ALEXANDRA Hills butcher Daryl Pattemore is hamming it up for Christmas, cooking nearly 10 tonnes of ham for customers.
“We’re taking orders now for hams, by far our most popular choice in the festive season,” the fifth generation butcher said.
All pork legs will be cooked on site using the butcher’s secret recipe.
“Christmas is one of our busiest times,” Mr Pattemore said.
Pattemore’s Meats, in Alexandra Hills Shopping Centre, is marking another milestone.
The butchers is celebrating its 38th year in business.
“I’ve lived in Redlands for about 28 years and I followed my father into the business,” Mr Pattemore said.
He’s also won a swag of awards, picking up Best Bacon at this year’s Royal Agricultural Show and being named Queensland Beef Sausage King in previous years.
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“I’m passionate about meat,” Mr Pattemore said.
He doesn’t mince his words when it comes to modern meat trends.
“Customers would once come into the shop and ask for steak chops and sausages,” he says.
“But these days, with all the cooking shows on television, people are demanding a lot more from their butcher and we are obliging.
“We sell a lot of marinated meats and our home-made meat pies are proving really popular.
“Customers are also seeking cooking advice and we’re happy to provide that.”
Mr Pattermore gets to the meat of the matter with his advice.
“Try our crumbed lamb cutlets, they’re very tasty and a hit with families,” he said.
He makes his own sausages and also sells chicken mini-roasts, crumbed veal schnitzels, sticky beef ribs and a beef, bacon and cheese pie, among dozens of other meats and marinades.
Mr Pattemore employs nine staff, including two apprentices and a sales assistant.
His son Kenneth has also taken on the family tradition and has been working in the shop as a qualified butcher for the past six years.
“We also have arguably Redland’s longest display case for our meats, it measures 17 metres, so customers can have a good look at the meats on offer,” Mr Pattemore said.
View his meats at pattemoresmeats.com.au