Local Handcrafted Charcuterie

By: Chef Carrie Walters | Culinary Director
On: June 11, 2012

The words painted on the Smoking Goose delivery truck are more than a slogan—they’re a meat message. With those four wheels rolling from downtown Indianapolis, Chris Eley and his team are taking their message to the streets. “Real meat has a tale,” that meat mobile says. And it’s a delicious story from start to finish. The tale begins when Chris and his wife Mollie Eley opened their USDA-inspected meat locker last year. Based on recipes the couple developed at Goose the Market—an Indy neighborhood market and full-service butcher shop lauded in the New York Times, Food & Wine, and Bon Appétit—their wholesale production facility, Smoking Goose, handcrafts dry-cured and smoked meats on a massively meaty scale. Working by hand (with quick breaks to feed the smoker), the Smoking Goose team tells their tale with over 40 cured and smoked meats including Kitchen Sink Sausage, Andouille, Veal Brats, and Sweet Fennel Sausage.

The plot thickens since Smoking Goose only works with independent Indiana farmers who care as much about their animals and their land as these butchers care about the dinner on our table. With old-school techniques like seam butchering each animal, hand tying every piece, and curing without additional compound nitrates, the patient, time-honored traditions of those local farms continues deliciously at Smoking Goose.

Naturally, the story goes from barn to butcher to (our) bellies since only all-natural ingredients flavor the humanely raised, well-marbled breeds going straight from the farm to Smoking Goose. Smoking wood from a local orchard smolders under plump sausages linked in real, natural casings to lace sweet and smoky flavors over the rich spike of organic sage, espelette pepper, ginger, mace, and…hungry yet?

And now Dorothy Lane Market is proud to be part of this tale, too! Working with Smoking Goose to provide our customers with delicious, handcrafted, all-natural protein provisions means we can all dine happily ever after.