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The Bacon Thread

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by Bpk, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. Bpk

    Bpk Premium Member Luxury Box

    We all love bacon. There is no bad bacon. Only good, great and orgasmic bacon.

    This is where we discuss all of that baconness.


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    I bring this up because I am organizing a bacon-tasting, like a wine tasting or beer tasting, with a ton of different types of bacon. I consider this research into baconomics.

    What's your favorite type of bacon?
     
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  2. FasanoPaisano

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  3. Bpk

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    Sounds boss. Is it more sweet or smoky? Makin' a list of bacons to order.

    1) Mangalitsa


    2) Apricot Lane



    Competition Winers: Heavyweight - National Bacon Championships

    3) AJ’s Lena Maid Meats, Lena, IL


    4) Swiss Meat and Sausage Company, Hermann, MO 3 pack sampler order! (look in descrips below order form for “Grand Champion” designations http://www.swissmeats.com/products/bacon/half-bacon.html


    5) Geiss Meat Service LLC, Merrill, WI Lean Hickory Smoked Bacon
    http://www.sausagelover.com/sausages.html


    6) Woods Smoked Meats Inc., Bowling Green, MO


    Bacon (Lightweight Division)

    7) Thrushwood Farms Quality Meats Inc., Galesburg, IL
    https://www.thrushwoodfarms.com/Store/Product-Viewer/slug/Hickory-Smoked-Bacon-5-1-lb-pkgs

    8) Maplewood Meats, Green Bay, WI Hickory/Apple and Cdn Bacon

    https://maplewoodmeats.com/shop/category/delivery/smoked-bacon-hams/

    9) Woods Smoked Meats Inc., Bowling Green, MO (PLACED IN HEAVYWEIGHT BACON AND LIGHTWEIGHT BACON DIVISIONS)
    http://store.woodssmokedmeats.com/hambacon.html
     
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  4. FasanoPaisano

    FasanoPaisano Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    they're more smoky, I updated my post with a yelp link to that butcher's shop ... I don't know if he distributes, but I'm close enough to visit down there 2 or three times a year
     
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  5. Bpk

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    Looks like a legit butcher. Great name too. I'll have to look up where I can order hormel online though, since Lothar doesn;t deliver.

    Lothar of the Hill People
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  6. FasanoPaisano

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    That SNL skit was the first thing I thought about too when I heard the name [emoji1]


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  7. Paul 13

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    all bacon is good? hmmm... Does turkey bacon qualify as a type of bacon? Because I'd rather not eat it unless I'm Tom Hanks stuck on a deserted island. And before you say what would turkey bacon be doing stuck on a deserted island... well, recall Hanks' character had Fed Ex packages that made it thru the plane crash and washed up on the island. Why would turkey bacon be in a fed ex package? Better question is... Why wouldn't it be?
     
  8. Bpk

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    In response to your query we have run turkey bacon through our bacon spectrometer (my mouth). Results indicate this is not bacon.
     
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  9. rafael

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    That would be my vote as well (not bacon). I've heard duck bacon is better, but i've never tried it.
     
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  10. Bpk

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    It's better. Still definitely NB.
     
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  11. Claymore95

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    Butcher a couple of hundred miles south of me over here in the UK, that does online sales, sells these bad boys. 'Black bacon steaks', they're rubbed with black treacle (not sure if you get it in the US, but it's similar to molasses) then cured. :drool:

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  12. Unlucky 13

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    I like Bacon, but only if its really, really well cooked and crispy. It needs to be cooked so well that it snaps in half easily. Rubbery bacon is gross, to me. I can eat a whole plate of it, but its always a side dish to me, with pancakes or waffles.
     
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  13. FasanoPaisano

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    That looks absolutely amazing


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  14. Boik14

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    I am a lover of bacon. If i had a pig, i would name it bacon because thats what hes going to be one day lol. It truly is unlike any other food in that your tongue actually has 5 different spots to detect taste (i.e. whether a food is sweet sour bitter etc) but bacon is the only food that brings out a 6th type of taste (i forget what it was called, i saw it on an episode of bar rescue lol).

    But like unlike Unlucky said, it needs to be cooked til its crunchy. Dont give me no rubbery nasty stuff thats barely cooked with the fat layers still showing. Bacon is the only food i like well done....as in almost burnt. It needs to be that brownish orange color it gets right before its burnt.

    As for a favorite type of bacon, any type is fine when i need some bacon in my life. But dont give none of that turkey or canadian bacon nonsense. Thats not bacon.
     
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  15. Ronnie Bass

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    I was just talking on Facebook about putting bacon and donuts together, sounds like a winning combination to me!
     
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  16. Paul 13

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    What about microwavable bacon? Qualifies right? Because if you haven't tried it, it's fairly decent. It's not better than regular fried up in the frying pan with all the bacon fat bacon... And before you say I married the wrong woman (turkey bacon... microwavable bacon...) she doesn't get in the way of my Dolphins. So, priorities... concessions... priorities... concessions.

    Favorite thing to do with bacon? Fried bread in the bacon fat... holy ****... if you've never tried that in your life, you have to do it once. Of course, can't make a regular occurrence out of it as it's obviously not a life extender.

    I need to try chocolate bacon...
     
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  17. Unlucky 13

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  18. Bpk

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    You'll love this then
    [video=youtube;pMA3x-bc8iM]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMA3x-bc8iM[/video]
     
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  19. Bpk

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    Edited your post to be a poem. Ode to bacon titled "Bacon Is the Only."
     
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  20. Bpk

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    "Did somebody call my name?"
     
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  21. Bpk

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    Microwave bacon - not if I have any choice, but better than no bacon. I prefer cast iron cooked bacon on campfire, or in oven.

    Your woman - Good choice. just needs to be taught about bacon.

    Bacon Bread - That should be a product. Sounds amazing. And unhealthy, as you say.

    Chocolate bacon is okay, but the chocolate gets in the way of the bacon.
     
  22. Two Tacos

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    Voodo donuts in Portland has been doing bacon maple bars for years, perhaps decades. Yummy. They even teamed up with Rouge brewery to make a maple bacon ale. Not good. Not good at ale. (Get it? Ale? Ha!)



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  23. Paul 13

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    hahaha... oh man, i love it when newscaster's lose their **** on live tv... in fact, we should start a new thread about that.
     
  24. Paul 13

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    oh wow, you've never tried fried bread in bacon fat? oh man, next breakfast you do, you have to give it a shot. I've only had it once in the last 8 years. Had it with french bread, nice and fresh. But it really doesn't matter the quality of the bread. It's all in the bacon fat and how much you choose to soak it in and let it cook. It really crisps up and then when it's done, you can actually put fried eggs on top and let the yolk run into it. Of course, garnished with some bacon... heaven is happening on your plate at that point.
     
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  26. gunn34

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    When I was a kid, I used to only eat bacon if it was still wiggly. Not I have to have it cooked all the way. Doesn't have to break, but well done. I prefer Hickory Smoked bacon above all others and the thicker the better. I always cook mine in the oven. It saves on the grease smell and mess.
     
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  27. Bpk

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  28. Bpk

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    Everything about this post is bacon. 100/100 Bacon Score.
     
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  30. FasanoPaisano

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    I know you're referring to U.K., but I travel to Ireland for work a fair bit, and what they call bacon we would call ham here. That stuff you linked to looks similar...like a cross between US bacon and Irish bacon


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  31. rafael

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    I enjoy bacon best when there's a nice mix of the meaty and fatty parts. When that ratio is off and it's all meaty parts (like in some of those pics from the UK) I find it's too much like ham. (Don't even get me started about the Canadians!). And frankly, ham doesn't taste as good as bacon.
     
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  32. Bpk

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    That's good stuff! You know, I may have to include my homeland's peameal Canadian Bacon as exhibit B!

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    As a kid I discovered this tastes amazing with the extra plum sauce packets left over from chinese food takeout.
     
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  33. Bpk

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    Aha! I hadn't even read this yet when I posted my Canadian Ham -- er, I mean Bacon, pics!
     
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  34. Bpk

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    I've been researching and found these so far...


    Surry bacon
    http://www.edwardsvaham.com/category/bacon
    About this item
    All bacon is not created equal! Made from rare Six-Spotted Berkshire hogs pasture-raised on family farms, Surry Farms' Berkshire bacon proves how a little fat in the right places can produce a noticeably superior flavor. They dry cure Berkshire pork bellies by hand with natural
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    Mangalitsa Bacon by Mosefund Farm
    Mangalitsa, an heirloom breed of pig once reserved for Austrian royalty, beckons back to a time when hogs were valued for their rich, flavorful fat. Unfortunately, this heritage hog was on the verge of disappearing, as people looked for leaner hogs in sacrifice of flavor. But thanks to the work of grass-roots breeder associations, this hog is coming back! If you're a bacon connoisseur, Mangalitsa Bacon will change your life. This thick, fatty bacon is not for those looking for bland, lean cuts of supermarket fodder. Rich in the "good" fat and high in Omega 3 fatty acids, Mangalitsa fat is mostly monounsaturated and this bacon is full of it! This bacon comes from hogs that are allowed to live outdoors on Mosefund Farm in NJ, on the edge of the Pocono forest. Rich, smoky, meaty and thick cut to showcase the fat, meat flavor and texture, we recommend not cooking this bacon too crisp, lest you lose out on all that makes this bacon coveted.
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    And...
    Bacon Cook Off Assortment
    http://www.igourmet.com/shoppe/search.aspx?qry=baconTry a sampling of the country’s best bacon! We’ve selected a range of thick and thin sliced bacon, going from lightly smoked and sweet to hearty and salty. If you’re a bacon aficionado, this assortment is a great way to try some of America’s finest swine. This Bacon Cook-Off includes:
    • Uncured Nitrite-Free Bacon by Nodines: Slow smoked with hickory and maple hardwoods for an old-fashioned taste. (16 oz)
    • Hickory Smoked Virginia Bacon: A genuine, hickory-smoked bacon that fills your kitchen with the enticing aroma of real country cooking. (12 oz)
    • Broadbent's Kentucky Bacon: Broadbent old-fashioned country smoked bacon has been made the same way for the last 100 years. Working out of their smoke house in Kentucky, every slab is hand rubbed with dry cure ingredients, then slow smoked for an unforgettable flavor that has been loved for generations. (14 oz)
    • Vermont Maple Cured and Cob Smoked Bacon: A combination of mellow, smooth smoke and relatively low salt allows the flavor of the real Vermont maple syrup to shine through. (12 oz)
    • Southern Rind-On Bacon by Striplings: For those that like a little extra crunch with their bacon, try Stripling's Rind on Bacon! (16 oz)
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  35. Bpk

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    Had this one at a farm-style restaurant in LA and it was very good


    Black Pig Bacon
    http://www.blackpigmeatco.com/12-packs-black-pig-bacon-in-one-shipment/
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    ...also, it's amazing to me how many pig breeds there are, like the next one...


    Heritage Foods USA
    https://store.heritagefoodsusa.com/...-three-1lb-packs-red-wattle-or-duroc-p82.aspx

    Signature Bacon Sliced
    Red Wattle or Duroc

    Our signature bacon is extremely balanced and easy to enjoy with every meal, from breakfast to midnight snack — a true classic! Produced in a maple sugar cure and sourced from our pasture-raised rare breed pigs, this sweet bacon is sure to become a fixture in your fridge and has been a top seller for over 10 years. Enjoy in BLTs, with eggs or pasta and as a stand-alone snack.

    Paradise Locker Meats has won numerous competitions for their cure recipe. Try this bacon at famous shops like Cafe Rouge in Berkeley, CA and City Bakery in NY! This is some of the best bacon we've ever tried. Our breeds include Berkshire, Red Wattle, Duroc, Gloucestershire Old Spot, Large Black, and Tamworth. Each heritage breed boasts its own flavor profile, and we encourage you to try them all. Check our website often as we cycle in different breeds of bacon throughout the year. Or try our Bacon Sampler, which includes bacon from America's greatest curemasters!
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    Heritage USA
    https://store.heritagefoodsusa.com/...-six-packs-of-americas-best-bacons-p1586.aspx

    Bacon Sampler

    Bacon is one of Heritage Foods USA's top sellers and for good reason! Who doesn't love bacon. This package is a bacon lover's dream and reflects the flavors of America's greatest curemasters. Each bacon variety pack provides the chance to taste the difference between curing styles as well as different breeds of pig. This package changes frequently, so be sure to check back and try them all. Bacon is also available individually by calling us at (718) 389-0985.

    Your package will include one pack each from these fine curemasters:

    Our Signature Bacon, Trimble, MO:
    Our bacon comes from our Heritage pigs– Berkshire, Red Wattle, Tamworth, Gloucestershire Old Spot, Large Black, Mulefoot and Duroc– and is cured by Paradise Locker Meats in Trimble, Missouri using their award winning maple sugar cure. This family recipe creates some of the best bacon we've ever tried and is great for all the recipes you already love.

    S. Wallace Edwards & Sons Smoked Berkshire Bacon, Surry, VA:
    S. Wallace Edwards & Sons, Inc. is a third generation curing business. Salt and sugar cured and then hickory smoked for 18 hours, Edwards produces a bacon that is second to none, while supporting small family farms through Heritage Foods USA.

    Benton's Hickory Smoked Country Bacon, Madisonville, TN:
    In a small wooden shack in Tennessee, curemaster Allan Benton painstakingly smokes his bacon in a time-honored Southern tradition using an old-fashioned wood stove. This is a strong bacon that is not to be taken lightly.

    Broadbent Smoked Bacon, Kuttawa, KY:
    Broadbent old-fashioned country smoked bacon has been made the same way for the last 100 years. Every slab is hand rubbed with dry cure ingredients, then slow smoked for an unforgettable flavor that has been loved for generations. Their country bacon is salt cured and will be salty in nature.

    Pepper-Crusted Bacon, Trimble, MO:
    Our signature bacon, with pepper. This is a perfect pick for those who like a little spice in their life.

    Fantasma's Finest Jowl Bacon, Trimble, MO:
    Jowl bacon is exactly like other bacon, but some say even more delicious because it comes from the jowl rather than the belly. The Fantasma family at Paradise Locker Meats uses their maple sugar cure on our heritage jowls for outstanding results.

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  36. Bpk

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    OMG

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  37. Unlucky 13

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    I love both ham and bacon. I actually had ham for lunch and dinner yesterday. But for me, they're very different meats from the same animal. And sausage is great also. Basically, pigs are just awesome food.
     
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  38. Boik14

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    Lol, I'm ready to eat this thread! :blushing:
     
  39. Bpk

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    That's because... Bacon Is The Only.
     
  40. Claymore95

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    That stuff's amazing. Have it almost all the time on burgers when I make them.
     
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