Getting meat on the table
Cinder Butte Meat Company in Prineville has new owners, and now it also has a new name.
John and Candace Frantz took ownership on Sept. 7, 2020. The pair are a registered mechanic and nurse—respectively, by trade. The couple seized the opportunity when Cinder Butte Meat Company came up for sale, and they renamed the business F5 Smokehouse.
The USDA retailer, located on 240 NE Fourth St., processes smoked meats, game and custom meat products. They are family-owned, with six employees in addition to the owners. F5 Smokehouse has a fresh meat retail counter, as well as a frozen meat retail.
"Our smokehouse makes pepperoni, summer sausage and jerky here in the plant for sale from USDA grade beef. We also process domestic animals from farm livestock," commented Candace of the services at F5 Smokehouse.
She added that they also process and hang wild game for hunters in the community, which can be processed into smoked meats and/or cut and wrapped for the customer. Currently, they are busy with antelope season.
Candace indicated that the biggest change is the addition of a variety of smoked goods, including jalapeno green olive pepperoni—which has been a big hit. John enjoys the creativity of this addition to their business.
"I think Bob had a good thing with the retail—what he did here retail-wise, and we are going to go on that for now, except for the change in the smoked products that is done in-house here—we are happy to offer the same high-quality meat that Bob did," said Candace.
She emphasized that the most rewarding thing since they took over the business has been how welcomed they have been in the community.
"We are getting all walks of life through here. I feel like everybody in the community has opened up their arms and just have welcomed us beyond what we could have imagined," she said. "We just feel very thankful for being in Prineville and the community that is here has just supported us through and through."
Candace added that she really enjoys the customers she works with on a daily basis.
"The hunters are really fun. My favorite part is dealing with the ranchers and the hunters in the community and providing them a product that they rave about and tell everybody about."
John really enjoys the craft and the skill of the smokehouse, and he likes being creative with the flavors and the different things he can do with that skill.
Candace indicated that they provide a wide range of meat products and price ranges.
"It's good to have something that everyone can enjoy," she noted of the range of products and prices.
Included in the products that the Frantz's process and provide at F5 Smokehouse are beef, pork—including bacon and sausage which is ground in the facility. One of their biggest hits is sweet and spicy and jalapeno bacon. They also process buffalo, elk, chicken, lamb, alpaca, and seasonal fish and shrimp. All their products are USDA products.
Other services offered are a variety of meat boxes, which typically are one day out – unless it is a large order, which can be done within three days. They request hunters to call when they have the animal down so they can verify they have space in their coolers.
"After that, once they get here, we can discuss what they can cut and wrap and the options they have for their smokehouse meats."
Owners: Candace and John Frantz
Address: 240 NE Fourth St., Prineville
Can be found at F5smokehouse.com
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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