BBP 014: Andy Lugo talks Cooper’s Meat Market, Service, and Custom Cuts For many of us, having a full-service butcher nearby isn’t in the cards. If we’re lucky, we’ve been able to establish a decent rapport with the meat department manager at our local supermarket. Imagine being able to walk up to the butcher counter, order your cut or cuts of meat, and have them take directly from the primal, not grabbed off the rack of a cooler. Luckily, there are still places where you can get this kind of service, and Cooper’s Meat Market of San Antonio, TX is one of them. Here’s a look at what you can expect to find at Cooper’s Meat Market: In this BBQ Beat Podcast session, I talk with Andy Lugo, Head Butcher and Executive Chef at Cooper’s Meat Market in San Antonio, Texas. Andy was kind enough to walk me through the operations there at Cooper’s, and after our talk – I was left wishing we had a place like his here in Central Florida. Now… let’s get onto the Show Notes. Time Stamped Show Notes * Get to know more about Andy Lugo and the work he and his staff do for Cooper’s Meat Market in San Antonio, TX. It’s all about offering the very best in custom cuts for local folks as well as those looking online. * Cooper’s Meat Market is different from what most may expect in that they offer fresh selections, cut to order from large primals. Selections come from wet-aged large primals that are at the peak of readiness. * Andy and his staff start every morning going over what cuts are ready to offer. They don’t push selections based on what they need to unload. Instead, they ensure that what they’re preparing for customers meets the highest expectations. “We’re not going to push it just because we have a lot of it. We’re going to push it because it’s the best cut of the day.” — Andy Lugo * Getting a tattoo, or a custom cut of meat – it’s all about where you go and who’s doing the work on/for you. * Forging and benefiting from solid butcher/customer relationships. Don’t have a butcher shop like Cooper’s Meat Market near you? No problem.