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Mar 18, 2008 12:19 PM

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.

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    1. re: Philly

      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

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      1. 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

        1. Continental Deli

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

          1. 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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            1. re: Allmodcons

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

              1. re: cdmedici

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

                1. re: hobbess

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

                  1. re: hobbess

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