Do Grocery Stores Sell Butcher Paper?


All of us have tin foil in our kitchen. But sometimes you Google a recipe that calls for butcher paper. We don’t always have that on hand, so do grocery stores sell butcher paper?

Here’s what I know from selling lots of it:

Yes. Grocery stores do sell butcher paper. It is usually found with the plastic wrap, tin foil, and parchment paper but you may also find it with charcoal due to its popularity with people who smoke briskets. However, since it is the same thing as kraft paper, Michaels and Hobby Lobby will have it also.

But that’s just a quick snapshot.

So in this article, we’ll take a deeper look into butcher paper and answer a few questions such as:

  • Is there more than 1 kind of butcher paper?
  • Can you use parchment paper instead?
  • What kind do people like Aaron Franklin use for wrapping briskets?

Let’s get going!

What store carries butcher paper?

All grocery stores will carry butcher paper in the same section as tin foil and plastic wrap. But arts and craft stores such as Michael’s or Hobby Lobby will also have it under the name kraft paper.

Butcher paper is great for your brisket.

Specialty retailers and warehouses that sell paper in bulk, grocery stores, large supermarkets, bookstores, discount stores that sell school supplies, and art and craft supply stores.

Office supply stores are also a great place to check out too.

And there are also some dedicated paper merchants who sell, such as www.papermart.com. You can walk-in or order online from any of the stores.

It’s good to know that it’s also known as “Kraft paper.”

To simplify things for yourself, you could simply order from Amazon. The best one is this one on Amazon. I used it myself the last time I smoked a brisket on my Traeger.

Just click that link to see it on Amazon.

Later, in the article, I’ll share some info about the type of butcher paper that Aaron Franklin uses and the link you could use to buy from Amazon.

Do they sell butcher paper at Walmart, Home Depot, or Target?

Yes, you can buy butcher paper at Target, Walmart, and Home Depot. At Walmart and Target, it will be with the tin foil and plastic wrap. At Home Depot, you will find butcher paper with the BBQ supplies by the grills.

Now if you’ve never used it before, Home Depot might seem like an odd place to find butcher paper.

But that’s because while it has a wide variety of uses, it’s most prized by people who smoke brisket. Essentially, at least 4 hours into the smoking process, you take the brisket and wrap it in butcher paper. Then you put it back on the smoker and let it continue for another 4-8 hours depending on the size of the brisket.

If you grill a lot, you’ll love a recent article of mine on how to use a Traeger Wood Pellet Grill.

It’s loaded with tons of info. I just smoked my 1st brisket on mine about a month ago and it came out much better than any brisket I’ve every smoked on any of my other grills. I’m in Texas so of course, I have 3.

Just click the link to read it on my site.

But Traegers aren’t without issues and problems. And another recent article of mine is a companion piece to that titled ‘Why did my Traeger Catch Fire.

In the article, I covered topics such as, can a pellet grill catch fire, are food processors worth it, what to do if your Traeger catches fire, does a Trager have a flame or ever flare up, and how to put out a Traeger fire.

Just click the link to read it on my site.

Can you use parchment paper in place of butcher paper?

Parchment paper, which is waxed, is not a good substitute for butcher paper. Parchment paper is used for baking. It’s non-stick, grease-resistant paper. Butcher paper is used to wrap the brisket during the smoking process but it soaks up grease which would not happen with parchment paper. 

The aim is to retain the moisture — to prevent the meat and its bark from drying up.

This “small’’ task makes a world of difference to the taste. So, butcher paper is mainly used for wrapping, while parchment paper is primarily used in baking, to make sure that what’s been baked does not stick to the pans and the oven.

Depending on your needs, you might want to get both — parchment and butcher paper.

But where would you get them in a grocery store? Truth be told, except for “veterans,” navigating a grocery store could be challenging.

That’s why, based on my experience and research, I wrote a detailed guide on the different sections of a grocery store in a recent article of mine.

In it, I explored the most common areas of a grocery store, the perimeter department, whether grocery stores are designed to make you walk in a certain way, the most common grocery terms, the most common grocery store categories, and aisles.

And I figured out why milk is always kept in the back of the store. It’s a highly detailed guide that’ll unravel the mystery of how grocery stores are laid out.

Just click the link to read it on my site.

Is butcher paper and parchment paper the same thing?

No. Butcher paper and parchment paper are not the same things. Butcher paper originated from kraft pulp and is sometimes called kraft paper. Butchers use it for wrapping meat and fish. Parchment paper is waxed and designed to prevent baked goods such as cookies from sticking.

So in a way, despite both being made from paper, they are totally different with different purposes.

Parchment paper is a paper pulp that’s been passed through sulfuric acid to treat or coat it so that it’s heat-resistant and non-greasy. In this treated state, it looks like parchment.

That’s why it’s called parchment paper.

The coating is not affected while you’re using the paper. Its main benefit is that it prevents food from sticking. It’s available bleached (white) or unbleached (brown). 

Professional bakers and chefs love using parchment paper because it can be used for a lot of things. It can be used to wrap fish, to line cake molds and baking sheets, and to cook dishes en papillote.

While sifting or grating a small ingredient, you could use the parchment paper covered counter or tabletop and pour what’s been grated or sifted into a dish later. It can also be spread on countertops while you work so that cleaning up can be easy later.

You’ll simply remove it.

What kind of butcher paper does Franklin use?

Aaron Franklin of Franklin’s BBQ in Austin, TX, uses pink butcher paper.  The product’s full name is Pink Kraft Butcher Paper Roll. 

CLICK HERE to see the butcher paper on Amazon that Aaron Franklin prefers.

You might be wondering why that particular paper? Well, it’s incredible. Let me share some of its properties. You can use it to store and wrap food without any anxiety that it’ll leak, and you can use it to smoke meat for hours.

It’s 100% natural virgin pulp (so you need have no worries about chemicals).

It’s unwaxed, uncoated, and unbleached. It’ll keep the flavor and purity of the roast untainted and safe. It’s made in the U.S.A, so you can be sure it’s safe to be used with your food.

In addition to using it while you barbecue, you can also use it to line birds’ cages and for your art and crafts.

Want to smoke a brisket just like Aaron Franklin?

Yes, there are articles and YouTube videos galore, but why not learn how to do it FROM him?

Aaron Franklin himself has a masterclass on how to do Texas-style BBQ including his world-famous brisket that often sees lines around his building that are 3 hours long.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Aaron Franklin’s MasterClass.

Did I cover all you wanted to know about whether grocery stores sell butcher paper?

So yes, all grocery stores carry butcher paper.

It’s usually found where you’ll find the aluminum foil and plastic wrap. However, you may see it in the section with charcoal too as it’s a popular choice for wrapping briskets halfway through the smoking process.

But we also learned that butcher paper is also known as kraft paper. So arts and craft stores such as Michael’s or Hobby Lobby will have it too.

Jeff Campbell

Hi! I'm Jeff Campbell. I was a leader for Whole Foods Market for over 2 decades. I worked in 9 stores in 4 states, not counting the hundred-plus stores I've assisted in other ways. I was a Global All-Star, a Gold Pen Winner, and won Top-10 Store (company-wide) 3 times in addition to Best New Store (company-wide).

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