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May 20, 2011 07:05 PM

best bacon

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. re: wolfe

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

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

        1. re: pacheeseguy

          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....

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

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

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

            1. re: pacheeseguy

              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. ;-)

              1. re: wolfe

                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.

                1. re: pacheeseguy

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

                  1. re: wolfe

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

        2. Hobbs is good. Golden Gate carries it.

          Fatted Calf's is good.

          Golden Gate Meat
          Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

          Fatted Calf
          320 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

          1. 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.


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

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

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