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#1 Steve in Mass

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Posted August 14 2008 - 2:00 PM

Since it is the height of tomato season, and lots of BLT's will be made, what is your favorite bacon?



Obviously, my choice is REAL bacon that I get in Virginia, but I can only buy so much when there. When I go to Vermont, I can get some decent corn-cob smoked bacon in a certain store that is near where I stay, but again, that is a short term deal. So I have to settle for supermarket bacon most of the time.



Oscar Meyer is fairly good (but doesn't come close to comparing to the stuff from Va), but it pretty pricey unless on sale ($5.49 a pound today at S&S even the REAL bacon from Va was only $3.49/lb), and the price difference from other brands doesn't justify the marginal improved quality.



Today I ended up with Carando for $3.50.



So, aside from a good butcher/smoke/specialty store, what is YOUR favorite bacon?


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Posted August 14 2008 - 2:06 PM

Oscar Mayer has repackaged the 'center cut' bacon.

Use what you need, reseal box-like package.

Instead of wasting an extra zip-loc or whatever.

Boar's Head.
I like Hatfield too.


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Posted August 14 2008 - 2:19 PM

Anyone ever try Karl Ehmer Double-smoked Bacon?

Looks gooood!


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Posted August 14 2008 - 3:45 PM

Wegman's has a fresh bacon that is awesome.


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Posted August 14 2008 - 10:32 PM

Hey Steve heres a little in state road trip for ya for bacon. Take a trip to Bloods farm in Groton for apple smoked bacon. They make their own hams and bacon. Yankee magazine did a write on about their bacon is very good. They have some best meats and at very reasonable prices and below market prices.


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Posted August 15 2008 - 6:53 AM

After 25 years of doing bacon in a pan or in the micro, I finally found that the oven is the best way to do it.
Pan, sheet of parchment, 400 and away you go.
The best thing is it all cooks evenly, and you can do it ALL the way you like it-soft crispy, etc (I am a medium rare guy myself, unless it is a sammich, then it has to crunch.) Start looking at around ten minutes.
Brand? Don't know. There is a new one up here called Leddys (? Leedys, I gotta look) thats pretty tasty. I am lucky, Hannafords up here carries North Country Smokehouse bacon in the deli! Very yummy stuff.


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Posted August 15 2008 - 7:12 AM

I bought Hormel Black label the other day. It was on sale 2 for 5 bucks. Not too good.


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Posted August 15 2008 - 7:25 AM

Well the Carando's wasn't too good.....much too sweet.....that was because it was apple cider brined and apple wood smoked. The apple wood smoke was okay, but the apple cider brine was much too sweet for our liking......


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Posted August 15 2008 - 7:38 AM

Kuntzler's not bad.I buy the thick sliced Black pepper bacon.At Weis markets they usually have a sale thats buy one/get one.Of course when i'm some where i can get really good Bacon,I always stock up.


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Posted August 15 2008 - 7:40 AM

this is a very cruel game the bacon gods play on us! ! !


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Posted August 15 2008 - 7:49 AM

Gonna give the oven a shot, thanks for the tip. I'm a cast iron skillet kind of guy, but you can only do 4 or 5 strips at a time.


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Posted August 15 2008 - 8:51 AM

I agree with the oven and have also broiled the bacon in the oven.


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Posted August 15 2008 - 9:00 AM

Farmland bacon is great a very good pork taste and only 190g sodium for 2 slices.


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Posted August 15 2008 - 9:19 AM

There is a new one up here called Leddys (? Leedys, I gotta look) thats pretty tasty. I am lucky, Hannafords up here carries North Country Smokehouse bacon in the deli! Very yummy stuff.


Leidy's is the name and they are from Pennsylvannia. I have access to a "to the trade only" restaurant supply store and they have a sample table on occassion - very tasty stuff - all types of pork products.


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Posted August 15 2008 - 9:38 AM

I used to buy bacon ends. I was introduced to them when I was working for the butcher at a Shoprite. It's the best bacon I've ever had! Can't seem to find them here.

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