Slab Bacon in OC
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.
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 ?
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.
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.
18040 Culver Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
15300 Goldenwest St, Westminster, CA
Gem Meats & Produce
3125 Yorba Linda Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831
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