Fareway Meat Market

Fareway Meat Market Prep and Cooking

Fareway Meat Market is a part of the ever-growing Midwest grocery company, Fareway Meat and Grocery Store, currently operating 122 grocery store locations in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota. We hold family values in the highest regard, demonstrating integrity, fairness, and honesty in relationships with customers, employees, vendors, and suppliers.

High-Quality Meats

Alongside the distribution of high-quality meats, Fareway Stores are committed to our foundation of personalized service. Fresh foods are an essential part of family meals. We'd like you to think of Fareway Meat and Grocery as the place to find the freshest grocery items at affordable prices.

Compare our quality, and then compare our prices. We think it will give you a fresh perspective on where to buy your favorite products.

Fareway Meat Market Produce

Our Fareway Meat Markets are an American Midwest tradition, putting quality products and service first. Fresh cuts of the highest grade of USDA Choice beef, all-natural pork and chicken fill Fareway cases, along with other specialty items. We work closely with our processors and dietitian services so every shipment meets our quality standards.

Need dinner ideas? Meal planning for a whole family can be a daunting task, but our Expert Tips section makes the process easier by providing prep and cooking instructions. Browse our preparations below, and when you find a few you like, just add them to your online shopping list and you’ll be ready to go.

Preparation Instructions

Beef Preparation and Cooking

Ground Beef Patties

Flame Broiled Juicy Beef Burgers

Straight from the freezer to the grill, these 85% ground beef patties are perfect for those last-minute meal ideas! Simply take out the desired number of ground beef patties and grill on a medium-temperature grill. Add your favorite seasonings to each side, flipping only once. 

When the internal temperature has reached 160°F, remove from the grill, and let rest for five minutes prior to serving. Serve with your favorite Fareway easy side dishes, such as potato salad, corn on the cob, and fresh fruit!

Prime Rib Roast Beef

A slice of fresh prime rib roastIf the oven is being used to only bake the prime rib roast, follow these instructions, making sure that the oven door is not opened during the process.

Let the roast come to room temperature and preheat the oven to 375°F. Cook for 1 hour. Turn oven off for 3 hours (do not open oven door). Turn oven on again to 375°F. 

For a well-done roast, cook an additional 40 minutes; for medium, cook 30 minutes; for medium-rare, cook 20 minutes. If your oven is being used to bake additional items, simply bake the prime rib roast at 250-300°F for 4-5 hours, uncovered.

A Savory Prime Rib Beef Roast, Fully Cooked

Prime Rib Beef Roast & Slices (Fully Cooked)

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Place on a rack in roasting pan and fill the pan with approximately 1/2 inch of water or au jus; cover with foil. Heat slowly until it reaches at least an internal temperature of 120°F; for medium-well, 153°F; for medium, 143°F; for medium-rare, 135°F. 

Remove from the oven and let stand 8-10 minutes before slicing. Serve alongside our best, and family favorite, side dishes, like mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and fresh rolls.

A beautifully flame broiled Beef Steak

Steaks -

Start by prepping your grill according to the manufacturer’s instructions and season your beef steaks with your favorite spice mixture. Experts at FarewayMeatMarket.com recommend waiting on the salt until after your steaks are browned, as the salt can draw out moisture and restrict the flavor that browning imparts. 

For a medium-rare Fareway steak, remove from the grill when the internal temperature reaches 135°F. For a medium steak, remove from the grill when the internal temperature reaches 150°F. The internal temperature will rise 5-10° after the meat is removed. Let the steak cool prior to slicing, allowing time for the juices to redistribute throughout the steak.

Wagyu Steaks

Keep steaks frozen until 24-36 prior to cooking. Remove steaks 30 minutes before cooking to allow them to rise to room temperature. This ensures an even cook through the entire cut. Remove from packaging and pat dry with a paper towel. Getting rid of the excess moisture allows the seasoning to stick to your steak better. 

We recommend using a light dusting of salt and pepper as our 100% Full-Blood Wagyu has its own wonderful buttery flavor locked inside the marble lines. If you do choose to season, use your favorite beef steak seasoning and go light. 

We do not recommend cooking our Wagyu better than Medium. Wagyu is best enjoyed at medium rare or 130-135 degrees. Whether you choose a cast iron skillet, griddle or your favorite grill; we recommend preheating your cooking appliance to a higher heat. This ensures a great sear to lock in all of that flavor.

  • Cast Iron Skillet/Griddle - lightly grease with butter or olive oil. Get a good sear on the first side at approximately three minutes per side. 
  • Grill - get the grates hot and sear. You will know when to flip when the meat loosens from the grates. Be sure to watch your grill carefully. The extra marbling in Wagyu can cause more flare ups. 

Internal Temperature:

  • Medium Rare - 130-135°
  • Medium - 140-145°
  • Medium Well - 150-155°
  • Well Done - 160°+ ( we don't recommend)

Finish the cooking by watching your internal temperature. Pull the cut when it reaches five degrees before serving temperature. After the steak has been removed from the cooking appliance it will continue to rise that extra five degrees. Let it rest peacefully at a minimum of ten minutes before serving. (We actually recommend 15 minutes, but you get hungry. We understand.) Resting allows the juices to redistribute throughout your cut, guaranteeing savory bites. 

No need for steak sauces or condiments. Wagyu is best served as is. Cut and enjoy your perfect 100% Full Blood Wagyu Steak!

Wagyu Brisket

Thawing your brisket will take approximately six hours per pound. For the best results, be sure your brisket is completely thawed before it hits the smoker. Remove the brisket from its vacuumed sealed bag and pat dry with a paper towel. Getting rid of the excess moisture will ensure the seasoning will stick. 

Trimming is a personal preference. Our 100% Full Blood Wagyu briskets are Whole Packer Style. Some trimming might be required. We recommend removing the hard fat (deckle fat) from the leaner side. This deckle does not render down when smoking, so removing it is a great idea. Next, trim the fat side to approximately a 1/4 inch. This allows more flavor from the meat and less fat on the served product. Lastly, trim up the sides if there is excess fat for a better presentation when slicing. 

We commend using a salt and pepper rub. Too much seasoning will take away from the rich buttery flavor of the meat. Season generously and then wrap it up and place in your refrigerator for 12-24 hours. This allows the seasoning to penetrate and provide a satisfactory eating experience. Use your favorite brisket rubs for a better crust. We prefer rubs that contain activated charcoal in them. 

Remove the brisket form your refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 45-60 minutes. This is important because it allows the meat to slowly rise to room temperature. Throwing a cold cut on a hot grill shocks the muscle and can result in tough meat. 

We like to smoke our briskets at around 225° with the Fat Cap up so the juice runs down the meat. Using your favorite temp and fat cap up or down will not change the outcome by much. Smoke until the internal temperature hits 160°. Wrap with a double layer of aluminum foil and return it to the pit. The perfect temperature to pull a brisket from the smoker is 203°. You will notice when using your probe that the meat almost melts around it. It should easily penetrate the meat. 

The difference between a good brisket and a great brisket comes from the resting time. We recommend wrapping your wrapped-up brisket in a towel and placing in an empty cooler or your cool oven for at least an hour to allow the juices to redistribute and stay inside the brisket instead of spilling out. 

Slice it in ½ strips across the grain and enjoy alone or on a bun. Sauce is not needed! Enjoy!

**100% Full Blood Wagyu Briskets have a lot more marbling in the meat, meaning the brisket will cook faster than USDA Choice or Prime Briskets. We are unable to give you a perfect time for smoking a brisket. Brisket cooking requires monitoring the temperature and not the time. For instance, it could take up to 10 hours to smoke a 16 pound brisket. However, it could also only take 8, or maybe 12. The most important thing is to watch your temperature.

Pork Preparation:

Fareway's world-famous fully-cooked hamballs smothered in barbeque sauce

Ham balls

Hamballs come fully cooked, so all you need to do is warm through prior to serving. FarewayMeatMarket.com experts' favorite way to prepare the famous ham balls is to smother them in barbeque sauce and keep warm in a crockpot on low. 

Pork & Bacon Patties

This product is made to go straight from the freezer onto the grill, no thawing necessary. Simply take the desired number of patties from your freezer and grill as you would your favorite hamburger. FarewayMeatMarket.com experts suggest only flipping the patties once for the best results. When the parties have reached an internal temperature of 160°F, remove from the grill, let rest five minutes, and enjoy.

Pork Chops

FarewayMeatMarket.com experts recommend grilling boneless pork chops for the best results. Start by preheating the grill to medium-high heat and brush the grill grates with olive oil. Season the chops with your favorite herbs and spices, and grill until the internal temperature reaches 145°F. 

Flipping the meat once will allow for the best results. For easier slicing, and to let the pork juices redistribute throughout the meat, remove from the grill, cover with a tent of foil; and let the pork rest for five to ten minutes prior to slicing. The smoked pork chops are fully cooked, and just need to be warmed through prior to enjoying.

Pork Tenderloin

The pork tenderloin is best when roasted in the oven. After seasoning with your favorite herbs and spices, place in a shallow, uncovered pan and into a 350°F oven. 

Roast for 20-35 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F. Keep the pan drippings - these make for a delicious gravy or sauce. Order this delicious meat online today!

Bison Preparation


Thaw your bison steaks out to room temperature. Add salt to the steak just before cooking to help retain moisture, keeping the steak juicy. We recommend seasoning bison steaks with olive oil, salt and fresh pepper. This creates a crust of delicious flavor that locks in the moisture keeping it tender.

Bison steaks require less time than beef or pork to cook. For approximately 1” bison steaks, cook around six minutes per side on high heat to keep that moist and tender texture.

Do not overcook bison! We recommend that bison be cooked from rare to medium-rare. This is a dense protein-packed meat, so even if you usually order beef steak well-done, you will enjoy medium-rare bison.

In the meat thermometer we trust! For the best tasting bison, steaks should be cooked to an internal temperature of 120-140°.

We understand waiting is hard, but don’t cut into that delicious bison yet. It’s important to let it rest. We recommend letting it rest twice the time you would for beef. This way, the moisture is re-absorbed ensuring a juicy and tender piece of meat.

Now that you know how to perfectly cook any cut of meat, select the perfect meal!

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