San Antonio Meat Markets
The next best thing to dining in a proprietary steakhouse is dining on a fine steak in your own home. While some steak restaurants have in hose markets, we have visited these and feel these San Antonio meat markets are definitely worthy of mention.
Coopers Meat Market
If you're looking for the most essential part of the backyard cookout...meat, you need to visit Cooper's Meat Market. This San Antonio meat market, situated in Alamo Heights, probably has the highest quality cuts of meat in the San Antonio area. Cooper's has all of the common cuts of beef, pork, and chicken. Cooper also has some specialty meats and creations unique to his meat market. Luckily, Coopers Meat Market has online ordering so if you aren't in San Antonio, you can enjoy his high quality products anywhere. Coopers Meat Market is owned and operated by of course, Cooper. Cooper has been in the meat business since 1997 and quickly established himself as a leader in quality and service. He has a full line of options from appetizers such as "little lizzie's" (bacon wrapped chicken, shrimp, or quail with jack cheese and jalapeno), to exotic main courses like Japanese beef, Axis venison, and even the regional favorite, cabrito. Cooper also has homemade casseroles, tamales, and other meats that you will definitely want to try. Cooper's Meat Market is an instant favorite to anyone who has made a purchase here. This meat market is nothing short of highly recommended, or even a "must do" if you demand the highest quality for yourself or your guests. Cooper's motto is "Eat Well and Enjoy Life". We're sure that by eating something bought from this meat market, you will be enjoying life.
Country Boys Meat Market
Some of the very best cookouts in all of San Antonio are supplied with meat from Country Boys Meat Market. Country Boys has been around for over 20 years establishing itself as the San Antonio barbeque and meat headquarters of the south side. It's not a fancy meat market with exotic meats and elegantly named cuts of beef. They do their own smoking right there in the store making their own signature products from guarded recipes. Country Boys is the epitome of down-home south Texas meat markets with reasonable prices. Well known for their sausages and smoked meats, Country Boys has a variety of freshly made sausage links that is known as some of the best across south Texas. Their sausage display offers sausage rings up to three pounds in several different varieties. Country Boys is well known for their sausage links that are pre-smoked and fully cooked that you can eat right out of the display case. These smoked links are available alongside beef jerky and two kinds of summer sausage, cheese and jalapeno. The Country Boys cooked and uncooked sausage products make a trip to this meat market worth the drive from any part of San Antonio. Country Boys sausage is without a doubt their most well known signature meat product. The meat selection at Country Boys Meat Market is quite extensive while you won't often find Ribeyes or New York Strips, you will find some of the best looking and tastiest T-Bone steaks cut over an inch thick. Other cuts available here are sirloins, thin cut round steaks for making jerky, club steaks, chuck, chili meat and ground beef for burgers. As said before, don't expect to find a porterhouse steak or Kobe steak but what you will find is fresh high quality beef reasonably priced. The pork selection at Country Boys is fantastic with several different cuts and types of pork chops, short ribs, spare ribs and baby backs. Some of the ribs available are pre-marinated but opt for the unseasoned ribs and use your own rub or marinade. I like my own better over any pre-marinated ribs anyway. Like pork, chicken is an essential part of any bbq and the sizable chickens at Country Boys are great for the grill, smoker or deep fryer. They keep the display cases stocked with fresh pork and poultry with multiple cuts and weights available for any size gathering and big size appetites. Pre-packaged box specials are available at Country Boys and they are popular! Some of the best deals you'll ever find on cookout meats consisting of beef, pork and chicken are found only at Country Boys Meat Market. We're talking 30 and 40 pounds of meat for a big party or backyard barbeque for $40 to $80 depending on the meat combination in the box. These boxed specials change from time to time but they are the reason that Country Boys Meat Market is the barbeque headquarters of the south side.