Gentle Readers, who knew there was so much variety in the bacon world? Tasting so many back to back was very instructive. But this task is not for the faint of heart. My partner in crime, Improv Cook, and I took it upon ourselves to taste the first 8 contenders in one day.
That’s correct, we ate at least 8 pieces of bacon apiece. Wow. That was a lot of bacon. I’ve been working out double-time in an effort to complete the Sweet Sixteen. And the water consumption went way up after that little extravaganza. But enough delay, let’s roll the tape:
Never fear my vegetarian friends who have read this far, I’ll be doing a whole series on vegetarian dishes and salads coming soon, by double request. Do you suppose there’s a connection?
The Results for Bacon Brackets, Grocery Store Edition
We were shocked at the outcome, here they are in order:
1. WINNER, ROUND 1: Wright Hickory Smoked Bacon. Not salty, high bacon taste, balanced smoke, meaty, would work in a BLT or beside pancakes. $8.49 24 oz
2. Oscar Mayer Uncured Bacon: moderate salt, more smoke on the backend, chewy but not unpleasant, good for BLT or pancakes, thinner than Wright. This bacon was a dark horse, and we were both surprised how much we liked it. NOTE: This bacon had a great texture if you like thinner, crunchier bacon, but I found the smokey aftertaste too strong. $6.99 12 oz
3. Hormel Black Label Hickory Smoked Bacon: Thicker, not much shrinking, salty but not overly so, more bacon taste, more chewy than crispy, better beside pancakes than in a BLT. $4.49 16 oz
4. NOT RECOMMENDED: Smithfield Hickory Smoked Bacon: Thin so it burns quickly if you’re not watching (or you’re shooting video while you’re cooking, just saying). Not much shrinkage, very salty, not much bacon taste (more like country ham), okay for BLT, very crispy. $3.99. 12oz
Next Friday, we’ll share the results from Bacon Brackets, Gourmet Grocery Store Edition. Here are the contenders:
To translate if there’s a photo fail: 365 Hickory Smoked Bacon, Wellshire Market Style Bacon, Pederson Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, and Applegate Sunday Bacon. Tune in next Friday for a stunning upset. I promise you won’t see it coming.
Okay sports, um, bacon fans, what do you think so far? Thanks to everyone who submitted a suggestion. Do you see your favorites up here?
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