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Bacon in the Triangle??

jean9 Mar 26, 2007 09:48 AM

Does anyone know where to get really good smokey thick-cut or slab bacon in the Triangle???

  1. ediblerock Apr 16, 2007 05:07 PM

    Wow, the Red & White. Is it related to the Red & White in Rocky Mount? My NC native friends rave about the R&W's sausage, which is darn good.

    jean9, I ordered Benton's bacon right after the Saveur article came out (they are also in the Oct 2006 issue of Gourmet), and it was sublime. Much stronger than store-bought, even Neuske's or Niman's, but a terrific blend of smoke and unctuous fat. Even with the shipping costs, I paid $6.75/lb versus $6/lb for the very good Whole Foods bacon (Wellshire Farms). A huge bargain.

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    1. re: ediblerock
      steveindurham Apr 17, 2007 04:41 AM

      King's Red & White has great cuts of meat. They also sell Bass Brothers sausage which is great as well. Most of the fruits and vegetables are local as well.

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      chops Apr 1, 2007 07:08 AM

      Kings red & white at the corner of club & Roxboro in Durham has smoked jowel (guanciale) and different cuts of traditional bacon.

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        jean9 Mar 28, 2007 10:52 AM

        thanks everyone. I have looked at the grateful pallette but can't afford it at the moment. I read about benton's bacon in tennessee and was all set to order but there is a 5 week order time and I have family coming down next weekend so that didn't really fly. I did have some of their bacon at the Magnolia grill not to long ago and it rocked! I will check out all the places mentioned and thanks again!

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        1. re: jean9
          Tom from Raleigh Mar 28, 2007 08:18 PM

          Best pork I've eaten in my life came from Cane Creek Farms of Pittsboro, NC. They don't smoke or cure, but I'm sure they could sell you the cut and you could smoke/cure on your own.

          They'd call that uber-bacon.

          1. re: jean9
            dubedo Mar 29, 2007 11:08 AM

            I don't know where you live, but I was at the Barbeque Joint in Chapel Hill last night and noticed that they sell house-smoked slab bacon. Haven't tried it, though.

            1. re: dubedo
              cervisiam Mar 30, 2007 08:09 AM

              just had bacon from the red and white on university, which was great. my boy considers him his personal 'butcher' :) you should check it out; it's an experience in itself...

              1. re: cervisiam
                jean9 Mar 30, 2007 09:26 AM

                where is the red and white?

                1. re: jean9
                  cervisiam Mar 30, 2007 05:04 PM

                  it's on the corner of chapel hill road and university drive (751). it's sorta across the street from the gas station. the front of the store is covered with butcher paper with handwritten specials such as tilapia, prime rib, etc.

                  when i say it's an experience in itself, don't get turned off by the butcher's lazy eye :) he has great recommendations. but definitely check it out... the place totally intrigues me...

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            pheebs Mar 28, 2007 09:48 AM

            you can also get Neuske's at Fresh Market in Cameron Village; pretty much the only reason I patronize that store.

            If you are looking for a really fantastic selection of boutique/small producer bacons, I urge you to check out www.gratefulpalate.com. It's not the cheapest, but you can order a sampler, 3 of their choice, that are far better than anyting you can get around here.

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              bbqme Mar 27, 2007 07:37 AM

              I was at the Whole Foods in Chapel Hill last weekend and they were selling really thick cut bacon from a farmer in Louisburg, NC. And it was onsale for $3.99/lb. Really tasty stuff.

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                rockycat Mar 26, 2007 11:22 AM

                I haven't tried theirs but Nahunta really knows their way around a pig. Their sausage is great and I'd be willing to guess that their bacon is pretty good, too. They have an outlet at the State Farmer's Market in Raleigh.

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                1. re: rockycat
                  Tee Mar 29, 2007 06:50 AM

                  I am a long time Nahunta fan, I discovered them in the late '80s and went to the Pikeville store once a month when I still had a customer in Goldsboro. I now go to the outlet at the Raleigh F.M.. I bought some of their thick cut bacon last week. It's good, not great. I too think their sausage is off the chart, I am a huge fan of the air dried hot. I have tried all their sausage, including the tom thumb, which I didn't care for at all.

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                  quazi Mar 26, 2007 11:02 AM

                  It is not smokey but it's thick and I think some of the best bacon around - Whole foods bacon. I have tried country bacon from country stores and apple smoked bacon and many other styles but their bacon tastes great when baked in the oven. It is thick enough that not all off it melts away by the time it gets to your desired texture

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