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Don’s Specialty Meats is one of the top charcuterie houses in all of Acadiana.
They produce 2000 pounds of boudin a day and that doesn’t even take into account all the cracklins, andouille, and chaurice that patrons queue up for out on the western prairies of Louisiana.
But the long-running concern has not had an easy go of it lately: Don’s Carencro outlet burned to the ground in October of 2016. That location had been running since 1993.
Then the feds came calling and walloped Don’s with a fine of $480,313 .
Don’s was a mite shaky when it came to properly compensating their workers and the feds had to have a come to Jesus meeting with them and their coffers.
Heart of Louisiana featured Don’s in the video above and it’s worth checking out if you’re into our state’s rural butchery scene.
We ran over to Shank Charcuterie last week to buy a few pounds of hog meat to convert into Tasso ham. Later this summer we’re cooking for a wedding party of 95 hardworking Texans and we wanted to make sure our ham work was at its peak.
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Enter cauliflower boudin.
Purists may be outraged but Berzas is a savvy businessman whose sausage making skills are nonpareil in Acadiana.
Cauliflower boudin has only been on the menu for a short time but the meat shop has already sold over a thousand pounds of the stuff.
Of course if you still want the genuine article, T-Boy’s will be more than happy to oblige.
When we lived in Austin, Bryan Butler of Salt and Time was an invaluable resource. The man who is now known as Texas’ Butcher King was always willing to help us out on our kitchen projects. For instance: we scored an 18lb, two year old country ham from Benton’s up in Tennessee and needed the shank finessed out by a professional. Butler did it in under a minute.
Last weekend the old-school meat cutter faced off vs Michael Majkszak, owner of Majkszak’s Meat Market in Conroe, and Shawn Knowles, owner of Old Town Market in Lewisville in a showdown sponsored by The Texas Beef Council.
Butler, who’s logged 22 years in the meat game, schooled the upstarts to win $5k.
Bryan Butler is the king of Texas butchers.
Late last year we were hanging out with the butcher at Shank Charcuterie here in New Orleans, and doing what we always do, talking about where the best pork bellies are coming from these days. Continue Reading