When a sausage recipe calls for pork fat what are the best options at a local grocery store? I tried bacon ends but it doesn't seem to taste right.
If you don't like the taste of the bacon ends & pieces yes, you could buy pork belly but it's expensive now just like brisket, fajitas, beef cheek, & shrimp.
I used to go to my local butcher and ask for pork fat trimmings for sausage. Sometimes they have a lug or two handy, sometimes they need to trim some more meat to get you some. Pork fat also used to be real cheap, last two times I bought it though it was quite a bit higher.
If you're not killing fat pigs, pork butts are your best option. Like mentioned previously, catch them on sale if you can. Sometimes I need to trim fat off of them though or will be too greasy for me.
Also, it may not be the bacon ends & pieces that makes your sausage not taste right. Could be something else. I personally like using ends & pieces but adjust the % depending on what's going on.
What did you make, how did you do it?