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Eleven Local Butcher Shops For When You Want to Cook Paddock-to-Plate Produce at Home

Find the perfect steak, house-made snags, French-trimmed cutlets or rack of ribs.
By Jordan Kretchmer
August 01, 2020
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Eleven Local Butcher Shops For When You Want to Cook Paddock-to-Plate Produce at Home

Find the perfect steak, house-made snags, French-trimmed cutlets or rack of ribs.
By Jordan Kretchmer
August 01, 2020
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ELEVEN LOCAL BUTCHER SHOPS FOR WHEN YOU WANT TO COOK PADDOCK-TO-PLATE PRODUCE AT HOME

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Find the perfect steak, house-made snags, French-trimmed cutlets or rack of ribs.

Trying to work out how many kilos of lamb shoulder you'll need to feed six? Not sure what type of sausage to use in that pasta recipe? Don't know the difference between grain- and grass-fed? One of the best parts about going to a local butcher (aside from getting the freshest cuts of meat) is having a chat with the knowledgeable staff.

Butchers know their product, from the whole beast to small goods, and will be able to answer all your carnivorous quandaries. And whether you're shopping for minced meat, French-trimmed cutlets or a rack of ribs, you'll want to talk to your butcher about free-range, local and ethical options, too.

We've teamed up with American Express to round up some of the best truly local butchers right across Sydney, so you can shop small with your Amex Card every time you want to fill up the fridge or pantry.

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    Tucked away from the bustle of Hall Street is this excellent local butcher. The guys from Field to Fork love to chat all things meat — whether it’s what you’re going to be cooking up at home, or about the meat in the fridges, much of which is grass-fed, cage-free and raised without hormones. Alongside its selection of red meats and poultry, are hot, cooked meals like sticky lamb ribs and slow-braised lamb shanks. The butchers is also known for its South African-style dried meats — the biltong is legendary, spicy and moreish, while the droëwors (a traditional dried coriander-seed spiced boerewors sausage) is meaty, tender and addictive.

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    The Freshwater Butcher

    This free-range meat purveyor services the Freshie community with meat and poultry from farms with sustainable practices. Its free-range beef and lamb is grass-fed with no grains, hormones or chemicals. Pork comes from an ethical farm located just outside of Ulladulla on the South Coast, while organic chickens are also from free-to-roam farms. In winter, you’ll find family sized golden-crusted, house-baked pies, and the butchers also stocks essentials like bread and milk. It also does regular specials, be it a French-style pork fillet roast stuffed with cranberries and chestnuts, wrapped in bacon with prunes on top, or a rolled lamb loin packed with a fig and pistachio stuffing. No time to pop in? Locals can also make use of the free home delivery service.

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    Farmgate to Plate - Miranda

    This Miranda-based butcher puts an emphasis on provenance and transparency, to help support Australian livestock farmers. Along with showcasing meats, it also shares its support of specialty farms, including the Gourmet Goat Lady, Bergalia Beef, Camden Valley Veal, Canowindra Farm Chicken, Maremma Free Range Ducks and Leadoux Turkey. To this end, you can find beautiful hunks of veal osso bucco, free-range butterflied chickens and marbled wagyu rump cap. It also has a great selection of bottled goods, including Truff Hot Sauce, McLure’s Pickles, Malfroy Gold Honey, and Old Bones smoked garlic chilli sauce.

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    This slick shopfront beholds one of the best butchers in the lower north shore. Service comes with a smile, and the black-tie and navy apron-sporting butchers are more than happy to talk you through the plentiful carnivorous goods. Owner Stef Millin took over the shop from Stephen Penny in 2018, and he’s set on honouring each animal through the traditional art of butchery. House specialties include dry-aged beef, smoked ham legs (from the on-site smoker) and English-style sausages. Semi-prepared meals are also a local favourite and include chicken kiev, veal involtini and lamb curry, as well as a selection of its own sausage rolls, stocks and soups.

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    Pacific Gourmet Meats

    Open since 2000, this Cronulla-based butcher is all about offering affordable, quality meats. The classic butcher offers hormone-free whole chooks, easy-to-cook skewers, thick rib-eye steaks, tender lamb backstraps and a range of sausages. It’s the sort of butcher you can walk into with absolutely no clue about what you want to buy, then walk out with a bag full of meat and some solid cooking inspiration. You’ll also find local eggs and seasoning options here, too.

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    Sam the Butcher

    This Bondi Road butcher focuses on grass-fed beef, and has been serving up organic meat and poultry to the Bondi community for 21 years. Alongside all the different beef cuts, you’ll also find lemon, thyme and garlic seasoned half chooks, French veal saucisson, gluten-free crumbed schnitzels and smoked chicken breasts. After a snag? There are 20 different kinds, including Italian pork, sweet chilli chicken and Sicilian pork and fennel sausages. These guys also specialise in an interesting selection of specialty meats, including camel steaks, venison, crocodile tail fillet and even emu meat.

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    Ribs & Roast Pty Ltd

    Ever wanted to enjoy sous vide (meat that’s been vacuum-packed and carefully cooked in a water bath) at home? Ribs & Roast is an Australian-owned company, which wholly focuses on pre-cooked restaurant quality sous-vide meats. Rather than being a traditional butcher, they do half the work for you, carefully seasoning and cooking meats for its customers. Opt for Italian inspired saucy lamb shanks, tender three-bone-in chuck beef ribs or Portuguese-inspired chicken Marylands. Can’t decide what to get? There are two pack offerings — a barbecue pack (complete with beef and pork ribs, pulled pork, chicken wings and beef brisket), or the burger pack (with pulled pork and shredded beef).

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    Meadow Meat

    Whether you want to go all-out with hunks of pasture-fed yearling prime rib or keep it simple with classic barbecue-ready skewers, Meadow Meat’s fridges are always stocked with plenty of options. Its staff hand-picks the best quality cuts of meat and dry-age produce on-site, which make for flavoursome, buttery tender steaks.

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    Waterloo Superior Meats

    Whether you’re after comfort cooking favourites like bone-in lamb legs and pork shoulder roasts, or weeknight dinner staples like whole chooks and lamb chops, this Botany Road butcher is a meaty winner. Owner Michael Kristallis prides himself on the shop’s homemade snags, with the traditional beef sausage proving to be the most popular. Regular customers return week after week to have a chat with Kristallis, who is passionate about delivering high quality grass-fed beef and lamb to locals.

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    Peters Meats

    Located within the Pacific Square shopping complex, Peters Meats has been serving the Maroubra community for over 30 years. This is the place to go to level-up your weekend barbecue game with some Rangers Valley black onyx striploin, a rack of Gooralie free-range pork ribs, eye fillets from the Manning Valley or some handmade brisket and chuck burger patties (which it also supplies to local restaurants). You’ll also find six shelves stacked with plenty of sauces and seasonings for extra inspiration, be it slow cooker base sauces, spicy sriracha numbers, bone broth concentrates or herb-flecked salts.

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    Exclusive Meats North Turramurra

    This locally-owned butcher prides itself on its German-style sausages. Head butcher Jason Douglas was an apprentice here before taking over the shop over 20 years ago, and his Nuremberg bratwurst, chicken bratwurst and continental frankfurter are all made using traditional methods. You’ll also find legs of double-smoked ham, which is worth ordering ahead at Christmas time, alongside poultry, beef and lamb.

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Shop small to support the local stores that make Sydney so great. To learn about American Express and the Shop Small initiative, visit here. Then, head this way to find more must-visit spots around Sydney.

Top image: Leigh Griffiths

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