I remember when I was a small child going to the local butcher shop with my mother in Tucker, Georgia. I would pick out the cuts of meat, having each one wrapped in that white butcher paper to take some and enjoy with my family.
Flash forward to 2012, and that classic butcher shop has returned in the form of Woody’s Meat and Sausage Company in South Forsyth off of Hwy 9 just north of MacFarland Road. Owner Woody Hornsby, a Columbia, South Carolina native, has a passion for serving the best beef, pork and sausage in the northern suburbs.
Woody spent many years working in the corporate world before a chance encounter with a local butcher lead him to his true calling. He spent over a year scouting locations in and around Alpharetta before finally opening his shop in September of 2009. Woody has a family history of sausage making. He uses a 100 year old recipe from Italy passed down through his wife’s side of the family as well as spices procured from a cousin in Northern Louisiana to make his sausage. The sausage contains no preservatives, a natural casing and is a single grind for texture.
Woody is a mad scientist when it comes to his sausage, constantly trying new blends. The current best seller is a three cheese jalapeno bratwurst. The sheer number of types they make will make your head spin. He grinds most of the types of sausage in house every day. Some types such as the pork alligator are shipped in from Louisiana from the same cousin who has the spices, although Woody is working on making all those in house as well to keep costs down for his customers.
Speaking of customers, Woody strives to make his customers a part of his family. He’s constantly in the shop greeting folks, cutting meat to order, and educating people on the types of meat as well as preparation techniques. I’ve visited Woody’s several times, and I have never been disappointed. The strip steaks I got on my first visit were cut as thick as I like it (1 ½ inches) and trimmed perfectly. It takes longer than grabbing a shrink wrapped steak off the shelf at Kroger, but it’s worth it 10 times over. Once cooked on my grill, the steaks were better than most steak houses I’ve been to.
Woody uses the top one third choice meats and wet ages them a minimum of 14 days. Every cut of meat you will find there is fresh, never frozen. On subsequent visits, I’ve happily tried the ribs and bacon, both of which lead me running back for more. The ribs came devoid of the dreaded silver skin, which was a pleasant surprise, and the bacon was hearty and didn’t shrivel up in the pan.
Woody doesn’t advertise but instead relies on word of mouth to build a loyal following. They have recently started offering entrees. Several days during the week Woody makes a main course and sells it throughout the day such as white chicken chili or red beans and sausage. You can like their Facebook page or sign up for their email list in the store for new product info such as the entrée of the day, new types of sausage or any news or changes.
Woody is looking to add more coolers and equipment in the near future to keep up with demand. The shop is welcoming with a children’s table to occupy the little ones while your order is prepared. Everyone there is very friendly and will take all the time you need to make sure that you’re satisfied. Stop on by and while you’re waiting check out the pictures all around the shop. See Woody’s wife’s 7th grade patrol trip to Washington D.C. and try to pick her out. (hint: she’s the one in the white).
If you want the best meat buying experience that you’ve had since you were a kid, check out Woody’s Meat and Sausage Company. Your carnivorous taste buds will thank you.
Woody’s Meat and Sausage Company is located at 5925 Atlanta Highway in south Forsyth. www.woodysmeatandsausageco.com