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Where to buy 'back bacon'?

caineroad Mar 27, 2011 08:08 PM

Hi chowhound,

I always had big piece of bacon i think they called it 'back bacon' while i was in UK. In canada or america they only serve stripe style bacon i can never find the ones i ate in uk in loblaws, or other supermarkets. anyone know where i can get those?

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    BeachHeath Mar 27, 2011 08:12 PM

    Ummm, you can find it anywhere here but maybe SLM, or most butchers have it.

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    1. re: BeachHeath
      caineroad Mar 27, 2011 09:12 PM

      Ya i m looking for back bacon, do they carry them in metro or loblaws?? last time i went to the butcher but they are not sliced, any idea

    2. Leslieville Mar 27, 2011 08:30 PM

      I think what you are looking for is pea meal bacon. It's similar to Gamon rather than rashers of bacon.

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      1. re: Leslieville
        caineroad Mar 27, 2011 09:13 PM

        nooo in the uk i had back bacon, is bigger piece than peameal

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        BeachHeath Mar 27, 2011 08:44 PM

        Back bacon is different than peameal...which if different than irish bacon.....which are all very similar...if that makes any sense....

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          principessa del pisello Mar 28, 2011 06:50 AM

          Caineroad, do you mean the bacon that looks like a piece of streaky bacon, with the loin attached? I remember having that bacon when visiting London recently, but have never seen it in Toronto. It was delicious - streaky bacon and back bacon all in one! Would be great to find it here!

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          1. re: principessa del pisello
            caineroad Mar 28, 2011 08:35 AM

            YES!!! That's it!! There must be a place!!!! awww

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              bytepusher Mar 28, 2011 11:06 AM

              As I understand it that is what the Brits also call "Irish Bacon" if you ask for it by that name you might have better luck. I've never actually seen it here, you're not going to find it at the regular grocery stores but if you ask around at SLM some of the butchers who source artisinal bacon might be able to get some cut that way.

              1. re: bytepusher
                caineroad Mar 28, 2011 02:05 PM

                can you please let me know what is SLM?

                1. re: caineroad
                  Chocolatemama Mar 28, 2011 02:18 PM

                  SLM is St Lawrence Market and is located at Jarvis and Front.

                  1. re: Chocolatemama
                    caineroad Mar 28, 2011 02:30 PM

                    ah yea you're right i'll go check it out but i dont expect them to be on the 'regular bacon pricing'

                2. re: bytepusher
                  caineroad Mar 28, 2011 02:07 PM

                  I cannot believe there is no Irish bacon for sale in regular grocery stores... considering toronto is a diverse city with people coming in from around the GOLBE.

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                    jayt90 Mar 28, 2011 06:03 PM

                    Sobey's has Irish bacon. It appears to be lightly smoked, whereas peameal bacon is just brined.

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                      caineroad Mar 28, 2011 06:20 PM

                      lightly smoke...? i want something that is raw i can cook myself do they carry in sobey's

                    2. re: caineroad
                      BeachHeath Mar 28, 2011 07:45 PM

                      FYI - Irish bacon is back bacon...but not cured like ours. It's available everywhere, That being said, SLM is the best place to look.

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