Spring is here – and so is grilling season.
And that means people are flocking to the butcher shop for thick cut, tender steaks, stuffed chicken breasts, mouth-watering pork chops, juicy burgers, brats and hot dogs. Hungry yet?
All those above items and much more are available at Hometown Meats, the 2015 River Heights Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year and the best place in Inver Grove Heights to get your grub to grill.
But in this case, it’s the much more at Hometown Meats we want to talk about.
Hometown Meats has a wide variety of products to choose from beyond steak, chicken, chops, beef sticks, roasts, brats, ground beef and more. While Arby’s claims they have the meats, (which we dubbed as the most annoying fast food slogan ever), Hometown Meats has the meats and those unique items like wild rice and taco brats, cheese curds, Heggies pizza, pulled pork, shredded beef, beef sticks, summer sausage, bacon-wrapped asparagus, cheesy potatoes, salmon, shrimp, lobster tails, party packs and even dog bones (for the dog of course). And even though we wish they would go back to the hoagie roll, they also make the best sub sandwiches in the city. And that’s just a small sample of the delicious items stocking the shelves and behind the counter at Hometown Meats. And…we haven’t mentioned their awesome food truck that you can see around town at various events.
We have some favorite items that stood out to us more than others recently and discuss them below:
Five items from Hometown Meats we recommend every Inver Grove Heights resident try:
1. Beer Cheese Soup
No need to head to the Wisconsin supper club to get this delicious soup. It’s in the frozen section and worth the wait to thaw. Forget Panera, the soup at Hometown Meats is where it’s at. Add some spicy jalapeno popcorn to the beer cheese soup and you are in for a treat. Other varieties of soup and chili also available.
2. Boar’s Head Deli Meat
We got a scare a while back when some articles started accusing Boar’s Head of adding MSG to their meat. We checked and got confirmation – no MSG:
@EatIgh We’re proud to say we do not add MSG to any of our products. Any additional questions pls direct to 800-352-6277, M-F, 8-5 EST. Thx!
— Boar’s Head (@Boars_Head) February 29, 2016
Boar’s Head comes with no fillers and no preservatives. What’s best is it is sliced fresh for you as you wait. It’s not cheap, a pound of the delicious Oven Gold Turkey – our favorite, was $12.41. But it’s worth it for a better quality deli meat. And that’s the meat they use on their famous sub sandwiches.
3. String Cheese
What’s so exciting about string cheese you say? What’s not exciting about string cheese? The pack of 6 at Hometown Meats sells for under $3.50. It’s a great snack on its own. But we like to wrap it up in a few slices of Boar’s Head Oven Gold Turkey, using butter lettuce instead of a bun (watch those carbs you say?). It’s a delicious low calorie lunch or snack.
4. Bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers
Bacon. Jalapenos. Cream Cheese. All wrapped together. This isn’t the first time we’ve written about the bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers at Hometown Meats, and probably won’t be the last. Sweet, salty and spicy – but not so spicy you can’t eat, the jalapeno seeds are cut out reducing heat and the cream cheese helps offset the heat of a jalapeno. Grill or bake for best results.
5. Spartan Burger
Hometown Meats is a big supporter of Simley athletics and even named a burger after the Inver Grove Heights high school. The Spartan burger is a pre-shaped patty that features the works: Green peppers, jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, worcestershire sauce, onions, bacon, a variety of seasonings and more (we admit it’s too many for us to remember). In fact, this burger is packed with so much goodness inside that ground beef they have a list of all the Spartan Burger ingredients on the counter. Make sure your grill is set to high heat and you coat the grill with a non-stick grilling oil or spray as this patty can break apart if prep work is not complete. You should only have to flip it once – let it get cooked through on one side, and flip to avoid it breaking apart. The Spartan burger is a delicious smorgasbord of meat and all the important fixings!
Speaking of Spartans…the Simley Spartans baseball team is taking on the crosstown rival South Saint Paul Packers Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at CHS Field in St. Paul. This will be a great chance to see some talented baseball players in the best stadium in the state of Minnesota. The Spartans feature Michael Busch, who has signed to play college baseball at North Carolina and is rated as the No. 2 senior in the state of Minnesota by Prep Baseball Report. Other Spartans who plan to play college baseball next year include Walker Rogers (Augsburg), Zach Langston (Hamline) and Travis Conoryea (Minnesota-Crookston).
Those pesky Packers, meanwhile, will bring a plethora of talent to CHS Field. The Packers lineup is loaded with college signees, including Sam Bridges (Minnesota), Ryan Duffy (Minnesota), Colten Whaley (Saint John’s), Austin Brandecker (Saint John’s), Carter Michaelson (Northwestern, St. Paul) and Darren Halvorson (Northwestern, St. Paul).
The border battle between Simley and South Saint Paul is back and it should be a great matchup Wednesday.
We’re ready for grilling season – and a little baseball – and hope these favorites from Hometown Meats can add joy to your taste buds and some new weapons to your culinary arsenal.