Tom Durcan, craft butcher of over twenty five years experience, is a master of spiced beef. It has won him many honours. This fine Cork speciality is the underlining product at his butcher’s stall in the English market. Tom’s career began as a youngster, when he took a summer job in a butcher’s shop during school holidays. The experience proved invaluable. Working with an experienced butcher with his own slaughter house provided what Tom describes as a ‘fantastic education’ for the young novice in how to source animals, and the ground rules for good butchery. Here Tom first learned how to spice beef, from a recipe his teacher had been using forever. Twenty odd years later, Tom still uses it as a basis for his own spiced beef joints. Of course he has added his own twist – but he won’t reveal the recipe. It’s a big secret! Tom’s travels as a young butcher working in Denmark taught him how to cure and smoke meats and prepare sausages and other meaty specialities. His own range of designer sausages can now be found on his butcher’s stall, along with home made burgers for which he minces the meat freshly each day. .
Durcan’s is situated at the Princes Street entrance of the market, right by the famous market fountain. Customers include enthusiastic home cooks, housewives, food celebrities and the chefs of the city. Here you will find a range of best quality Cork beef – including on the bone rib joints, boned joints, and housekeeper’s cuts. Pork and lamb also feature hugely, with smoked and green ham hocks, bacon and ham joints just begging to be boiled slowly and served with steaming spuds, or used for a soup or casserole. Tom rarely goes in for bells and whistles of the ‘added value’ type. This stall supplies those who like good well sourced meat, simply presented and served with knowledge and cooking tips if you wish. Durcan’s also supplies to a number of Good Food Ireland Approved Provider restaurants in the Cork region, including Nash 19 just across the road in Princes Street. While you are at Durcan’s, stock up also on breakfast items like rashers and locally made black and white puddings – his mixed grill breakfast recommendation includes a lamb chop and kidney – just the thing to get the day off to a good start! Durcan’s Traditional Cork Spiced beef is available uncooked in joints and now in it’s new cooked and ready sliced form, making it perfect for sandwiches and snacks. So it’s not just all about Christmas with spiced beef anymore – this man has brought it into the realms of everyday eating.