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The best butchers for your next barbecue

Published on October 22, 2021
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Quebecers love all things grilled! Summer and winter alike, die-hard pitmasters will do anything to indulge in their fiery passion. 

For them, and for the more casual barbecue chef, we’ve put together a list of Montréal butcher shops with a great selection for any grilling party. They all work hard to offer carefully prepared products of the highest quality. All you have to do is get the cuts home and fire up the BBQ. From skewers to steaks, sausages and more, the options are endless! 

In Europe, no errands are complete without a stop at the butcher. Here, in Canada, we tend to buy things in large quantities in grocery and big-box stores. Still, we’d all benefit from a more European mindset, since it’s synonymous with high quality products and more ethical consumption choices. Independent butchers work very closely with small local producers, who practice more sustainable farming. In the same way, butchers aim to use the entire animal, nose to tail. There’s no better to way to support the local economy and make ethical choices than by trusting your local butcher. 

Of course, no grilling experience is complete without great wine pairings. Fréchette, vins d’exception, a leading fine wine agency in Québec, has introduced two superb new products that are now available at the SAQ: Vida Organica Sauvage Viognier organic wine and Santa Julia El Burro natural wine from the Santa Julia estate. Located in the Uco Valley, in Mendoza, Argentina, Santa Julia vineyards have been producing notable wines since 1963. 

Santa Julia is part of Zuccardi Wines, which was voted the world’s best vineyard for the third year in a row. The estate is increasingly turning to organic wines like Vida Organica Sauvage Viognier 2020 and natural wines like Santa Julia El Burro

Part of being a responsible consumer means supporting local butchers committed to home-grown cuts and pairing them with a bottle of organic wine. Keep your eyes open, because a Santa Julia orange is slated to hit SAQ shelves this January!

Boucherie la Petite-Patrie

Boucherie la Petite-Patrie

Boucherie La Petite-Patrie opened in 2021 on Rue Beaubien Est. The trio behind the project shares a love of products made in Québec and responsible, zero-waste butchery. The service is impeccable and especially friendly. Get inspired by the sausages and cured meats prepared in-house and don’t be shy to ask the experts behind the counter for a few tips.
Pascal le boucher Villeray

Pascal le boucher

Pascal le boucher in Villeray is an artisan butcher shop that offers proteins of the highest quality. Go there for beef, pork, lamb and free-range poultry in different cuts and marinades, as well as a great selection of artisanal cheeses. Shop employees are true experts and will always steer you in the right direction. They’ll be thrilled to help you achieve pitmaster status!
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Special Mentions

Mile-End Italian butcher Chez Vito is now run by Vito’s sons, much to the delight of the shop’s loyal clientele. And Vito himself still stops by from time to time to supervise! Head to the family-run shop for a range of proteins for your next BBQ.
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