It is getting harder and harder to find independent butchers these days because most of us get our meats from our local grocery stores. But when you do find an independent, locally owned and operated butcher, they are a real treat. I found such a treasure called Wally’s Quality Meats purely by happenstance. “Wally’s Quality Meats has been delivering quality service and products to Westminster, CO since 1997. Wally’s is well known for its reputation for following through when only the finest will do. Whether it’s a holiday, special occasion, a great day to grill, or you simply want to treat yourself to the best, Wally’s offers a wide selection of the highest quality meats available. From our USDA choice and prime beef, aged for tenderness and flavor, to our pork, lamb, veal, elk, buffalo, venison, game birds, and Red Bird all natural chicken, to our large assortment of homemade and locally produced sausages. Wally’s also offers a variety of deli meats and cheeses.” And, it is literally just down the street from where I live. Bonus!
Larry is known as the “Coupon King”, a title he proudly acknowledges. He was clipping coupons and came across one for Wally’s Quality Meats. I wanted to purchase some elk meat (more to come on this in the near future), and that is not something you can usually find at your local grocery store, at least not mine. So coupon in hand, I went to Wally’s. I was thoroughly impressed. The minute I first walked in the door, the aroma of freshly made beef jerky permeated through the store. It was just calling to me, and I had to have a sample. It was some of the best beef jerky I’ve ever tasted. It was so fresh and full of flavor and very tender. The store was spotlessly clean and well stocked with a wide variety of fresh and frozen meats, seasonings and other goodies.
I love elk, as well as a lot of other game meats, but I do not cook with them all that often. I asked Dan, the owner, if he could recommend any particular rubs or spices that would really enhance the flavor of the elk, and he pulled out his favorite. You can tell he really likes this one by the “smile in his eyes”. So, of course, because this rub came so highly recommended, I bought this too.
I bought way more than I had intended to when I went to Wally’s, but somehow, I get the impression they are used to this. It’s hard not to want to purchase everything in the store when you see all the great quality of meats there. This is what I came home with. You will see them in some great recipes in the very near future.
Wally’s Quality Meats and Delicatessen is located at 11187 N. Sheridan Blvd., Suite #8, Westminster, CO 80020. You can reach them either by phone at (303) 439-8024 or online at http://www.wallysqualitymeats.com. They are open Tues-Fri from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:00 Am – 5:30 PM.
Stay safe and stay well everyone. ‘Til next time.