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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

BACON REVUE (BUTLER GOURMET MEATS)

Butler Gourmet Meats is located in Carson City, Nevada. It is a clean and perky market located in a small strip mall. The slab has been cured with a maple sugar and hickory smoke. It is nitrate free.This bacon has a beautiful dark sheen surrounding the meat. I am not sure if it is from the cure or the smoke. If you could judge bacon just by its looks, this bacon would rate a 5. The meat to fat ratio is very good.
This was the third bacon that we tried on Bacon Friday. Bacon Friday was a tasting party that was attended by Reverend Biggles, Ms. Goofy and Myself. The first thing we noticed was the lack of smoke flavor. It was not very sweet. We did not notice any maple flavor. We did not detect a lot of salt. It is possible we had built up a tolerance from Scotts Country Bacon. The texture was chewy. Overall this was a very pleasant bacon. It did not have any standout qualities that we are searching for. Butler Gourmet Meats will recieve a 3 and 1/4 star rating.

Rating: 3 1/4 stars out of 5
Cost: 4.99/pound
Where: Butler Custom Meats
1909 North Carson St.
Carson City, Nevada 89701
775-883-0211

Photo by Biggles

4 comments:

Rev. Biggles said...

I also noticed this one took longer to cook. Sure, the pan may have been colder or the fire just a tad lower, but even so. All the others finished and I ended up having to jack the heat.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing, just a point of interest.

Biggles

Zoomie said...

Sounds pretty ho-hum, as bacon goes...is Nueske's still your gold standard?

Chilebrown said...

It is the Gold Standard for now. Nueske is some good stuff. I will still be on a Quest to find the Gold Standard.I will never rest till my journey is done!

meatman said...

In all fairness, if you came into Butler Meats and asked for slab bacon, you probably received our low salt and lite smoke, as that is what we save back as whole slabs of bacon for our low sodium customers. I encourage you to select directly from the case as we make several types of bacon. thick sliced Old Fashoined Bacon, Comstock Bacon (little heavier smoke and a lot leaner), Canadian Bacon, and real lean Turkey Bacon for those of us who cannot take the fat. In our experience, (heavy) smoke flavor in hams and bacons is a thing of the past. Still smoked the same way but not as heavy. Both the Comstcok Bacon and the Canadian Bacon are leaner and have a better smoke covering.