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Slab Bacon in OC

emily Mar 18, 2008 12:19 PM

Where can I find it? I checked Whole Foods, but they didn't know what I was talking about at the meat counter (and all I saw was sliced bacon in packages) nor did I see it in the deli. I'm hoping to make the braised bacon out of the Zuni Cafe cookbook.

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    Philly RE: emily Mar 18, 2008 12:26 PM

    Bristol Farms.

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      Jason_Coulston RE: Philly Mar 18, 2008 02:05 PM

      It's true that you can get slab bacon from Bristol Farms, but you should call ahead to order it as it's not usually just sitting int he case. At least that's the case with the Newport Beach location at PCH & Avocado. I strolled in last year thinking I could just pick up slab bacon straight away and one of the butchers told me they're not usually stocked. I assumed they were slicing their own bacon direct from slabs, but apparently not. In a pinch, you can pick up bulk pancetta from the deli area.

      You can get raw pork belly (not smoked/cured) from Mitsuwa.

      R. Jason Coulston

    2. Das Ubergeek RE: emily Mar 18, 2008 04:05 PM

      Jons Marketplace on Golden West in Huntington Beach has it. Wholesome Choice on Culver and Michelson in Irvine SOMETIMES has it. You can get it at some Stater Bros. if you ask for it, and you might try calling Gem Meats on Yorba Linda Blvd. in Placentia (or is it Fullerton??) because they might have it too.

      Wholesome Choice
      18040 Culver Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

      Jons Marketplace
      15300 Goldenwest St, Westminster, CA

      Gem Meats & Produce
      3125 Yorba Linda Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831

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        Oh Robin RE: emily Mar 18, 2008 04:32 PM

        Continental Deli

        La Mirada Continental Deli
        1510 W Imperial Hwy, La Habra, CA 90631

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          Allmodcons RE: emily Mar 18, 2008 06:16 PM

          Mattern Meat on E. Chapman in Orange has slab bacon. They usually have some sliced and some not in the case. I like to use their double-smoked as non-traditional lardons for frisee salad, but they have a non-double-smoked and one with paprika on the outside as well.

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            cdmedici RE: Allmodcons Mar 18, 2008 06:31 PM

            Mattern is great. You might also call Celestino's Meat Market in Costa Mesa. That place is a true gem.

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              hobbess RE: cdmedici Oct 22, 2008 02:27 AM

              What's so special about slab bacon? Any advantages to using this versus regular bacon other than controlling size of slices?

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                commisKevin RE: hobbess Oct 24, 2008 10:57 AM

                There aren't any real ''advantages.'' But in order to make a braised bacon dish, you need slab bacon for it's size.

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                  Das Ubergeek RE: hobbess Oct 24, 2008 02:10 PM

                  Impossible to make real lardons of rasher bacon. They are too thin.

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              mikester RE: emily Oct 22, 2008 10:35 AM

              I'm not a butcher so maybe I've got it wrong, but I recently purchased a nice slab of what was called pork belly from the new "H" korean supermarket at the Diamond Jamboree plaza. It looks just like uncured, unsmoked slab bacon. It still has the skin on, though - maybe that's the difference ?

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                commisKevin RE: mikester Oct 24, 2008 10:54 AM

                You're right, mikester. Pork belly is uncured, unsmoked bacon. Sometimes, it'll have skin, and sometimes it won't.

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                  mikester RE: commisKevin Oct 28, 2008 01:07 PM

                  thanks !

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                    jkao1817 RE: mikester Oct 28, 2008 02:19 PM

                    99 Ranch markets

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