Best in show: H&K sausage wins

October, 2017 Posted in Community, Food And Drink

By Mary Owen

A Stayton family’s business recently earned top honors at the Northwest Meat Processors Association’s annual convention.

Brian Dolby of H & K Meats in Jefferson brought home 11 individual awards, including Best in Show and the All-Around, from the event held in March in Ocean Shores, Wash.

“Every year they have a smoked meats competition,” said Tanya Dolby, who works in the office and with customers. “Judges come from all over the United States to judge these products and processors from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The Best in Show product went to our own Northwest Best Summer Sausage.”

This year’s competition attracted 65 meat producers competing in 15 categories. H & K Meats entered 13 of those categories and was awarded Grand Champion for boneless ham, summer sausage and snack stick; Reserve Grand Champion for bone-in ham, fermented summer sausage, jerky, smoked turkey and herbed pork loin; and Champion for bacon, fresh sausage and jalapeno summer sausage.

“Brian has entered product before and usually has a good showing at the awards banquet which ends the convention,” Tanya said. “But we were rather surprised and excited by the results of this year’s convention. It was really exciting to have our most exclusive recipe take the Best in Show award.”

Tanya said her husband has been associated with the meat industry his entire life. At the young age of 6 he began working with his grandfather cutting meat and helping butcher during the summertime in Mill City.

“His Grandpa had Hirte’s Market when he was young,” she said. “He started working for his dad, Jim Dolby, at Gene’s Meat Market in 1989. Brian was trained by both his father and Gene Coles to be the tradesman he is now. He does all the butchering and sausage making.”

In 2011, the Dolby’s bought H & K Meats and “the fun began,” she added.

“Our four children on occasion can be found helping out at the shop,” Tanya said. “Kayla came back this year to work with us after a short time away finishing college and working in the real world. She is the head meat wrapper and helps with all parts of the business operations. Trevor, Rachel and Grant can frequently be found helping out at the shop doing various jobs when school is out.”

H & K Meats offers products that are locally grown and federally inspected, Tanya said.

“Fresh frozen beef and pork,” she continued. “All sausage is made in-house as well as snack sticks, jerky, hams, and Brian’s famous bacon. We make over 40 types of hand-crafted sausage, beef, pork and chicken cuts and smoked meats. Our customers love our smoked meats!”

H & K Meats also does custom cutting and wrapping of beef, pork and sheep, all butchered and processed on site in Jefferson. Meat packs and some gluten-free products are available for purchase.

“Hunters also commonly stop by to drop off their boned-out, clean game meat to be made into sausage or snack stick,” Tanya said.

The Dolbys have about 10 employees and Brian said, “We are not all related, but we are one big family. I enjoy creating new product and working with family.”

H & K Meats is ;located at 1389 Ankeny Hill Road SE, Jefferson. 503-378-1711 or visit

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