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Jan 7, 2011 01:44 PM

English/Irish cut bacon - want to buy fresh

Need some help to find a butcher who sells bacon which is cut English/Irish style (#1 in this excellent primer):
I can find it frozen in my local English provisions place but it's not the same, the flavour is lost and it comes out looking gray and nasty - is there somewhere in LA that sells it fresh?
Many thanks!

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  1. The Fresh & Easy markets have a British-style back bacon that is okay, though it did not knock my socks off. It's found amongst the various other bacons. It is not imported, but made I believe somewhere back east, so it doesn't need to be frozen. Typical slice is a very wide strip of lean with a smallish edge of fat; it will not get crisp, so needs to be cooked lightly.

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    1. re: Will Owen

      Trader Joe's unsmoked Applewood Bacon is the bomb and to this Scottish lover of a full English in the AM - it fills the bill.

      1. re: Will Owen

        I wouldn't recommend that the OP waste the calories on Fresh & Easy bacon. I tried some after getting addicted to the stuff while visiting Shropshire, and was sorely disappointed. The frozen bacons at the various expat shops in Santa Monica were better, but still rather dismal.

        I sort of doubt that the lack of flavor has anything to do with freezing; rather, I think the pork and the cure are both just plain lousy. I've been planning to make a trip to Huntington Meats in the Farmer's Market to see if they can special order something better; when I finally make it down there, I'll put up a post if I find any.

        The only other idea I've had is perhaps Mahogany Smoked Meats (on the way up to Mammoth...hardly local) might have some. Their belly bacon is very good.

        Oh how I wish Ron & Steve's on Magnolia were still around. I bet they would have made some if I had asked.

        Huntington Meats
        6333 W 3rd St # 350, Los Angeles, CA

      2. Sorry, they aren't in LA, but these guys will ship and have a great local reputation up in Northern California. They have regular drop-offs at the Microsoft campus in Redmond:

        Also, sometimes the gray meat is a result of being uncured or without nitrates.

        1. Well, I stopped by Huntington Meats in the Farmer's Market. No luck. They didn't have it, didn't know what it was, couldn't order it. Disappointing.

          While I was there, I also tried Marconi. The guy there said he could order some, but I'd have to take at least 70lbs. And I'm not at all sure he wasn't thinking of fat back.

          There are ten million people residing in this county. You'd think at least one of them would be a butcher who at least knows what back bacon is.

          Huntington Meats
          6333 W 3rd St # 350, Los Angeles, CA

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          1. re: Bjartmarr

            The best butcher in LA is Harvey's Guss. Call and leave a message. I can only assume that they can get it for you (and in a quantity other than if they figure you are opening up a breakfast spot for the ravenous hordes to visit).

            Harvey's Guss Meat Co
            949 S Ogden Dr, Los Angeles, CA