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John Besh's bacon...

smctexnola Jul 16, 2008 10:51 AM

Ok, I hear that John Besh has a deal with a local farmer who, clearly, produces heavenly bacon. And, apparently, the farm either has a waiting list a mile long or no longer sells to individuals, only restaurants (I hear conflicting reports on this).

What I know for certain is that the bacon I buy in the grocery stores in New Orleans doesn't begin to compare to what is served a Luke, August, and Cochon...

Does anyone know a good local shop that sells real bacon?

  1. Hungry4Good Jul 16, 2008 11:03 AM

    Unless he's changed recently, he gets his bacon from Allan Benton in TN. https://bentonshams.com/order/index.php
    I ordered some a coupIe of months ago... incredible bacon.

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    1. re: Hungry4Good
      alkapal Jul 16, 2008 11:12 AM

      $21.00 for four pounds? not bad! shipping probably doubles that....?

      1. re: alkapal
        JazzyB Jul 17, 2008 04:54 AM

        I have ordered Benton's bacon. I placed a double order since the shipping only increases by $1. Ordered in Feb. and at the time, the website said it would take 3 months(!) to arrive. It actually took about a month. It comes in 1# cryovaced packages about 11slices per pound. It is quite thick. For some reason it tastes a lot saltier than what I had on my Luke burger. Instructions say to undercook. Crisper=even saltier. While it is ok as a breakfast meat, there is a huge fat to meat ratio. I use it more for seasoning. It is EXTREMELY smoky. Glad I tried it but will probably look for a higher end applewood bacon locally. bentonshams.com I think only Benton distributes Benton bacon.

        1. re: JazzyB
          alkapal Jul 17, 2008 05:02 AM

          thanks jazzyb! i'll save my dough....

          1. re: JazzyB
            edible complex Jul 17, 2008 07:47 AM

            JazzyB, I found the same to be true of the Benton bacon...way salty and my house smelled for weeks.

            1. re: JazzyB
              zin1953 Aug 1, 2008 06:38 AM

              FWIW, I got my order in about a week . . .

        2. edible complex Jul 16, 2008 05:56 PM

          R&N Specialty Meats in Mandeville; W. Causeway Approach; 985-624-2662

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          1. re: edible complex
            mikemill Jul 16, 2008 06:21 PM

            Is this a distributor? How is this related to the above posts?

            1. re: mikemill
              edible complex Jul 17, 2008 07:46 AM

              "Does anyone know a good local shop that sells real bacon?" from smctexnola

              R&N sells Benton bacon; just answering the original post

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            jshushan Jul 17, 2008 07:56 AM

            Try Stein's on Magazine. He sells Nuske's bacon by the pound. It's about double the cost of supermarket bacon. It's also less salty than Benton's but still wonderful.


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            1. re: jshushan
              Hungry4Good Jul 17, 2008 11:30 PM

              The current bacon triumvirate for me: Nueske, Niman Ranch cured (crispy) and uncured (chewy) and Benton (edible complex: I hear you on the extreme smokiness- I really like it but I do cook it outside...smells like you're smokin a pig) (works for me!)

            2. k
              kfunck1 Jul 18, 2008 08:52 PM

              Bacon related news: I went to Cochon last Friday for lunch and they were doing all kinds of construction. The waiter told us that they were adding another room upstairs, but, more importantly, a butcher shop next door (on the side street). My guess is that could lead to some mighty fine bacon purchasing options, along with other pork-related offerings. Personally, I can't wait to go check that out.

              1. alkapal Jul 19, 2008 07:59 AM

                ot, but pork related, and i figured you guys will know (and not go all "nanny" on me!):
                mr. alka presented me with heavy duty cryo-vac shrink-wrap packages of smoked tasso pork, and smoked andouille. "richard's" brand he got in lafayette, la.

                says to refrigerate on the package. he had them in his hotel room (w/ regular ole a/c, no mini-fridge) for a day (or two?), before bringing them home to me yesterday. i put them in the fridge yesterday afternoon. are they ok? i thought....smoked and shrink wrapped: OK! will i keel over?

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                1. re: alkapal
                  edible complex Jul 19, 2008 10:39 AM

                  is there a # on the package to call them and ask?

                  1. re: edible complex
                    alkapal Jul 19, 2008 11:54 AM

                    good idea, but i'm slow...
                    their # is 8 am to 4:30 pm m-f.

                2. southernwayfarer Aug 1, 2008 03:59 AM

                  Just to add a little more bacon related info... I'm up in the Northeast and got turned on to Flying Pigs Farm (www.flyingpigsfarm.com) at a NYC farmers market. Good stuff. You can read a nice review at Pork Chop Express (http://porkchop-express.blogspot.com/...).

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                    Hadacol Aug 1, 2008 01:54 PM

                    I don't know how many of you get up to Oxford, MS, but, as football season is upon us, some of you might. John Currence of City Grocery has opened a new place called Big Bad Breakfast that is featuring meat that he smokes himself in a new smokehouse. His bacon is as good as it gets. Big Bad Bacon is the bomb. Highly reccomended. He is selling it retail, but only in small amounts and only when he has enough leftover to do make sure that he's got plenty for breakfast. As someone who is a friend and fan of Alan Benton, I don't feel too bad saying that John's is just as good.

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                    1. re: Hadacol
                      smctexnola Aug 10, 2009 08:02 PM

                      This is a reply to a really old post. Hopefully, you've all been to Butcher by now to sample their amazing meats. I haven't worked my way through all they have to offer yet, but the bacon is great. I can't quite get mine to taste like the bacon in Luke's oyster salad though. Is there some trick I'm missing?

                      1. re: Hadacol
                        Davebr Aug 11, 2009 12:33 AM

                        He also cures his bacon with Tabasco Mash

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