Memorial Day is just around the corner, and if you are like me, you will spend some time around your favorite grill. May is national beef month, and In 2018 alone, Americans ate over 56 lbs of beef per person, and that number is expected to grow in 2019.
There are so many great meats markets in the Twin Cities for delicious cuts of beef, pork, chickens or home-made sausages. Here are a few of my favorite to hit up for Memorial Day, Father’s Day or any of the grilling days of Summer ahead.
St Paul Meat Shop
1674 Grand Ave, St. Paul,
The St. Paul Meat shop is a neighborhood butcher shop and deli on Grand Avenue. They are butchering whole animals and use all the parts and pieces in their store. They are some of the most helpful people in the world. They do special orders and each day stock their cases with meats, and also scratch made sides to pair with your dinner, bbq, or picnics like fresh kraut, chimichurri, and various salads and sides.
They are known for their delicious Cardamom chickens you can grill or even do beer can style as well as their French Onion, Fulton Beer and Cheddar brats and hot dogs made on site.
215 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis,
Authenticity is the name of the game at Kramarczuk’s, Founded by Ukrainian emigrants and featuring Eastern European fare since 1954. Best known for its 40 varieties of handmade sausages, including Bratwurst, Italian and Polish Sausages they also have thick cut steaks and meats and various types of beef jerky. Don’t miss their $40 grilling sampler which gets you 4 smoked andouille, 4 cooked bratwurst, 4 polish kielbasas, and 4 apple chicken sausages all great for the grill.
Clancey’s Meat and Fish
4307 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis
Clancey’s Meat & Fish is a classic neighborhood butcher shop in Linden Hills with modern sensibilities. This butcher shop is a purveyor of high-quality, locally-sourced, sustainably-raised meats from Thousand Hills, Hidden Stream, or Hill and Vale Farms. Looking for hard-to-find protein like pork belly or suckling pig? Clancey’s can get it for you. Making Pies and need fresh Lard, look no further than Clancey’s. Kristen Tombers and her staff are helpful, knowledgeable, and will get you whatever you fancy for your meat needs
Lowry Hill Meats
1934 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
Lowry Hill Meats focuses on old-world skills with a culinary flair. They rely on regionally sourced, ethically raised, clean, quality meats. They are a whole animal butcher shop which gives them the benefit of preparing custom cuts, as well as dry aging, and several bone-in cuts that have fallen behind at your everyday supermarket. Try the Bone in Filet or Classic Bone in Thick cut Sirloin for a great grilling option.
Consider joining their Monthly Meat Club for $80 a month.
Monthly packages include:
- 3 lb. fresh butcher cuts (may consist of beef, lamb, goat & pork)
- 1 lb. LHM handmade sausages
- 1 lb. thick cut bacon
- 1 whole bird (poultry offering may vary based on our farmer’s offering)
- 1 new exciting item from our kitchen or pantry
- Made fresh in-house weekly – with over 40 rotating
4159 Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale
Hackenmueller’s Market is not only notable for its list of handmade sausages and premium cuts of meat, but also for its longevity. This community meat market has served the Robbinsdale area for more than 120 years. For the past 30, Gordy Lindenfelser, has owned and operated the shop, each day proving there’s still a place in our world for an honest-to-goodness, old-fashioned butcher.
Heading up North?
303 East Sheraton Street, Ely MN
Make a quick stop in Tower Minnesota outside Lake Vermillion or Ely to the Zupps Grocery Stores for the “Smoked Polish or Smoked Polish Delights” which can also be bought online. The smoked Polish delights are my idea of the greatest hot dog in the world. Some call them the Slovenian Sausage and Grandpa John Zupancich started making them in 1914. They are smoked for 7 hours and are perfectly grilled with the crispy skin and juicy inside.
310 North Main Street, Pierz, Minnesota.
Past St Cloud, about 2 hours up North, is world famous Thielen Meats. This is a 4th generation meat market since 1922. I learned of it from Amy Thielen, local chef, who has a show on the Food Network called The New Midwestern Table, and this is her families meat market. They are known for hand curing their hams and bacon in the house, and they also have over 100 varieties of sausage including Cajun, Pepper Jack, and Wild Rice and ready to eat items like marinated steaks for grilling. Don’t miss the thick cut pork chops here which are perfect rubbed with seasoning and grilled.