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Old 10-26-2006, 12:15 PM   #1
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The vast majority of folks here buy non-enhanced meat, which is getting harder and harder to find, unless you go to one of the big box stores like Sams or Costco or BJs, or a real butcher shop.

Enhanced is "just OK" remember your paying for a certian percentage of a water and salt solution, a brine in other words, which extends that meats shelf life and promotes a jucier product.

If you buy it and use a dry rub just becarefful how much salt is in your rub as it will make your meat way too salty if you use a heavy salt rub with enhanced meat. Others also say that using a salty rub with enhanced meat can tend to make the meat taste "hammy".

Buyer beware!!!!
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Ummm... No REAL butchers around you?
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it seems I have to drive about an hour here to find a real butcher. The meat packers up here mostly seem to cut and vac so the stores can just pop it out on the shelves. Even one of the "real butchers" close buy uses exactly what the grocers do, he just keeps a small counter to make it look like the shops you want to see.
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Old 10-26-2006, 01:22 PM   #4
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Real butchers are harder to find in the south. I know of one in the Myrtle
Beach area, which is filled with northern retirees. Wish we had more.
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Real butchers are harder to find in the south. I know of one in the Myrtle
Beach area, which is filled with northern retirees. Wish we had more.
northern retirees?
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Re: WHAT TO BUY

At the risk of another cyber lynch mob forming...pumped pork is just fine. I in fact go outta my way to buy pumped ribs. Both Hormel and Kroger brand are normally very good. Tyson and John Morrell aint on my favorites list. On butts...picnics and loins the pumped variety is all I have ever been able to find so it sort of a moot point on that issue. I usually try to steer clear of pumped chickens with Sanderson Farms being my favorite..but have had some good pumped chickens. Pilgrims Pride has a real good pumped version which is typically peddled at Wally World the Butterball brand fryers and roasters are also good. Now pumped beef is for the birds. Aint never found any of that stuff which tasted worth a flip.

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i rember some talk about enhanced meat . i looked at the store and all i could find was enhanced . do you want it to be or not to be that is my question ?
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I understand the irony of avoiding pumped meat and then brining.
However, all the pumped ribs I've gotten end up hammy, and that
ain't what I'm shooting for. I'm pretty sure the chicken I've been
buying isn't pumped, although I could see me liking that a lot.
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Real butchers are harder to find in the south. I know of one in the Myrtle
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Wow. I can't even imagine !
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Now up here by the future home of the World Champion Detroit Tigers, it's almost impossible to find unpumped chicken unless you go to a regular butcher shop. All the grocery stores and even Sams and Costco carry Tyson which is pumped, not a bad thing though. BW, have heard good things about those Sanderson Farm chickens on other boards, can't find them up here.

All grocery stores here carry enhanced pork, ribs, loins, tenderloins, chops, everything.

The only beef I buy at grocery stores is ground chuck for burgers, like the lean to fat ratio better than what they sell at the big stores.
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I cant speak for anywhere except where I have lived but in mddle TN I had no problem getting a real butcher. espcially closer to the farm. there werent tons but enough to go around to those that wanted one. here in the communist state of PA though you have to get out toward the Amish to get it fresh.
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