Written for Daily Hive by Lauryn MacDonald
Calgarians have been known to BBQ at all times of the year.
Summer, winter, snow up to our ears – whatever the state of the outdoor world – it’s “challenge accepted” if you’re in YYC.
Whether you’re looking to impress your friends next time you host a backyard party or want to experiment with some new cuts of meat, here is a list of five local butcher shops that offer expert knowledge and top-notch products to help you beef up your BBQ game throughout the year.
Be advised, Urban Butcher’s Instagram account is guaranteed to make you drool. From beef to elk to seafood to pre-marinated items, you’re sure to find lots of new BBQ inspirations at any of their three locations in Mission, Willow Park and the Granary Road Market.
Mission – #3, 2100 4 Street SW
Willow Park – #114, 10816 Macleod Trail SE
Granary Road Market – 226034-112 Street W
Looking for a butcher in SE Calgary? Look no further than The Better Butcher. The owner puts his almost 30 years of meat cutting skills to work on beef, lamb, poultry and pork sourced from around Alberta, and the shop also offers a whopping 24 different kinds of sausage!
Address: 377 Heritage Drive SE
Nestled in the heart of Inglewood, Bite is an independently owned grocery store and eatery. Boasting its very own butcher, here you’ll be able to purchase locally sourced pork, lamb and poultry, with the added convenience of being able to pick up the other items on your grocery list at the same time.
Address: 1023 9 Avenue SE
Having been around for more than 40 years, Calgary Meats has a solid history of butchery and will be able to help you pick the perfect cut of meat. In addition to offering high-quality butchered meats, Calgary Meats also makes a wide selection of handmade sausages which you can pracitically hear calling out to your BBQ.
Address: 2 – 1204 Edmonton Trail NE
Originally established in 1921, it’s safe to say that Bon Ton Meat Market has been around a long, long time. Their huge 7,000 sq. ft. location in Crowfoot offers a wide selection of butchered meats, including some more exotic choices like caribou and rabbit for the more adventurous grillers out there.
Address: 28 Crowfoot Circle NW