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Canberra's Carnivore Havens: Top 5 Meat Destinations for BBQ Enthusiasts

Calling all BBQ enthusiasts in Canberra! If you're on the hunt for premium meat to elevate your grilling game, you're in for a treat. Canberra boasts a carnivore's paradise with an array of top-notch meat providers, each offering their unique flavors and cuts. From succulent steaks to melt-in-your-mouth ribs, we've rounded up the five best places to buy meat in the capital city to satisfy your carnivorous cravings.


1. 56 Degrees Meats - Damn Fine Meats

Let's kick things off with 56 Degrees Meats, a boutique online butcher shop that takes precision to a whole new level. This meat haven sources their products from some of the finest wholesalers, ensuring you get the freshest cuts with exceptional quality. From Wagyu beef to amazing lamb and pork, they have it all. We especially like their sales and good stock of Cape Grim Products. They've also been very good to the Canberra BBQ scene, sponsoring events and offering exclusive discounts.


2. Belconnen Food Forum - Choice Cuts at a Choice Price

For a diverse selection of meats and other fresh goods, the Belconnen Food Forum is a must-visit destination. This bustling shop in the Belconnen Mall are renowned for their great quality and even better sales. Follow them on Facebook to track the sales. Pickup a few extra things while you're there.Online sales are good too.


3. Costco Majura - Bulk Up Your BBQ Game

If you're looking to stock up on meat for multiple BBQ sessions or hosting a backyard feast, head to Costco Majura. This wholesale giant is a BBQ enthusiast's dream come true, offering generous packs of high-quality meat at unbeatable prices. From massive racks of ribs to decent briskets, you'll find everything you need to satisfy your carnivorous cravings without breaking the bank. We like them for value briskets, good beef ribs, generous pork ribs, and well priced pork belly. Their 3kg pack of beef mince is well priced too.


4. Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets - A Foodie's Delight

Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets is a treasure trove for food enthusiasts, and meat lovers are in for a real treat. Explore a myriad of butchers offering fresh and diverse cuts of meat sourced from local producers. Whether you're seeking organic beef for a wholesome BBQ or marinated cuts for a quick grill, this foodie haven has got you covered. Our long term go-to have been Mike's Meats and Barry Hawke's Butchers. For a super deal, head down at 4pm on a Sunday when the run-out deals are on. 30-50% off protein is a good option!


5. Florey Fine Meats - Local Belco Favourite

Last but certainly not least, Florey Fine Meats is a family-owned gem that has been delighting Canberra residents for decades. With a strong focus on quality and service, they offer an array of premium meats, including specialty sausages and mouthwatering marinated cuts. We hear lots of great things about their beef ribs. We also hear the proprietor is a mad Irish BBQ legend!


Extra points - ok, so we went past 5. Don't forget Alpha Fresh... They bring in great meat and often have epic sales. Check them out too!


Extra Extra Points - Claystone Meats. These guys are changing the game with locally sourced, all grass fed meat. They have a great showroom in Beard (near Queanbeyan, but still safely inside the ACT ;-) ). We are impressed with the family nature of the business, the friendlly staff and the focus on the product. The farmer literally owns the shopfront. Amazing!


In conclusion, Canberra has a smorgasbord of meat havens for BBQ enthusiasts to explore. Whether you're on the lookout for specialty cuts, international flavors, or budget-friendly options, these five places have something to offer for every grill master. So, fire up your BBQ, gather your friends and family, and embark on a meaty adventure that will have everyone coming back for seconds! Happy grilling!


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