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mikeylikesit May 20, 2011 07:05 PM

now that tj's has stopped selling niman ranch uncured bacon i am going through withdrawl. 

what is your favorite bacon?

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  1. wolfe RE: mikeylikesit May 20, 2011 07:39 PM

    Thanks to the farmersdaughter , Benton.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/773955

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      drewskiSF RE: wolfe Jul 5, 2011 08:27 AM

      Aunt Mary's Cafe in Oakland serves Benton's bacon. Delicously smokey.

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      Aunt Mary's Cafe
      4307 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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      pacheeseguy RE: mikeylikesit May 20, 2011 07:43 PM

      One of the best. Nueskes. The "crack cocaine" of bacon.

      http://www.nueskes.com/smoked-bacon.aspx

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        Steve Green RE: pacheeseguy May 20, 2011 07:50 PM

        +1

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          Ruth Lafler RE: pacheeseguy May 21, 2011 12:22 AM

          Yes, Neuskes is very good. But even better, I think, is the wild boar bacon I get at Baron's in the Alameda Market Place. They carry both the wild boar and the Nueskes in slab form and hand cut it into nice thick slices. Ummmmm....

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          Baron's Meat & Poultry
          1650 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

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            pacheeseguy RE: Ruth Lafler May 24, 2011 08:13 PM

            I agree. I have wild boar, bison and also black bear bacon,
            and I still prefer Nueskes.

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              wolfe RE: pacheeseguy May 24, 2011 08:20 PM

              I am assuming bison and black bear are not brand names and that they are also not pig bacon and should therefore be disqualified from this thread. ;-)

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                pacheeseguy RE: wolfe Jun 26, 2011 06:35 AM

                Good point, but the topic was "best bacon".
                I also had a wonderful BLT at a little cafe in Park City Utah, made with the chef's
                homemade Lamb bacon. Delicious.

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                  wolfe RE: pacheeseguy Jun 26, 2011 06:50 AM

                  The USDA, FWIW, defines "bacon": "The term "bacon" is used to describe the cured belly of a swine (hog) carcass."

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                    pacheeseguy RE: wolfe Jun 26, 2011 08:24 AM

                    Thanks for the info wolfe.
                    Perhaps the USDA needs to update its definition.
                    Or come up with new term for all these knockoffs.

        2. Robert Lauriston RE: mikeylikesit May 21, 2011 09:29 AM

          Hobbs is good. Golden Gate carries it.

          Fatted Calf's is good.

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          Golden Gate Meat
          Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

          Fatted Calf
          320 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

          1. chocolateninja RE: mikeylikesit May 23, 2011 12:37 AM

            I'm a huge fan of Black Pig Meat Co.'s bacon. I was mainly eating the Niman Ranch bacon until my local Oliver's Market started carrying Black Pig, and I was pretty much an instant convert. Love that it is local to me too.

            http://blackpigmeatco.com/

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            Oliver's Market
            461 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

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              mrs bacon RE: mikeylikesit May 23, 2011 08:24 AM

              For me, Fatted Calf or Hobbs are among the best out there.

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              Fatted Calf
              644-C First Street, Napa, CA 94559

              1. redteamo RE: mikeylikesit Jul 4, 2011 12:23 AM

                Marin Sun Farms' house-made bacon is absolutely amazing. Thick-cut, perfectly seasoned, comes out nice and crispy.

                www.marinsunfarms.com

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