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The experts on the Meat Dept. team are a cut above. With decades of combined experience, this team answers questions you may have about our Sobeys store meat selection, custom-cut meat and more. With spring in the air, here are some Easter and warmer-weather meat-preparation tips, tricks, and insights to help make every roast or grill a juicy, mouth-watering success!

Yes, any cut is available from our counters. Please feel free to refer to our online portion calculator to determine the amount you need, plus some great recipe ideas to get you started.
You could say our team is full of traditionalists. Our picks include traditional turkey, ham, or prime rib roast, but our Meat Dept.’s handy Roast Calculator has multiple options, including lamb, Cornish hens, duck, stuffed turkey breast and beef Wellington, to name a few.
We always recommend you cook to a food-safe temperature, based on Health Canada recommendations; always use a meat thermometer. Most importantly, let the meat rest before carving.
You’re in good company; lots of Canadians love a flavourful marinade when grilling. Our advice? Be careful when using sweet marinades, as they can burn, and keep in mind that different marinades require different preparations. Read the marinade’s label carefully, and if you’re unsure, cook the meat indirectly using medium heat until the appropriate safe internal temperature is reached.
The same as with marinades, the key is to be mindful of burning due to the potential sugar content in BBQ sauces or glazes. We recommended brushing these on at the final stage of cooking to avoid charred sauce and meat.
Burgers and kabobs do well with some caramelization, but remember to always cook to an internal temperature of 74°C (165°F), using a meat thermometer to check!
Silverskin is a tough connective tissue on larger cuts of meat. Unlike other fats, silver skin doesn’t break down during the cooking process. If you’re making pork ribs, for example, remove the silverskin prior to cooking and finishing on the grill. Here are two ways we recommend you do that: Pick your technique!
That depends on the kind of burger you’re looking to grill, but one thing is sure: Fat content differs (the leaner the burger, the drier it will be when grilling, for example), so the best practice is to cook to an internal temperature of 74°C (165°F, always using a meat thermometer! For more tips on grilling various kinds of meat burgers, hit up our Grilling Guide for more tips and what to look for.
This summer, we’re looking forward to grilling any one of our featured summer-lineup meat options. This includes our pre-seasoned beef brisket, our denuded beef tenderloin, pre-seasoned beef short ribs, Sterling Silver® medallions and strip loin steaks, a new selection of Compliments frozen burgers, fresh burger offerings from our Meat Dept., kabobs, Nagano pork ribs, and our hotel-cut pork loin chop. Check out our Grilling Guide to learn more about how to grill these to perfection.
Yes, there are halal meat offerings in every store across multiple departments, but some stores have a more robust offer. Please check with your local Sobeys store for more details.
Yes, Sobeys meat alternatives carried include an extensive offering of grinds and burgers available in fresh and frozen varieties, including plant-based.
Right now, we have about 10 Sobeys stores selling dry-aged meat.
It’s a complicated process, but the quick version is: Whole beef cuts are stored open, on racks in a temperature-controlled environment for approximately 50 days, allowing for a controlled loss of moisture. This tenderizes the meat and concentrates the flavours so you get an exceptional piece of beef.
Sterling Silver® beef is special because it consists of the top 2/3 of AAA beef, ensuring a well-marbled product that gives you a tender, juicy steakhouse-style experience. There are various cuts that also have the Certified Tender shield, which means the meat has been certified by the Canadian Beef Grading Agency* to be tender and aged perfectly, so you can count on delicious results. You’ll find this label only on select Sterling Silver® premium cuts.
*CBGA certifies that this product meets process requirements for Certified Tender beef. For more information on Certified Tender beef, visit
While we don’t currently offer free-range chicken, select Sobeys stores do have grass-fed beef. Check with your local store for more details.
The first rule is to not overcook the bird. We recommend it’s cooked to specifications in the Health Canada internal-temperature guide that we’ve followed in our Roast Calculator, and as always, use a meat thermometer and let rest before carving.
Yes, you can. If your order is very particular regarding certain cuts or meats, a few days’ warning is always helpful so we can meet your needs.
Much like chicken or turkey, the secret is to not overcook it. Regardless of method, pork should be cooked to a safe internal temperature of 68°C (155°F), rested to a Health Canada–recommended final internal temperature of 71°C (160°F).
Our team enjoys the Nagano hotel-cut loin chop because it’s delicious, impressive, 100% Canadian, and raised following strict guidelines, which results in a tastier, juicier, and more flavourful meat. Nagano pork is exclusive to our stores and will satisfy those who love to eat Canadian pork.
We’re salt-and-pepper kind of people, but if we had to pick a seasoning, it would be a Montreal Steak Spice, no marinade, no BBQ sauce. We prefer to cook a pork chop like we cook a grilling steak. Let it rest on the counter for 20 minutes before it hits the grill, and let it rest after for a few more minutes to let the juices settle before consuming. Regardless of method, pork should be cooked to a safe internal temperature of 68°C (155°F), rested to a Health Canada–recommended final internal temperature of 71°C (160°F). For us, any day that ends in “y” is our favourite occasion to enjoy pork.
Pork belly is a really overlooked, delicious cut that’s well-marbled for flavourful results. It’s great for roasting, braising, or barbecuing.

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