Things I love about Nebraska #1 – Buying brisket at the supermarket

Brisket beforeThat’s a 10.2 lb packer’s cut whole brisket. I bought it at my local Baker’s for less than $2 per pound.

It’s a cut of meat I would’ve searched five different grocery stores in Boston for before settling for about six pounds of the flat from Whole Foods for around $6 a pound. Here I didn’t even have to ask at the meat counter for it. I just grabbed it out of the refrigerated case like a gallon of milk.

The ready availability of ridiculously large, mostly undesirable cuts of meat suitable only for barbecuing–though the starburst sticker on the cryovac said it’s “Great for Marinating”–is officially the first reason I’m happy to be back in the Cornhusker State.

Here’s how it looked after eight hours on the smoker:

Brisket afterLooks like coal, tastes like gold…

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