Thestate.com is making a pretty bold claim that Guanciale might actually be better than bacon. Youâ€™re probably thinking right now, â€œWhat the heck is Guanciale and how do you even pronounce that?â€ Well Iâ€™m told itâ€™s pronounced â€œgwahn-CHAY-layâ€ and it comes from the pork jowl or cheek.
Now some people might be turned off by eating a little head meat but that doesnâ€™t bother me at all. I found that some of the best cuts can come from an animalâ€™s cheeks. The thing thatâ€™s turning me off is the better than bacon claim. I have never had a chance to try Guanciale but I find it hard to think anything can be better than bacon.
They suggest using Guanciale in place of bacon when cooking and that might work if youâ€™re making a salad, casserole, or even a burger but I would be interested to see how Guanciale holds up in a cupcake recipe.
But who knows? I donâ€™t really like to pass judgment on a food before tasting it so maybe Guanciale is better than bacon and we should change the name of our website to Mr. Guancialepants. I highly doubt it though.