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Johnson's Sausage Shoppe & Catering
Butcher Shop
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416 State Road 16 Rio, WI 53960
416 State Road 16USWisconsinRio53960
Butcher Shop, Meat Processor
Butcher Shop
Meat Processor
Cheese Shop
Today 7AM–7PM
Saturday 7AM–7PMSunday 7AM–7PMMonday 7AM–7PMTuesday 7AM–7PMWednesday 7AM–7PMThursday 7AM–7PMFriday 7AM–7PM
Welcome to Johnson's Sausage.

When we say, "Eat Deliciously!" ...
We are talking about our commitment to buying animals within 75 mile radius of our shoppe in Rio, Wisconsin, buying whole animals instead of boxed meat, and buying from small family farmers. We buy local for three main reasons-- quality, taste, and locally raised meats are more sustainable.

All of our meat products are made in-house...
Where old-world influences and modern practices combine to produce incredible results with amazing flavors.

Come in and enjoy our steaks and chops, dried and smoked meats, sausage and bacon, world-renowned jerky, cheeses, and much more. In addition to our full processing and retail facility, we offer full-service catering and event planning.  We specialize in custom event creations from large corporate events to intimate gatherings.

Eat Deliciously! 
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"I have always had good service from the Johnson's Sausage Shoppe."
"Little did I know that would be the last time I ever saw the rack."
"In the end I will never step foot in this building again which is a shame."
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Rebecca Bratton
a month ago
Had a hog processed here. Took MONTHS to get any meat back. In the end had to file a complaint with the state after Chris repeatedly lied to us. Found out several others had also filed complaints for theft and overcharging. Terrible business practices.
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2 months ago
I called ahead and said I would like to have some venison trimmings + 2 front shoulders (w/bone in) converted into summer sausage. I was told to bring it in. After a 30 min. drive I arrived at the shop and was told I needed to pay an $85 fee to have the front shoulders processed. Huh?! (Note: this is the price to have an ENTIRE deer processed) I then asked if they would pro-rate the $85 fee since I only had two, small, front shoulders. This was question was immediately met with an emphatic, "NO! We can't do that!" I walked out. A 1hr round-trip wasted. I won't go back due to the utter lack of customer service. Save yourself the trouble and go elsewhere.
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candy purcell
4 months ago
We had Johnsons do 20lbs of canning meat for us. The lady promised it would be super clean; "as if I was cutting it myself", she said. Boy did we get f***ed. Three hours later I trimmed 5lbs of waste from our bulk meat. The meat was in huge chunks full of cartilage, hair, fat, grizzle, sinew, and dirt(I got pictures). I would challenge we did not receive the meat from the back straps, roasts, or steaks. Somebody else got some primo venison. I learned an expensive lesson this year. Hey Johnson owners, If you eat what I segregated, I may be back, otherwise I continue to ban your store and posts my pics.
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Jackson Hall
a year ago
Thieves! I received 50% to 52% of the hanging weight of my steer and hog that I brought in. I was told no, no, you did get the correct amount. Chris is a nice lady but I was taken advantage of, everyone I talked to told me I got screwed over. I am not one for complaining but after further review; I took a similar hog and steer to another butcher and I received 72% and 74% of the hanging weight with the same cuts of meat. Long story short, find another place to go to. My trust was ruined with this place and I won’t be back or recommend them to anyone. I drove far out of my for this place to support an independent but I just got screwed over in the end. I guess this must be how they are able to pay for such a world class clean facility.
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Response from the owner - a year ago
I’m sorry you had a bad experience. We’ve been in business for over 20 years, we serve hundreds of customers a week, and we strive to create the best possible experience and quality of products. I'd like to talk to you if I could please give me your number to discuss! Thank you!
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Phil K
4 months ago
I helped a friend last week with her canned meat she received from this establishment. She had 20 lbs to can and when I opened the packages I was shocked. I swear the meat came right from the dumpster. Three hours later we sorted 5 lbs of waste from the meat. All the meat was front leg trim and neck and rib trim. We are confident we did not receive the back strap meat, the roasts meat, or steak meat. I trusted Johnson's to give us "our" deer meat and not the trim from all the hunter's in southern Wisconsin. We took photos of 2 inch pieces of cartilage we segregated along with the grizzle, sinew, hair, and dirt. Yes....Dirt. We posted the photos on Facebook and within minutes the owners had them removed. I called and spoke to Chris (spelling?) and was bashed with obscenities and threats of legal action. Hey, this is social media, you use it, I put the truth out there. I froze the waste products if anyone wants a sample of Johnson's Sausage Shoppe can meat. Johnson's Sausage is not accredited with the Better Business Bureau but previous complaints have been filed; these can be read online.
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Dustin Bussan
4 months ago
First let me say it hurts writing this review. I had been going to Johnson's for 20+ years. I have never been to another processor in my 30 years of hunting and have always enjoyed the level of professionally processed venison. This is not the case any longer and will never step foot in this establishment again. I am trophy whitetail hunter and have multiple deer under my belt in the Pope and Young category. I say this not to credit myself but to explain that I understand sizing of deer and in particular, body size. The most recent deer I left at Johnson's was an extremely average 3.5 year old buck. Absolutely nothing special about the size of the body and in fact my daughter took a 2.5 year old deer and it was noticeably larger. The scam here is that you are told you have shot a "giant" whitetail and the levels of processing and meat are grossly exaggerated. In this case I was not asked how many pounds of the sausage and or sticks I would like so Johnson's took it upon themselves to convert basically my entire "giant" deer into sausage and sticks as this is by far the most expensive category of processing. When presented a $750.00 bill for processing a deer I about fell over. I had never spent more than 200.00 so I called of course. Management listed and said they would work with me. When the owner (Chris) got involved this was not the case. I was told that she could not help that I shot a "giant" whitetail and how would I like to pay. I of course tried to reason with her and she said i I could not afford it we could break the payments up, I could pay with a couple checks and credit card payments. Basically a payment plan for meat. Insulting! When I then tried to reason with her again she told me I was to pay in full or she would report me to the DNR for deer abandonment. When I asked the what the ramifications were for that she told me it was like leaving a deer in the ditch and I would lose my hunting privileges for (2) years and a get a $500.00 fine. This flowed from her like this had happened several times in the past. The owner was rude, and extremely bullish in her attach and mind you this took place the middle of her store. At that point i decided to let this go as her the (2) employees that were standing next to us look extremely uncomfortable. I do accept some responsibility in this situation by the way and offered to pay half of this unbelievable bill and this was not acceptable. In the end I got (6) boxes of venison. (60) pounds of sausage, (60) pounds of sticks, (6) pounds of jerky along with the back straps and tenderloins. So roughly 135 pounds of meat. Way more than any one deer could produce in the minds of not just me but all of the established hunters I brought this up to. The overwhelming consensus is that sausage is being added to your order for bulk weight processing increases and most would never know. Beware of this as it is very easy to do. In the end I will never step foot in this building again which is a shame. I have (4) hunters in my immediate family and the business they lost over something like this is substantial. Horrible experience to be treated like that and take advantage of.
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Jackson M
a year ago
LOST CAPE - If I could vote for a zero stars I would. Let me first let everyone know this is the first review I have EVER written and the only reason I am writing this is so people don't get treated like I did and have to go through the same situation. I brought in a very nice 9 point buck in mid November during bow season around 8 o'clock at night. I live an hour away so it was a bit of a drive but I had no other choice as everything else was closed at the time, if I had waited until the next day none of this would have happened but then again the truth about what goes on at this place would come to light either. Anyhow, when dropping the deer off I specified I wanted it caped out they said not a problem, gave me the tag for getting it caped, put it on the deer and told me to take the deer out back and someone would be waiting for you. I drove around, dropped it off and watched some guy drag it into the back of the wear house. Little did I know that would be the last time I ever saw the rack. When I came to pick up the meat a couple months later I got all the meat back (not how I wanted but thats a whole different issue) and there was no cape to be found. They searched for awhile but came up with nothing. I texted the owner a picture of the deer so they could look at it and try to find it and they said they would call me the next day with results. About a week went by and I didn't hear anything so I ended up calling them. After a long heated conversation confirming that they had lost the cape I was accused of black mailing and I wouldn't receive any compensation for my lost cape. I argued more and the owner finally got her to agree to call other meat processing shops to see what they would do in this situation. About a month went by with no contact. Within that month I called several times and left messages but the owner magically always seemed to be "out" when I called. I finally got in touch with her and she again confirmed that they lost my cape (we had already discussed this once before) and I asked her what other meat processing shops had said. She said she never called any. I had done my own calling and out of the two places I called both said they would give me a refund and/or some type of compensation. After explaining this to her she said she would refund me the $40 for the cape and give me a gift card. It took her about a week to refund the money and if have yet to receive any gift card and I have no expectations of getting one at this point. I had to pry to get my $40 back and luckily didn't have to go to court for items I did not receive. For those of you that have read this far I strongly urge you not to go here. With the cost of the processing ($350) and the worst customer service I've ever experienced I will steer all hunting and farmers a like away from this shop. There are much more reputable places full of people willing to help you out unlike this one. I hope sharing this experience will save you from losing a cape and being treated with disrespect.
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Kyle Wagner
3 years ago
Me and a few freiends bought a steer from a farmer that weighed 1150 lbs. We took it to Johnsons for processing because we heard good things. We were so wrong!! When we got our meat back, first they would not weigh it in front of us. When we got home there was only 90lbs of beef per qaurter. That 360lbs of meat total. I called three other places in the surounding area to see what a normal return is on a quarter and they all told me between 120lbs on the low end and 160 on the high end for a steer that size. Thats 120 to 200 lbs of missing beef. We tried calling and leaving messages and Chris, the owner, never called back. The worst place to go for processing!! I ended up paying $4.40 a lb. When the stores i would pay 3.15. I will never go back to Johnsons for anything again in my life!!
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Response from the owner - a year ago
I’m sorry you had a bad experience. We strive to create the best possible experience and quality of products. I'd like to talk to you if I could please give me your number to discuss! Thank you!


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