Bad to the Bone

Table of Meat

Wild Game Meat Processing Done Right

Bad-To-The-BoneBix’s Butcher Shop is not the kind of place a person can walk in and come out with a single T-bone steak. It is the type of place for people who realize that meat does not come from a Styrofoam package at the market, according to butcher Dan Bix.

He deals with the whole animal.

“We slaughter them. We hang them to dry age them. We process them to [the customer’s] specifications, like how many items per package, what size roast they want, we do everything for them.”

He described himself as the facilitator between the rancher and the buyer. He takes care of the beef in between.

And his business saves the consumer money.

Bix's Elk“One pound of grass-fed, organic beef is $8 a pound,” he said. “We offer it for significantly less.”

And on that subject, the couple, Dan and Caron, has an announcement to make. “We are now carrying organic beef, whole and half beef,” he said.

Caron has done a lot of research on grass-fed organic beef and has learned that for each 100 grams of beef, there are about 217 calories and that lean animal protein plays a crucial part in the body’s growth.

“Beef is also a rich source of vitamins and essential minerals such as vitamin B12, which is beneficial to the nervous system,” she said. “Other nutrients include zinc, iron, phosphorus and niacin.”

Eating grass-fed beef improves physical performance; builds and maintain muscles; prevents anemia; supports heart health; boosts immunity; and improves blood sugar levels, she says. “We make a lot of specialty items offering a variety of sausages, jerky and smoked meats. All our recipes are our own and the spices that go into our meat are also organic.”

Recipes can be found on the Bix’s Butcher Shop website.

Bix's Butcher Shop

Dan has been working in meat departments for the past 34 years. He started his career at Basha’s in the Phoenix area and stayed there for 16 years. He became the company’s meat manager in Show Low after that for another 16 years. He left the business for a time to do game processing. Later, his brother, Troy, urged Dan to come up to Flagstaff.

He learned Safeway was looking for a meat cutter. He got the job. This is where he met Caron, who has an exotic culinary background.

“I grew up in South Africa and cooked wild game out in the bush for 10 years,” she said.

She was working as the Safeway deli manager in the same store.

Dan now works at Safeway from February to August. He spends the rest of the year processing game. Caron is a restaurant manager in town.

Bix’s Butcher Shop is located at 10145 Aurora Drive in Flagstaff. For more information, visit Bixs Butcher Shop.com or call 928-699-5557.

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Don McDowell, Arizona native, is an avid outdoorsman and has been an active bass pro fisherman for over 16 years and in the past 15 years has developed his own radio show promoting bass fishing and conservation efforts for bass fishing that escalated to nominations with several bass groups and organizations. In the past 12 years, Don has pursued his conservation agenda through AZBFN-TBF as Conservation Director and with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, in the spring of 2014 redesigned his website to include those efforts highlighted below and has increased the AZGFD exposure, public education of the AZGFD and Commission issues on his radio show and website soliciting local and national support for Arizona. 2014 has seen the founding of SRT Outdoors, Inc., 501 C3 organization, “Not for Profit, for Conservation” which is concentrating on grants for mitigating the effects of Gizzard Shad on Roosevelt lake thorough habitat enhancement, Florida Strain Bass stocking, lakes bottom mapping, etc. and feral hog research.

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