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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, Cheese Shop
Butcher Shop
Cheese Shop
Meat Processor
Today 7AM–8PM
Tuesday 7AM–8PMWednesday 7AM–8PMThursday 7AM–8PMFriday 7AM–8PMSaturday 7AM–8PMSunday 7AM–8PMMonday 7AM–8PM
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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"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."
"Good liver sausage."
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JD Milburn
a month ago
Good liver sausage. Blody mary beef sticks. Great wine selection
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Phil K
7 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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candy purcell
7 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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Emily Sutter
4 weeks ago
Horrible service. My best friend used them for catering, the owner Chris Johnson, was yelling and swearing at her employees and then started yelling at the bride! On her wedding day! I wouldn't recommend this place.
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Rebecca Bratton
4 months 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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Google User
5 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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Dustin Bussan
7 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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Nicole braker
a month ago
The way they treat their employees is very unacceptable. Also the owner yells and screams at customers. Very bad customer service and not good to their employees. I personally would never go into this business again


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