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Old 12-17-2006, 10:56 AM   #1
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Costco vs. Sams Club Meats

Could anyone tell me whether one is better than the other. I noticed on Costco's website that they sell prime meats. Do they carry prime in their stores or only on their website. How about certified angus beef and whole packer briskets. Are they available at Costco or do they offer just flats.

I already have a Sams Club membership and the Costco is about 20 miles away from where we live but would consider joining if Costco offered better meats than Sams.

Thanks in advance for your opinions.
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Old 12-17-2006, 10:59 AM   #2
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My Costco stocks choice. Never asked if they had prime.
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Old 12-17-2006, 11:20 AM   #3
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What about Briskets? Whole or flats? Is there much demand for Brisket in NC? Thanks Captain.
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Old 12-17-2006, 11:28 AM   #4
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I've seen flats, but have never asked about the whole
thing. There's a few more briskets available now
than 5 years ago...due to the growth in the bbq
world....but still rare.

Remind me to tell you sometime about reading
about briskets and going to get one to try for
the first time. There it was, a corned beef brisket,
so I took it home and smoked it! Couldn't figure out
what was so great about it, tasted like pastrami to me!!!

Eventually, I figured it out.
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Old 12-17-2006, 11:41 AM   #5
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I have memberships for both. I buy my spares at Sam's because they come trimmed with the brisket bone off. I buy baby backs from either one depending on price and they're usually pretty close. Pork butts from Sam's, they sell bone-in, Costco debones their butts. Brisket from Sam's, they only sell flats, but they are usually in cryovac, 7-9lb range, with a good fat cap, and usually very flexible. Costco sells only repackaged flats that have been closely trimmed. Chicken from Costco, just like the packaging they carry and the appearance of their chicken better than Sam's.

As far as any other beef or pork products, IMHO, it's a toss up. I think both have great looking meat counters and have NEVER had a bad piece of meat from either store.

I wish I could say the same about other pieces of meat I've had.
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Old 12-17-2006, 11:52 AM   #6
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Well I been a member of both in the past and currently not a member of either. Sam's got the best meat counter by far. Costco is better for hard goods. Foil...tables...trash bags..stuff like that. Least the ones down here.

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Costco.... cuz there's no Sam's here.
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Costco has Flats But if you order a case LOL they will get you Packers
I like the qualitie at Costco The case price on Spares is killer
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Old 12-18-2006, 04:45 AM   #9
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I've gotten packers at Costco. You just have to ask the meat person to go into the cooler to get it. Always get my Christmas beef there.
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Old 12-18-2006, 05:38 AM   #10
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No Cosco here, the local Sam's has better beef then any of the supermarkets.
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