In Store Butcher Team


While the other stores have their meat packed in central processing facilities, Tops has Real Butchers you can trust to serve the very best to your family.


  • Expert Butchers hand-cut fresh, high quality USDA Choice beef & Premium pork in-store daily
  • If you don't see what you need, custom cuts and special requests are welcome
  • Large assortment of all natural, grass fed, antibiotic free, and plant-based options for your family

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Fresh Pick 5


Looking for great deals on fresh meat? Our expert butchers recommend our Fresh Pick 5 for anyone looking to stretch their dollar and get an amazing value. With Fresh Pick 5, you have the freedom to mix or match from a wide variety of high-quality meats, including chicken, beef, pork, and delicious sides like mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and more. When you buy 5 items marked with the orange Fresh Pick 5 sticker on the package, you'll get all 5 for just $19.99 total with your BonusPlus card. It's a great opportunity to stock up on your favorite cuts and create delicious meals for your family. Don't miss out on this incredible deal, available every day exclusively at Tops!


TIP 1: Experience the warmth and comfort of a slowly cooked, savory beef dish. With each passing hour, it develops a richness and deep infusion of flavor. Try slow cooking a chuck roast, a cost-effective cut that is packed with flavor.

TIP 2: Choose lean meat cuts when lookking for healthier options. Look for terms like 'loin' or 'round,' and trim visible fat before cooking to reduce overall fat content. Lean meats are not only a nutritious choice but also cook well when grilled, baked, or broiled.

  • Skinless Chicken Breast
  • Turkey Breast
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Pork Chops
  • Top Sirloin
  • Beef Top Round
  • Beef Tenderloin
  • Extra Lean Ground Beef
  • Ground Turkey
  • Ground Chicken

TIP 3: Wondering what the labels and stickers mean on different packages of meat? Well, at Tops we have a large assortment of all natural, grass fed, antibiotic free, and plant-based options for your family. Click below to learn a little bit about each of these categories.

ALL NATURAL: "All Natural" refers to meat that has undergone minimal processing and contains no artificial ingredients or added colors. This label typically indicates that the meat is free from synthetic additives, preservatives, and artificial flavors.
GRASS FED: "Grass-Fed" indicates that the animals were primarily fed a diet of grass or forage throughout their lives. This label is often associated with cattle, and grass-fed meat is known for being leaner and having a different nutritional profile compared to conventionally raised meat.
ANTIBIOTIC-FREE: "Antibiotic-Free" means that the animals raised for meat were not administered antibiotics during their lifetime. This label is important for those concerned about the overuse of antibiotics in livestock farming, which can contribute to antibiotic resistance.
PLANT-BASED: "Plant-Based Meat" refers to products that mimic the taste, texture, and appearance of traditional meat but are made entirely from plant-derived ingredients. Plant-based meats can include ingredients such as soy, pea protein, wheat gluten, and various plant extracts to create a meat-like experience without using animal-derived components.

TIP 4: Try salmon for a heart-healthy seafood option. Enhance the flavor and texture of your salmon by seasoning it generously with a mix of herbs, citrus, and olive oil before cooking. To preserve moisture, use a medium heat and avoid overcooking; salmon is perfectly done when it easily flakes with a fork. For a crisp skin, sear it skin-side down first, then finish in the oven. Experiment with different cooking methods like grilling, baking, or pan-searing to discover your favorite way to enjoy salmon.

HOLIDAY TIP 1: Looking to prepare a spiral cut ham? First, thaw the ham thoroughly if it's frozen, ensuring it reaches room temperature before baking. This promotes even cooking throughout the ham. Apply a delicious glaze generously over the ham before baking. Classic choices include a brown sugar and mustard glaze or a honey and citrus blend. Preheat your oven to 325°F for an even cooking process. Place the ham on a rack in a roasting pan, tent with foil, and bake. Calculate approximately 15-20 minutes per pound until the internal temperature reaches 140°F. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the ham to ensure your spiral cut ham is cooked to perfection. Allow the ham to rest for at least 15-20 minutes before carving. This step lets the juices redistribute, resulting in a juicier and more succulent ham. Lastly, carve & serve!

HOLIDAY TIP 2: When roasting larger beef cuts, opt for an ovenproof meat thermometer that stays snug in your roast throughout the cooking process - it's a game-changer! The secret to a perfect roast is keeping those savory juices locked in. Oven roasting is the easiest way to prepare beef - simply season and let the oven work its magic! Keep it effortless, keep it tasty.

+ Try these cuts of beef:
BOTTOM ROUND ROAST: Boneless and lean and best for slow-cooking.
TOP ROUND ROAST: A lean roast that should be slow-cooked to improve its tenderness and then sliced thinly across the grain.
SIRLOIN TIP ROAST: This boneless, lean cut is of great value. Best when roasted and carved into thin slices.
EYE ROUND ROAST: A lean, flavorful cut. Can be roasted or slow-cooked at home for an everyday meal.
RIBEYE ROAST: Savory and fine-textured with generous marbling. A classic holiday roast.

HOLIDAY TIP 3: At Tops, we're all about achieving that perfect, juicy pork! Give your pork the time it deserves to rest after cooking - it's the way to mouthwatering tenderness. When your pork stands, the flavorful juices settle back into the center, ensuring every slice is as succulent as it gets.

+ Try these cuts of pork:
PORK TENDERLOIN: The tenderloin is a highly versatile and tender cut known for its juicy texture. Its mild flavor complements well with spicy rubs, marinades, or sauces. Whether for entertaining or a swift family meal, the tenderloin offers a convenient option.
PORK LOIN ROAST: A loin roast prepared through brining, barbecuing, or stuffing consistently delivers an impressive presentation and delightful taste.
PORK CHOPS: Pork chops are a convenient and easy-to-cook option, providing numerous meal possibilities.

HOLIDAY TIP 4: For a juicy and flavorful holiday whole roasting chicken, consider brining it beforehand. A simple solution of water, salt, and your favorite festive spices can work wonders. Let the chicken soak in the brine for a few hours or overnight before cooking. This technique not only enhances the taste but also ensures a moist and succulent bird that will be the highlight of your holiday feast.

+ Try these cuts of chicken:
WHOLE ROASTING CHICKEN: Elevate your holiday table with our premium whole roasting chickens. Perfectly seasoned and ready to roast, these tender birds are the centerpiece your celebration deserves
BONELESS SKINLESS CHICKEN BREAST: For a lean and versatile option, our boneless, skinless chicken breasts are a go-to choice. Whether baked or pan-seared, they add a healthy and flavorful touch to your holiday menu.
BONE-IN CHICKEN THIGHS: Add juicy bone-in chicken thighs to your holiday menu. Versatile and packed with flavor, they're ideal for a variety of recipes, from hearty stews to perfectly roasted dishes.


TURKEY TIP 1: Ensure a stress-free Thanksgiving by planning ahead. Thaw your frozen turkey in the refrigerator, allowing 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds, for a perfectly ready centerpiece on the big day!

+ View Suggested Thawing Times:
8 to 12 pounds: 2 days
12 to 16 pounds: 3 days
16 to 20 pounds: 4 days
20 to 24 pounds: 5 days

TURKEY TIP 2: Temperature matters. Use a meat thermometer to guarantee your turkey is cooked to perfection. The internal temperature should reach 165°F in the thickest part of the thigh.

TURKEY TIP 3: For a golden, crispy skin, baste your turkey with melted butter throughout the roasting process. It adds flavor and keeps the meat moist. See how Chef Darian Bryan prepares his Thanksgiving turkey: click here to watch video

TURKEY TIP 4: Allow your turkey to rest for 20-30 minutes before carving. This ensures the juices redistribute for a moist and succulent result. Use a sharp carving knife for even, beautiful slices. Remove the legs and wings first, followed by the breast meat. Don't forget to collect those delicious drippings for gravy!