We Went To Our First Butcher Shop
- Date Visited: May 12, 2021
- Address: 1240 S Hwy 191, Moab, UT 84532
- Phone: 435-259-4378
- Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-6 PM
Considering the mostly carnivore lifestyle Jamey and I maintain it’s actually quite surprising we have never been to an actual butcher shop before.
Typically when I know we are going to be in an area for at least two weeks I do a ton of research to see what there is to do. We knew we would be staying in Moab, Utah for an extended period so we could check out Arches, Canyonlands and Dead Horse so I jumped on Google maps and got to work. That’s when I found Ye Ol’ Geezer Meat Shop and with a name like that I just knew we had to check it out.
The butcher shop is a family owned and operated business that was founded in 1994. It started out in a garage in Soda Springs, Idaho and moved to Moab in 1999. They carry everything you would expect to find in a butcher shop like steaks, porkchops and boneless chicken breasts. They also carry some seafood products including fresh salmon. If your looking for spices and sauces to add some flavor to your meat they got you covered there as well.
A popular item they sell is jerky. They carry 6 different flavors and make it themselves in-house. When we stopped in they were sold out, but had a couple samples to share and it was delicious. They were actually making it in the back while we were visiting. It smelled so good.
Though all their meat looked good the reason we came in was for a couple items they carried we never had before and wanted to try…elk and duck!
In a cooler by the door there is frozen bison and elk meat. You can buy it in 1 pound packages ground up or as a package with 3 patties. We grabbed a package of elk and were super excited to throw it on the grill that weekend.
In another cooler beside the door is a variety of other frozen meats. They had duck breasts here, but we are cheap and thought it was a bit expensive. We never had duck before and weren’t willing to pay that much for something we didn’t know if we liked or not.
Then we found their bacon case. A variety of animals had been processed into tasty looking bacon strips including duck. At a reasonable 10 bucks a pound we didn’t hesitate at adding a pound of duck bacon to our basket to try.
And even though we didn’t go in looking for it we found some Geezer Doggie Meal packages and couldn’t resist picking some up for Dexter and Everest to try. It was cheap at 4 bucks a pound and contained yummy ingredients like beef liver, kidney and hearts as well as beef fat and trim. Truthfully the furbabies usually eat better than us.
Let’s start with the doggie meal which Dexter the dog really enjoyed. They said to only add a tablespoon at a time so that’s what he got with his lunch and dinner for a week. He loved it. Everest the cat completely snubbed it in true kitty form. He sat me down and reminded me he only eats fish flavored food and I should know better by now.
Jamey spent a good hour on Google trying to find the very best elk burger recipe. After evaluating all his options he made a plan and some burgers and threw them on the grill. Two thumbs up! We both agreed they were much tastier than the bison burgers we had in South Dakota last year. We had lamb burgers for the first time this year as well and really enjoyed them. Jamey liked the elk even more. I liked them both and have a feeling we will be seeing them both sizzling on our grill again in the future.
Early one morning we laid out the duck bacon on the gridle beside some eggs and toast and waited in anticipation. It was kinda disappointing. Have you ever had turkey bacon? Well duck bacon is a lot like that. Jamey enjoyed it more than me, but we both just thought it was ok and won’t be rushing to buy anymore in the future. I don’t think we have given duck a fair shot though so next time we have the opportunity to pick up some duck breasts we won’t be cheapskates and actually do it.
So if you happen to be having some adventures in Moab and are ravenous carnivores like us I highly recommend stopping by Ye Ol’ Geezer Meat Shop. We only scratched the surface of things to do in the area and I know that some time in the future we will be back and making another trip to the butcher shop. I really hope they have jerky in stock next time, because that little sample piece just wasn’t nearly enough!