- jmckee Jan 4, 2010 05:52 AM
For a holiday gift, we received a variety pack from Nueske's in Wisconsin, including Canadian bacon, applewood smoked bacon, and ham. This is apparently in response to several years of sending them first Harry & David gift packs, then (for the last few years) Gethsemani Farms Trappist cheese.
However, the gift-givers in question are possessed of dead palates; I have yet to take a food gift or recommendation from them that was any better than mediocre.
Anybody have any idea what I'm in for?
They have a stand in a mall near where I live, and they are always sampling out their products. I dont care for their liver sausage, but have always found their various bacons to be quite good if not the best I've ever had.
I would suggest trying it to see for your self. Unless it's some kind of reduced fat turkey bacon or some monstrosity like that, how bad could it be?
Nueske's succeeds for the same reason Cinnabon succeeds -- overwhelming mall aroma. They set up their kiosk in the middle of the mall, cook up a bunch, and hand out free samples.
Well, if suggesting a gift from Wisconsin, there are some nice gift packs by Usinger's Sausage, beer from New Glarus Brewery, coffee from Alterra, fruit wines from Door County Winery. Maybe some mustard from the Mt Horeb Mustard Museum. Did I mention cheese?
In fairness, Nueske's bacon is pretty good. Do enjoy.
That is very interesting, because here in California, Nueske bacon is considered to be almost offensively heavily flavored - it's the darling of every bacon-forward venue, clasped to the bosom of every bacon-loving chef in LA. I like it okay, for a wet-cured bacon, but my passion (after not quite 30 years in Tennessee) is for the dry-cured stuff. I order Broadbent's for home use, which is actually pretty mild, but every so often when I see people exclaiming over Nueske's intensity, I want to feed'em a plate of Mayo's, which tends to taste like they just sliced and packaged the smokehouse walls.
At considerable expense we order their bacon into Canada all the time. For a year or more we tried every bacon we heard might be great (with lots of tips from this site). We ordered from about 20 different states and tried every kind available in Canada. I had no idea they were in American malls as I don't go to malls in the US so that has no impact on me. We now exclusively eat their bacon. FYI what you guys call Canadian bacon we call back bacon. REAL Canadian bacon (and I know this will cause debate) is peameal bacon. We are six people with developed palates and we all agree it the best we have tried. The fact that Bouchon in Vegas uses it for breakfast should tell you that there is some quality in their product. Best bacon we have tried, bar none.....well except some Danish bacon I had years ago. I just cannot see anyone who likes bacon not at least liking if not loving it.