Grass-fed cows are notoriously healthier and happier, frequently participating in triathlons and giving keynote speeches at motivational seminars. Live the good life with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of natural meats at T-Bones Natural Meats in O'Fallon.
T-Bones Natural Meats' cows spend halcyon lives eschewing GMO corn and feasting on lush grasses, barley, hay, and minerals in the free-range splendor of sunny Manitoba, Canada. The antibiotic- and steroid-free cattle are then processed, USDA inspected, and dry aged for 14 days, leaving the pampered beef as tender as the ego of a professional tetherball player. After aging, T-Bones exposes succulent meat to the air for 14 minutes before vacuum sealing and flash freezing it to prevent rogue flavor from escaping.
One-pound packages of ground beef ($3.79) enable carnivores to mold the well-processed cattle into hamburgers or edible replicas of Michelangelo's David. Expanding the horizons of its bovine stock, T-Bones rolls lean, nitrite- and MSG-free pork into spiced brats in 20 different flavors. Though not included with this deal, meat noshers can augment their beefy repasts with T-Bones' auxiliary inventory of sauces and seasonings, or glean culinary guidance from the store’s suggested recipes.
T-Bones Natural Meats
When Terry Yake found his way off his family's farm to pursue a career as a professional hockey player, he didn't dream that it would lead him back. During his time with the St. Louis Blues, Terry would return from every trip back home to Manitoba, Canada, with a care package under his arm, packed with the farm's fresh, free-range beef. His teammates got a taste at a backyard barbecue and began clamoring for more beef like a carnivorous pack of parrots. When Terry returned to the St. Louis area, so did the demand for his family's meat. He began running a bare-bones operation out of his garage, which eventually grew into a retail outlet that allows Terry to share the fruit of his family's labor with the community he now, happily, calls home.
All of T-Bones Natural Meats's beef comes from animals that graze freely, without the effects of hormones, steroids, or antibiotics. The same can be said for the free-range poultry, pork, and bison that the team procures from area farms. The animals eat what they would in nature, which Terry believes results in a better taste, a better conscience, and better nutrition—as studies have shown. Their sausages are made from pigs that have been raised equally kindly; the meat is wrapped in natural casings with all-natural add-ons, such as fresh mushrooms, just-chopped apples, and pure maple syrup. All the meat is flash-frozen, a more eco-friendly way of salting it and storing it in an ice palace.