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We have been thinking about this idea for about a year now. 2010 is going to be the year of the BACON at TWCP. Each month (or possibly more frequently) we are going to feature a great artisan bacon at our stores. We have been carrying Neuskes for over 15 years and customers love it and the response to Benton's bacon was overwhelming. I have been doing research for a number of months and I have plenty of exciting bacons already picked out. The first one is in stock now! You know it is artisan when you call to order and they say we should have some finished next week and could ship you some then. They do not have 1,000 of cases sitting around waiting to ship out. It is all handmade slowly, best ingredients, with care and it is not rushed or compromised in order to satisfy orders.
2010 Bacon #1
Vande Rose.....$8.99 / 12oz
Here is a some of the press:
Nationally Acclaimed Bacon
Featured as “Highly Recommended” and given title of “best breakfast bacon” in Cook’s Illustrated Magazine
Food & Wine Magazine Blog Cites “One of the best bacons ever”.
Here is how they make their bacon....
-Begin with high quality source verified Duroc Pork* from our family farms
-Each belly is individually hand rubbed with a special cure that took a year to develop
-No water added, less shrinkage
-Cured for several days
-Slow smoked for 12 hours over real apple wood chips for maximum smoke flavor
Premium Duroc Pork
"We think that truly great pork begins with genetics, grains and sustainable farming. When our three families came to the United States, they were dedicated to producing top quality pork-responsibly, humanely, and respectful of the environment. These practices ensured the quality of the pork for generations to come. Five generations later, we still follow these same practices. We chose a special breed of pig, called Duroc, which is a pig known for its juicy and flavorful meat. Duroc is a heritage breed dating back to 1830, that produces pork that is desirable in color, tenderness and marbling. All of our sires are 100% Duroc. The mothers of our pigs are productive white breeds, selected for their meat quality. The result being, it just plain tastes better. Detailed records of genetics, weight, feed and life history are kept for each animal!" - from their website