When I started BBQ’n and making sausage I had no idea where to find good meat. I started by going to the Safeway grocery store by my house and picked up prepackaged Pork Butts and Briskets. Then I went to a specialty butcher which cost two to three times as much. I decided to call the butcher up at the Safeway and order the best cuts from him.
I though by calling that I could get in good with the butcher. So I ordered a 8lb pork butt and a 6lb brisket. The biggest ones that he had. When I showed up the butcher was so happy. He spent the last 20 minutes timming the two slabs of meat. He was so proud of his work. Then I said that I needed them untrimmed so that I could bbq them. The look on his face when said this was a mixture of disgust, hatred and sadness. I kindly asked him about some untrimmed specimens. He was not too happy with me.
On a side note, No offense to the butcher but even if I was not BBQ’n I would still want the fat. It is where all of the flavor resides. Plus, if you get untrimmed pork butts you can use the fat for sausages and you don’t have to order more.
Well after a few minutes talking to the butcher I asked him for untrimmed specimens. He was not too happy to begin with but he went in the back and came out with four vacuum sealed pork butts. I got to choose. It was amazing, you could see the fat and the bone. I got to determine what I wanted. After doing this I BBQ’d all day and took a specimen back to the butcher. It was the best thing that I have ever done. Now I call and he has six to eight different Boston Butts for me to look at. He also can order me full briskets.
My suggestion to you, is to save a buck by looking for deals in the newspaper. Call ahead tell the butcher exactly what you are looking for and make sure to tell him or her that you do not want it trimmed. Finally tell the butcher that it is for BBQ and/or sausage making.
Oh, and it always helps to take a sample to the butcher, because you haven’t seen deals until your butcher knows what you are capable of.