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MA Butcher Shop Talks Brisket 101: Choosing the Best Cut 

Warm weather is finally here, and summer is quickly approaching. That means it’s time to break out the grill and enjoy the first BBQ of the summer! When it comes to ordering brisket, it’s crucial to make sure you’re getting the right cut that fits your needs. This month, your local MA butcher shop, Main Course Market, is giving you a guide on selecting the best cut of brisket for the ultimate BBQ this season!

Flat Cut Brisket

The flat cut is the most common cut of brisket that you’ll find at your local grocery store or butcher. It’s a leaner cut with a more uniform shape, making it easier to cook evenly. The flat cut is also known as the “first cut” or the “thin cut.”

One of the benefits of the flat cut is that it’s easier to slice. This makes it a great option for sandwiches or other dishes where you want thin slices of meat. However, since the flat cut is leaner than the point cut, it may not be as juicy.

Point Cut Brisket

The point cut is a fattier cut of the brisket that’s also known as the “second cut” or the “thick cut.” It has a more irregular shape than the flat cut, with more fat marbling throughout the meat. The point cut is often less expensive than the flat cut. It’s also a popular choice for BBQ enthusiasts who want a richer, more flavorful brisket.

One of the benefits of the point cut is that it’s more forgiving than the flat cut. Since it has more fat marbling, it’s less likely to dry out during cooking and can be more tender and juicy. However, because of its irregular shape, the point cut can be more difficult to cook evenly and slice.

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So, Which Cut Should You Use?

So which cut is the best for your next cookout? It really comes down to your personal preferences and what you’re looking for in terms of flavor and texture!

If you’re looking for something leaner and easier to slice, the flat cut might be the way to go. However, if you want a more decadent and flavorful brisket that’s more forgiving during cooking, the point cut might be the better choice.

It’s also worth noting that you can sometimes find a “whole packer” brisket. This includes both the flat cut and the point cut. This can be a great option if you want to experiment with both cuts and find out which one you prefer!


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Now that you have a better understanding of the different cuts of brisket, you’ll be able to pick the best cut to suit your preferences for your next BBQ get-together. If you’re interested in what else we have, check us out online for more information or contact us today for any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you!

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