The Best Meat for Your Celebration

While Thanksgiving is all about the sides, the main course take center stage during this month’s celebrations. That’s why we’re all about meat that’s full of flavor, not antibiotics or added hormones.

Roast Pork Loin with Thyme and Citrus JamWhile Thanksgiving is all about the sides, the main course takes center stage during this month’s celebrations. That’s why we’re all about meat that’s full of flavor, not antibiotics or added hormones. All meat in our meat department must meet these requirements:

  • No antibiotics, ever

  • No animal byproducts in feed

  • No added hormones (Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising pork, poultry, goat, veal and bison. We don’t allow them in beef or lamb, either.)

Plus, the 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating is your way of knowing how the animals were raised for the meat you are buying. Beef, pork, chicken and turkey in our fresh meat case are currently rated.

Haven’t decided on an entrée for your celebration yet? We can help! Here are a few of our holiday favorites. And remember, our butchers cut to order, so you get exactly what you want.  

Standing Rib Roast with Caramelized Onions

Prime Rib Roast. Our elegant and ready-to-cook prime rib always steals the show. Serve up your best version of a tender and traditional holiday favorite, like this Standing Rib Roast with Caramelized Onions. Or this spectacular (and simple) Herbed Prime Rib Roast that will wow your guests.

Honey-Glazed Ham with Fresh Pineapple ChutneySpiral-Sliced Ham. It’s a classic for good reason. Our crowd-pleasing spiral-cut ham is ready to heat and serve to a crowd of hungry guests — easy! It delivers the flavor you’re craving without synthetic nitrates or nitrites. Just imagine Sour Cherry Glazed Ham for dinner than sandwiches, soups, omelets or frittatas the next day!  

Honey and Rosemary Brined Turkey with Herb Riesling Gravy

Turkeys. From value priced to organic, choose the best ready-to-cook turkey for you. (Some locations also offer brined or fully cooked whole turkeys too.) If you’re cooking for a Hanukkah feast, our kosher turkeys — available in select stores — have two kosher certifications: Rabbi Babad and the Orthodox Union. All are 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rated with no antibiotics, ever. Find turkey roasting tips and three of our favorite turkey recipes in our online holiday guide.

Roasted Pork Loin Stuffed with Baby Spinach, Mushrooms and Pine NutsBoneless Pork Loin Roast. This is an elegant entrée for company this season. Our butchers recommend roasting alongside pears, apples or citrus, and for the juiciest results, try a dry brine like in this Roast Pork Loin with Thyme-Citrus Jam recipe. If you have leftovers, be sure to make sandwiches.

Dig into some of our favorite recipes for meat and poultry entrées this holiday and visit our online holiday guide for all kinds of festive recipes, tips and gift ideas.

Classic Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine-Shallot Pan Sauce

Turkey with Extra-Crispy Skin

Roasted Brisket with Parsley, Mint and Thyme


Looking for time savers from the get-go? We have ready-to-heat appetizers made in-house by our skilled butchers. Here’s a tip from them: our made in-house beef meatballs + your favorite sauce = a delicious appetizer.

You can do it all. But you don’t have to. We have online ordering for holiday meals, entrées, sides, desserts, party platters, appetizers and more. Shop now. Pick everything up at your local Whole Foods Market later.

Beef? Turkey? Pork? What will take center stage at your table this holiday? Let me know in the comments below. 

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