Chilebrown at home

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Some of you might know that I love bacon. We have traveled great distances to find the 'Gold Standard of Bacon'. There was a butcher in Bend Oregon called "A & B Meats". This was the 'Gold Standard'. Alas, they have retired. Ms. Goofy and I are on a quest to find the killer bacon. I am going to start a feature called the "Bacon Review". If you have any suggestions for finding some good bacon, let me know.

Fatted Calf

This is a new store that has opened up in Napa. We took a Meat Adventure to visit it last Saturday. It has a lot of cured meats. They were giving samples of a Pork Roast that they had just cooked. You would not believe how wonderful the store smelled.
The bacon looks beautiful. The rind is off. {Some people like the rind on. I do not understand why people like the rind on. They call it bacon gum. I call it insanity. Why would you put gum on a Prime Rib? }. The bacon had a mellow smoke smell. It was not very pronounced. It was not real meaty. I sliced it and cooked it in cast iron pan. It had a nice pork flavor. It seemed to have the right amount of saltiness. I wish it could of had a little more smoke. Overall, I would rate this bacon a 3 out of 5. It was very good, but it did not have that something, to make it stand out.

Rating: 3 out of 5
Price : 10/pd
Where : The Oxbow Public Market 644 C First StreetNapa, CA 94559 Phone (707) 256- 3684 email:


meathenge said...

MmmMMMMm, prime rib gum.

Yeah, the smoky point is a tough one. I too enjoy the smokiness, but many do not. I've talked to more than a few people who wouldn't buy FC's bacon because it was too smoky. It's mellowed a bit over the years, but luckily it does vary. So, once in a while I get a load that's more to our liking. Howabout Neuski's?

Kevin said...

For smokey, Benton's beats all.

cookiecrumb said...

Yeah, I don't like the bacon gum either. Too hard to chew. OK, I'm a sissy-ass girl.

meathenge said...

Then you cook it just a tad longer and it turns in to bacon cracklins! Oh man, like bacon pop rocks.


Chilebrown said...

You can buy Neuske's in Alameda at Baron's Meat and Poultry.

It is very, very good. I will be doing a review in the future.

Chilebrown said...

Thanks Kevin, I just ordered a 6 pd slab. Free Shipping Yeah!!!!