Country Smoke House - Almont, Michigan
Driving along M-53 just north of downtown Almont, you will see a gigantic bull statue standing in the parking lot of the Country Smoke House. This place is now a must stop on my trips to the "thumb" area of Michigan. I have tried a couple of their jerkies and one salami so far. They are simply the best south of the upper peninsula. The Elk Salami didn't last two days at our house. The smoked pork brats were a hit and I got in trouble for not bringing more of the award winning beef jerky home. I can't wait to go back. My mouth is watering as I write this.
In addition to excellent products, these folks are way up there when it comes to service. I was in on a Monday at lunch hour and the place was packed. Still, everyone was courteous, helpful and cheerful.