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Top 12 Places to Buy Quality Meats - Beef, Pork, & Lamb

My Favorite Butcher Shops and Meat Purveyors

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Looking for that perfectly marbled ribeye steak? How about a juicy, tasty prime rib? Pork ribs, chops, country ham, decent hamburger meat, or roast? Trying to buy good meat can be a frustrating experience. Butcher shops are almost nonexistent anymore and we are stuck with limited choices at our local supermarket. The only time we see the butcher is when he comes out of the back to restock the cooler. If you know of a good butcher in your city, make him your friend. There are few things more delicious than a great steak. A good butcher will hold the best cuts for you or might even cut them to order.

If you can't find a real butcher locally, check these online shops for incredible meats and respectable service. 

1. Chicago Steak Company

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Chicago Steak has an incredible selection of very fine beef products in every cut imaginable. Wet aged and Dry aged. You will also find great Prime Beef items as well as Kobe-style Beef. Really fantastic quality of meats at decent prices. Good shipping and great customer service. Definitely give them a try.

 

They also have some very nice seafood selections, pork, chicken, turkey, and many other delicious foods.

 

2. Certified Steak and Seafood Company

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Prime Beef is the specialty here. Certified Angus and All Natural varieties are also available. Owned and run by three brothers, this great company has all their products tested for purity by a third party company. Ranchers and fisheries have to undergo a rigorous process to become a source and are reviewed on a regular basis.

3. iGourmet

Online Meat Shops

 Igourmet, one of my favorite specialty food stores, has a fantastic meat department. Beef, Lamb, Pork, Veal, Ostrich, Elk, Venison, Wild Boar, Bison, and Rabbit are just some of the varieties they carry. You can find some very nice organic meats here, Berkshire pork, Kobe-style beef, artisan cured sausages, farmhouse bacons, and lots more good stuff.

 

Igourmet also has some fantastic samplers and gift baskets that would make any carnivore happy!

4. D'Artagnan

Started in 1985,D'Artagnan has become a leading purveyor of foie gras, pâtés, sausages, smoked delicacies, organic game and poultry in the nation. They have a brilliant selection of very fine gourmet meats - Kobe-style Wagyu beef, domestic grass-fed beef, Berkshire pork, Australian grass-fed lamb, buffalo, and a very nice choice of game meats.

“Everyone in the food world knows how influential D’Artagnan has been in almost single-handedly bringing great game and foie gras to chefs in America.” - Danny Meyer (owner of Union Square Café, Gramercy Tavern and other top New York restaurants).

5. Johnston County Ham

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 If you are looking for delicious pork, then Johnston County Ham is the place to go. Fantastic quality meat from a legendary Southern company. Their country ham is the best in the world, not to salty with a delicate texture. Perfection. 

You will also find dozens of excellent products that you must try - honey cured hams, prosciutto, dry cured bacon, and lots more. You're missing out if you haven't tasted a Johnston County ham.

6. Greensbury Market - Organic Meats

Greensbury Market is all about great tasting, organic meats: 100% grass-fed beef, organic heirloom-variety pork, free-range chicken.

Greensbury has a wide selection of various cuts (especially for beef). Great variety packs and always special deals on shipping!

All Greensbury Market farms are certified United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic. Greensbury farms are considered "beyond organic" - animals are humanely raised, farms are completely self-sufficient and sustainable.

7. Tendergrass Farms

Tendergrass Farms is a cooperative of small family farmers selling grass-fed beef, organic pork, organic chicken, and organic turkey. All the farmers raise their animals in a 100% pasture-based environment in southwest Virginia.

Tendergrass Farms offers a huge selection of beef and pork cuts, as well as chicken and turkey. Tendergrass products are of the highest quality and some of the finest you will find, exceptional taste and very moist.

Another quality feature of ordering with Tendergrass is their efficient shipping model. All orders are processed through a central distribution center in Nebraska, allowing them to ship by ground FedEx - a huge saving on shipping costs for the customer.

8. Border Springs Farm

Border Springs Farm is located in Virginia and has some of the most incredible lamb meat you will find anywhere in the world - available for purchase by mail either by the whole lamb or half lamb. Border Springs is an exceptional example of the high quality of American lamb today.

A whole lamb constitutes approximately 40 lbs of vaccum packed meat; chops cut to 1 1/2" thick, two whole legs, 4 shanks, sholder steaks cut to 1" thick, ground meat, stew meat.

9. Heritage Foods USA

Heritage Foods is the sales department of Slow Food USA, dedicated to reviving the great variety of livestock that once existed for our forefathers. Meat from rare breed pigs and cattle, heritage turkeys, sheep, bison, and Native American foods. All raised under strict protocols and labeled with detailed info on the production and processing. Somewhat limited choice of cuts.

10. Peter Luger Steak House

New York's #1 steakhouse has made their prime, dry-aged steaks available to the public. Order strip steaks (24 to 26 oz each) or porterhouse steaks (36 to 38 oz each).

11. Lobel's of New York

A New York City institution is what every butcher shop should be, premium meats with fantastic service. Prime dry-aged beef, fresh veal, and prime lamb hand cut to order and delivered fresh, never frozen. Also available is Kurobuta (Berkshire) pork, Kobe-style beef, heritage beef and pork, artisan sausages, organic chicken and other poultry, and a lot more. Be sure to check out Lobel's guide to meat for lots of great information.

12. Allen Brothers

Supplying some the the finest restaurants in the country, this very high end Chicago company has been in business since 1893. Wet- and dry-aged beef, Kobe-style beef, Pork (including Berkshire), Lamb, Poultry and Duck, Buffalo, Venison, and a lot more. Premium prices, but you won't find better meat anywhere.
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