If you know us, then you know we are crazy about building charcuterie boards and especially eating them. Nothing is better for a party or intimate get-together then some fine meat and cheese on a hearty plank of wood! No worries, you don’t actually have to put it on a piece of wood.
We tested samples of charcuterie from over two dozen sources to arrive at our top selections. Our picks were based on the following benchmarks:
- Outstanding flavor
- Character, including mouthful and tenderness
- Impeccable ingredients
- Flexibility, the number of ways it can be utilized (stand alone, accompany other foods, or a recipe ingredient)
- Uniformity and consistency of product
The following selections are not ranked but all are stars in their own right and proved to be head and shoulders above those not making the cut.
Extensive quality charcuterie including ham, bacon, sausage, prosciutto, bresaola, saucisson, chorizo, pancetta, lonza, pate, confit, rillettes, and pork-free charcuterie. D’Artagnan has been committed for more than 35 years to free-range, natural production, and sustainable, humane farming practices.
Showstoppers: Wagyu Beef Bresaola, Artisanal Dry-Cured Wild Boar Saucisson Sec, Wild Boar Lonza, Duck Rillettes, Pate de Campagne (Country Style Pate)
600 Green Lane
Union, NJ 07083
Since 1925, Salumeria Biellese has been creating delicious Italian and Mediterranean salumi with an emphasis on quality and flavor. Descendents from Italy’s Piedmont region, they use traditional skills and old world recipes. Vast array of charcuterie.
Showstoppers: Capicola, Chorizo Secco, Lardo Iberico, ‘Nduja, Soppressata
378 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Les Trois Petits Cochons
Known as the Three Pigs, it began as a small charcuterie in 1975 in Greenwich Village, NY. A tradition of handcrafting high quality charcuterie and pate. Combining time honored recipes, choice ingredients, innovative cooking methods, and strict quality control.
Showstoppers: Sliced Jambon Sec, Chorizo, Pâte Rustique, Rillettes de Canard, Smoked Duck Breast
Les Trois Petits Cochons
4223 1st Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Molinari & Sons
Founded in 1896, Molinari & Sons has carried on the traditional Italian art of salames and sausage making. Every product goes through a step-by-step process that has been proven for over a century, resulting in the highest quality pork products.
Showstoppers: Pepperoni, Sopressata, Pancetta, Italian Dry Salame, Dry Coppa (hot)
Molinari & Sons
1401 Yosemite Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124
Fourth generation, family-owned business since 1902. Traditional, handmade products using the best ingredients possible and animals that are humanely raised. A taste of the old country.
Showstoppers: Chopped Prosciutto, Pistachio Mortadella, Traditional Bresaola, Uncured Cooked Capicola, Gourmet Uncured Pepperoni.
5263 Northrup Avenue
St Louis, MO 63110
Only uses pork from sustainable producers who treat their animals and land responsibly. The owner lived in Parma, Italy, for three years and saw how the careful treatment of fine ingredients resulted in an accessible, sublime, and entirely regional cuisine. Their ambition was to take the bounty of Iowa and create artisan-made American foods.
Showstoppers: Heritage Prosciutto Americano, Chorizo, Acorn Edition Pancetta, `Nduja, Spicy Prosciutto Spread, Smoky Salami Sticks
400 Hakes Drive
Norwalk, IA 50211
Provider of salamis, cured meats, and sausages for charcuterie lovers everywhere. They pride themselves in making all-natural sausages and charcuterie with real, locally-sourced ingredients and a bit of imagination.
Showstoppers: Sliced Duck Breast, Prosciutto, Lomo (dry-cured, Spanish-style pork loin), Bresaola, Soppressata, skinny Salamis with Truffles.
3000 Ironwood Place
Known as New York’s Butcher and founded in the 1920s, De Bragga is a purveyor of beef, wagyu beef, pork, lamb, game, veal, and poultry. Quality charcuterie, salami, and smoked meats. Now located in New Jersey
Showstoppers: Duck Rillettes, Iberian Jowl Bacon (Guanciale), Berkshire, Sopressata, Duck Prosciutto, Uncured Prosciutto, Whole Boneless Leg
65 Amity Street
Jersey City, NJ 07304
Growing up in the French Alps,m Daniel Teboul learned the ancient art of curing and preserving meat. Small, boutique operation using the best meat money can buy and adding lots of time and patience to create delicious, artisanal charcuterie
Showstoppers: Bresaola, Duck Leg Confit, Pork Saucisson Sec, Beef Saucisson Sec, Magret De Canard
Online Orders Only
A mission-based, artisan, cured meat company committed to nurturing the well-being of the community and the environment. Zoe’s prides themselves on using the best ingredients, sourcing sustainably raised animals, and using naturally occurring nitrites and nitrates whenever possible
Showstoppers: Whole boneless Prosciutto, Pancetta, Guanciale, Uncured Jalapeno Salami, Pepperoni
715 Southpoint Boulevard
Petaluma, CA 94954
Salumist Elias Cairo grew up a first generation Greek American with a father who made charcuterie at home. He later apprenticed in many fine kitchens in Europe where he honed his craft of curing meat.
Showstoppers: Loukanika (Greek style salami with cumin and citrus), Chorizo Navarre, Capicola, Green Pepperoni Pate, Pork Rillettes
107 SE Washington Street
Portland, OR 97214
Our Charcuterie Pick: Charcuterie Kit
I personally never get tired of testing and trying our new charcuterie kits or assortments and I stumbled upon Platterful just this past fall. My first pick is their Box & Board Bundle that includes a beautiful live-edge board as well as a exquisite assortment meats and chesses. Their choice of spreadables is spot on! If you ever wanted to do a food subscription service, then these are the guys to try. What could be more amazing that a month charcutrie kit automatically sent to you? The other kit to try is their famous basic Charcutrie Kit…nothing basic about it. This is the one I send as a gift to family and friends.
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