Over the weekend my inbox exploded with emails about a story that posted on Yahoo about bacon. It seems the people at Rachael Ray Magazine think they can review bacon better than I can. Theyâ€™re lucky there is not a pork blogger union, if there was I would be talking to my steward right about now.
I am going to go down Rachael Ray’s list of “top” bacon and give you my 2 cents on them. I was surprised to find out that I do agree with a few of them on the list.
Rachael Rayâ€™s Top Bacon Picks:
- BEST ORIGINAL: Ozark Trails Hickory Smoked and Peppered Bacon
I do enjoy hickory smoked and peppered bacon but I wouldnâ€™t call the combination of the two the best original bacon. I think Sean and Dogfish Head Brewery (they used the bacon I will soon mention in their pork dinner) would agree when I say Mountain Products Smokehouse Maple-Cinnamon bacon is the best original flavor. I blew our minds when we first tried it and we still talk about it to this day.
- BEST THICK-CUT: Jimmy Dean Thick Slice Premium Bacon
Any bacon lover knows Jimmy Deanâ€™s bacon is not something to put on a best of list. Its usually a fatty flavor injected mess. Now I havenâ€™t tried there â€œthick slicedâ€ bacon but I am sure itâ€™s just like their normal variety. I would have picked Oscar Mayerâ€™s Applewood Super Thickcut Bacon for this category.
- BEST TURKEY: Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon
This just proves that the writers at Rachael Ray Mag are NOT bacon lovers. True bacon lovers would not waste their time with turkey bacon. I guess I should be happy they didnâ€™t put veggie bacon on the list. Veggie bacon is more offensive to me then someone calling me a vegan lover.
- BEST SWEET: Beelerâ€™s Uncured Apple-Cinnamon Bacon
Ok, I can agree with this one Ms. Ray. Beelerâ€™s is known for making some great bacon and I am sure their Apple-Cinnamon Bacon is top notch. I am going to have to add this bacon to my must review ASAP list.
- BEST ODDBALL: Mountain Products Smokehouse Chipotle Southwest Smoked Bacon
Wow! It looks like they did their homework for at least one category. Sean and I both enjoy this bacon when we had it and it was a great oddball flavor. I am impressed that they knew about Mountain Products Smokehouse, but now it opens up a lot of questions about how their Maple-Cinnamon bacon didnâ€™t win best original. Maybe they didnâ€™t want them to steal all the glory by winning two categories.
I would like to thank the writers at Rachael â€œI kinda know a little about baconâ€ Ray Magazine for putting some great bacon in the spot light. Next time though, please consult with an expert before you start claiming you know what the best bacon is.