Illetschko's Meats and Smokehouse is the epitome of a family business. When Mike, Lori, and Jim Illetschko opened their doors in 2008, they were continuing a legacy that stretched far back in their family tree. Their grandfather Joseph Illetschko was a meat cutter. Their uncles Bob and Denny? Trained at the South St. Paul Sausage School. And Mike himself, who also happens to serve as the chief butcher, is an avid sportsman who has been cutting up steaks since he was a kid.?
With that legacy behind their full-service meat counter, the butchers slice off perfect cuts of beef, pork, and poultry to order. The selection includes dozens of other meat choices, fresh seafood, and fish smoked in-house rather than on the grill of a local fire truck. Their DIY attitude extends to their custom sausage-making and wild game processing services.