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Meat Smokin' & Sap Tappin'
New York State c-store D&D Meats produces
more than 100 products in-house
By Chelsea Regan

"T

oday, it froze up," said Shane Dutil, referring to the sap within the maple trees
blanketing the northeastern corner of New
York State. "We made some syrup yesterday, though."
Dutil, 39, is the youngest son of Adrien and Sharon
Dutil, who opened up their convenience store, D&D
Meats, on a two-lane highway that splits through the
bucolic hamlet of West Chazy, N.Y., back in 1981.
Adrien, a meat cutter by trade, had long harbored a
dream of opening up his own business when he bought
the property, which was previously home to an establishment called Juberts Store. For the first two years
that D&D Meats was in operation, the Dutils toiled
together in tandem: while Adrien cut the meat, Sharon
worked their meat delivery route.
"My first day was my worst day," said Adrien. "We
did $84. And we've just kept going up from there."
For the better part of the last
decade, Shane Dutil, who
grew up in the store with
his brother and sister
stocking shelves and
cutting meats, has
helped D&D Meats
evolve from a momand-pop shop beloved
by locals to the destination store it is today.
After experiencing
some malaise working
in research and development for a pharmaceutical
Jeezum Crow Jerky is one of the
company, Shane returned to the
many products made in-house.
family business. Not long after,
in 2010, D&D Meats fell victim
to a fire and needed to be rebuilt from the ground up,
which shut the store down for nine months - the only
time the Dutils ever closed the business.
At the time of the devastating fire, Shane had

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D&D Meats has been in business since 1981.

already put his research skills to work investigating
how to make jerky, buying a five-pound dehydrator,
and playing around with recipes that proved popular
enough to sell. A year after the fire, Shane, showing an
entrepreneurial spirit, made up his mind to do some
more research, this time on meat smoking.
"I decided I wanted to buy a smokehouse, so I got
a smokehouse," he explained. "And I taught myself.
I'm self-taught with all this stuff."
By "all this stuff," Shane is referring to the Jeezum
Crow Jerky line, which has traveled all the way to
soldiers in Afghanistan; the smoked meats and cheeses;
and the freshly tapped maple syrup-laced Tappin' &
Sappin' sauces - all of which are sold within the
D&D Meats general store. The in-house-made products also appear on the menu at D&D Meats' foodservice counter.
"We do all kinds of cooking and a lot of it's from
scratch. That helps us vs. when you go to those chain
stores and it's like a microwaveable burger. Here, we
make our own patties," said Shane. "You're getting
a good quality sandwich for the same price as you're
paying for one that's premade, that came out of a plastic wrapper, that has preservatives and stuff in it."


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