Moink and ButcherBox are two similar meat delivery companies. To find which one is better, I decided to order from both and test their service. Despite their similarities, there is a clear winner. Here are the highlights of my experience.
The company was started by a husband and wife team who desired to eat only ethically raised animals. The two were tired with the way most meat sold at the grocery store was raised and decided to try something different. They started raising hogs and eventually connected with other ethical farmers and ranchers (1).
Mike Salguero founded ButcherBox to make grass-fed beef available to everyone. Mike tried 100% grass-fed beef from a cow share and instantly loved the quality. After discovering how hard the beef is to find, he started the company as an alternative to what was available in stores (2).
Moink and ButcherBox
Side by Side
Both companies are meat subscription services offering monthly packages you can order. Moink has four different price range options that can be customized based on the type of meat you want. The company has two different price range packages, one that is curated for you each month and another that you can completely customize.
The four packages Moink offers are their two small options (one with pork and one without) for $129 with 6.5lbs of meat, and their two medium packages (one with pork and one without) for $159 with around 12lbs of meat.
The ButcherBox options are their curated classic for $124 with 8-11lbs of meat, the curated big package for $238 with 16-22lbs of meat, the classic custom box for $149 with 9-14lbs of meat, and the custom big package for $270 with 18-26lbs of meat.
Shipping and Delivery Cost
ButcherBox gives all customers free shipping on all orders. The company delivers to all
Both companies make similar claims when it comes to where they source their meat. Unlike many of the other meat delivery service providers, Both companies focus on grass-fed and grass-finished beef and clean chicken and pork.
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Both companies claim that their meat comes from animals that are free of growth hormones and GMO grains. The meat at both companies is well above the quality you get at grocery stores. One perk of both companies is they have a satisfaction guarantee, so if you're not happy with the meat quality, there are options.
ButcherBox sources all of their meats from family farms throughout the USA. The company has strict standards for the raising of the animals they source. Some of these standards include:
No hormones or antibiotics All animals must be able to roam free Humanely raised using sustainable practices
Their processing facilities use operating methods recommended by the Humane Farm Animal Care Program's scientific committee. They control the entire process from the farm to your table to produce quality meats that are ethically and humanely sourced.
ButcherBox has more meat options. They are a larger company and work with a larger number of farms so that they can source more beef, pork, chicken, and seafood cuts than some other companies. While they don't offer as many options as companies like Crowd Cow, what they do offer is generally of a higher quality.
Each shipment from ButcherBox is individually frozen and vacuum packed for delivery. Their packaging is eco-friendly and features inbuilt insulation so that your meat stays fresh while in the hands of the delivery service. Moink ships all of their meat in a similar way with the main difference being their packaging isn't specified as eco-friendly or recycled.
There is also a difference in the service area between the two companies with ButcherBox offering a slightly larger delivery area. The delivery frequency is the same, with both companies sending a shipment every month.
I looked through reviews for both companies and was able to find positive reviews when it came to both company's customer service. Because they are a larger business, ButcherBox has a more robust customer service support center. They have a library of help topics with an easy to navigate table of contents. For further help, they offer phone and email support. Moink's customer support consists of only email and phone support.
My Recommendation Is…
When it comes to Moink vs ButcherBox, I found the latter to be the high quality option. I like their heritage pork, and the NY strip was especially tasty. Depending on your order, they may also offer free bacon or other add-ons, which is a plus.
Because the company has a broader delivery area and free shipping, it's simple for meat lovers anywhere in the country to order. Their delivery frequency also makes it easy to stay stocked throughout the month.
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