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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.

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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.

      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.


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


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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....

          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.

          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.


            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.

              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.


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