The Local Pig
Fair Warning: if you’re a vegan or vegetarian, this post is not for you. I’m going to talk about meat. Really.Good.Meat.
The hubs and I discovered a local butcher shop near Downtown KC that provides meat from local farmers in the Kansas City area. It’s a little off the beaten path but, it’s worth the drive. It’s called: The Local Pig.
When we first walked into The Local Pig, we knew we had found a gem. The glass-front meat case was brimming with fresh aged meats and charcuterie all cut from the best chicken, pork, and beef in the area. Someone at the large butcher block table behind the counter was expertly slicing steaks from a huge hunk of tenderloin. Wow. What a production!
As we perused the meat case, what caught our eye first was the bacon. It’s 1/4-inch thick. Now I know I’ve got your attention: seriously, their bacon is 1/4-inch thick!!! Black Pepper, Bourbon Jalapeno, Miso Honey. How do you choose?! I don’t think we did. I believe we got 1/2-pound of each that time, just to try.
Now, I mentioned that they serve charcuterie, too. Ever heard of headcheese? What about scrapple? Braunschweiger, anyone? The Local Pig utilizes every part of the animals they butcher. Kind of like the old days. When I saw the braunschweiger, I had to try it. One of my fondest memories of my mother is sharing slices of braunschweiger on crackers with her. A couple of years ago, I bought a tube of it at a grocery store and nearly puked when I tasted it. It was not the same as I remembered. I was disappointed. But, I figured that The Local Pig’s braunschweiger had to be better than the store-bought kind. It was. I cried. I’m pretty sure the guy behind the counter thought I was crazy but, it tasted EXACTLY how I remembered it. It immediately transported me back to sitting next to my mom in the recliner divvying up the snack between the two of us. The boys didn’t like it; just the two of us did… It’s funny how food can have such a strong connection with our memories.
After the braunschweiger experience and cooking up all of the different bacons, we were hooked. And we keep going back for more. Some of our favorite meats are: the bacon (duh), burgers, sausages, habanero summer sausage, pepperoni, flank steak, and tri-tip steak. We’ve never had anything that we didn’t like and it feels good to support the local economy.
If you get the chance to make the trip down to The Local Pig, do it. As the weather warms up, your grill’s going to beg for you to use it! Give it what it wants. 😉