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I think I got this recipe from Colby years ago
3-4 lb. corned beef brisket

1-12 ounce beer (no lite beer)

1/2 c. chopped onions

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. black pepper

2 tsp. white vinegar

2 bay leaves

Put in slow cooker on low...cook 6 hours then remove broth ( leave meat in cooker on warm until you cook the cabbage and potatoes) and transfer broth to pot to cook cabbage and potatoes...boil cabbage and potatoes and carrots until done.
Then cut meat and put on platter with cabbage, potatoes and carrots
 

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Gotta say there was nothing really picturesque about our St. Patrick's dinner. Prepackaged corned beef (didn't have the time or requisite bank loan to corn my own brisket this year) and the usual family twist of not making the meal 100% traditional. The side choices were big radishes in place of little potatoes and either cole slaw or a sweet-and-sour red cabbage.

It got the job done.
 

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Ours was a bust. Since I refused to pay $12/lb for corned beef I planned a goat cheese, prosciutto and arugula pizza, it would have the green on it for the cabbage, white cheese for the potatoes, the prosciutto for the corned beef. I checked the stems on the arugula and they were soft and told wife don't worry about them. She's having some major dental work and has been for quite a while. She got to whining about the stems and I was not going to remove them, kept on I said F'it and tossed the arugula and put the cheese and prosciutto back in the frig. I made my usual crappy mozzarella and pepperoni pizza. I know, I blew up and I almost did at the dentist's office last week when we were told it would be a few months longer which makes it over a year. That's enough about that.
 
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12 bucks a pound is outrageous鈥 bought two at 1.99 a pound, only allowed 1 per customer.
we鈥檙e going back today for two more ( last day of sale) why is it so expensive in Texas? I don鈥檛 get it.
 

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Exactly and that's why I haven't bought any beef since prices went up. Pork and chicken only and then only on sale or as a loss leader. The last brisket I saw couple weeks ago was $70+ for 18 lbs. It's been years since I've cook a brisket and I'm hungry for one but not at that price.
 
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Corned beef was $5.99/lb at the grocery and $6.99 at the butcher shop. I think one store came out at $4.49 but I didn't have the desire to drive over there for one item. I cooked the corned beef and then added it to mac and cheese with peas and some shallots for a casserole.
 

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Luckily we had packers for $4 last week ($2.90 USD) 馃榿 These sales are few and far between for us though. It's only been during covid that we've even HAD packers for sale here, let alone good prices for them.
 

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Exactly and that's why I haven't bought any beef since prices went up. Pork and chicken only and then only on sale or as a loss leader. The last brisket I saw couple weeks ago was $70+ for 18 lbs. It's been years since I've cook a brisket and I'm hungry for one but not at that price.
Kroger here sold them for 1.99 pound about a year ago. Maybe the Texas BBQ guys keep the market inflated in your area.

Best price today is 3.26 per pound case price or 3.36 by the piece. Still a bit pricey
 

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The $70 price was a packer and at Kroger with no card. I don't think they showed a card price on it, odd.
 

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Packer???

Since we don't like corned beef or cabbage, I went for shepherd's pie.

Meat prices in general has gone up here to the point of insanity with beef being the worst. That's why I've reserved a 1/4 cow from a local grass fed, grass finished farm. It's going to be expensive, but I know the quality will be fantastic and my freezer will be full for a while. Here's what I'll be getting for between $900-$1,100 depending on how big the cow is and I'm able to swap out the ribs for something else. I'm thinking some oxtails and more cube steaks...

Cuts:
35-40 lbs. ground beef
2 chuck roasts
2 bone in pot roasts
6 NY strips
6 ribeyes
3 filet mignons
1 flat iron steak
2-3 packs short ribs
2-3 shank
5 packs beef stew cubes
1 lb. sirloin kabobs
1 lb. Sirloin stir fry strips
2-3 lbs. cube steak
Choice between 1 rump roast OR 1/2 an eye of round roast
 

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The $70 price was a packer and at Kroger with no card. I don't think they showed a card price on it, odd.
Been a year so I am not sure. I think here it was with card & the digital coupon was good for some extra amount for a net of 1.99. Different market areas for all the companies do different deals all the time.
 

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Packer???

Since we don't like corned beef or cabbage, I went for shepherd's pie.

Meat prices in general has gone up here to the point of insanity with beef being the worst. That's why I've reserved a 1/4 cow from a local grass fed, grass finished farm. It's going to be expensive, but I know the quality will be fantastic and my freezer will be full for a while. Here's what I'll be getting for between $900-$1,100 depending on how big the cow is and I'm able to swap out the ribs for something else. I'm thinking some oxtails and more cube steaks...
I don't want to seem **** I am raining on your parade but would not consider myself a friend if I did not say this.

My son did one of those last fall and still regrets it. My wife's uncle owned several farms, bred, grew and sold cattle, and always said buy your meat at the store. Live weight, hanging weight net weight. Please do some reading while you have time to cancel.

You can save big bucks buying the cyro packs and cutting it up yourself.You don't have to have wholesaler access. Sams & Costo have the meat. There is a YT video showing how to do all the popular cuts

These 'cow deals' will give you $7-8 a pound 80/20 burger meat and NR rated steaks & roasts.
 

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Based on 鈽 and as I never have room (nor inclination) to buy that much at one time, here's one person's analysis and interpretation. Lots of similar ones out there:

 

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I've long wondered about the economics of buying a 1/4 or 1/2 a cow (or pig or goat). You are getting a higher-quality protein than most supermarket beef, for which I expect to pay more, but there's only so much ground beef we can use and neither of us are big steak eaters any more. Even the 1/4 that KitchenWench documented would be a year's worth of beef for us. And after losing an 8 cu. ft. freezer last year I'm gunshy of parking a thousand dollars worth of anything in one. But that's just us.
 

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Freezer beef is still a big thing in SE Ohio. The local whole animal butchers give you the privilege of buying a locally raised animal. The supermarkets that do box deals beat them on price per lb but you are most likely getting KS, NE, or IA beef. Most people actually prefer the industrial produced beef in blind tastings.
 

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That's the thing; I will be picking up the 1/4 cow at the farm where it was bred, born, raised and fed. The quality far surpasses what I can get in the store and I know it. Yes, it's going to be more expensive than what I'd pay at Sam's, etc., but I also know where it's coming from and just how good it is. I don't know any of that from Sam's, etc.

Most people actually prefer the industrial produced beef in blind tastings.
I'm blessed to know the difference and I'll take fresh from the farm any day! :)

My next projects are to find farm to table (mine) pork and lamb.
 

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I don't want to seem **** I am raining on your parade but would not consider myself a friend if I did not say this.

My son did one of those last fall and still regrets it. My wife's uncle owned several farms, bred, grew and sold cattle, and always said buy your meat at the store. Live weight, hanging weight net weight. Please do some reading while you have time to cancel.

You can save big bucks buying the cyro packs and cutting it up yourself.You don't have to have wholesaler access. Sams & Costo have the meat. There is a YT video showing how to do all the popular cuts

These 'cow deals' will give you $7-8 a pound 80/20 burger meat and NR rated steaks & roasts.
Thanks and I know you're not being an arse. I've done this before and never regretted a penny of it. These folks are extremely fair in their pricing. I'd be paying more per lb if I bought it separately instead of as a package.

15 years ago I thought nothing of buying cryo packs and doing it all myself but I can't anymore.
 
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