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Posted on Fri, Jul 6, 2012 : 10:30 a.m.

Frugal Friday at Biercamp - try the rich, housemade jerky paté

By Mary Bilyeu


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

Biercamp Artisan Sausage and Jerky offers an excellent 16-hour pulled pork sandwich for $4.99. Since this falls within our mandatory $5 or less per person Frugal Floozie Friday budget, that makes the shop a perfect place to feature today!

As soon as you walk in the door of Biercamp, you are immersed in the fragrance of the barbecue. The pork is spicy and tender, the onions are a perfect sweet and crunchy complement to the sauce, and the pickles are crisp and bright.  Whether you enjoy your sandwich on the picnic benches out front or take some home with you, you must try this!

There is also a wide variety of jerkies and sausage sticks to choose from; prices vary per pound, so you can choose as much or as little as you want to stay within our budget when buying a snack. One each of several varieties would be a great way to sample items.

All of these items are made in-house by the wonderfully friendly owners Walter Hansen and Hannah Cheadle, who told me that they use some family recipes but often just create foods that they, themselves, want to eat.  (And as you listen to them talk about their vocation, Walter's eyes light up with a passion for his work and his products.)  They were offering samples of beef jerky when I was there last, and it was so flavorful and even tender! It in no way resembled the desiccated leathery meats that we usually think of when we hear the word "jerky."

I highly recommend the rich and creamy Biercamp Jerky Pate, a cream cheese-based spread with lots of flavors shining through; beef jerky, green and red peppers, garlic, lemon, and Dijon mustard all dance in each bite.  At $9.99 per pound, I was able to buy a container of the pate for less than $5.  Thus I still had a bit of a budget to acquire crackers or vegetables to spread this on, though frankly I will admit to simply eating it off a spoon because it's so good.

There is a refrigerated case offering cheeses purchased from local artisans and smoked at Biercamp, a spread featuring corned beef jerky with my favorite Balaton cherries, baked beans and other side dishes.  

Products from Ann Arbor's own The Brinery are proudly sold at the store along with other Michigan items, such as Faygo sodas and Better Made potato chips. And another case offers an assortment of sausages, from Hillbilly breakfast sausage to Italian- and Indian-influenced varieties, that you can bring home to cook with.

So stop by Biercamp, where you can buy hand-crafted sausages and jerkies — and many other delicious items —  still within a frugal budget.

Biercamp Artisan Sausage and Jerky
1643 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Monday - Saturday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Closed Sunday

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Mary Bilyeu writes about her adventures in the kitchen - making dinner, celebrating holidays, entering cooking contests ... whatever strikes her fancy. She is also on a mission to find great deals for her Frugal Floozie Friday posts, seeking fabulous food at restaurants on the limited budget of only $5 per person. Feel free to email her with questions or comments or suggestions:

You should visit Mary's blog — Food Floozie — on which she enthuses and effuses over all things food-related. And be sure to look for her monthly articles about holiday foods and traditions in the Washtenaw Jewish News.

The phrase "You Should Only Be Happy" (written in Hebrew on the stone pictured in this post) comes from Deuteronomy 16:15 and is a wish for all her readers - when you come to visit here, may you always be happy.


Becky H

Sat, Jul 7, 2012 : 9:05 p.m.

I love this place. It's a meat lover's paradise (and a vegetarian's nightmare)! The owners are very sweet people, and the place is easy to get to from Central Campus. Just take the Wolverine Tower bus (AATA #36), and there is a stop right in front of Biercamp near the Stinson & State St intersection. I've made the trip from East Hall to Biercamp to savor the pulled pork sandwich and back to East Hall in less than an hour for my lunch break. It's a fun adventure!

Amanda Zee

Fri, Jul 6, 2012 : 8:54 p.m.

We go to Biercamp nearly every weekend for the pulled pork and brisket sandwiches! The all beef hot dogs are crunchy and delicious, the brats never disappoint, and I can't leave without taking home some pastrami for our lunch sandwiches for the week! Walt, Hannah, and Pat are amazing!


Fri, Jul 6, 2012 : 8:41 p.m.

I love Biercamp. Their pulled pork is probably best in A2. Also check out the corned beef, pastrami, duck breast bacon, and pea meal bacon. Just leave some for me...

Mary Bilyeu

Fri, Jul 6, 2012 : 11:35 p.m.

Oh, it would be so easy to spend a fortune on so many goodies! Thankfully, there are options for every budget ....


Fri, Jul 6, 2012 : 4:44 p.m.

The pulled pork is a very nice treat, but the jerkies (not just beef, but other meats, too) are the real stars. This is one of those places that vividly illustrates the difference between an artisan, small-batch product and the machine-made supermarket national-brand stuff. The staff is super-friendly, too, and very tolerant of even 'dumb' questions. Novices should not be intimidated at all!

Mary Bilyeu

Fri, Jul 6, 2012 : 5:01 p.m.

The difference in quality and flavor is remarkable! And it's wonderful to support such a friendly business, too ... :)


Fri, Jul 6, 2012 : 3:40 p.m.

Biercamp is awesome. I highly recommend the peameal bacon.

Mary Bilyeu

Fri, Jul 6, 2012 : 4:01 p.m.

I know - so many treats to try, you've just gotta keep going back!