ST. GEORGE –Dixie Meats opened its doors at 929 West Sunset Blvd. in St. George in November of 2011. It is unique as a stand-alone retail butcher shop in Washington County. “I designed a spot where you can come and get some great cuts of meat at a respectable price and cut to your liking – and buy what you want, not what is pre-cut like what you get at the grocery store,” said Owner Adam Christensen.
Christensen has been a resident of St. George for 22 years. He has had six years of experience as a butcher and was a cook before that. He said he has seen the meat system while working in the industry and wanted to provide a fresher choice of meat to the community.
After finding himself out of a job last March he decided to use his experience in the meat industry to help support his family of a wife and two children and live out his dream.
Dixie Meats offers a variety of fresh meats, including beef, (Angus beef), pork, chicken and homemade sausages (12-15 types on any given day, including his own bratwurst and linguisa).
Most of Dixie Meats’ meat is processed in Utah, although it may come from a variety of places. Christensen purchases it unfrozen and it remains so until sold.
He said that to keep the meat at its best, it should be eaten within a week of purchase. He also said purchasing meat one week at a time will save the customer money rather than purchasing large amounts with plans to freeze the remnants. Christensen explained: “You have a lot of customers that are grandma and grandpa, elderly, people without kids, who go to the grocery store and buy a 3 lb. roast; they have plans for the leftovers but don’t use it all – this way you can get just the quantity you need,” eliminating waste.
“There’s nothing worse than throwing away food, you buy a little more accurate. A lot of people take home the meat and throw it into the freezer. To come in weekly and eat fresh meat [is better]. The difference in frozen and never frozen meat is definitely noticeable.”
“I plan to offer seafood in the near future, lobster tails, crab legs, a variety of shrimp, sea bass, salmon and halibut.” He said that seafood will arrive and be sold fresh frozen.
One of the things frequenters of a neighborhood butcher often appreciate is receiving tips and recipes on how to prepare their purchase, and Dixie Meats is at the ready to offer these.
“We got prime rib from there for Christmas and it was delicious,” St. George resident Andrea Ross said, “the butcher … gave us a lot of helpful information on how to season and cook the meat as well.”
Christensen also shares his proprietary recipes of jams, jellies, ketchup, mustard, horseradish and dressings to garnish the meat purchased by his customers.
“They are the best,” Washington resident Marty Lane said. “Their ranch [dressing] is to-die-for, and I love their meatloaf recipe.”
“The community has been absolutely wonderful,” Christensen said. “I have a bunch of my soldiers out there telling everybody about us and we appreciate it.
Dixie Meats is on facebook and can be reached by telephone at 435-703-9900. Its hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Joyce Kuzmanic contributed to this article.
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