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A couple of Costco meats

applehome | Feb 14, 200508:49 PM

Thumbs way up on the La Dolce Vita, Montreal Smoked Meat, Beef Brisket that I found this weekend at $4.39/lb. I guess that I now know what style of meat I make when I try that Pastrami recipe (take corned beef, smoke, cover with peppers & spices, wrap up and throw in fridge for 2 weeks). It doesn't come out exactly like the hungarian or roumanian pastrami we all know, but it's spicier and has a firmer texture than corned beef. When I gave one to my brother, he said that he had experienced something like it in Montreal - and I had heard other tell me about a different way of doing Brisket from Montreal. Well - here it is. This version (from a company in Williston, VT) is quite excellent. I braised it for an hour and a half at 275 and sliced it up for sandwiches. Some of my family preferred it with BBQ sauce, like a BBQ brisket, and others had it with mustard - it really is kinda like in between, but I did like the mustard better myself.

Thumbs down, down, down - way down on Costco's Kirkland three-pack of boneless ham steaks. I'm not sure that this is even meat. It's pressed, the "skin" is some kind of psuedo-edible brown stuff - some technique somebody worked out to make the slab of plastic stuff look semi-real...

Does anybody know if anything happened to the Smithfield brand of ham steaks? Not only has Costco and BJ's stopped carrying it, but my local supermarkets have stopped as well. This was a nice, salty, fatty piece of country ham - center bone in tact. At least everybody else has replaced this with something similar - a real ham - not pressed. Why Costco has decided to put out this piece of plastic is beyond my understanding.

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