5 Phoenix Metro Butcher Shops To Buy Local Meats This Grilling Season
We all do our shopping at the supermarket, and there’s no shame in that.
But it’s a wonderful feeling when you walk into a nice butcher’s shop, because you know you are making the food you buy your own.
Buying local, sustainable meat is preferable for many reasons – the difference starts in the beautiful displays of premium marbled beef and lamb, but there is so much more going on behind the counter as well. Unlike big box stores, these valley butchers work directly with local farmers to ensure their animals are raised and slaughtered humane. Many of them bring in whole cows and pigs and use them all, make their own sausages and sell broth from the bones.
Not to mention, the meat tastes better than the factory-raised stuff.
“It’s not light, fluffy, and full of steroids and corn, it’s a whole different product,” says farmer Tim Kenney, who runs Red Mountain Cattle Company, a small cattle farm in Mesa. . Red Mountain has a small country store where you can purchase fresh mesquite honey from the bees on the 46-acre property, as well as grass-fed rib eye, sirloin, burgers and more.
Sustainable meat is not difficult to find in Arizona.
Farmers’ markets, including the Uptown Farmers Market in Phoenix and the Gilbert Farmers Market, both on Saturdays, are great places to start. And if you want to go the extra mile, the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association has a website that lists dozens of local breeders with contact information, searchable by county.
But life is complicated, so here are a few butcher shops that you can visit almost any day of the week. You’ll feel good about yourself, help out a local business, and maybe find a nice gift for Dad while you’re at it.
Arcadian meat market
With its crisp white tile installation in Arcadia, this butcher shop is the biggest name in the bunch and has been highly recommended by many sellers on this list. The meat crate speaks for itself, with gorgeous mounds of bone-in rib eye steaks and fillets wrapped in prosciutto, Brazilian picanha and bone marrow for lovers of seasoned cuisine. Manager Bryan Suarez said the store takes a holistic approach to animal butchery and focuses on using “all animals in every way possible.” The store partnered with Arizona Grass Raised Beef, which purchased their grass-raised, grass-finished beef from 25 to 30 different farms in northern Arizona. (Finished grass means the animal is not sent to a feedlot at the end of its life, but continues to be raised on the grass.) They also sell local chicken from Top Knot Farms. in Benson, local lamb bacon and more.
Details: 3950 E. Indian School Road, Suite 130, Phoenix. 602-595-4310, arcadiameatmarket.com.
The butcher’s shop
Located in an industrial area south of downtown Phoenix, this hidden gem has been offering quality local meat at more affordable prices since 2008. The little shop also supplies meat to some of the city’s best restaurants, including Pizzeria Bianco, Belly and others. The beef, pork, and lamb come from the store’s small farm in Palo Verde, about 40 miles west of Phoenix. The pigs have misting systems and the owner prepares their feed with a mixture of vitamins, minerals, soy and grains, says chief butcher David Grant. They also sell some interesting cuts of beef, including an “underrated” shoulder cut called teres major which sits next to the flat iron. I took some home and cooked them over high heat on the grill; the flavors were clean and not oily at all. You can eat this rare one.
Details: 202 E. Buckeye Road, Phoenix. 602-258-5075, themeatshopaz.com.
The real beast
A farmer’s market favorite, The Proper Beast sells a variety of sausages and bratwurst made from locally raised Arizona pork. (The Meat Shop is one of their suppliers.) Sausages are made with natural casings and contain no hormones or antibiotics. They come in creative flavors like dashi, which is made with seaweed, pickled green peppercorns, and shiitake mushrooms. In addition to being present at the Uptown Farmers Market, the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market and the Gilbert Farmers Market, the company sells its sausages in the freezer sections of two different brick and mortar markets, including the brand new Urban Market in Chadwick, near Old Town Scottsdale. This adorable space also has a cafe with sandwiches where you can order the breakfast country sausage on an English muffin.
Details: Available at Chadwick Urban Market, 3703 N. 69th Street, Scottsdale. Also, AZ Food Crafters, 961 W. Ray Road, Ste 1, Chandler. For farmer’s market locations, visit theproperbeast.com
The meat market
Located in the Cave Creek and Carefree neighborhood, this chic, contemporary butcher shop offers one of the city’s most impressive dry aging programs. They take ribeyes and T-bones and age them for a few weeks to a month, allowing the flavors to condense and become more prominent when you cook them, almost like blue cheese, the chef at The Meat Market said. Dale Flores. The beef is from the Midwest, but all of the pork, lamb, chicken, and eggs are from Arizona, mostly from Chiricahua Pasture Raised Meats in Willcox. I took home some of their top cut pork sirloin, basically a pork chop with a long, thin layer of fat straddling the edges. I tossed it on the grill for ten minutes over high heat and paired it with some of their homemade Huss Copper State IPA beer mustard and a good dose of ACV. The mustard alone was worth the trip.
Details: 37636 N. Tom Darlington Drive, carefree. 480-575-4358, themeatmarketcc.com.
Red Mountain Cattle Company
Arizona has dozens of sustainable ranches, but this beef business was recommended to me by The Meat Market butcher Josh Anderson. Located off the Red Mountain Freeway in Mesa, this small cattle ranch sells its beef at a country store on the property. Walk down the dirt road and see horses and cows grazing on grass and mesquite beans, then head to the market for steaks, sirloins, rib eye, roasts, burgers, offal and much. Moreover. The ranch is a partnership between Tim Kenney and Scott Tyler, who originally created the space as a horse boarding house called the Tyler Farms Equestrian Center. They have been producing beef for about 16 years and also own 72 beehives that produce local mesquite honey.
Details: 3811 N. Val Vista Drive, Mesa. 480-735-8838, rmcc-llc.com.