Meat delivery services seem like a modern extravagance. With just a few clicks, you can have a Berkshire pork crown roast to a grass-fed prime rib and everything in between delivered to your front door — frozen of course, and only a few hours from a smoker or grill. But there are many practical reasons to spend a few bucks on some of the best meat delivery services today. The first is, as many note, quality: With butcher shops in short supply and many Americans buying their meat from chain grocery stores, protein delivered in a box is often of an elevated quality. For others in more remote locales, these services provide wider options, which open greater paths to culinary adventure. Whether you’re seeking a celebratory cut of meat for a Labor Day barbecuer, simply want to have some nice, locally-sourced chops sent to your address, or gift someone the perfect T-bone, the best meat delivery services of 2021 have you covered.
When using one of these services, you simply select what you want. Then they go about selecting the best cuts from the best places in the world, flash-freezing them and shipping them post-haste. Just like that smart home system that you were skeptical about but now can’t imagine being without, these services quickly become an indispensable part of your family’s mealtimes.
The 10 best meat delivery services let you browse meat (from steaks to seafood) online by cut and source. You can also get organic meats — hormone- and antibiotic-free beef, pork, chicken, fish, and more — shipped to your door while you shelter (and grill) in place. To preserve quality and flavor, most of them flash-freeze their meat, vacuum-seal, and deliver them in insulated coolers with dry ice. All that’s left for you to cook and enjoy. Here are some of our favorites.
Everyone knows about the uber-rich Wagyu variety of beef from Japan, but few know that you can get a comparable steak raised in Kentucky. Black Hawk breeds Wagyu bulls with American cows for a marbled, savory steak that has to be tried to be believed. One of its fan favorites, its ground Wagyu burgers, will change your perspective on the humble barbecue forever.
Chicago steak specializes in dry-aged USDA Prime steaks, a rating given to only the top two percent of all American beef, but it also delivers poultry, roasts, seafood, sides, and desserts. They have a number of holiday gifts and specials, including the Seasons Greetings, which is two dry aged rib eye steaks and seasonings, and the holiday gourmet sampler, which includes two boneless strips, two ribeyes, two flat irons, two top sirloins, and eight angus steak burgers.
With the tagline, 'Meat that's raised better tastes better,' Porter Road specializes in hormone-free, antibiotic-free, and pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. It was started by two Nashville restauranteurs who opened up a butcher shop when they couldn't find the quality meat they wanted. Today, they source their meat from pastures in Tennessee and Kentucky, and practice whole-animal butchery at their own facility. Packages include the 'stay at home' and 'get grilling' bundles, and subscription is now available.
D'Artagnan is the meat purveyor for foodies and those who prefer the finer things in life. In addition to shipping antibiotic- and hormone-free, grass-fed meat like Angus and Wagyu beef, pork, lamb, duck, chicken, and turkey, D'artagnan offers foie gras, caviar, and pre-made charcuterie boards that are ideal for holiday platters. You can pre-order holiday spiral hams as well as turkey or even goose if you want to go old-school with your Christmas offerings.
Want to go big this holiday with a bone-in prime rib big enough to feed an entire battalion? Or just send someone a fancy-as-hell charcuterie board that features a spreadable Iberica sausage, aged pecorino, and some more traditional Italian cured meats? Meat N Bone is a great place to try. It has a wide variety of high-end meat and seafood for the holidays and beyond. Bonus: All its beef is dry-aged a minimum of 30 days for amplification of flavor.
Holy Grail's meat delivery service offers a unique selection of premium, artisanal beef, including A5-grade Japanese Wagyu and Kobe Beef. This is the place to shop for serious foodies who want to read up on the varieties and sourcing of their steaks. As a holiday special, they have Japanese Korabuta boneless smoked ham for $69 as well as such gift packs as the Dry Aged Upper Prime Gift flight, which includes ao pair of dry-aged upper prime NY strips and a pair of dry-aged upper prime ribeyes sourced from the same suppliers where Michelin-starred restaurants get their beef
Omaha Steaks is perhaps the well known meat delivery company. They send meat, poultry, and seafood, as well as slow-cooker meals, pre-prepped skillet meals, and fully prepared foods for those looking for quick meals. It's best known for its beef, which is sourced from Nebraska, grass-fed, and grain-finished. A variety of holiday gift offerings let you send everything from full spreads to a few filets to people on your list.
If you're fanatical about sourcing your meat, Snake Rivers Farms is for you. The company, known for its flavorful, marbled American Wagyu, controls its entire supply chain, from the ranches where cattle are raised to the humane processing plants it uses. All meats are either wet-aged (vacuum sealed and refrigerated for a minimum of 21 days) or dry-aged for a minimum of 45 days. The company's Wagyu Beef cattle are grass and hay fed on pasture for the first year of their life, before switching to hay, forages, and grains. The Kurobuta Pork hogs are fed on a co-op of small family farms in the Midwest. And the Double R Ranch Beef are grass and hay fed on pasture for the first year as well, and then switched to grains.
Crowd Cow is your one-stop-shop for everything meat related — and they source everything from local farms. From crabs to lobster, and salmon. Crowd Cow works with a subscription model. You customize your box with your choice of meats which will then be delivered to you monthly. You can also make single-orders for all items, including such holiday offerings as prime rib roasts and smoked hams.
Heard there's a wait list? No more. Butcher Box is cranking out the meats to an even greater customer base after a few months of overload, providing 100-percent grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage breed pork to your domicile. Animals are raised humanely, many free-range, and without chemicals, hormones, or antibiotics. Each portion is $6 or less, shipping is free, and you can choose a pre-selected box based on your protein of choice or craft your own based on your month's menu. Bonus: The website has a ton of recipes if, after so long in quarantine, you're getting bored with your old standards.
DeBragga butchers source meat for many of New York's better-known restaurants. Its website goes into great detail about each variety and cut of meat, from apple fed New York state lamb to Australian lamb, dry-aged prime New York strip steak to Japanese Wagyu. Shipping depends on location, starting at $9.99 in the northeast and up to $49.99 on the west coast. DeBragga promises their meat is humanely raised without hormones or antibiotics.
This nearly 200-year-old family farm pivoted in 2007 to grass-fed beef out of concerns for the land, and they haven't looked back. Using a mixture of cool- and warm-weather grasses, cattle are grazed on open land, not pens, and are never treated with hormones, antibiotics, GMOs, or other additives. While it's known for its beef, the company also has a variety of other meats, as well as seafood.
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