Small-Town American Dream
There’s a reason A&R Custom Butchering is named “Best in Tehama County” year after year.
Sure, you can point to their old-fashioned meat counter that serves up everything from steak to poultry to deli sandwiches. Or you can talk about their extensive line of spices and seasonings or that they’re an authorized Traeger barbecue dealer. You can also chime in that they’re able to process wild and domestic animals and even offer a mobile slaughtering service.
But really, what sets A&R above the rest is simply their customer service.
“I kept cutting meat and being nice to people. That’s it. Look where we are now,” says Dwayne Casteel, who along with wife Barbra became sole owners of the 17 year old business 7 years ago. “We are the small-town American Dream. We are living it. We have three generations working together and lots of extended family.”
And while the customer service sets them apart from the rest, the depth and breadth of what A&R offers is truly amazing.
“We do our own in-house smoking hams, turkeys, brats, bacon, snack sticks,” Dwayne says of just a small sample of A&R’s fare.
Their meat counter has your choice of steak, chicken, pork and specialty freezer items such as alligator or frog legs. Or perhaps you’re in the mood for seafood or want to get a giant dog bone for Rover. A&R Custom Butchering has you covered.
But there’s more. They have a full-service deli department with a wide range of meats and cheeses prepared just the way you like it, thick or thin. The fresh deli sandwiches are always worth the trip, and they even have hot pulled pork and award-winning tri-tip on certain days.
A&R Custom Butchering started years ago in a “small shed” in Dairyville, eventually moving to their current spot at 1055 N. Main St. in Red Bluff.
“To move from a small shed of a business in Dairyville to what we are now is mind blowing, and all because people supported us,” say the Casteels.
The move wasn’t planned, they say, but they took a chance and it paid off.
“We had the opportunity to take care of the community that had taken care of us,” they say, adding that opening the shop was the moment they knew they’d “made it.” “Our new location was a historical Red Bluff building, something we were able to buy and make it our own. It’s a very big deal to us.”
To repay the community, the Casteels and their staff work to “give the customer the best product, the best customer service, truly knowing and giving back to the community. We can’t express enough, it’s no cliche. It’s all about the support of the community. We can’t tell you how big that is,” they say.
Adds Barbra: “It’s pretty amazing when you become a small business owner. Something changes. You find yourself wanting to support other small businesses, in every community you visit.”
A&R Custom Butchers
1055 Main St, Red Bluff