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A carnivore's dream, Paulina has nearly every smoked sausage imaginable: knackwurst, bockwurst, goat brats, jalapeno pepper jack brats, and even turducken brats, to save you the trouble of Frankenstein-ing three birds together.
From the man who used to run the meat-centric kitchen at Mado, B&L is a boutique whole-animal butcher procuring all of its product -- from T-bones & tenderloins to obscure cuts & offal -- from local farms, also using them in soups, charcuterie, and more.
Gepperth's is the place to go when pork chops just aren't wild enough for you -- stock up on alligator sausage, elk patties, kangaroo, ostrich burgers, grilled liver and oxtail, and some cooked goose.
Peoria Packing is ready to hook you up with all of your favorites at a super-reasonable cost. Keep an eye out for their specials, or just buy in bulk -- they've got chicken wings by the 40lb case and BBQ sauce by the gallon.