Recently I got an email from Brooks, one the the originators of Bacon Fest, asking me about bacon chops.
“Have you ever had one? I read about it in Food and Wine and am trying to see if a local butcher can get me some.”
Sadly, I had to tell him that I never had one. Even thought it’s a popular Irish dish I never noticed it on any menus. It could also be the fact that I haven’t been to many Irish restaurants.
Me being a lover of all things bacon, I feel I need to find a bacon chop and eat it right away. So I started my search on Google, but to my surprise it really didn’t come up with a lot information.
Luckily, Heather from Bacon Unwrapped emailed her suggestions for finding a bacon chop. She says that I would have a good chance, if I find a butcher that specializes in pork. Pittsburgh does have some nice markets and butch shops so that should not be a problem.
Heather also says:
“The Irish version of bacon typically comes from the shoulder or loin, so I’m pretty sure a Bacon Chop isn’t actually cut from the belly like American bacon.”
This means that its going to be more like a thick cut of back bacon and most likely not smoked. I have also seen a bacon chop pictured with a bone on one side, so then again maybe its more like a pork chop. I guess I will only know the answer to that after I have one myself.
I need your help! I need to find a recipe for a bacon chop that I can make at home. Also since Google failed me please share any information about bacon chops via comments.