Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Simply The Best

I owe Chilebrown a favor. Perhaps a big cup of Catahoula coffee (his current favorite) or a jar of my peach jam once it is made in September. Or something significant, anyway, because he let me know that Baron's Meats in Alameda carries Nueske's Bacon.*

When I first moved to this area, there was a wonderful little market in our town that carried Nueske's bacon. Sadly, it has changed hands and the new owners carry some other, in my view vastly inferior, brand. So, when I heard Nueske's was available elsewhere, I girded my loins for a trip down the "Nasty Nimitz" highway to Alameda - in the rain, no less, which should show you just how dedicated a Nueske's fan I truly am.

The charming young butcher behind the counter (she who dressed as a giant steak for Hallowe'en last year and posted a picture of herself so adorned on the side of the cash register) hand-sliced my pound, the resulting rashers being thicker than any I had ever prepared before and a little more difficult to crisp without burning but, oh, that Nueske's flavor! Salt, smoke and sweet balanced perfectly in a chewy-but-crispy matrix of meat and fat. We had the first BLTs of the summer season, a fitting tribute to simply the best bacon I've ever tasted.

*BTW, you can order Nueske's bacon online from the website and Father's Day is just around the corner. A bacon sampler doesn't cost much and I can pretty much guarantee that your Dad will love you best if you give him bacon. Just remember that it's like online gambling - addictive.

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Blogger Greg said...

Bacon for father's day! I will start the hinting process now.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010  
Blogger Chilebrown said...

I am looking forward to your take on the Cajun bacon. Nueske is quality stuff.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010  
Blogger Ms Brown Mouse said...

Ooo, bacon, everything's better with bacon.

Thursday, June 03, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Greg, you could really clean up this Father's Day, couldn't you?

Chilebrown, I'll be posting about that in a few days.

Ms Mouse, yes, yes, yes!

Thursday, June 03, 2010  

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