The History of C & K Meats-Montana Western Flavors
The first smokehouse Curt built, began with an old refrigerator and was his own design, during his bachelor days.
During the refrigerator-smokehouse years, Curt was working on the family ranch and actually had his beef processed at the shop he now owns. The family owned and operated ranch was 30 miles south of Forsyth.
A few short years later and more refrigerator-turned-smokehouses, Curt’s hobby turned into a business.
He returned to his roots and birthplace of Forsyth, Montana to open a meat shop.
It all started with one man’s dream of sharing his jerky with others.
You see, Curt had been making jerky that his friends and family couldn’t get enough of for years.
In the early 1980’s, his friends would make requests for jerky and sausages. Karla, his wife, finally convinced him to write his recipes down.
Then in 1996, that dream became a reality when Curt, wife Karla and family moved to Forsyth, Montana and purchased the abandoned and vacant building at 1109 Front Street, which had been the local butcher shop know as “Modern Locker”.
Getting the building ready for business was quite the undertaking! After over a year of construction, remodeling, and the purchase and installation of equipment they were finally ready.
The doors of C&K; Meats/Montana Western Flavors opened for business in February 1998 with a fresh retail meat counter and custom processing. In the beginning it was a mom and pop shop, where Curt and Karla were guided by Jim Wilson the owner of Modern Locker, a veteran of the meat business, with over 20 years of meat cutting under his belt.
The business has grown through the years, and now has seven employees on staff.
They have evolved from wrapping meat in white butcher paper to cryovac, which allows the customer to see each cut of meat.
Retail meats are aged and frozen for purchasing convenience.
They take great pride in the integrity of their work, for both custom processing and retail smokehouse product and meats. The business has been built on honesty and integrity since the beginning.
They personally guarantee customers will get all of their own meat back, never mixing it with another person’s meat.
To this day, the meat shop is still family owned and operated.
They invite you to stop in and let your nose tell the difference!
For choice quality beef, pork, smokehouse specialties, seafood, and more, it’s C&K; Meats/Montana Western Flavors at 1109 Front Street, Forsyth Montana.