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What are the best bacons made in New England, especially Maine?

  • JMF Jan 18, 2009 08:55 AM
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I've been asked to do several bacon tasting events in NYC in a few weeks showcasing the best bacons from New England, and especially Maine. Any suggestions?

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  1. Not aware of any in Maine but Harrington's in Vermont makes excellent bacon. I know there is another place called Dakins Farm- not sure where they are in New England- that has smoked products.

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    1. re: emilief

      Dakin Farm in Vermont has fantastic bacon.

      1. re: emilief

        I like Harrington's a lot, too. I'm quite fond lately of Vermont Smoke and Cure - they also make the venison smoked sausage about which i've waxed on elsewhere.

      2. I love the bacon from North Country Smokehouse in New Hampshire. We only get it on special occasions as it's quite pricey, but on Christmas morning it was as good as ever.

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        1. re: jhberkley

          another vote for north country smokehouse, though I don't even find it that pricey - seems pretty much the same as any other good bacon.

        2. Geez - 0 for 3 with Maine. Maybe it's just lobstah and sea urchins downeast - no pigs.

          But here's a great place in CT:
          http://www.nodinesmokehouse.com/produ...

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          1. re: applehome

            I was just reading the posts here and I was going to mention Nodine's as well but Applehome beat me to it!(LOL)
            We prefer Nodine's richly smoked bacons to the more commercial brands of Harrington's and Dakin Farms which are more mass-produced.

            1. re: catnip

              I'll third Nodine's. That was always a stop on the way home anytime we were remotely in that neck of the woods. :)

          2. Smith's Log Smokehouse in Monroe, ME
            http://www.logsmokehouse.net/index.html

            I haven't tried thier bacon yet, but the Salmon, Salamis, and Sausages are all very good.

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            1. re: Infomaniac

              I tried Vermont Smoke & Cure Maple smoked no nitrate/nitrite bacon over the holidays and thought it one of the best I've ever had. Would rate it much higher then Harringtons or Nadines. Sorry, no idea of Maine bacons though.

            2. Smith's Smokehouse (can't remember what town) in Downeast Maine has a GREAT Blackstrap Bacon!

              1. Where is the tasting? ..... Jimmy's?

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                1. re: ChefGrant

                  Jimmy's 43 and Astor, if I can make it fit my schedule in the first week of Feb. Also possible miracle fruit tasting event at Jimmy's.

                2. I've purchased bacon from Sunset Acres Farm at farmers markets in the summer. They don't make it, but I think it is cured by Curtis Meats in Warren, ME. The bacon is pretty good. It does have nitrates in it, though the minimum required by state laws, based on the folks at Sunset Acre. I'd contact Bob there and ask him.

                  1. Try Nodine's Bacons, their Apple Smoked bacon was voted #2 in the country by Cook's illustrated magazine. They are in Ct. , website: www.nodinesmokehouse.com
                    Give them a shot.

                    1. Absolutely try thick, salty bacon from Pekarski's Sausage in South Deerfield, Mass. Another good choice is Outlook Farm outside of Northampton, Mass.

                      1. Little Alaska farm in Maine has some great bacon

                        1. I hope this helps and close too:

                          http://thebaconman.com/
                          Phone :
                          207-460-2233
                          Address :
                          PO Box 5538
                          Ellsworth
                          Maine
                          04605
                          USA

                          Cheers,
                          Mark

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                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                            There's also Smith's Log Smokehouse in Monroe, ME. www.logsmokehouse.net
                            Cold smoked, nitrate-free, processed with blackstrap molasses, not sugar.

                            1. re: ciclista

                              Yes, excellent.

                          2. Recently been buying from North Country Smokehouse in Claremont, NH - been very happy with their bacon.