University of Minnesota Meat Lab

Lori Writer / Heavy Table
Lori Writer / Heavy Table

If you’re a loyal customer of the U of M Dairy Salesroom, you are likely already a devoted patron of its fleshy twin, the U of M Meat Laboratory Salesroom. However, if you’ve been to neither, read on. But, be forewarned that once you’ve starting purchasing meat — beef, pork, lamb, turkey, and sausages — from the U of M Meat Lab, you might not want to go anywhere else. One loyal customer says: “Basically, we rarely buy meat at the store anymore.”  Except for chicken.

Lori Writer / Heavy Table
Lori Writer / Heavy Table

Located in a windowless room on the first floor of the Andrew Boss Lab of Meat Science building on the U of M’s St. Paul campus and open only on Wednesday afternoons, the Meat Lab offers an array of products to the public and a multitude of training options for students. Sausages are made using the U of M’s own apples for the apple brats and its cheddar for the cheddar brats, cheddarwurst, and jalapeño smoked cheddar sausages. The lamb is raised at the U of M’s research and outreach center in Morris, MN and the turkey, at UMore Park in Rosemount, MN.

Lori Writer / Heavy Table
Lori Writer / Heavy Table

You name it — smoked, dried, corned, bone-in, boneless, ground — they’ve got it. Nearly all of it either frozen or cured. And if they don’t have it, say, side pork for making bacon or fat for rendering into lard, you can special order it.

Lori Writer
Lori Writer / Heavy Table

Similar to the ice cream and cheeses sold at the U of M’s Dairy Salesroom, this meat isn’t artisanal, craftsman quality, but it is competitively priced. And the service is earnest. One customer, purchases slung over her shoulder in a cloth tote bag, said as she left the lab: “I’ve been coming here for years. And I’ve always been happy with the quality.”  Two U of M pork crown roasts graced our family’s table last Christmas. The roasts, stuffed and elegantly adorned with paper frills, did not betray their humble origins.

Lori Writer / Heavy Table
Lori Writer / Heavy Table

Also available: U of M honey and U of M maple syrup. And U of M Meat Science hats.

Hats! You can see why devotees don’t feel the need to shop anywhere else.

University of Minnesota Meat Laboratory Sales Room
1354 Eckles Ave, Room 26
St. Paul, MN 55108
Wednesday, 2-5pm


  1. Declan

    Clearly the lamb and turkey are locally raised but what about the provenance of their red meat and pork? Is this local as well?

  2. Maley

    Intriguing, but I’d definitely like to know more about how these animals are raised. The idea of eating a cow that had a window in its abdomen puts me off a bit.

  3. Reetsyburger

    As a regular shopper at the U of M Dairy and Meat Salerooms, I can attest that their product is a good value. I bought some beef jerky there, and it was the best I’ve ever had anywhere….ever. The lines are usually long, and the hours are limited out of necessity.

  4. Danny

    The red meat and pork is almost always raised on campus. Earlier this year, all of the beef came from a State Fair blue ribbon winner. (Those were some GOOD steaks!)

    The Meat Lab, Dairy Salesroom, and Student Organic Farm all sell their goods at the Falcon Heights Farmers Market on Tuesday mornings as well.

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