Robyn Lane

Robyn Lane

Robyn Lane

Get Your Grill On With These Jersey Shore Butchers This Your Holiday Weekend.

I love to watch the people who man the grill at every barbeque gathering I’m invited to. Most of the people behind the grill are men. Why is that?

The one cooking method I have yet to master is the backyard grill. Sure, I’ve manned a grill or 2 in my day, but I’m not as experienced as I’d like to be.

When it comes to what goes on the grill, I am the self-proclaimed mistress of meat.

I’m excellent at prepping meats, chicken, pork, and other proteins for the grill. Herbs, spices, and marinades are my specialty.

I like a list of options when it comes to shopping for meat. I used to rely solely on the local chain supermarkets to shop for meat, not anymore.

I rarely buy beef, poultry, and pork from the supermarket. Sometimes I purchase meats at the grocery store from the premium quality meat counter.

I can’t always afford the meats behind the high end glass case, but I try to buy the best quality meat I can without breaking the bank.

The one thing I will never buy at a chain supermarket is chicken breasts. I can’t remember the last time I bought any chicken products from a supermarket.

In the last few years, I found that supermarket chicken breasts are tasteless, tough, and woody in texture. It must be all those hormones and antibiotics.

When Livoti’s has a sale on thin sliced chicken cutlets, I load up, especially if it’s the Bell & Evans brand.

I have a list of butchers in rotation that I shop at depending on what I need.

For instance, Lenny’s Silverton Market on Hooper Ave in Toms River carries a variety of chicken sausage in a couple of flavor profiles I can’t find anywhere else. Overall, Lenny’s sells excellent quality meat and poultry.

Also, I think it’s about time I buy a new grill so I can host my own backyard barbeques.  The old one was 10 years old and needed to be put out of it’s misery.

Grill at Home Depot.Get Your Grill On With These Jersey Shore Butchers For Your Holiday Weekend
D. McTernan

I am always seeing posts and photos from my foodie friends on social media showing off their grilled and smoked proteins with info on where they purchased their meat products. I usually inquire about the local places these meats are purchased from.

Now I have a solid list of butchers in both Monmouth and Ocean Counties, thanks to all the connections I’ve made over the years on social media. It’s time to share them with you.

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  • Lenny's Silverton Market - 1824 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753 & their sister store, Lenny's Colonial Ranch - 3108 Bridge Ave, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

    We have the meats to please you and always pleased to meet ya! Lenny’s has been at it since 1965! Not only are they known for premium subs, they have a great rep for their butchered meats. I personally shop here. My favorite thing behind the meat counter is the broccoli rabe & mozzarella chicken sausage. I can’t find that combo anywhere else. Both Lenny’s locations give you a nice variety of steaks, loins, chops, cutlets, poultry and sausage. 


  • Mid-Shore Meats - 801 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753

    Another great old school quality place to shop for your meat feast. I was introduced to this place by another Toms River resident when I moved here. They have excellent stuffed pork chops, chicken cutlets, and steaks. On a side note, the subs here are generously portioned and the bread is solid.


  • Forked River German Butcher Shop - 109 Lacey Rd, Forked River, NJ 08731

    Attention: They just added a brand new dry age case!

    Hands down, the best butcher made hot dogs in Ocean County!! They have the best of the wurst, Cheddar Brats. Weisswurst, Neurnberg Brats, Frankfurters (with or without casing), Jalapeño Hot Dogs, Cabanossi (TV Kielbasa), Smoked Kielbasa, Kielbasa Franks, Jerky Sticks, Landjager, Sweet & Hot Italian.

    In search of premiums cuts of beef? These folks will take good care of you. Premium Angus Steaks, Ribeye, NY Strip, London Broil, Flat Iron, Skirt , Hanger , Porterhouse, T-Bone, Filet Mignon, Sirloin and more.

    The burgers are incredible too. Summer Specialties – Angus Sirloin Burgers, Prime Burgers, Sliders, Bleu Cheese Burgers, Teriyaki Beef on a Stick, Yakiniku Beef on a Stick, Jalapeno Pepper Jack Burgers. 




  • Bruno's Meat Market - 747 N Main St, Manahawkin, NJ 08050

    I’ve never been here, but the locals tell me that this is one of their favorite places to shop for more than just the quality meats. Bruno’s has a handful of plans to choose from. If you’re shopping for a large group or family, they offer freshly cut, freezer wrapped and labeled meats and poultry.

    For instance, you can get the family plan pack that consists of: London Broil, 2 lbs chicken cutlets, 2 whole or cut up Bell & Evans chickens, 2 lbs veal cutlets, 2 lbs sweet sausage, 3 lb roast beef, 3 lbs center cut pork chops & 4lbs chopped sirloin for just $199!

    They also have plans for cold cuts and BBQ packages. Plus, they carry dry aged steaks and a variety of store made sausage. Happy grilling!


  • Luigi's Deli Meat Market - 424 Dover Rd, Toms River, NJ 08757

    In the southern part of Toms River, we have Luigi’s. Another super old school Italian meat market that makes solid subs. One of the nice things about Luigi’s besides the hand cut selection of meat, they deliver!

    A woman in my neighborhood orders a whole filet mignon every summer and has Luigi’s cut it up and trim it for her. She says it’s cheaper than buying filet mignon already cut up and paying for it by the pound. Angus burgers, premium steaks, house made sausage, gorgeous chops, frankfurters, bacon, and fresh salads all ready for your next BBQ.

    Luigi’s also has a variety of meat plans to fit your budget.




  • Pop's Butcher Shop - 175 Monmouth Rd #7, West Long Branch, NJ 07764

    A small family owned shop that makes one of the best pastrami sandwiches outside of NYC. 5 star service along with a 5 star selection of quality steaks, chops, burgers and more.

    According to a 2021 article in the Asbury Park Press,  Owner, Donna Leonard said, “We have grass-fed beef, heritage pork and organic chicken.” “We also have exotic meats and Grade A beef for those who do not prefer the grass-fed version. We constantly are getting people to try things here that they otherwise would not want to eat outside of this type of setting.

    Tell them what you need and they will make every effort to accommodate you.

  • Palmer's Quality Meats - 40 Steiner Ave, Neptune City, NJ 07753

    This shop gets mentioned a lot on the food pages I follow. Constant praise for the quality of meats and service.  Quality meats, locally sourced, enjoyed from nose to tail. Palmer’s work directly with farmers to support our local food system. That is impressive!

    My friend, Tom commented on a photo he showed off on Facebook, “Try some of their locally farm raised, grass fed meats!! Dominic hooked us up with some nice thick bone in rib-eyes to reverse sear!! Grabbed some stuffed long hots and seasoning after he gave me a tour of the walk-in that was stuffed with fresh cut meats!”{

    I can’t tell you how many people have told me that I shouldn’t get rib-eye steaks anywhere else.  Nick posted: The bone in rib-eye and strip are the best I’ve ever had. You won’t find this quality in any restaurant, grocery store or other butcher shop. Have also had the oxtails, sausages, beef liver, chicken hearts, elk and soup. Everything is top notch and the staff is fantastic.



  • Dutch Hill Farm Market & Meat Shoppe - 414 NJ-71, Spring Lake, NJ 07762

    This veteran owned shop is known for their specialty meats and local provisions. Wild game, American Wagyu, house made sausage, brats, and a variety of butcher blend burgers.

    Dutch Hill Farm Market provides high-quality pasture-raised antibiotic and hormone-free pork and chicken, pasture-raised grain-finished Angus beef, turkey, and free-range eggs.

    We pride ourselves on bringing all-natural fresh products from our farm to your table. We treat our animals on the farm with the highest regard and make sure they have a pleasant and happy lifestyle, which in turn provides you and your family with the highest quality of food.


  • Monmouth Meats - 112 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701

    Monmouth Meats also gets quite a few mentions online. Seasoned, old school Butcher, Stew Goldstein has owned this place since 2017, and the locals love him. He runs the place the old fashioned way with one on one customer service and a large selection of quality meats.  I hear the skirt steak is extra special. and the dry aged rib-eye melts in your mouth.

    They have a boatload of meat plans to accommodate the size of your family and your freezer. They also do catering for holidays and special events.

    Order a variety of cuts of beef, pork, veal, lamb, chicken and more. They carry Snake River Wagyu, filet mignon, porterhouse and more. Don’t forget to ask about their weekly specials.


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