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CaramelSmoothie

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Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sat, 11/12/11 8:52 AM (permalink)
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I am trying to find a good quality bacon to top my burgers with. It seems as though my breakfast bacon just doesn't cut it. I prefer a nice smoked slightly thick cut bacon. I have eaten at restaurants over the years where the bacon was perfect but I did not ask which brand it was because I really wasn't into home cooking until the last 5 years.
 
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    Sundancer7

    Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sat, 11/12/11 9:32 AM (permalink)
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    Many of our Roadfood friends including myself have bought Alan Benton's hams and bacon.  It is super and if you like a smoky taste and thick bacon, this is the place.
    Alan is a craftsman and his product which is used by many very expensive restaurants in NYC and everywhere else.  Many advertise the use of Bentons hams and bacon.
     
    As a user, I strongly suggest you try their product.
     
    http://bentonscountryhams2.com/
     
    Paul E. Smith
    Knoxville, TN
     
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      jman

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      Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sat, 11/12/11 9:50 AM (permalink)
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      Burgers' Smokehouse is another excellent source for really good bacon. Lot's of choices.
       
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        chewingthefat

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        Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sat, 11/12/11 11:23 AM (permalink)
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        I agree with both of the above!
         
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          ann peeples

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          Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sat, 11/12/11 11:50 AM (permalink)
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          Nueskes out of Wisconsin has fabulous bacon, along with other products.
          www.nueskes.com
           
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            chewingthefat

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            Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sat, 11/12/11 12:31 PM (permalink)
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            ann peeples


            Nueskes out of Wisconsin has fabulous bacon, along with other products.
            www.nueskes.com

            Again, I agree!
             
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              Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle

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              Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sat, 11/12/11 1:10 PM (permalink)
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              chewingthefat


              ann peeples


              Nueskes out of Wisconsin has fabulous bacon, along with other products.
              www.nueskes.com

              Again, I agree!

              As do I.  It's our house bacon.  Get the thick-sliced, though (or the slab if you like to slice your own).  Once you are on their email list keep an eye out for those times when they offer free shipping, which helps.
               
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                cementhead

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                Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sat, 11/12/11 5:53 PM (permalink)
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                With shipping, Bentons bacon would cost me about $10/lb and the other two places mentioned would be over $15/lb. I would like to try those brands but I am happy with some of our regional brands like Kunzler or Hatfield. Usually can pick those brands up for less than $4/lb. Kunzler might be available in the DC area and they sell what I think is apretty good thick cut variety. Of course if I ever tried those super premium brandsI may change my tune. Better off just sticking with the cheaper brands.
                 
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                  Michael Hoffman

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                  Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sat, 11/12/11 5:58 PM (permalink)
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                  I don't put bacon on my burgers, but my current bacon of choice for other things is Sugardale's peppered bacon.
                   
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                    Foodbme

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                    Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sun, 11/13/11 12:43 AM (permalink)
                    How close are you to Surry VA?
                    Check this place out;
                    http://virginiatraditions.com/bacon.aspx
                    EDIT: I checked Mapquest. You're a nice Sunday ride from Surry VA down I-95.
                    <message edited by Foodbme on Sun, 11/13/11 12:47 AM>
                     
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                      bigfatsquirrel

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                      Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sun, 11/13/11 8:56 AM (permalink)
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                      Both Nueske's and Bentons are quality bacon. I give Nueske's the decided edge due to its  leanness and  pronounced sweet, smoky flavor.
                       
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                        mayor al

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                        Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sun, 11/13/11 11:21 AM (permalink)
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                        I buy Benton's Hams and Bacon, usually an annual purchase when we pass somewhere nearly his smokehouse near Knoxville. Shipping costs for most of this sort of thing are so high that mail-order is really not a smart choice for us.
                          Alan Benton is very knowledgeable about producing good hams and bacon.  I recommend his meats to anyone seeking the 'best'.
                         
                        The best storebrand that we buy when we can get it is Costco's Maple Smoked Thick Sliced Bacon. It is packed in two pound plastic wrap, two packs to an order (four pounds). Usually about $11-12 an order. We like it in BLT's and on Burgers, a lot !
                         
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                          CaramelSmoothie

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                          Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sun, 11/13/11 5:15 PM (permalink)
                          Thanks FoodBme. I will try to check them out.
                           
                          Thanks to everyone for all of the suggestions. I have tried Nueske's years ago and they were very good. I ate their bacon for breakfast, never tried to top a burger with it. I just placed an order with Benton's. There may be a 3 week delay, I guess he's busy. I will let you all know how it goes.
                           
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                            Ivyhouse

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                            Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sun, 11/13/11 5:58 PM (permalink)
                            Have to put in a word for Maryland-based Hahn's -- http://www.porkandbeansstore.com/default.asp?iId=HILHG .  They are based in Westminster, Maryland and they make great bacon and ham. 
                             
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                              ann peeples

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                              Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sun, 11/13/11 7:49 PM (permalink)
                              I am glad The Mayor piped in. He turned me on to the Costco bacon he mentions above and it is indeed very good!
                               
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                                2005Equinox

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                                Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sun, 12/18/11 1:19 AM (permalink)
                                I always get it from my local meat market. Its about $5.50 a pound but it is the best around here. Not overly salty but very flavorful.
                                 
                                 
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                                  wheregreggeats.com

                                  Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sun, 12/18/11 8:32 AM (permalink)
                                  Ever try this ...
                                  http://www.hormelfoodserv...ails.aspx?itemno=15268
                                  ... adds a nice punch.
                                   
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                                    Birdhunter

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                                    Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sun, 12/18/11 9:12 AM (permalink)
                                    Sam's Club, has a thick cut Hickory Smoke Bacon that I like.
                                    I do my bacon in the oven, some times in a cast iron skillet
                                    if I would to save some of the grease.
                                     
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                                      Twinwillow

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                                      Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sun, 12/18/11 10:30 AM (permalink)
                                      I don't usually put bacon on my burgers but if I did, it would only be Nueske's!
                                       
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                                        ChrisOC

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                                        Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Sun, 12/18/11 11:17 AM (permalink)
                                        Best bacon I ever ate was on a BLT I had at a small pub in Dunoon, Scotland
                                         
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                                          fishtaco

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                                          Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Thu, 12/22/11 1:44 PM (permalink)
                                          2005Equinox


                                          I always get it from my local meat market. Its about $5.50 a pound but it is the best around here. Not overly salty but very flavorful.


                                           
                                          Same here, just the local market in Ladoga, In. And it's only 3.65.

                                           
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                                            brisketboy

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                                            Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Thu, 12/22/11 2:17 PM (permalink)
                                            I like the thick cut bacon that Sam's Club sells. It's called Wright's
                                             
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                                              CaramelSmoothie

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                                              Re:Best Bacon to Top Hamburgers? Wed, 03/28/12 12:47 AM (permalink)
                                              Update:
                                               
                                              I tried the Benton's Bacon and I loved it! Unfortunately, my doctor has now instructed me to watch my salt intake and I don't know how much sodium is in each strip of Benton's Bacon but I'm sure it's A LOT since it's salty. I will be checking out the rest of the suggestions in this thread, but also welcome new ones for LOW SODIUM bacon that tastes good enough to top a burger.
                                               
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