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The Brats Keep Comin’…and with Great Flavor!

 I have never known a butcher shop that had as many different flavors of brats as Northern Meats…and every flavor type is out-of-this-world! Smokehouse Glenn has developed yet another flavor to add to his collection of home-made brats in his store. Today, I tasted Chili Cheese Brats…Mmmm!

Chili Cheese Brats
Chili Cheese Brats

Glenn starts off with his tried – n – true beef and pork brat mixture but the usual ends there. Next Glenn adds the amazing tasting Detroit National chili coney sauce, which I would rate the BEST coney sauce on the planet! Finally there is cheddar cheese to top off the recipe’s flavoring! This recipe mixture makes Glenn’s brat flavorful, moist and juicy! Johnson who? I would want to eat these without a bun so I can make as much room down in the stomach for brats!!!

Chili Cheese Brats
These taste AS Good as they look!!

With the 4th of July quickly approaching, don’t forget to stop by and get all your grilling entrees from Northern Meats, they will be open. Also stop by and visit the Northern Meats table down at Al Quall. Smokehouse Glenn will have a booth at the park serving brats, dogs, hamburger patties!!

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Any Chicken Lover Will Eat Up This New Marinade Flavor!

 Let me make one thing perfectly clear – I LOVE CHICKEN!!! Baked, BBQ, Fried, Broasted – Chicken -on-a -Stick, Croatian, Sesame Chicken, General’s Chicken…you get the picture! Smokehouse Glenn brought in a new “test kitchen item” today that I’ve never tasted before!

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mesquite marinade bone in

Mesquite Marinaded Amish bone in chicken is here for the tasting! Glenn got this chicken from Amish farms that don’t use any hormone enhancement and these chicken pieces are good sized portions. Add them to Glenn’s new Mesquite marinade for flavoring and you are ready for some delicious grilling eats.

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grilled mesquite chicken breasts
Northern Meats, Smokehouse Glenn,
Amish grilled mesquite chicken bone in

 

I have tasted Mesquite flavored BBQ sauce but I’ve never tasted anything marinaded in the correctly balanced flavor of mesquite. Glenn vacuum seals all portions in his marinade so the flavor is working until the chicken hits the grill!!! The flavor of this marinade is out-of-this-world! This chicken is incredible – extremely tender, juicy and, did I say, delicious! I am going to get some of this for Father’s Day grillin’ this weekend!

 

 

Glenn has done it again with another outstanding product item of quality and taste worth every bite! Stop in and see how Northern Meats can improve the taste of your meal!

 

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Sun dried Tomato & Basil Marinaded Chicken Breast

 Sun dried tomato basil boneless chicken breast is addition to the other chicken breast marinades Northern Meats carries – Butter Garlic, Italian and Habanero Lime! Another flavor Glenn is working on that he plans to bring in on a Wednesday is a Mesquite flavored Chicken Breast.

Northern Meats marinaded chicken cut
Northern Meats marinaded chicken cut
Northern Meats Smokehouse Glenn
Northern Meats Smokehouse Glenn

 

Smokehouse Glenn uses both the boneless hormone-free chicken breasts and his favorite, the bone-in Amish hormone-free chicken. Today’s sample was fantastic! The marinaded tomato and basil flavors penetrated the chicken, leaving a rich tasting essence of basil in the meat. The texture of the chicken itself was extremely tender and I love chicken! A great selection for the B-B-Q grill!

 

Smokehouse Glenn is also working on creating more of his gourmet “steak” burger patties. His has a Santa Fe, a southwestern style flavor that will eventually join Glenn’s list of other “steak” burgers – Cajun, Bacon, Mushroom & Swiss and also regular.

 

 

Stop in and see Smokehouse Glenn, taste some of his samples AND check out his website’s featured Items …smokehouseglenn.com!

Sun dried Tomato & Basil Marinaded Chicken

 

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Delicious T-Bones on My Grill

Sunday morning after church, I told my wife that we need to stop by Northern Meats to get something for the grill tonight – we haven’t had steak in quite awhile!

Stopped in and and T-bone steak caught my eye so I asked Glenn to split the last remaining portion he had in the showcase for me. Turned out I left with two luscious steaks just over a pound each! I bought some of Spicy Jo’s “Seasoning X” Sweet & Spicy Seasoning to rub on my T-bone before grilling.

Chairman's Reserve beef on my grill, Mmm!
Chairman’s Reserve beef on my grill, Mmm!

I was practically drooling like Willey Coyote when the grill was fired up, anticipating my dive into the finished product!

Let the pictures sell the rest of the store – our steaks were tender, juicy and Oh, so good, managing to pause to take the photo of my progress half way thru my portion! Chairman’s Reserve Beef is worth EVERY BITE!!!

Stop in to Northern Meats – Smokehouse Glenn offers only the BEST!!!

 

 

 

Moments away from my first bite!
Moments away from my first bite!
Can't believe I could stop eating to take this!!
Can’t believe I could stop eating to take this!!

 

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Snack Sticks Are Snack-A-Lackin’ Good at Northern Meats!

Today Smokehouse Glenn brought in two flavors of his snack sticks – both of which a simply delicious. One flavor was his regular snack stick recipes however Glenn just thought of adding cheddar cheese to so – voila! You have Cheese Snack Sticks and both Glenn and I appreciate practically everything with cheese – so his already delicious sticks taste even better! The Mesquite snack sticks with smoked Mesquite flavoring had a distinct flavor and delicious taste.

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Northern Meats is getting ready for the Memorial Day weekend by providing his Regular brats, Jalapeno & Pepper Jack brats and the Mushroom & Swiss brats and Glenn will provide those meat flavors in patty form for grilling. These three flavors will be sale priced at $2.99 per pound.

Glenn also has received customer interest in making their own brats, so Glenn is carrying cherry, hickory and mesquite saw dust for smoking, he has cure and sheep and hog casing for brat making.

Smokehouse Glenn wishes all his customers a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. If you need anything for grilling or holiday cooking; stop in and get your goodies from Glenn.Northern Meats will be opened 10 – 4 on Memorial Day!!cheese sticks close up

Snack Sticks and Holiday Grilling

 

 

 

 

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The Brat List Keeps On Growing!

 

Northern Meats’ last Sample Saturday had Smokehouse Glenn polling his customers for new brat recipe suggestions. After reviewing many good ideas, this brat was the one that gained Glenn’s attention – so, here we have the winning suggestion – Chicken Bacon Ranch Brats for the sampling today.

 

Smokehouse Glenn's new brats flavor!
Smokehouse Glenn’s new brats flavor!

 

This tasty recipe consists of 100% lean chicken meat, minced bits of Northern Meats own bacon, ranch seasoning plus Glenn’s own mixture of spices that he uses for all his brat recipes. Oh, man – are these brats delicious! Moist as always with all of Glenn’s brats with tender chicken. I couldn’t specifically distinguish the ranch seasoning however this recipe is great tasting!

Sample Saturday's latest brat recipe!
Sample Saturday’s latest brat recipe!

 

This newest flavor joins Glenn’s other customer favorites – Mushroom & Swiss, Mac & Cheese and his Tailgate brats. Smokehouse Glenn has received so many requests for various brat recipes that he may have to TEMPORARILY retire several because his brat list is getting lengthy.

 

 

Another new recipe to emerge from the Northern Meats test kitchen – Sun dried Tomato & Basil Marinaded Chicken breasts. Mmmm Good! Smokehouse Glenn is always at work bringing you quality beef, pork and chicken meal entrees for your eating enjoyment.

 

Nothing beats Glenn's tasty brats from the grill!
Nothing beats Glenn’s tasty brats from the grill!

 

Stop in and browse the selection of tasty meat; items available at Northern Meats and remember – if you don’t see something you had in mind, ASK Glenn! Chances are he has what you want in the store!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Brats

 

 

 

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Another Test Kitchen Item – Mac & Cheese Brats????

If he can case it in sausage casing; Smokehouse Glenn can get it done! I have never heard of all the various flavors of brats coming out of Northern Meats in Ishpeming, but it’s happenin’!

Hey Kids, get your Mom to buy these for dinner!
Hey Kids, get your Mom to buy these for dinner!

The latest test kitchen flavor to invade the world of brats are Mac& Cheese Brats! Young kids of the area unite and give out a shout! Mac & Cheese has taken on a new form but the taste is still there.

Did you ever think you would taste such a thing!
Did you ever think you would taste such a thing!

Glenn uses, as always the best in sausage for these brats but has added macaroni and cheddar cheese to his mix. As you can see from the close up, the macaroni is there along with the cheese but Glenn needs to change his preparation stage a little. Before mixing together a the necessary ingredients, Glenn separately added sausage, cheese and mac in his giant mixing bowl. The one change to this recipe next time will be that he needs to mix the mac and cheese together first before adding it to the sausage mix so the mac will have the cheesey orange color AND flavor! Purely esthetics, mind you but without the mac being mixed properly with the cheesey cheddar, it won’t look like Mac & Cheese and neighborhood kids won’t believe it’s Mac & Cheese if it doesn’t look like Mac & Cheese.

 

Next Time the Mac will be orange-colored  from the cheese!
Next Time the Mac will be orange-colored from the cheese!

Stop in to Northern Meats this Saturday from 10 -6 for Sample Saturday! Smokehouse Glenn will be featuring BRATS this Saturday with grills outside weather permitting of not!! Sample brats and a variety of seasonings from Spicy Jo’s this Saturday!

Mac & Cheese Brats_Sample Saturday

 

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Lamb Fest With Chops & Ribs!

 Leg of lamb has always been the family meat of choice during Easter time at our home and I really love it!

 

Glenn recently received a shipment of lamb rack of ribs in so he decided to cut up some chops out of them and also some loin chops. Northern Meats also carries boneless leg of lamb, lamb shanks and lamb stew meat. Glenn is always helpful to provide cooking tips for all your lamb purchases and his neighbor, Spicy Jo, has all the necessary seasonings for creating the finest tasting lamb meals.

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Rib chops cut right off a top quality rack!

 

Mmm, do these look really good!
Mmm, do these look really good!

 

Traditionally, lamb is a holiday celebration meat for either Christmas of Easter but just look at those lamb chops! They are slightly smaller than pork chops but the flavor of properly seasoned and cooked lamb! Mmmm, I want to get those and cook ’em up right now!!!

 

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Makes your mouth water!

 

Stop on in to Northern Meats in the Country Village in Ishpeming and ask Smokehouse Glenn about this top quality lamb that you see hear or ask about any other meat product you might have in mind…like this rack of lamb!!!

 

Season this and drop it on the grill or in the oven!
Season this and drop it on the grill or in the oven!

 

Northern Meats’ next Sample Saturday will be April 27th featuring a close look and taste of Glenn’s available brats flavors. If the weather is warm enough, he will probably be grilling out in the parking lot! Mark it on your calendar and stop by to Smokehouse Glenn’s Sample Saturday!

 

Lamb chops and ribs

 

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Delicious Hams For Easter From Northern Meats

Easter is a holiday for family celebrating together around a delicious dinner which traditionally features ham! There is only one place to get the BEST tasting ham – that’s from Smokehouse Glenn at Northern Meats.

 

With over 30 years working for Dearborn Sausage, Dearborn produces the best hams which Glenn can personally prepare for you by either spiral slicing and glazing or the classic trim ham.

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Northern Meats is the local butcher shop that can custom spiral slice your ham. Spiral slicing will thinly slice the entire loin length of the ham down to the bone. The ham is then glazed with a honey and sugar combination that adds to the smoky good taste of this wonderful product.classic trim_2

 

Classic Trim ham has the skin and fat removed, it is fully cooked just like the spiral sliced ham and is ready to be warmed for the meal it is planned to be used for. Glenn is very helpful with his customers to offer cooking advice and also provides cooking instructions to maximize your meal enjoyment.

 

If you wish to view the slicing and glazing procedures, visit this article.

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Sample Saturday Was Hamming It Up at Northern Meats

Northern Meat’s third Sample Saturday featured Hams from Dearborn Sausage and Smokehouse Glenn was demonstrating how he can spiral slice and glaze a delicious ham from Easter holiday dinner. Northern Meats is the only custom cut butcher shop in the area that can spiral slice and glaze a Dearborn ham for you.

SMokehouse Glenn offers delicious Dearborn hams!
Deliciously glazed hams for Easter dinner ready for you!
The Custom Cut Butcher at Work!
Smokehouse Glenn handing out Dearborn ham samples.

I had a Dearborn ham for last Christmas and these hams taste delicious! Dearborn Hams are  not  water-added hams meaning that you are paying for a true weight in meat and not extra water. Water adding can also increase the salt content of the ham, which is never desirable.

Glenn was selling several hams this weekend and I had the chance to watch both his slicing and glazing procedures.

Here is Glenn using his spiral slicer on a Dearborn ham:

Now comes the glazing process to finalize that great Dearborn flavor: