Where to Find the Grinch’s Roast Beast


Aly Owdom


The Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling. How could it be so? The whole family is coming! Their tummies will be grumbling! I’ll have to cook something fresh and becoming! Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. “Maybe dinner,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a chain. Maybe Christmas feast….perhaps….should be locally obtained!”

Spending locally not only supports our friends and neighbors who run the businesses that make our communities unique, but also upholds the quality of life in Greater Peoria. Please follow in the Grinch’s footsteps. Whether your family is carving turkey, ham, or prime rib, check out these local butchers and farms for your holiday roast beast.

Alwan + Sons Meat Company  {Peoria}   //     In addition to the vast selection of hams, turkey, prime rib + more, Alwan + Sons provides helpful tips and tricks and recipe cards to make holiday cooking a breeze! 

Barn Again Beef  {Princeville}    //   Barn Again Beef has a plethora of roast and steak options, but order now as some cuts have a longer wait time.  Transitioning to Barn Again Meats, bison, pork, chicken, and seafood may also be available

Bittners Eureka Meat Locker  {Eureka}   //     Serving up prime rib? Bittner’s Meat Co. offers a prime rib roast, as well as a Chateaubriand roast perfect for your holiday gathering

Braker’s Market  {Eureka}   //   Braker’s Market is your one-stop shop for all things Christmas dinner. Smoked and spiral ham and turkey will be available for the holidays 

Broad Branch Farms  {Chillicothe}    //  Broad Branch Farms offers a large variety of beef cuts, pork, and chicken. Even better, you can order online and get your feast delivered right to your door for no added cost

Dixon’s Seafood  {East Peoria}    //    For our Nordic friends, if you’re planning Lutefisk this year, Dixon’s has you covered! Of course, Dixon’s Seafood is also the place to go for lobster, shellfish, and fresh or frozen filets for your holiday table

Echo Valley Meats  {Bartonville}    //    Naturally smoked, spiral sliced, honey glazed hams will be available to purchase, as well as beef tenderloin, and prime rib

Elmwood Meat Products  {Elmwood}   //     Smoked ham, prime rib, and smoked turkey will all be available this holiday season. Call ASAP to place your order 

Heritage Farmers Market  {Pekin}    //    Heritage Farmers Market offers all natural beef and pork. Here you can find high quality meat processed by Bittner’s Meat Locker in Eureka

Baer Farms Beef  {Tremont}    //    This family-owned farm offers hormone and steroid-free beef. They offer many bundles of steaks and roasts so you can serve it at your holiday gathering and freeze the rest for later

Legacy Ranch American Wagyu  {Eureka}    //    Legacy Ranch specializes in Wagyu beef known for its marbling and flavor. They offer roasts and steaks, as well as sausage and snack sticks to add to your spread

Little Blue’s Farm  {Morton}   //     Little Blue’s Farm offers turkey, prime rib, beef tenderloin, whole hams and more for your holiday feast

Musselman Meats  {Morton}    //   Excess frozen turkeys will be available to purchase. Musselman Meats also offers a great selection of unique beef and pork options you won’t find anywhere else

Pottstown Meat + Deli  {Peoria}     //     Amish Country Kitchen’s fresh turkeys are available for the holidays (place orders ASAP). Not serving up turkey? Pottstown also offers bone-in, spiral-sliced, and boneless ham

Prairie Creek Pastures  {Tremont}    //    Due to a very successful Thanksgiving, Prairie Creek Pastures will be offering turkey pieces, hams, and beef sticks for the December holidays

Raber Packing Co.  {West Peoria}    //     If ham is on your menu, Raber’s is the place to go! Their cured and smoked hams are a top seller for the holidays. They also have smoked turkeys available. Ordering begins right after Thanksgiving

Springer Cattle Co.  {Morton}    //   Let Springer Cattle Co. supply your 100% grass fed beef this holiday season. They have roast and steak packages to accommodate gatherings small and large

Wettstein Organic Farm  {Carlock}    //    Whether you have beef, pork, or poultry planned for the holidays, you can rest assured knowing your feast is all natural and top quality

Inspired by The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

The Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling. How could it be so? It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags! Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas….perhaps….means a little bit more!”

And he, he himself…the Grinch…carved the roast-beast!

Aly Owdom
Discover Peoria, IL