Meat, the handsomest of the nine food groups, gets its good looks from spice rubs, tenderizers, and long soaks in anti-aging marinades. Ogle seductive slabs with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of fresh meats from J&M Specialty Meats at Country Meats in Harrisburg.
Located just outside Sioux Falls, Country Meats keeps carnivorous cravings in line with fresh protein cuts, specialty jerky, marinated goods, and more. Sausage lovers will appreciate the 31 flavors of brats, such as Red Hot & Cheddar, Chicago Raw, and pineapple ($3.99–$4.79/lb), and paramours of protein unwilling to commit can play the field with an assortment of snack meats, from salami, teriyaki-pork, and jalapeno sticks ($8.99/lb) to various styles of jerky ($17.99/lb). Shoppers can also select from an array of expertly cut steaks, including rib eye, sirloin, T-bone, filet mignon, and New York strip ($7.99–$13.99/lb), as well as whole chickens ($8.50) and boneless marinated breasts ($4.99/lb). Free samples of homemade specialties on Fridays appease curious nibblers and wandering piranhas.
Country Meats' skilled butchers cull from a colossal cache of fresh, top-quality meats, slicing custom cuts of beef, wild game, buffalo, and pork. The knowledgeable staff slings more than 30 brat flavors, including pineapple, green onion, and skinless varieties infused with cheese. Whole chickens deliver protein alongside their red-meat brethren, which include gourmet burger patties and freshly cut sirloin and filet-mignon steaks. Summer sausages artfully complement the shop's smattering of cheeses, and edible accouterments such as farm-fresh eggs and potato salad round out meaty meals. Every Saturday, customers can voyage to Country Meats to nosh on house-made samples, and during hunting season, the shop's hours expand to accommodate wild-game processing and bouts of camouflage Hide-and-Seek.