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FriedClamFanatic

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Fried Hog Jowl Sun, 10/19/08 11:22 AM (permalink)
I'm one of those people (like some others on here) that thinks bacon is a way of life! As someone on here said, "Bacon should be a spice!"


Recently I got a catalog from one of the ham/bacon companies and they had sliced hog jowls listed as well. I've tried their bacon and like it, so i thought I'd give the hog jowls a try.

There's a lot less lean meat than bacon and a lot more shrinkage, but the flavor was very intense. I decided I really liked it. Not that it will replace bacon completely, but certainly as a change of pace. So far I have only found it thinly sliced and suspect thicker might remain too "fatty" in texture. I adore thick cut bacon and often buy slab bacon so I can get it extra thick (4-5 slices per inch - max)

Obviously, hog jowls could be substituted for bacon in most recipes, but does anyone have any tips or recipes specifically for hog jowls? ( I have a bunch of packages in the freezer) Anyone else use it regularly?
 
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    Michael Hoffman

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    RE: Fried Hog Jowl Sun, 10/19/08 11:26 AM (permalink)
    I happen to love guanciale.
     
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      Pogo

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      RE: Fried Hog Jowl Sun, 10/19/08 12:13 PM (permalink)
      Almost any dried bean is made delicious by adding rendered hog jowl to the pot. I will usually use two halfs of hog jowl with two pounds of dried beans.
       
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        iqdiva

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        RE: Fried Hog Jowl Sun, 10/19/08 1:37 PM (permalink)
        We love fried hog jowl. I like to slice my own . So , I buy a slab of smoked jowl that's a pound or so in weight . I take the rind off and freeze it slightly . I then slice it very thinly and cook it slowly in a cast iron pan until it's the crispness that my husband prefers . I cook my bacon in the oven but I find that the slow cooking in a cast iron pan really works best with hog jowl . I have eaten it all my life and my husband and I just love it ... It's so delicious !
         
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          edwmax

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          RE: Fried Hog Jowl Sun, 10/19/08 2:03 PM (permalink)
          We use hog jowls instead of bacon. It's 99cents/lb (up from 65Cent/lb) vs $3.85/lb. We buy & thick slice own and fry up crisp. Keep buying you will learn how to pick out leaner pieces and cut up the fatter pieces for other uses.



           
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            chewingthefat

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            RE: Fried Hog Jowl Tue, 10/21/08 10:45 AM (permalink)
            Broadbent sells great Jowl, I prefer it to bacon. Fry it crisp, put it in the frig it will be even more intensely flavored.
             
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              FriedClamFanatic

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              RE: Fried Hog Jowl Sun, 11/9/08 2:25 PM (permalink)
              I didn't realize Broadbent had jowl. Will definitely give them a try.

              And Edwmax........those are great pics! Got my stomach growling!
               
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                FriedClamFanatic

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                RE: Fried Hog Jowl Sun, 11/9/08 4:33 PM (permalink)
                Went looking through Broadbent's site, but never found them. Maybe you meant Burger's which is where I get mine
                 
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                  edwmax

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                  RE: Fried Hog Jowl Sun, 11/9/08 5:27 PM (permalink)
                  One of our local grocery stores keeps smoked jowls on their self. $1.69/lb is their current price. I usually buy 10 to 15 lbs at a time at abt 30% discount.

                  Check with your local stores, they should be able to get jowls from their suppliers. Some stores only carry jowls during the winter months.
                   
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                    rebeltruce

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                    RE: Fried Hog Jowl Tue, 11/11/08 7:06 AM (permalink)
                    quote:
                    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

                    I happen to love guanciale.


                    I love Guanciale as well Mr. Hoffman, not quite the same as a smoked jowl though...it's more like a fine Pancetta only much better in my opinion.

                    I've got a set of jowls drying as I type this, Guanciale is very easy to make at home yourself, if you can find Hog Jowl locally, which is much esaier said then done these days!
                     
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                      chewingthefat

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                      RE: Fried Hog Jowl Tue, 11/11/08 11:44 AM (permalink)
                      quote:
                      Originally posted by FriedClamFanatic

                      Went looking through Broadbent's site, but never found them. Maybe you meant Burger's which is where I get mine


                      Yep, it was Burgers!
                       
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