The Hickory Smoked Sugar Cured Bacon from Swiss Meat & Sausage Company has been THE bacon in our house for the past year since I got a sample pak from the Grateful Palate among the other bacon products as one of hubby's Christmas gifts. After tasting all, we decided this particular one from SMSC is our favorite and have been ordering it a few times ever since. We like that it has the right balance of sweet and savory in taste and the fat to lean ratio is also just right.
Since bacon is one of hubby's "passion", I plan to organize a bacon taste test right in our home kitchen to hopefully discover other excellent bacon in addition to the one from SMSC. However, now our expectation is high - we are looking for a bacon that is, if not better, at least just as good as the ones from SMSC.
My challenge is to find 3 to 5 mail-order suppliers who specialize and are known for their bacon - to be specific, they have to be "Crème de la Crème" in the bacon world. So I can order to have their signature bacon delivered to our door for the bacon taste test event I am planning for hubby. Please recommend the mail order sources that you bacon afficionados have been ordering bacon from as well as the specific product you are addicted to.
Many thanks in advance!!
PS. If any of you who share a passion for bacon happen to be located in Chicagoland and are interested in taking part in the bacon taste test to be hosted in our home, feel free to drop me a line. I suspect we will end up having more bacon than the two of us can consume and may be able to share ... it is just too sinful to eat that much bacon ourselves!