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

JMF Jan 18, 2009 08:55 AM

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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    02sbxstr Feb 12, 2009 01:28 PM

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

    1. Passadumkeg Feb 10, 2009 05:51 PM

      I hope this helps and close too:

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        ciclista Feb 12, 2009 06:59 AM

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

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          Passadumkeg Feb 12, 2009 07:29 AM

          Yes, excellent.

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        ChefGrant Feb 10, 2009 02:00 PM

        Little Alaska farm in Maine has some great bacon

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          jmrp Feb 10, 2009 01:01 PM

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

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            foodtank Feb 10, 2009 06:52 AM

            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.

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              BikeToEat Jan 19, 2009 07:11 PM

              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.

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                ChefGrant Jan 19, 2009 01:40 AM

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

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                  JMF Jan 19, 2009 03:23 AM

                  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.

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                  morla Jan 18, 2009 05:13 PM

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

                  1. Infomaniac Jan 18, 2009 01:43 PM

                    Smith's Log Smokehouse in Monroe, ME

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

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                    1. re: Infomaniac
                      mjoyous Jan 18, 2009 03:12 PM

                      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. applehome Jan 18, 2009 10:16 AM

                      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:

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                        catnip Jan 18, 2009 12:04 PM

                        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.

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                          kattyeyes Jan 18, 2009 05:19 PM

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

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                        jhberkley Jan 18, 2009 09:45 AM

                        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
                          BostonCharles Jan 20, 2009 11:31 PM

                          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.

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                          emilief Jan 18, 2009 09:35 AM

                          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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                            stroshow3 Jan 18, 2009 10:42 AM

                            Dakin Farm in Vermont has fantastic bacon.

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                              sophie fox Jan 18, 2009 11:47 AM

                              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.

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