Pig Out with Plath’s

Plath's "Sanitary Market" delivered (Plath archive photo)

Plath’s “Sanitary Market” delivered (Plath archive photo)

Achin’ for good bacon? Head to Plath’s Meats, a Tip of the Mitt institution since 1913.

plath_6657Emil Plath, Sr., an immigrant from Germany, opened the original market in Rogers City a century ago. The butcher and sausage maker had a recipe for Kasseler Rippchen, smoked loin, that the family still makes and sells today, both in the shop and online.

I brought home a pound of their thick-cut bacon and the family agreed that it was the best we’ve had. The Summer Sausage was tasty, too.  Wish we’d been able to sample some of the other smoked meats that Plath’s is known for, but I only had a small cooler with me.

The Rest of The Story: Tucker the Wonder Dog wasn’t the least bit interested in the pig’s ear (yes, it was a real pig’s ear) I brought him.

Tucker ignored the pig's ear from Plath's

Tucker ignored the pig’s ear from Plath’s

Plath’s Meats is still based in downtown Rogers City, on the Lake Huron shore, with a second location in Petoskey, on Lake Michigan. Bring a cooler so you can stock up. If you’re in not traveling to the area you can phone in an order.

A century in a family-run business is something to oink about!

Plath’s Meats
116 S. Third St., Rogers City, Michigan
(989) 734-2232
Area B on map
2200 E. Mitchell, Petoskey, Michigan
(231) 348-8100
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