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Chris Amirault

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@blue_dolphin

 

very nice analysis 

 

i think you can't go wrong with either , and total price might matter

 

have you tried Broadbent ?

 

the only Applewood smoked bacon Ive had was a ShackShack for their SmokeShack

 

it was terrific and that burger is my all time favorite bar none

 

I fortunate that I can reseal in 3 mil vacuum bags and keep the stuff Fz.  

 

this order will last me , even w give-aways a very long time.

 

i plan on soaking various fatty pieces  in ice water for a bit , and use in my turkey meat loaf.

 

Ive voluntarily restricted my commercial NaCL intake 

 

so I sensitive to large amounts.   Ive also noticed , after several months of doing this

 

just processed salt , that I think my taste buds are far more sensitive to taste than they were before

 

and i was never a heavy commercial salt user.  if the water is iced , a fair amount of salt comes out quickly , and there is plenty of smoke flavor left.

 

BTW  Broadbent sells single 14 oz packs of applewood and maple bacon.

 

shipping is going to very much up that price.

 

I wonder if they would make up a 2 pack of applewood and 2 pack of Maple

 

as a special order and charge a fair price.

 

they person i spoke to a couple of time was very nice !


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@rotuts

 

Oddly enough, I read this no more than 20 minutes after I pulled a pack of Broadbent's ham seasoning pieces out of the freezer to thaw. Beans tonight! Had not thought about grinding up bacon end pieces to go in meat loaf. Great idea. I'll be trying that.

 

For sliced ham, I've taken to ordering their breakfast steaks and biscuit pieces. Dinner steaks and center-cut slices are just too big.

 

 

 

 

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@kayb

 

I just chop the bits fine , not grind.   keeping them very cold helps.

 

if you choose to adjust the salt content , use ice water and not for very long

 

esp if finely chopped .

 

makes a big difference for me

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I wish I could find a mail-order source for country ham in Canada. Amazon Canada carries one but it's $75 for a 3 lb chunk of ham that has really bad reviews from those who purchased... so I won't be risking that one.

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I decided to do an experiment w my Toasties :

 

I took a 1 " cube of Broadbents bacon ends and sliced it up :

 

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the stuff is very powerful and salty.

 

I decided to soak the strips in ice water , cold as I could get it to keep the fat firm.

 

4 minutes was a random number that popped up.   dried it and sautéed it

 

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I tasted it before the sautee and it still had good hickory flavor , but much less salt.

 

this went on a tomato and Saint Illtyd cheese

 

https://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/4532

 

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the result was delicious , and not overly salty.

 

consider this if you find ' country bacon and ham ends " too salty.

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thank you

 

@Kim Shook

 

my stuff is on the pedestrian side 

 

these days

 

but often tasty

 

for me.

 

I hope people don't shy away from BaconEnds and trimmings , ham hocks etc

 

from the top country ha and bacon places

 

they are delicious , intense , and very salty

 

but that can be dealt with it seems

 

and although shipping costs are on the higher side

 

a double order of the various ' samplers ' drops that down

 

one then just has to find like minded friends to share the Haul.

 

the stuff has such a large characteristic flavor 

 

one needs to space those flavors out

 

from now on

 

when I make myTurkeyMealLoaf

 

Ill only use ' trimmings ' that Ive diced , and desalted 

 

I want to remember the TML is turkey based

 

with just the right addition of Tasty Smoked Pig

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2 minutes ago, rotuts said:

thank you

 

@Kim Shook

 

my stuff is on the pedestrian side 

 

these days

 

but often tasty

 

for me.

 

I hope people don't shy away from BaconEnds and trimmings , ham hocks etc

 

from the top country ha and bacon places

 

they are delicious , intense , and very salty

 

but that can be dealt with it seems

 

and although shipping costs are on the higher side

 

a double order of the various ' samplers ' drops that down

 

one then just has to find like minded friends to share the Haul.

 

the stuff has such a large characteristic flavor 

 

one needs to space those flavors out

 

from now on

 

when I make myTurkeyMealLoaf

 

Ill only use ' trimmings ' that Ive diced , and desalted 

 

I want to remember the TML is turkey based

 

with just the right addition of Tasty Smoked Pig

When Mr. Kim orders bacon, he gets it for a bunch of folks in his office.  He took some in a couple of years ago and converted a bunch of folks to Benton's.  Now we get this huge, smelly carton once every couple of months.  Best thing is, we get to pick which packs we want before passing them on.

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My sister sent me Benton's bacon many years ago

 

I would have never bought this sort of thing, dummy that I am

 

she read about it in a local newspaper in TX , where she was living

 

she sent me ' 3 ' 

 

she didn't realize that that was 3 x 4 !

 

she didn't mind   I have at least 2 of those still tightly sealed and frozen

 

Benton's does not sell ends and trimmings to Us

 

very nice people , I asked them about it.

 

nice chuckle on their end

 

they sell all of that stuff to various restaurants and big deal eating establishments

 

consider 

 

if you can share w folks

 

and they understand how to deal with the various trimmings

 

salt etc

 

a couple of orders from 

 

https://www.broadbenthams.com

 

this one

 

https://www.broadbenthams.com/Seasoning-Sampler_p/productinfo/527/

 

call them

 

they are very nice , as the people at Fathers are

 

its well worth it

 

a double order of Broadbent's sampler

 

is probably 8 lifetimes worth

 

so you share.

 

cheers

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After @kayb mentioned Broadbent's biscuit slices, and wanting to get an order in before the weather gets too hot (after an order from Father's arrived with grease soaked clear through the box), I placed an order with Broadbent's to give them a try:

My order:

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A slab of applewood smoked bacon (labeled 4-5 lbs, measured weight = 4 lbs 14 oz), 3 packs of the biscuit slices @kayb mentioned and their bacon sampler with a package each of hickory, maple, apple and hickory-pepper bacon.

It seems the package of seasoning ends & pieces is a freebie.  Nice.  

While the box was pristine, it still smelled pretty good:

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You may also have noted the paw in the upper left corner of my first photo.  These guys were VERY interested!

Sadly, it is the first Friday of Lent so no meat for me today 🙃

 

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I'm telling you, those biscuit slices will change your world. Fry up the whole package, make a big ol' batch of biscuits, and wrap and freeze the extras. You will thank me. You can either add a fresh-cooked egg or slather one with jelly, wrap in a paper towel, and toss it in your purse to eat on the road. I have done both. And highly enjoyed them. They benefit tremendously from the cso vs the microwave, but they ain't bad in the microwave.

 

Love me some Broadbent's.

 

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C**r*a**P

 

I don't even know what biscuit slices are

 

I can guess

 

Ham , nicely trimmed ?

 

expecting me to make the biscuits ?

 

no matter , I understand the enthusiasm.

 

looking forward to 

 

@blue_dolphin

 

evaluation of the Apple Smoked Bacon.

 

Ive had ASB  only at ShakeShake on their 

 

SmokeShake burger

 

worked very very very well on that Prep

 

learned that there were Cherry Peppers

 

and they were nice too.

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Just small slices, about the right size to fit on a biscuit.

 

Broadbent's sells packaged slices of, in ascending size order, biscuit slices, breakfast slices, and dinner slices. All about 1/8 inch thick.

 

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