by Trent Livingston
If you take Exit 132 off of Interstate 20 and head south for about 30 miles towards the community of Liddieville, you will find the father-son team of Ronnie and Joel Hatton carrying on the family tradition of meat processing. Hatton’s Meats was rebuilt in early 2000’s after the elder Lonnie Hatton’s slaughterhouse in the late 50’s. Ronnie’s work for the McLemore’s and Jitney Jungle for numerous years provided the base for what today is a well-kept secret amongst meat processors of our region. Providing summer sausage, snack sticks, six specialty flavors of smoked sausage, tenderized steak, burgers, steaks and the “however you want it done” motto that Hatton’s hangs it’s hat on is the bones of the business. With six full-time and six part-time workers, Hatton’s works for “can till can’t” providing customers with true satisfaction. In speaking with Joel, work for customers as far as Shreveport and Alexandria doesn’t stop. “We don’t’ sleep until February,” was his reply with a smile and pride of a craftsman carrying on the family tradition.
As hunters drop by to complete their orders, Joel generously stopped for a few minutes to show me around and speak about the life in the meat processing business. Family- owned and operated, Hatton’s has meat processing down to a science. Ronnie was kind enough to take me back to the smoker and bring out a rack of fresh smoked sausage for a picture. “This is some of the best we have to offer,” Ronnie stated with a smile on his face. I concurred stating, “It sure smells like the best!” Hunters looking for a different place to have their game processed should give Hatton’s Meats a shot. With turn around time of four days during peak and two days during normal activity, customers are sure to come away completely satisfied. If you don’t have game to be processed, Hatton offers “in-store” retail of sausage, pork chops and hamburger meat for those that want to grab something to go. If you don’t have time to swing by and check out their facilities, be sure to look on the shelves at Brookshire’s for their line of smoked sausage.
Hatton’s Meats – Specialty and Smoked Sausage is located at 2313 Hwy 135 in Winnsboro. 318.435.6840.