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Who's Yer Favorite Local Butcher?


Joined Jan 4, 2020
For the 2nd year in a row, I bought 30 lbs of pork belly to make some bacon and it was about 80% fat. I know that pork belly is a roll of the dice, but I'd like a better return for the amount of work involved.

I'm in New Berlin and I've had great results from Rupenas and not so great from Rays. I mean overall, not just the pork belly.

Thought I'd pose the question, 'Who's your favorite butcher?'

JC in GB

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Joined Sep 28, 2018
Maplewood meats has the best pork belly I have used for bacon. You will pay premium price for it as well.

I got pork belly from GFS that worked well for bacon. More fat than the Maplewood belly.

JC. :emoji_cat:


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Joined Jun 13, 2017
No doubt my favorite is Berkshire bellies from a local to me Kroger. MEATY!


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Joined Aug 26, 2013
No real local butcher here. I drive 1.5 hours to Costco for pork belly


Meat Mopper
Joined Jan 27, 2016
I moved a state over a few years ago, but whenever I am back in town I'm always hitting up Brandon Meats.


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Joined Oct 12, 2017
Damn! I don't have local butchers around in my area. Have to go to either,Costco, Sam's club or local Chinese or Filipino supermarkets to find good stuff.....


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Joined Dec 3, 2015
I’m fairly lucky, we have several reputable meat cutters in the area, and we like to support all of them at one time or another throughout the year. I’ll drive to any of them before costco, partly because I can, mostly because they’re closer as well. There is one in Baraboo that I’ve not been to yet, heard good things about it.

Lodi Sausage - excellent bacon, sausage, dried beef, ham. Venison snack stix are also excellent.
Wyttenbach’s - Prairie Du Sac
Prem’s - Spring Green

There is also a pork farm raising Berkshire hogs that has a retail outlet in Prairie Du Sac if that’s what you’re into.


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Joined Feb 18, 2015
I was a dedicated shopper at my local butcher. but then one Christmas they were charging ridiculous prices for tenderloins - total gouging! and then shortly there after I picked up some st louis ribs that just grossly fatty and horrible. they are nice people, but I be paying what they charge.

Costco is my Go To for all meats now. hands down better quality and better prices.


Joined Jan 10, 2019
Anybody been to the UWP retail stores on either side of Madison? What did you think? We're thinking of making a trip to one.

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