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Meaty Parts aka Find Me A Good Butcher, Please!

Hi,

So I don't eat pork and try to use beef, goat and lamb as substitutes when I can. However, it's really hard for me to find certain parts of the animal because I don't have a butcher.

For example, I want "plate", the equivalent of pork belly on cows, goats and lambs so I can try making my own bacon at home. Near impossible to get at places like Food Emporium or Whole Foods and the halal butchers in Jackson Heights (I'm Pakistani) have no idea what I'm talking about. I'd also love to get stuff like a goat leg with cleaned skin on so I can try a "pernil" and what not.

Any suggestions are much appreciated, thank you!

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