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RE: Brand/Type of Bacon for BLT's Tue, 11/2/04 12:45 PM (permalink)
For real bacon lovers, it is very easy to cure your own and commercial products don't come close to comparing. You just need to find a butcher shop with access to pork bellies. Any shop that breaks down its own beef and hogs will have them. I dry rub them with "cure", I use Prague Powder #1, salt, brown sugar, and honey. Then place them in the cooler for 6 days, remove and wash well to get the salt and cure off them. Hang them in a cool place until they dry and put them in a cool smoker with applewood or whatever you like and slowly smoke them untill they reach 154 degrees. You must have patience, don't rush it or they'll render out. Hang them until they cool and place them in bags until use. Freeze them if you're not going to use them right away. I give it away as gifts. Simply no comparison, just kind of messy because of the honey. Make sure you wrap them good before placing in the fridge to cure. The whole recipe can be found in "Great Sausage Recipes" by R. Kutas.

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    RE: Brand/Type of Bacon for BLT's Tue, 11/2/04 12:54 PM (permalink)
    Locally purchased , I prefer Boars Head, WVa brand, Sugardale and a Smithfield brand. Mail Order or the net: Nueske's. But the bestest is that we smoke and cure ourselves, as it is with brats/sausages.

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      RE: Brand/Type of Bacon for BLT's Tue, 11/2/04 2:29 PM (permalink)
      Lately I have been on a binge for Smithfield's thick sliced. Also like Farmland's maple sliced (get it from my local 7-11, go figure) For peppered bacon (what I really like on my BLTs) I use Kunzlers. At one time another Roadfooder talked about a grilled onion & bacon sandwhich. I am now addicted to these, I like the peppered bacon on them.

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        RE: Brand/Type of Bacon for BLT's Fri, 11/12/04 12:03 AM (permalink)
        The best I find is the Kirkland Sig. from Costco. I've tried many of whats been suggested here but Costco beats them IMHO. Although when they changed to KS it dropped a notch or 2 from the brand they carried before. Maple flavored, thick sliced from Canada.

        I like my BLTs as a triple decker club on potato bread lightly toasted, with MiracleWhip and vine ripened tomatoes. Plus iceberg lettuce, of course.

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          RE: Brand/Type of Bacon for BLT's Fri, 11/12/04 1:04 AM (permalink)
          I like Nueske's but feel that sometimes it can almost have too much smoke to it. Hobbs' Applewood Smoked Bacon, from Northern Ca., is a similiar product, but with a bit less smoke to it.

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            RE: Brand/Type of Bacon for BLT's Fri, 11/12/04 2:49 AM (permalink)
            Originally posted by MikeSh

            The best I find is the Kirkland Sig. from Costco.

            My sister-in-law gave me a package of Costco's Kirkland brand when she left town for vacation. I had never tried it before. FWIW, the flavor was good, but I found that the thickness of the slices varied quite a bit. I prefer that all the slices of a package of bacon be of uniform thickness.


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              RE: Brand/Type of Bacon for BLT's Tue, 01/4/05 9:30 AM (permalink)
              Oscar Meyer is best, followed by applewood from Central Market, followed by HEB brand.
              Fresh Illinois beefsteak tomatoes.
              Iceberg lettuce.
              Buttered toast.

              I could eat a dozen of these!

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                RE: Brand/Type of Bacon for BLT's Tue, 01/4/05 9:54 AM (permalink)
                Meowzart,I love your posts and your humor,but Alton dreamy? I never really minded him until he did a show on how to make a cup of tea. It involved more work than catering a wedding for 200. Well,at any rate, I wish the guy well(yourself as well) but give me 'Paula' or 'Mario', neither being particularly dreamy but they sure do cook well

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                  RE: Brand/Type of Bacon for BLT's Tue, 01/4/05 11:00 AM (permalink)
                  Originally posted by Wholebelly

                  Okay, the BLT thread got me thinking about bacon - how do i love thee? Let me count the ways. Oscar Meyer is usually my first choice, but I sometimes I enjoy Farmland Apple Cider style. I think Farmland is regional to New England.

                  I have Farmland in my supermarket here in the middle of California, and it's a good brand, but yes, Oscar Meyer is the best of the standard supermarket fare.. I recently had some boutique bacon from Summerfield Farms and I must confess it wasn't the end all be all of bacon as I had read.

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                    RE: Brand/Type of Bacon for BLT's Tue, 01/4/05 11:55 AM (permalink)
                    Any brand without nitrates & nitrites (linked to cancer), so usually a brand from Whole Foods or a similiar store. Whole Foods brand bacon has an excellent taste, as well as the other brands they carry.

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                      RE: Brand/Type of Bacon for BLT's Sun, 01/23/05 8:34 PM (permalink)
                      Don't know how widely available it is, but we eat Fischer's Mellwood Hickory Smoked Bacon. It is available in thick sliced or thin sliced and they also have a Maple flavored variety. I like it cooked til crisp. There is nothing worse than biting into your BLT and pulling out the full slice of bacon because it is undercooked.
                      My BLTs are actually just BT on Sara Lee Classic White husband prefers the SL Honey Wheat. I don't want mayo, Miracle Whip or lettuce on mine..just a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

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                        RE: Brand/Type of Bacon for BLT's Sat, 02/12/05 7:10 PM (permalink)
                        Cosper's meat market close to Ft. Hood, Tx. peppered bacon and thick:)

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                          RE: Brand/Type of Bacon for BLT's Tue, 07/12/05 2:33 AM (permalink)
                          Thick cut pepper bacon,yumm!

                            RE: Brand/Type of Bacon for BLT's Fri, 02/3/06 9:23 PM (permalink)
                            Here are my top three bacon choices
                            1. Nueske's Ends and Pieces/10lb box (reasonable $3.75) for general cooking
                            2. Nueske's Thin Cut layout
                            3. Nueske's Slab (6-7 lbs)
                            after trying 30+ different brands. "Book it Danno"

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                              RE: Brand/Type of Bacon for BLT's Fri, 02/3/06 9:31 PM (permalink)
                              Originally posted by meowzart

                              I like Kunzler bacon (available only in PA and environs I think), but my favorite comes from the butcher. It is so fresh and so delicious!

                              Nothing better than the smell of bacon frying!!

                              Bacon and onions frying together!
                              Love the applewood for my BLT, and baked beans!

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                                RE: Brand/Type of Bacon for BLT's Mon, 02/6/06 2:23 PM (permalink)
                                Thick sliced, but any bacon will do in a pinch. Sourdough bread toasted, mayo and tangy tomato. The bacon not too crisp becauce when that bit of grease mixed with the tomato and mayonaise, it is pure heaven.

                                I love the ends and pieces too.
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