In an ideal world, you’d live right around the corner from a trusted butcher where you could conveniently pick up fresh cuts of meat whenever needed. Unfortunately, that’s not a reality for many—but that’s where meat delivery services come in. These days, not only can you try out dog food delivery services, meal kit delivery services and wine subscriptions, but you can also receive regular shipments of high-quality steak, chicken, bacon and more. Much like our favorite coffee subscriptions (yes, that’s a thing, too), these genius services can be customized to suit your exact lifestyle, whether you’d like to alter the number of shipments you receive per month or simply select a personalized array of meat cuts and varieties. (Our top meal delivery service pick is Porter Road, which offers antibiotic- and hormone-free meat, all dry-aged and hand-cut at Porter Road’s own facilities.)
Even if you can reliably find decent cuts of steak at your local grocery store, you may still want to consider one of the best meat delivery services. Not only do they make it easier than ever to get top-notch cuts, but “the variety is incredible,” saba sport says Michael Chernow, founder of New York City restaurants Seamore’s and The Meatball Shop. What’s more, according to Iron Chef Marc Forgione, owner of New York City restaurants Marc Forgione and Peasant, “You can get more information about your steak when you buy it online than you may have gotten if you bought it in person.” He adds that you can even “find out if it’s grass- or grain-fed, what cut it is and how to cook it.”
From subscription plans to curated boxes, here are the best meat delivery services to help you upgrade your grill game this summer and beyond:
Best Meat Delivery Service Overall
Best for: Affordable, single-source meats without antibiotics or hormones Options: Beef, pork, poultry, cured meats | Arrives: Fresh (some options, like ground beef, are shipped frozen) | Availability: Contiguous US
Porter Road is based out of Kentucky, which is where the company processes its meats. All meat is sourced from pastures in Kentucky, Tennessee and Pennsylvania and free of antibiotics and hormones. It’s also dry-aged and hand-cut at Porter Road’s own facilities.
For meat delivery, you have a few different options. You can pick and choose the beef, pork, lamb and/or chicken cuts you want, sign up for a subscription or get a curated box with Porter Road’s favorites. The company also has bundled boxes—including a Stay At Home Bundle—that make great gifts for family friends across the country. Most meat, with the exception of sausages, ground beef and large roasts, arrives fresh.
Best Premium Meat Delivery Service
Best for: Subscriptions or individual cuts | Options: Beef, pork | Arrives: Fresh and frozen | Availability: 50 states
Snake River Farms has a wide selection of premium American Wagyu beef and Kurobuta pork— and the prices to match—so seek them out for special occasion cuts. You can purchase cuts individually (and choose a preferred size) or opt for one of three subscription boxes—beef, beef and pork or dry-aged. While most cuts ship frozen, all dry-aged options arrive fresh overnight.
Best Grass-Fed Meat Delivery Service
ButcherBox, a subscription-based model, delivers 100% grass-fed beef, free range organic chicken and heritage-breed pork to your door. All meat is sourced from trusted farmers with humane animal welfare practices. You can choose from five different boxes—custom, mixed, beef and chicken, beef and pork and all beef. Each box has a base price that starts at $146 per month and from there, you can opt for additional cuts inside each shipment or special bulk buys, like 10 pounds of ground beef. All meat is delivered frozen.
Best Prepared Meat Delivery Service
Best for: Oven-ready dishes, plus meats and seafood | Options: Beef, pork, lamb, poultry, seafood | Arrives: Frozen | Availability: Contiguous US
Rastelli’s used to be an O.G. butcher shop in New Jersey that eventually grew to be an online meat purveyor. The company has a wide variety of antibiotic-, steroid- and hormone-free meats and seafood at great prices. But something that really makes Rastelli’s shine is its oven-ready items.
You can choose from entrees—like Faroe Island salmon burgers, three-cheese stuffed chicken breasts and bacon-wrapped scallops—that arrive ready to cook. Rather than purchase items à la carte, you can also opt for curated
sampler boxes, bundles and value packs. All meat arrives frozen.
Best Value Meat Delivery Service
Best for: Large selection and value packs | Options: Beef, pork, lamb, poultry, bison, seafood | Arrives: Fresh | Availability: Northeast US
Grocery store delivery service FreshDirect has a solid meat selection you don’t want to miss. You can choose from beef, pork, lamb, chicken, veal and other specialty meats like bison. You can purchase cuts individually, or opt for larger value packs that bring the cost per pound down. And, since FreshDirect also does groceries, you can tack on the rest of your order while you’re at it. Just a heads up: FreshDirect mostly serves the Northeast, so look into the company’s delivery zones before you order. Meat is delivered fresh.