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Good Source for Fancy Pork Belly?

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So its time to make more bacon. For that, I need pork belly. I haven't done it in a little while (stupid day job), and I've found that my regular source has dried up. Any suggestions on where I can find a good slab? I realize I could go to chinatown, etc... but if possible I'd like to buy some fancy pork (heritage, sustainable, whatever the kids are calling it these days).

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  1. have you called savenor's, dewar or whole foods?

      1. I get a nice slab each year from Houde Family Farm in Vermont. I am a member of their CSA as well but I imagine you could do a one-time or special order. http://houdefamilyfarm.com/

        1. I got a frozen one from Stillman that blew my mind with how good it was. Here's a pic from just before I puffed the skin under the broiler.

           
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          1. re: nsenada

            amazingly inexpensive (it is to begin with really) at restaurant depot.

            1. re: rchudy

              I've bought a fair amount of pork from RD (Needham), and it's usually good, and definitely cheap ($1.60 per pound for butts, usually). Every once in a while, you get one from them with the boar taint though, which makes me feel like I'm playing meat roulette. Since the stink resides in the fat, I really didn't want to take a chance when cooking belly. The Stillman pork belly, whether it's due to the hog breeds or not, didn't have a trace of that disgusting flavor, just buttery gelatinous goodness, though maybe I just got lucky.

              1. re: nsenada

                interesting. I've never actually bought it from RD, just noticed it before.

            2. re: nsenada

              Looks like I posted the pr0k pr0n before on this link, which also has some good sources:

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7012...

            3. I get mine at Savenor's. It's raised in VT. Good stuff. If I'm taking the cheap way out, I go to H-Mart.

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