If there’s one thing that I love about living in a small town, it’s the high number of small, family-run businesses to which I have access. And one of my absolute favourites is our local butcher shop, Jerky Boys Meats. As the name implies, the shop’s jerky is its claim to fame; nobody I know has ever tried it and not ended up hooked. But the shop also offers homemade sausage and burgers, fresh and tender cut-to-order steaks, chicken, ribs and so much more.
I don’t eat a whole lot of meat compared to some, but when I do I like it to be of the best quality and I take extra time to ensure that I prepare it perfectly. For steak, an indulgence that I mainly save for summer, that usually means a thick ribeye that’s cooked medium to medium-rare and topped with whatever indulgent extras I’m craving at the moment. Fresh lemon juice, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of kosher salt is a top pick if I want the flavour of the meat to really shine through. Garlic butter and sautéed mushrooms are my favourite toppings if I want to make my meal even more rich and luxurious.