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Big Lou's Red & White Burger

Big Lou’s Red & White Burger

The namesake of Big Lou’s Butcher Shop was the long time butcher at Red & White grocery store in Sechelt, on the Sunshine Coast. His home made burgers, grilled and served up in the backyard, were a favourite summer treat for local kids.

After months of working on testing and tweaking all the ingredients, Big Lou’s Red & White Burger is ready to launch and has been added to the Big Lou’s menu just in time for the arrival of sunny Spring weather. It’s a tribute to those simple, tasty backyard burgers, made with beef ground in house, and topped simply with Iceberg Lettuce, melted processed cheese, house made sauce and served on a soft sesame bun.

The Red & White Burger costs $7.50 including a bag of Miss Vickie’s chips and will be available daily to enjoy at lunch or as an impromptu picnic in one of the green spaces in Railtown. Big Lou’s Butcher Shop is located at 269 Powell St. and is open 7 days a week.


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Irish Breakfast SausageBig Lou’s Butcher Shop is set for St. Patrick’s Day with some housemade Irish specialties ready to be cooked up this weekend.

Fresh off receiving another Georgia Straight Golden Plates Award as one of the Best Butchers in Vancouver, we’ve finished preparing batches of our Irish Breakfast and Guinness & Steak Sausages. We’re also stocked up with have some of Two Rivers Meats’ Natural Corned Beef and local beef that’s perfect for your stews.

Our “SuperBen” Irish Breakfast Sausage was inspired by our Irish Butcher Ben who craved the taste of the legendary Superquinn Sausages, considered an Irish national treasure. When he complained that he couldn’t find anything like a Superquinn in Canada, we took it upon ourselves to recreate that banger, and went through a number of different recipes before we got one that passed the Ben test. They’re great in a St. Paddy’s day brunch.

The Steak & Guinness Sausages make for a Bangers and Mash that any house would be proud to serve. We grind three kinds of steak with caramelized onions, spices, Guinness and a very small amount of breadcrumbs to absorb the beer and bind the mix. Who can resist steak and beer in sausage form?

Finally, our friends at Two Rivers Meats have made some naturally-raised Corned Beef which we’ve brought in for anyone who’s planning to celebrate with Corned Beef & Cabbage or a Corned Beef Hash.

Quantities of all these are limited, so come down soon to make sure your St. Paddy’s is one that your tastebuds will remember. Big Lou’s Butcher Shop is open 7 days a week at 269 Powell St. in Railtown. Call 604-566-9229 or visit www.biglousbutchershop.com for more information.


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Best_GOLD 2014Big Lou’s Butcher Shop is very pleased to have been awarded the 2014 Best of the City Gold Medal for Best Butcher (Downtown/Gastown/Yaletown). These awards are given on the basis of public voting, so many thanks must go to those who took the time to go online and vote for Big Lou’s.

As a way of celebrating this accolade, Big Lou’s will be offering customer appreciation pricing on some of our favourite items.

Big Lou’s housemade sausages will be on sale for “buy 5, get 1 free”. These sausages are all made fresh using local meats and customers can mix and match varieties like our Chorizo, Maple Thyme, Irish Breakfast, Bratwurst and more to reach the total.

Big Lou’s is  also be offering our premiere Two Rivers Meats Natural Ribeye Steaks for only $19.99/lb. This beef is born and grazed in BC, then dry-aged for at least 28 days for incredible tenderness and flavour. This is a great chance to try dry-aged, grass-fed beef at a great price.

Big Lou’s Butcher Shop is now offering delivery throughout Vancouver to make choosing our locally-sourced artisan butcher goods easier than ever. Delivery is available three times a week and orders can be placed by phone or email. For more information visit us online at www.biglousbutchershop.com.

These feature prices will be in effect until Sunday, March 9th. Big Lou’s is located at 269 Powell St. and we’re open 7 days a week. For more information, visit www.biglousbutchershop.com or call 604-566-9229.

Thanks again to everyone who voted and helped us to win this great award!

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Big Lous 6 copyLocally-sourced meats and specialities delivered right to the door

Vancouver’s award-winning Big Lou’s Butcher Shop is making it easier than ever before to enjoy locally-sourced meats and artisan treats with home or office delivery now available three times a week.

Alongside a wide range of cuts of Heritage Angus Beef, Pemberton Meadows and Cache Creek Beef, delivery customers can order free range chicken, Fraser Valley pork and Bison, all sourced from outstanding producers. Big Lou’s  is also offering a wide range of butcher’s specialties and shop classics in the deliveries like a housemade sausages, fresh sausage rolls and pot pies, porchetta roasts, pulled pork and much more.

All cuts of meat can be customized with any of Big Lou’s signature dry rubs and marinades. Customers simply pick a cut and favourite marinade and the meat will arrive ready to go. Detailed cooking and storage instructions are always available.

Deliveries will be made during business hours Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays in reusable coolers to keep the order at optimal temperature for transfer to fridge or freezer. Delivery within Vancouver is free for orders over $75 with a nominal $10 charge applied to smaller orders. Delivery is also available outside Vancouver by request with extra delivery charges calculated by distance.  Customers who decide to pick their order up from Big Lou’s shop in Railtown will get 10% off the price of their order.

Order cut-off times are Friday 5pm for Monday delivery, Monday 5pm for Wednesday delivery and Wednesday 5pm for Friday delivery. Orders can be placed by phone 604-340-3445 or 604-340-4461 or by email to info@biglousbutchershop.com.

Fresh, local, unmedicated meats are a healthy, delicious choice and Big Lou’s Butcher Shop is making it easier than ever to cook these at home with a simple delivery program. Visit www.biglousbutchershop.com or email info@biglousbutchershop.com for a full product pricelist.

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If you’re planning a romantic home-cooked  Valentine’s celebration this year, Big Lou’s Butcher Shop can help you do Aphrodite’s work with a wide range of locally-sourced indulgences to make your feast delicious and memorable.

0189dinnerG_468x529This year’s list of treats includes our range of pâtés and confits, bacon-wrapped tenderloins, buttery tender local dry-aged rib-eyes cut to order, and even some of our housemade Cassoulet to give the meal a French flavour. As always, our team will happily help you make your selections and offer expert advice and tips to help to you prepare a Valentine’s Day fit for your Romeo or Juliet.

 Valentine’s Day Ideas from Big Lou’s Butcher Shop

  • Rilettes, pâtés, and confit to start
  • Wrapped tenderloins or dry-aged local beef as stunning centrepiece
  • Housemade Cassoulet as a rich accompanying dish
  • House-smoked bacon, free-run eggs and a wide variety of sausages for breakfast in bed

Big Lou’s is open 7 days a week at 269 Powell St. Find them on the internet at biglousbutchershop.com or call 604-566-9229.


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Interactive dinner to focus on locally-sourced seasonal ingredients and secondary cuts

Big Lous 1On Valentine’s weekend, Karl Gregg of Big Lou’s Butcher Shop will host a special dinner event which will be part speakeasy and part private  party. In a secret 16-seat Gastown location which is being specially transformed for this event, Karl will prepare a four-course dinner highlighting secondary cuts and local seasonal ingredients. While he works from an open kitchen, guests will be encouraged to interact as much as they please with questions about ingredients, recipes, and techniques.

Diners will learn be given the address and directions on the day of the event and seatings will be offered beginning from 6:30pm-9:00pm. Tickets for this dinner are $65 and can be purchased by emailing karl@biglousbutchershop.com or calling Big Lou’s Butcher Shop at 604-566-9229.

Big Lou’s Secret Dinner Menu

Amuse Bouche
Fresh BC Oyster with a mignonette ice

First Course
Big Lou’s Head Cheese
Local pork, parsley, chilies, citrus and made in house at Big Lou’s

Second Course
Buffalo Duo
Handmade Ravioli with braised buffalo in a fresh broth
Buffalo bocconcini cheese with vine ripened tomato, handmade pesto, and salted pine nuts

BC Beef Flank , handmade BC Potato Gnocchi, Wild mushroom Ragout

Fresh Cannoli with seasonal Okanagan fruits, ricotta,

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super bowl 2014 V2Launching an all-star roster of catering options for tasty party entertaining

Though it’s not listed on any official holiday calendars, Superbowl Sunday is one of the  biggest days of the year for sports fans. Again this year, Big Lou’s Butcher Shop has created a lineup of take-home party favourite to fill the Superbowl weekend with delicious local-sourced and hand-crafted flavours.

Big Lou’s Superbowl lineup includes favourites like heat and eat Superbowl Party Packs, Porchetta and Spicy Italian Meatloaf sandwich platters along with some brand-new items like nacho and fried chicken kits, and a delicious Duck Confit Mac & Cheese. Big Lou’s famous chicken wings will also be available—these local, unmedicated wings are available smoked or hot for perfect party

In addition to this menu, all of Big Lou’s classic party platters and specialities like Turduckens will also be available for Superbowl weekend. Call or visit Big Lou’s Butcher Shop to order your locally-sourced Superbowl weekend goodness.

2014 Big Lou’s Butcher Shop Superbowl Lineup

Superbowl Party Pack for 6 or 12

  • chicken wings – smoked or hot wings 5 wings /person
  • pulled pork mac and cheese – house made bbq pulled pork, homemade macaroni and cheese
  • natural beef burger patties – 1 patty /person
  • all beef wieners – 1 wiener per person
  • Sausage roll bites – 2 per person
  • honey garlic pork riblets 5 per person
  • chili con carne 180ml per person

serves 6 for 95$, serves 12 for 180$

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese
big lou’s bbq pulled pork, housemade macaroni and cheese
Large pan (1 kg) $12

Duck Confit Macaroni and Cheese
house made duck confit, wood smoked bacon, handmade sausage
housemade macaroni and cheese
Small Pan $12

Italian Slider Platter
big lou’s spicy italian meatloaf sliders on ciabatta buns with grana padano
20 pieces $36

Free Run Chicken Wings
locally raised non medicated chicken wings, smoked or hot wings

Nacho Kit
a turkey roaster full of tortilla chips with all the fixings: Big Lou’s taco beef,
shredded cheddar and jack cheese, jalapenos, black olives, scallions, sour cream and pico de gallo
serves 6 for $35

Chicken Shack fried chicken kit
1 naturally raised (~5lbs) maple hills chicken, cut (10 pieces) for frying and marinated in buttermilk
our chicken shack seasoned flour for breading

Porchetta Platter
a 5 lb porchetta roasted and ready to serve with baguettes, chimichurri and pickled banana peppers
serves 10 for $79

Also See our menu of meat and cheese platters, contact us for superbowl turducken or ham orders. All items available Jan 31-Feb 2.

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