15 Best Meat Delivery Services in 2022: They Have the Meats
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You get everything else delivered right to your doorstep, so why wouldn’t you be looking for the best meat delivery services? Whether your local grocer’s selection of primo meats is dwindling or you’re just sick of heading out to do your grocery shopping, delivery services are an excellent way to get all the best types of meat—pork, chicken, beef, of various cuts—to your doorstep without ever putting on a pair of pants. Don’t fret about getting subpar meat just because you’re ordering online. A lot of the best meat delivery services, i.e. the only ones we would recommend to you, partner with farms from around the country to ship the best of the best sustainably-sourced, ethically-produced meat directly to you. We’ll be honest: You’ll probably pay a little more for online meat delivery, but what you get is convenience, convenience, and [checks notes], convenience (and also primo cuts of meat, of course).
Not all of these options are built the same, though. Some services specialize in grocery-store essentials, like affordable ground beef and whole chickens. Others hawk massive and beautiful dry-aged porterhouses and smoked salmon. A few require you to commit to a subscription, while others let you just buy a pound or two here and there.
And above all, despite some supply chain issues for pantry staples, we’ve found several that have been able to maintain consistent stock of most offerings. Just make sure you’re supplementing all this meat with some greens, okay?
Porter Road: For a Mixture of High-Quality Basics and Tasty Extras
Porter Road’s wide selection comes from farms in Kentucky and Tennessee. It includes staples you’d expect, like ground beef and whole chickens, along with extras like lamb racks and kielbasa. Prices on all of these feel remarkably fair—the company’s ground beef is dry-aged but still only costs $8 per pound. Considering the value of something like the company’s “Best Of” box (eight pounds of beef, pork, and loose sausage for $128 with shipping), we think it’s worth eschewing the butcher section at the grocery store. If you want to order à la carte, maybe to get your hands on a whole brisket for the fam, Porter Road even throws in free shipping for orders of over $125.
Crowd Cow: For All the Staples
Crowd Cow is an online butcher shop offering all the basics you might use every week: ground beef, whole chickens, sausage, salmon, and bacon. Prices are reasonable (a pound of ground beef costs $10), and the website is well-designed and easy to navigate. The company only fulfills orders of over $99, which it recently raised due to the current economic situation, and any order of more than $149 gets free shipping. If you’re willing to subscribe to get the same order at a regular cadence, you’ll save 5% and get free shipping, to boot.
Rastelli’s: If You’re Just Trying to Fill Your Freezer
Rastelli’s delivery service operates out of the company’s New Jersey grocery stores but delivers nationwide. The company offers a focused selection of staples, including pretty much anything you’d expect from your local butcher shop, but not much else. Pricing is reasonable, and you can earn rewards to cash in for gift cards on future purchases. It costs a whopping $25 to ship any orders under $100 but only $10 for more expensive orders and nada for orders over $200—so it pays to bulk up your freezer section.
Not all wagyu is created equally, and only the best of the best ends up in Holy Grail Steak Co.’s inventory. The company partners with farms that take cattle raising seriously, ensuring that the cows are raised without hormones or antibiotics and are sustainably pastured, and living in humane conditions. Its Japanese Kobe is the real deal stuff, coming from some of the most sought-after farms in Japan. The only thing missing from its Japanese wagyu is a plane ticket to the country, and if you’re not looking for that special meat, the company carries a wide range of equally delicious steaks and high-end pork.
Umamicart: For Asian-Focused Dishes
Umamicart is a fairly new online grocery delivery service, one that specializes in Asian groceries from snacks to meat and produce. You’ll find select cuts of meats that are reserved for certain Asian dishes, whether it’s thinly sliced beef for hot pot, Korean barbecue, or pre-marinated meats for something Vietnamese. Half of the fun of Umamicart is browsing the aisles, er, categories to see what new things you might want to try and cook.
ButcherBox: For Nixing the Trips to the Supermarket
With ButcherBox, you’re going to get regular meat and seafood deliveries whenever you want. The company offers free shipping, as well as curated boxes if pre-determined meals are more your thing. Probably the best part about ButcherBox is the seemingly endless number of customization options you can make with your deliveries, which will essentially replace your regular trips to the grocery store or butcher shop. ButcherBox prides itself on its sustainable sourcing practices, and it only provides humanely raised and harvested meats, so you’ll get wild-caught seafood, free-range turkeys, crate-free pigs, and the like. And if you’re not in the mood to create your own shopping list, ButcherBox offers a curated plan, which includes 8.5 to 11 pounds of meat per delivery.
Vermont Wagyu: For American-Raised Wagyu
Japanese wagyu gets all the praise because of its ultimate beefy flavor and butter-like consistency. But American wagyu is offering something just as good. At Vermont Wagyu, its cows are genetically related to the Japanese cows, except the meat is far more affordable and offers just as much of the flavor. Where Japanese wagyu seemingly melts into a pool of liquid fat, Vermont Wagyu’s steaks still have an excellent chew when you’d rather eat your meat instead of drinking it.
Moink Box: For Regular, Recurring Deliveries
Moink Box is owned and operated by farmers in Missouri. If you’re willing to wait for a few weeks for premium meat, any one of its four subscription boxes is a good option for someone jonesing for staples at a low price. Each subscription box is targeted a bit differently: One omits pork, another excludes salmon, and another is for smaller families. But with any of these, if you’re unhappy with the variety of your selections, the company allows you to make substitutions. (Feel free to swap in a salmon filet or pork shoulder for breakfast sausage.) It’s currently running a promotion that tacks on a free filet mignon to your order for the next year, so sign up soon so your 2023 can be filled with excellent steaks.
Snake River Farms: Grade-A Steak for Special Occasions
Snake River Farms is not the place to go if you’re looking for pantry staples. (You can certainly get them there, but you’ll pay a premium.) Instead, the real draw of Snake River Farms is its high-quality, fancy stuff. This is where you go if you want to tackle a two-pound, dry-aged, bone-in ribeye steak. Regardless of how much you spend, shipping will cost $10, and the company doesn’t appear to be experiencing any delays.
Prices across D’artagnan’s wide selection of meats are good, but you’ll always have to pay for FedEx overnight delivery, which can get pricey. But the company is one of the only ones we can find that sells ready-to-make charcuterie boards—which are ideal for any dinner parties you’re throwing this year.
Omaha Steaks: If You Only Trust a Company That Your Grandmother Loved
Odds are that before you read this article, Omaha Steaks was the only online meat-delivery service you had ever heard of. The company was founded over 100 years ago, and was one of the first to move its selection online. The company’s website is a bit of a labyrinth—there’s so much going on with every page that it’s difficult to find what you actually want. The simplest thing to do is to just look through the available combos, which all ship for free, and pick one that suits you best. But be wary: Some of the combos include frozen potato dishes, desserts, and seasoning packages, which you can certainly get for cheaper elsewhere.
Marx Foods: A Meat Subscription with Less Customization
Marx Foods’ sampler boxes include plenty of product for a reasonable price, but you can’t easily make substitutions if there’s something in there you don’t want to deal with. For example, the company’s Culinary Favorites Sampler Box (currently sold out) offers a good mix of meats like pork loin, a lamb rack, and whole chicken. You can’t make substitutions—but if that mixture looks good, the company has made it available nationwide, and shipping is included in the price.
Halal Pastures has a relatively limited selection of staple meats, like basic cuts of chicken and beef, and shipping costs are totaled depending on the weight of your order. Sadly, Halal Pastures also got rid of its free shipping minimum because of rising shipping costs. If you do need halal meat within the continental United States, though, you don’t have many other options.
If you only want smoked meat and Louisiana-style sausages, Teet’s Food Stores has it all at low prices. Which makes it a great option if you’re way into making large batches of gumbo this winter. The minimum order is a low $30, but you’ll always pay anywhere from $7 to $20 for shipping.
DeBragga: If You Crave Fancy Dry-Aged Beef
If your meat-loving heart is set on wagyu-style and dry-aged beef, this is the delivery service for you. (DeBragga does sell other meats, but getting any of them would be a little like ordering chicken tenders at Per Se). All of the meats ship from New Jersey for a flat rate.