The House of Beef is a wonderful Meat stop on the way to, or from Yosemite. It is located in the town of Oakdale California. It is about halfway between the Bay Area and Yosemite located on highway 120. I have been going there for about 10 years. It is amazing how once you leave the Bay Area the price of beef drops. The House of Beef sells all cuts of USDA Choice at a very reasonable price. They do sell other products beside beef. Today their bacon will take the stage for the Bacon Revue.
The first thing that catches your eye is the rainbow shape of the slab. I think this is just because of the packaging. This is a Meaty hunk of pork. The fat to meat ratio leans heavy to meat. The rind is on the slab. A very nice feature of this bacon is the price. It is only 2.99/pound. It is cheaper than your local supermarket brand. We cut a couple of slices and fried them in a cast iron pan til crisp. At first bite, sweet is the impression. I could not detect any saltiness or smoke. The texture was pleasantly chewy.
Ms. Goofy really enjoyed this bacon. She loved the sweetness and absence of smoke. I thought it was a good looking bacon and I really liked the price. I am always looking for that magical balance of smoke, sweet, and salt. It did not deliver the whole package, but, the House of Beef makes a very pleasant bacon. Today's bacon is going to receive 3 1/2 stars out of 5.
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Where: 201 North 3rd Ave.
Oakdale, California, 95361
Cooked Bacon Photo by Dr. Biggles
Looks good but I'm with you - like a sweet/salt/smoke balance.
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