5 favorite mail order meats

There’s no substitute for a great local butcher that you can drop by on at a moment’s notice to pick up a great cut of meat. But, these five mail order meat companies have unusual, drool-worthy and high quality selections of some of the finest meats that they’ll deliver right to your doorstep. Skip the average brands in favor of one of our favorite items from the best mail order meat companies.

1. American West Beef Company Stuffed Tenderloin
Based in Boulder County, Colo., American West Beef Company has been delivering steakhouse-quality aged meats to doors across the country for the better part of a decade. The steaks are delicious, but our pick is the 3-pound tenderloin roast that’s aged an average of 21 days and stuffed with vegetables or a mushroom mixture. Why anyone would get the julienne vegetable stuffing over the mushroom stuffing with bacon, red pepper and onion will always remain a mystery to us, but both of them are truly great options for a robust roast that everyone will love. Courtesy of americanwestbeef.com

2. Fossil Farms Ostrich Meat
When it comes to weird, obscure, unusual or exotic meats, Fossil Farms is the name to beat because of its selection that ranges from alligator and kangaroo to yak and rattlesnake. Our favorite mail-order meat is the one that helped inspire brothers Lance and Todd Appelbaum to create the brand in the first place: ostrich. The 99% fat free bird is recommended by the American Heart Association as a healthy red meat alternative, but that’s just the icing on the cake, because it looks, cooks and tastes like grass fed beef without the marbling. Courtesy of fossilfarms.com

3. Heritage Foods USA Porchetta (pork) Rolled and Seasoned Roast
Thomas Odermatt is a third-generation Swiss butcher responsible for creating one of the tastiest sandwiches in the world with his porchetta creation that put his San Francisco restaurant, Roli Roti, on the map. That slice of heaven that ends up in sandwich form is just an individual portion of what you’ll get with this porchetta rolled and seasoned roast because Odermatt handcrafts each of these roasts exclusively for Heritage Foods USA. It’s luscious, mouth-watering, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth delicious and almost gluttonous. Weighing in at five to six pounds and carrying a pretty hefty price tag, this is one roast you’re going to want to share with friends or family. Courtesy of heritagefoodsusa.com

4. Kansas City Steak Company Filet Mignon Steak Bites
Tender smoked beef marinated in Crazy Good Signature BBQ Sauce. Pick up a few orders, cook them on the grill in a tinfoil pouch and serve them to your ravenous guests as an appetizer or part of the main course. When the meat’s this delicious you can’t go wrong with how you serve it — especially if it’s paired with bourbon, rye or a cool and refreshing summer beer. Courtesy of Kansascitysteaks.com

5. Snake River Farms Wagyu Black Grade Brisket
Wagyu. Beef. Brisket. Look at that beautiful hunk of meat. This is the type of purchase you rationalize to yourself and others by committing to have 10 people over to split the cost of this beauty. Smoke it yourself and just forget to invite all your friends. You’ll be eating great for over a week. Courtesy of snakeriverfarms.com