With the ever-growing popularity of the farm-to-table movement, the interest in sustainable, locally sourced ingredients is on the rise. People want to know where there food comes from. Luckily, Missouri has a selection of butcher shops and restaurants serving up a variety of meats that are locally raised and processed on-site, perfect for summertime barbeques.
The Show-Me State is dotted with small-batch, retail butcher shops offering an array of select cuts, expertly made sausages and cured meats. Many are family-owned and operated, process wild game, and offer local, hormone free meat options. Some even have on-site sampling at their deli counter where you can try a sample or order a whole sandwich.
Clark's Custom Meat Company – St. Joseph: Mostly likely one of the Clarks will welcome you with a smile when you walk in the door. In addition to an assortment of high-quality meats and artisan cheeses, you'll find Missouri wines and award-winning barbecue sauces.
Oberle Meats – Ste. Genevieve: Try the world-famous hickory smoked summer sausage, made with the same secret family recipe for the last 145 years.
Swiss Meat & Sausage Co. – Swiss: Located just 12 miles from Hermann, the shop has more than 65 flavors of beef, pork, bison and chicken and about 10 flavors of cured bacon. The company now has a new shipping, warehouse and freezing facility so you don't even have to make the drive, but you should!
Stonie's Sausage Shop – Perryville: Discover more than just sausage. The shop also offers cuts of beef, holiday gift boxes and deer processing.
Burgers' Smokehouse – California: Not only can you buy in-store and online every variety of meat including the "Bacon Connoisseurs Sampler," the smokehouse also provides tours highlighting how all its products are made.
Missouri has a growing number of hybrid restaurant-butcher shops. It only makes sense for chefs to utilize the fresh cuts of meat to create tantalizing menus for diners to enjoy.
Barred Owl Butcher & Table – Columbia: The constantly changing, ingredient-inspired menu of adventurous but appetizing large and small plates and tasty from-scratch cocktails may make you choose a difficult one.
Hermann Wurst Haus – Hermann: With indoor and outdoor seating, the restaurant a features award-winning bratwurst, hickory-smoked pulled pork and housemade sides. Check out Wurst Haus 101 to take a sausage-making class and learn trade secrets!
City Butcher and Barbecue – Springfield: From the Farmer's Market to the brick-and-mortar restaurant, enjoy authentic Texas barbecue as well as handcrafted charcuterie.
The Block Restaurant – Webster Groves: Try a roasted Rensing Farm pork chop with a local sweet potato and grilled asparagus, and pick up a grass-fed, hand-cut fresh ribeye to take home for tomorrow's dinner.
Central Missouri Meat and Sausage – Fulton: Just off the highway, stop in for locally raised, antibiotic- and hormone-free beef and pork, processed on-site. While you're there, order the piled-high, pulled pork fries at the Barnyard Smokehouse.
Missouri is a wonderland for meat eaters with a number of butcher shops and restaurants offering a variety of local, sustainable options. Stop in for dinner or a little something to throw on the grill – or both!