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Feb 12, 2013 09:31 AM

ISO Pork Belly for the smoker- Silver Lake/ Echo Park area?

Any line on a well-priced source for pork in the eastside- Silver Lake, Echo Park, even downtown-ish. I need a good sized piece of pork belly, and a couple picnic shoulders for my "Meat Weekend" smoker-and-Scotch-fest this weekend... The only thing I could find in the archives was a bunch of rec's for 99 Ranch, which I think is a hike from here.

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  1. Check out Economy Meats in the Grand Central Market and see if they don't have what you need:

    1. El Mambi Market, 328 E Chevy Chase Dr, Glendale, just east of the Glendale Ave. / Chevy Chase intersection - has a great butcher who seems to specialize in pork. Very cheap prices, high quality, easy to ask for whatever you want and easy parking.

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      1. re: estone888

        Going here today as I have to swing by Fish King for V-Day lobsters anyway... Will be sure to report back!

        1. re: jdwdeville

          Update- El Mambi did not have Picnic Shoulders nor Belly, but did have whole legs for $50... I did not buy.
          Next I guess is A-Grocery, and if I fail there it's over to the Filipino market on Vermont...

          1. re: jdwdeville

            That's a shame. I'm surprised. I've bought both there before. I have had good luck at El Mambi asking the butcher to cut up legs for me. Oh well. A-Grocery is a good suggestion, too, though I've never seen belly there.

            McCall's is great, but it is a lot more expensive than the other places mentioned. And maybe I'm missing something, but it seems to me that once you've gone and smoked a good piece of fatty pork, whether it's Berkshire pork or not doesn't make much of a difference. Then again, I've always been of the school of thought that it is a waste to make a margarita with top shelf tequila as well.

            1. re: estone888

              Regarding smoking high quality fatty pork not making a difference, the folks at Snake Rivers Farms, any Heritage Pork producer, Edwards Family and Surry making excellent smoked hams and bacon would probably differ with that opinion.

              That being said, if you are new to smoking, probably best not to test on an expensive piece of meat.

      2. McCALL'S in Los Feliz often has berkshire pork belly. Check their twitter feed first. Pricey, but worth it.

        1. A-Grocery on Sunset sells full belly cuts with a little bit of rib left on them. I like them a lot for the smoker. I find the pinic shoulders are a little small but the price is right. Great spareribs too.

          1. Try Canton Foods on Alameda near 7th or 8th, it is for the trade but the sell to regular folks, they should have all you want.