Saturday, July 6, 2013
WAGON WHEEL BACON
Several Saturdays ago was a beautiful bright sunny day at the ‘Feather Falls Casino’. We were judging a ‘Three Meat’ BBQ competition. Our judging duties had been fulfilled and we had several hours before the award ceremony. We had received a hot tip of a local butcher who smoked and cured bacon. This was the perfect opportunity to go on a ‘Meat Adventure’ to the ‘Wagon Wheel Market’ in Orville California. We jumped into the ‘Racing Honda’ grabbing a fellow judge named Butch and raced to our meaty destination.
The Wagon Wheel Market is an all purpose general store with a full service meat market. The meat market has; ‘Award Winning Smoked Meats’, complete sausage kitchen, wild game processing, ranch butchering and USDA choice certified premium beef. For over 30 years the Wagon Wheel has been run by the Butler family. We were lucky to meet Pat Butler the head butcher.
We had to wait several days before we returned home to try our bacon. This slab had a beautiful shiny sheen created by the cure and smoke. We cut into the slab and saw the meat to fat ration was of equal proportions. We sliced some rashers and cooked them in our trusty black iron pan. The vehicle to test drive this bacon would be a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. The bacon fried up perfectly crisp. It had a wonderful meaty flavor. It leaned on the sweet side with its maple flavoring. Salt and smoke was in perfect balance. This was quality bacon that we enjoyed. Bingo!!!! We shall definitely return to the Wagon Wheel Market. It is always a pleasure to have a successful Meat Adventure.
Wagon Wheel Market.
4607 Olive Hwy
Oroville, CA 95966