) last spring at Globe Meats. It's a big wholesale-ish warehousey looking place around Finch and Weston Road. I can't remember what I paid but it was a good price and there was a LOT of meat to choose from. Seems to cater to a sausage-making crowd, with whole pork shoulders and other large cuts of meat.