Chilebrown at home

Monday, February 16, 2009


Today's act will not Boar you. On stage is a cured smoked product procured from Baron's Meat in Alameda. This meat is lean and mean. Ms. Goofy had some strong opinions about this slab. I noticed this bacon in Baron's Meat case and had to try it. Baron's said this product was from "Dales Wild West" in Colorado. A quick visit to their web site revealed no information. We will just have to guess about the history of this swine.

This slab of bacon is super lean. Uncooked it has a dark smokey smell. It has a Jerky type aroma. Because of the lack of fat, some oil was added to the black iron for cooking. We were going to serve this as a accompaniment with a salad made with some fresh Burrata cheese. This bacon never made it to Ms. Goofy's salad. She was very vocal about this meat. Ms. Goofy exclaimed this bacon tasted like Dirt. It was Earthy, Chewy and Gamy. She actually spit it out and claimed it inedible. WOW! She really hit the fan on this one. I will agree with her about some things. It was chewy. There was a Gamy flavor. One would almost think they were eating a Jerky. There was a little sweetness to this bacon. This bacon is not for every one.

Todays Boar Bacon will receive a 2.5 stars out of 5. This bacon is not for the timid. It is not your everyday bacon product.

Boar Bacon

Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Price: 12 dollars/pound
Where: Barons Meats
Alameda Marketplace 1650 Park St., Alameda, CA 94501
510 864-1915


Greg said...

I wouldn't eat that bacon the floor.

Yesterday I strayed from the true path of righteousness and ordered ham with breakfast. Today I will redeem myself.

Anonymous said...

Would you recommend this bacon again? We've got a local supplier of boar bacon up here in Portland (in 3 lb bellies) but haven't had the guts to pony up. :-)

cookiecrumb said...

I wonder if the boar was slaughtered under stressful conditions. That can make the meat taste really skanky.

Chilebrown said...

Hello Kveton,
I would give it a shot. Ms. Goofy was really turned off by the Gamy flavor. Bacon can vary batch to batch. Our bacon was made in Colorado. You have any recommendations for bacon in Oregon? We will be traveling up there this summer.
Have you read about our Ultimate Meat Adventure. Do a search in the upper left hand corner if you haven't.

Kevin said...

I'm makin a run out to Benton's tomorrow, I'm all out of ham,bacon, and sausage.

Chilebrown said...

Kevin, I have Benton's on my list of bacons to try. It's good stuff huh?