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Old 12-29-2006, 08:11 AM   #1
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USDA Select brisket packer OK?

When I was at the store the other day, all they had for packers was USDA Select. Ordinarily I like to see atleast Choice. When it comes to a brisket, is there going to be much difference in the finished product between say Select & Choice?
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Old 12-29-2006, 08:14 AM   #2
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A butcher once told me that a tenderloin is a tenderloin and a brisket is a brisket and not to spend the extra $$$ for Choice version of either. I've found it to be sound advice. Just my .02
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A butcher once told me that a tenderloin is a tenderloin and a brisket is a brisket and not to spend the extra $$$ for Choice version of either. I've found it to be sound advice. Just my .02
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I've wondered about that too Low Rent but I've never tried it. I have sampled choice vs prime and could not tell a differnece! BBQ got started using the cheapest cuts of meat that no one else wanted. If there is a substantial price difference, I'd try it. Bet you can't tell the difference. I remembered some guys were cooking Kobe brisket at one of the comps and they finished way back in the pack so better cuts doesn't necessarily mean better end product in BBQ. Let us know what you think.
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Maybe Jim M. can help here. I know at times he's used either Wagyu or Kobe beef.
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To my knowledge, once butchered the side is graded. All meat in that side then can carry that lable. The dye is usually blue. Now, if you want sell meat that has been graded Prime as select there is no law to stop you. There is if you try and do it the other way around.

I've found steaks at a huge discount because a portion of the blue dye that marks the grade of the carcas was the fat edge of the steak. Folks think it's mold and won't buy them. One of the best tips I ever got.
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When it comes to grillable cuts, my experience is that Prime is better than Choice. Don't know that I've ever purchased Select grillables, but, I probably have without knowing.

Now, when it comes to 'cue, I could believe that it makes less difference or, conceivably, that the lower grades could have more connective tissue, etc, and maybe even be better for 'cue. But, I'm speculating about something I know very little about.
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When it comes to grillable cuts, my experience is that Prime is better than Choice. Don't know that I've ever purchased Select grillables, but, I probably have without knowing.

Now, when it comes to 'cue, I could believe that it makes less difference or, conceivably, that the lower grades could have more connective tissue, etc, and maybe even be better for 'cue. But, I'm speculating about something I know very little about.
That's what I'm saying low rent. Worse is better for Q! (if you're cooking low and slow that is).
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When it comes to grillable cuts, my experience is that Prime is better than Choice. Don't know that I've ever purchased Select grillables, but, I probably have without knowing.

Now, when it comes to 'cue, I could believe that it makes less difference or, conceivably, that the lower grades could have more connective tissue, etc, and maybe even be better for 'cue. But, I'm speculating about something I know very little about.
That's what I'm saying low rent. Worse is better for Q! (if you're cooking low and slow that is).
Wonder if anyone else sees it differently.
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