I think around $12 a lb. But that's at City Market in Luling or at Black's in Lockhart and they've already got it perfect for you. :)
I'd pay 100 hundo a lb if it was from Franklin's.
For my top 5 places I would pay $13 a pound, but I would cut down how often I eat it (no longer once a week). Honestly I think brisket should be around $8-9 a lb for the top places, $7-8 for some of the scrub places. I think brisket has horrible mark up, and it rising in price by 30 cents does not necessitate raising the lb price. That is capitalism for you, and they have not meet my breaking point yet.
What I don't understand from the article is how can the wholesale price for brisket be around $2.00 when I can get it for the exact same price every day at the grocery store. Are the restaurant briskets better? Is the fat trimmed much closer on restaurant briskets?
Just checked the prices at HEB. Untrimmed: $1.88/lb. Trimmed: $3.18/lb.
Price differences often reflect how well the purchasing agent for a large food service company or grocery store is doing their job of forecasting market trends and buying to meet those trends. I personally buy from two of the largest food service companies and there happens to be about a .10 cent difference per pound for the same brisket.
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