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Stay Classy Meats was born from an idea to make food today a reminiscent of an early 1900s perspective, when food was simple and ingredients were natural. We look to marry the timeless, age-old traditions of ranching and farming with the modern palate – food can taste good and be nutritious. “Stay Classy” is a throw-back to the golden-era of when meat was produced how nature intended, nutritious and clean of impurities – just like we are offering.

We have been in the wholesale meat business in Montana for the Northern Rockies for the past 10 years. Stay Classy Meats is a new extension that allows us to delivery this high quality product currently only available at wholesale, straight to your doorstep.

We work with about 40 different ranches and farms in the Northern Rockies region.  They are all on different cycles so what is ordered one month may be different from the next month.  All the ranches and farms are family owned and cater to a small batch product.  This allows for the animals to live a very happy life with minimal stress.

Bison: We pull the majority of Bison from Montana, followed by Idaho and Wyoming

Elk: When we can we pull from the US, we do, mainly from Idaho, Wyoming and a little Montana. Otherwise, we source from New Zealand.

Cattle: 100% of our cattle come from Montana

Pork: The majority of our pork come from Montana and a little from Nebraska.  We use only heritage breed (Berkshire, Berkshire/Tamworth mix, Huterite breeds).

Chicken: Nebraska

Fish: Fish is sustainably sourced from Hawaii, Alaska, and Washington

Our animals Bison, Elk and Cattle are all free range animals, foraging on natural grasses growing wild in the fields that replenish itself yearly. We rely on nature to do its part to grow nutritious grasses so the animals have feed. Fortunately, we have a lot of water and sun so the process is very natural and efficient. We do it the old school way with our time-honored tradition which is a natural process. This is what the spirit of the organic movement is all about. We’re not certified organic for a couple important reasons 1) the animals are free range and eat naturally growing grasses in an environmentally sustainable area with abundant fresh water and naturally nutritious grasses and 2) the costs involved for the rancher/farmer are too high, even with government subsidies.

We back our product 100%. If you are not happy, we will refund or replace the product, whichever you prefer. We have been working with high-end restaurants, personal chefs and very strict co-ops/boutique natural grocers over the past 10 years.

The small batch ranchers and farmers we work with all adhere to age-old practices that are not commercial in economic sense but rather highly valuable in the perseverance of husbandry practices to produce the highest quality products. The animals are fed high quality fresh feed which provides a very tasty and highly nutritious product. Our goal is to provide you the cleanest, most nutritious protein available. Our product is limited, much like you would find at a local farmer’s market. Fortunately, we have deep relationships that allow for us to secure the necessary supply to ship to you and everyone else who orders from Stay Classy Meats.

We use FedEx to ship all of our orders to you. The transit time is between 1-3 days, depending on the shipping you request.

If you order over $199, you get Free Shipping and this will ship between 2-3 days depending on your location.

Yes, we do. Orders over $199 receive free shipping.

No, we do not require customers to be a member to order from us. Simply log on the website, look for what you want, add it to your cart and check out.

It is that simple!

Yes, we offer expedited shipping to ensure your product arrived with an overnight air service. If you qualify for a Free Shipping, you will be able to select "Overnight Shipping Upgrade" and receive your order via Overnight service for a small fee.

About Quality Meat

ABF is an acronym for antibiotic free. You will see this in our chicken and pork. We avoid the use of antibiotics because the ranchers/farmers with whom we work take excellent care of the animals. Animals that tend to get sick are normally near other animals, as one would find in a feedlot application.

Never-Ever is a term used in the meat industry to refer to a clean animal; no hormones, no antibitotics, EVER. This is a superior product, without a doubt. It not only eats and tastes better, it is better for you. Even if you do not purchase from Stay Classy Meats, please do us all a favor and only purchase Never-Ever product. This will ensure that we improve the animal husbandry in the US.

It is a process whereby the meat is frozen in freezers at a rapid rate. This advancement in meat storage revolutionized the industry. Blast freezing is a fast-freezing method that within 24 hours the product reaches 0 °F. This method not only curbs bacteria growth, it also prevents rapid nutrient deterioration. This means that the product you receive is as nutritious as it was the day it was cut. 

Small-batch refers to the quantity of animals being raised or processed. Within the small-batch environment most farms/ranches adhere to sustainable practices and highly animal-centric. The belief that if the animal is well kept, it will eat better, be more nutritious, and preserve better. Humane handling and high animal husbandry minimizes sick animals who need antibiotics. Hormones are never needed in a small batch grass-fed setting because the animals are eating what they are supposed to eat. The lower the stress level the higher the quality.

Our cattle, bison, and elk are all free range, grass-fed animals that are supplemented on grains. We feel this allows for more of the protein-rich grass and seed (grain) to create a better tasting and more nutritious product.

Wagyu is any of 4 Japanese breeds of beef cattle. Kobe is the capital city of the prefecture of Hyogo where a particular strain of Wagyu is raised. Kobe is often used in lieu of Wagyu. The Wagyu we use is an American Wagyu, this is a pure Wagyu bred with a pure Angus. It is referred to as American Wagyu, Kobe or American Kobe are the same as American Wagyu. Given the cross, it makes for the tastiest of meats you have ever tried. If you make a hamburger with this ground, for example, you will never want to go back to any other hamburger! 

We work with small batch, family-run ranchers and processors. They manage their inputs as best they can by growing their own grasses and having their animals free range roam on regenerative grasses. That said, they still have costs and need to earn a little profit on all the animals they raise. We pay a higher price for these higher quality animals. The price per pound is not dictated by a mercantile market, but rather by the costs involved with producing the animals. We want to pay a fair price for the animals because without these ranchers, the future of small batch raised quality meat will be few and far between. The more ranchers we can purchase from, the better off we (and our future generations) will be.

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We promote a decentralized food system. We want to have a choice in how our food is raised and processed. By purchasing through us, you are supporting small batch, family-run and operated ranches and processors. By supporting these families, we make it easier for the next generation to continue the ranching heritage as their family before them. Without these ranchers/processors, we will be subject to a centralized food system where the food industry looks at smaller markets like Montana as a feeder into the centralized food system and not a producer. Supporting us directly supports rural economic activity, which is vital to the survival of our ranching and processing partners.