In case you've been swamped this week in preparation for the holiday weekend ahead and—gasp!—haven't had time to get your grilling supplies for the Fourth of July, you're in luck. The two best meat markets in Houston are both open tomorrow, July 4, and both have plenty of specials in stock.
B&W Meat Market
4801 N. Shepherd
July 4 hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
550 Heights Blvd.
July 4 hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
B&W Meat Market on North Shepherd will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, and its meat cases will no doubt be cleaned out by at least noon—so get there early. There is no better selection of meat in town than at the 54-year-old butcher shop that stocks everything from deer sausage to turduckens stuffed with crawfish jambalaya, all of it made in-house.
It's also one of the few butcher shops in town to stock tri-tip, if you want to experiment with the cut made popular in California. Even a Texan can appreciate the classic "Santa Maria steak," which isn't too far removed from our own barbecue style: rubbed with salt, pepper, garlic salt, cayenne, and other herbs and spices before being cooked low and slow over red oak, then sliced across the grain before serving.
If that's not your thing, B&W is also selling a new favorite: alligator sausage, for only $7.99 a pound. Sticking to the standards? B&W stocks marinated fajita meat, beef and pork ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, and even seafood such as fresh Gulf red snapper, shrimp, and crabs.
Revival Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow and, like B&W, will likely be cleaned out well before closing time. Also like B&W, it has one of the best meat selections around and [almost] everything you'll need to get your grill on, from house-made rubs to prepared sides. (Let's be honest: grilling meat is way more fun than making potato salad.)
Revival sells primarily local, organic meats, including Tejas Heritage Farms chicken and pork from owner Morgan Weber's own ranch, Revival Meats, in Yoakum. But just because it's fancy organic meat doesn't mean it's prohibitively expensive: pork shoulder is $6.95 a pound, freshly ground hamburger patties are $8.95 a pound, and some absolutely exquisite-looking beef brisket was $16.95 a pound when I peeked in the shop this afternoon.
You can even pick up farm-fresh watermelon, purple-hull peas, and cabbage if you're going to make your own sides. The purple-hulls boil down wonderfully with some ham hock, and the dark violet cabbage would make a stunning slaw alongside the peas, with watermelon serving as a perfectly light dessert. On the other hand, you can also pick up some of Fluff Bake Bar's homemade Oreo cookies and Moon Pies for a decadent way to wind down your Fourth of July. Think of them as fireworks for your mouth.