Meat isn’t just protein, it’s a way of life—name another country so obsessed with the humble art of BBQ (okay, most of Oceania, but you’re picking up what we’re putting down)? And when food is life (and you’re putting on a little shindig), the ‘steaks’ are high when you’re out to find the best butchers in Brisbane.
Finding a good butcher is as important as finding a good hairdresser. You want someone who is local, offers good quality products and services, but someone who is also friendly and reliable.
You want to know how long and how high to roast that lamb rack for, a butcher who is handy with knives (obligingly debone at your request and where possible), and stocks a fine selection of marinades, condiments and spices to jazz up said meat.
Not to mince words, we don’t think that’s asking too much, and neither do these nine Brisbane butchers.
Meat At Billy’s
Ashgrove and Rosalie
The inner-north king of the meat world, Meat At Billy's is the only place to hit up if you want the best of the best gourmet sausages. The rest of his produce is top notch too, including a selection of meals ready to pop into the oven or straight in the pan. Once you’ve had their panko parmesan crumbed pork cutlets, you’ll never want for anything else.
Rayners Gourmet Meats
A local icon on the New Farm deli set, Rayers on Brunswick Street is heralded as one of the best Brisbane butchers—and for good reason. Serving up some of the best quality meats, deli ham and condiments on the market, Rayners have a penchant for gourmet snags, patties, ribs, and house-made smoked meats, priding themselves on the flavour. Rayner team of butchers know their stuff, and are always happy to answer any questions regarding prep—so don’t be shy!
Gordon And Luxton Gourmet Butcher
Looking for something a little fancy? Say a pheasant to roast, or venison? Then Chris Luxton from Gordon And Luxton Gourmet Butcher is your man. He also stocks all the other usual suspects you’d find at a gourmet Brisbane butcher, including the must-have melt-in-the-mouth Bangalow Pork and Wagyu steaks.
The Standard Market Co.
Newstead and Fortitude Valley
The Standard Market Co. is the epitome of food porn, and their meat department's sheer choice will get your pulse racing. Their pièce de résistance, however, is their dry-age cabinet of wagyu beef hung and cured encased in Himalayan salt bricks. A fine selection of marinades, sauce and local and interstate fine cuts of meat also await, and is one of the best Brisbane butchers for variety.
You don’t need luck to find a good speciality Irish butcher in Brisbane, just follow your taste buds and you’ll find Paul at Annerley Meats; his banter and good old-fashioned service will have you coming back again and again. They are well known around the traps for their sausages—both traditional and experimental—,black puddings and fine cuts of meats for all your BBQ-ing and roasting needs.
Another one-stop-shop foodie haven (you'll find us in the cheese room—just saying), The Stores in West End is more than just high-end deli (if you’re a vego or a vegan, you’d best steer clear of the butcher’s counter). Proudly focusing on ranges of meat that take a ‘whole of beast’ approach, their fridges and cabinets are laden with only the best cuts, both local and from a little further afield.
The Chop Shop
Whether you’re north, south, west or bayside, The Chop Shop has all your carnivorous desires covered. Popular with locals from every pocket of Brisbane, each of their four butcheries has a fantastic range of quality meats, poultry and small goods, which are as satisfying to your pocket as they are to your stomach.
Allsop & England Organic Butcher
The friendly faces at Allsop & England have been serving Brisbane locals since the 80s and are one of a handful of Brisbane butchers who stock certified organic meats. Owner and butcher, Matt guarantees quality and taste and has everything from free-range poultry and eggs, to sodium nitrate-free ham and dry aged meats. You can also stock up on a couple of other organic grocery items like honey and cheese while you’re there.
Conroy’s Fine Meat And Poultry
Whether you’re after grass-fed and hormone-free beef from Tasmania, award-winning Bangalow Pork or free-range poultry from the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the Conroy’s have got your back. They know their meat city-wide and are more than happy to share their knowledge and passion with their customers. If you’re looking for a week night dinner idea their gourmet pies are perfection, especially the beef brisket and bacon.
Need a side to go with that? Here's a kick-ass recipe for a cheese and bacon cob loaf.
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