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Jan 11, 2011 09:16 AM

fresh pork belly

Does anyone know where you can find fresh, good quality pork belly (5# slab) in the Greenville/Spartanburg area? I'd like to make my own pancetta. Any help is appreciated.

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  1. look for an Asian market that sells meat.

    1. If you are ever in the Charlotte area the Super g Mart sells it.

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      1. re: lutherben

        Thanks, I go to Charlotte some, been to Super G, great store.

      2. Does anyone carry it in the Raleigh area?

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        1. re: megabytes

          Grand Asia has it, I think. Cane Creek almost always has it at the Carrboro farmer's market (they also take call-ahead special requests.

          1. re: brokegradstudent

            Pancetta takes a long time, don't skimp on quality! Having made bacon a couple of times, I learned the quality of the meat will make a world of difference in the finished product. I used factory farmed pork belly I purchased from Food Lion and the bacon was bland. When I used pork belly from a local farmer (Cane Creek), the bacon was mindblowing. In Raleigh, there are plenty of vendors at the indoor section of the State Farmer's Market who will sell you pork belly.

            Farmer's Market Cafe
            63 Chattahoochee St, Helen, GA 30545

            1. re: Tom from Raleigh

              I can't get enough of Cane Creek. When my sister visits from San Diego, we send her back on the plane with a suitcase packed with frozen CCpork.

        2. Grateful Growers farm in Denver NC raises Tamworth hogs. They are pasture-raised and no antibiotics or hormones are used. I love their pork and have bought their pork belly. If you email Natalie and Cassie they will personally respond and let you know where you can purchase some of their pork belly. I know they have some pork at Earthfare in Charlotte and they also sell at The Matthews Farmers Market and some other Charlotte area farmers markets. But email them and they will let you know where you can find it.


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          1. re: lynnlato

            Thanks for the tips. If I'm going thru the trouble of making it, I sure want it to be top quality! We've got a couple of quality farms near SPTG that I'll check out also.

            1. re: slotmansc

              You said it! Are you using a special recipe/method? Let us know how it turns out. Good luck!

              1. re: lynnlato

                Just one somebody gave me, and thanks, I'll need it.

                1. re: slotmansc

                  Just an update, made the pancetta and bacon from pork belly I bought from High Farms of Landrum, SC, and they both turned out fantastic! Can't wait to cure some hams! If any of you want to try it, it's not that hard, and the end product is so superior to store bought. I would rec buying Michael Ruhlman's 'Charcuterie'. Great recipes. Now if only bacon were fat free.................................