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Local Producer Profile: Northern Waters Smokehaus

A local favorite for smoked fish sandwiches

Northern Waters Smokehaus is celebrated for its exceptional smoked fish, handcrafted sandwiches, and delectable delicacies. Founded in 1998 by Eric Goerdt, Northern Waters Smokehaus has consistently served the Duluth community with pride and dedication. Known for smoked fish, exquisite charcuterie, and fantastic sandwiches, the Smokehouse has been dedicated to using top-quality ingredients from nearby lakes and sustainable farms for over 25 years.

In November 2023, they turned the open sign off for the last time in the cozy little corner of the DeWitt-Sietz Marketplace. With a few flicks of the fins, they moved their operation to the lower floor in the same building, significantly scaling up in size.

Eric shared guiding principles the business brought with them from their first location to their new storefront: “We never underestimate our customers, we never abandon our co-workers, we never dumb our food or culture down, and we never let the dark side win. We always look to our food as the beacon—the answer to most questions, difficulties, and problems our business faces.”

Situated near Lake Superior, Northern Waters Smokehaus is committed to sourcing fresh, high-quality fish. They partner with Duluth native and Co-op producer Dave Rogotzke and his company, Simple Gifts Syrup and Salmon, who catches King Salmon and Sockeye Salmon from Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Additionally, they source wild Lake Trout, Whitefish, and Herring, from Lake Superior Fish Company in Knife River, Minnesota and Bodin’s Fisheries of Bayfield, Wisconsin, which fishes the Chequamegon Bay on Lake Superior’s South Shore. The Smokehaus adheres to core principles of curing, smoking, and packaging each product with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring customers experience the purest flavors of the region. Alongside their renowned fish, they offer handcrafted sausages, bison jerky, bacon, charcuterie, and more.

Northern Waters Smokehaus is dedicated to sustainability, incorporating environmentally friendly practices into their business. By collaborating with regional fisheries that prioritize the conservation of fish populations, this supports the local economy while safeguarding natural ecology. By choosing Northern Waters Smokehaus patrons can indulge in culinary delights while supporting a business that promotes the local economy and sustainable practices.

Recently, Northern Waters products were added to the Co-op deli section, allowing patrons the convenience to relish the same quality and culinary expertise that has made this Smokehaus a local favorite. 

While the Duluth community adores Northern Waters Smokehaus, their off-site sales have earned them national recognition. Through online platforms, customers from across the United States can order and enjoy the distinct flavors by this Minnesota Smokehaus. Positive word-of-mouth testimonials and glowing online reviews bolster their reputation, attracting customers from near and far who seek the quality and authenticity embodied by this beloved Minnesota Smokehaus. 

Whether strolling through Canal Park or planning a get-together at home, Northern Waters Smokehaus’s commitment to excellence, sustainability, and customer satisfaction offers an unforgettable culinary experience that will leave you craving more.

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