Family tradition

Lucas Cane discusses his west Main Street business, Cane’s Meats, and all the fixin's.

 

Food is in Lucas Cane’s family.

“My family has always worked in and around the food business,” Cane said.  “My grandfather was a butcher and grocer 30 years ago. My dad catered back in the 90s.”

Cane was originally a teacher. After getting out of teaching in 2009, he said he tried a few different options in insurance and finance before trying a hand at the family trade.  He began in fresh meats, custom-cured, smoked meats and said his primary business was catering.

“All I had was a shop out in Pickett,” he said.

He opened up a store on 903 West Main Street in 2011 where he offers the same services but expanded to include a small take-out business.  He and his sous chef prepare food in a commercial kitchen and bring it to his shop in Ada.

“Everything here is made from scratch,” he said. “I peel the potatoes, cut the meat and we grind the meat for our hamburger.  Nothing comes pre-packaged.  There are no preservatives or artificial ingredients. It’s real food.”

He offers several original recipes for classic dishes such as baked beans, all-beef chili, roast beef and gravy, chopped brisket, sliced brisket, pork loin, pulled pork, salads, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken and dumplings, hash brown casserole, cannelloni and several others.

In addition to offering fresh ingredients and original recipes, Cane said his take-out options are cost-effective for families.

“People can come in here, spend $50 to $100 and have enough food to feed their family for a week,” he said.

Catering is still a large part of his business.

“Everything’s made from scratch and we serve crowds up to 600,” Cane said.

He said Cane’s Meat Co. offers a wide variety of catering choices.

“There’s no limit to what we can cook,” he said. “We do Cajun food, Mexican food, barbecue — we do it all.”

Another item Cane offers is homemade beef jerky.

“We started making the jerky when my mom was sick,” he said. “We needed the money.  We were broke and my dad decided he could probably make jerky.  We built a building and started bootlegging it.  I carried it to school in a backpack and sold it.”

He said the revenue got the family through some rough times.

“Now we’re actually United States Department of Agriculture inspected and we’re selling it in stores,” he said.

Cane said the beef jerky is now sold at the Chickasaw Nation Travel Stop, Trading Post, Nate’s Pit Stop and as far away as Beyond Your Nutrition in Midwest City. He hopes to offer his jerky state-wide within the next month.

To learn more about Cane’s Meat Co. visit the store at 903 West Main Street or call (580) 436-3002.

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