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Paleo-approved (pork) bacon?

Commented on January 23, 2015
Created March 15, 2012 at 4:24 AM

As far as I know -- pig's aren't grass-fed. Which brand carries the best bacon to use for our cavemen friends?

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on March 16, 2012
at 12:54 AM

For online options, check out these 2 providers: http://paleoresources.com/paleo-primal-resource/heritage-foods-usa http://paleoresources.com/paleo-primal-resource/us_wellness_meats

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on March 15, 2012
at 06:44 PM

If you want the best, get something pasture raised, look to eatwild.com for local farms in the area, if they don't carry pork, call them and ask if they know any local farms that pasture raise their pigs. I found a local pastured pig farm through a farmers market.

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on March 15, 2012
at 06:43 PM

That's crazy expensive...especially for Hormel, where do you live? The most the no nitrates/msg/gluten/additive, uncured bacon costs in my crappy grocery store is $4.99/12oz.

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on March 15, 2012
at 02:49 PM

Exactly what I was going to say. The "bacon" I get is really just pork. Uncured, no other ingredients besides pid.

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on March 16, 2012
at 01:59 AM

US Wellness's pork bacon is horribly salty. I'm throwing it out.

Their beef bacon is essentially inedible.

My favorite is Niman Ranch bacon. I have no idea if it's wild/forage/pastured but it's far less salty than most and absolutely delish.

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on March 15, 2012
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on March 15, 2012
at 06:40 AM

You're right, just like you wouldn't say chickens are grass-fed, pigs aren't either. You'd say they were "pastured" or that they roamed wild/foraged ??? that kind of thing. Check out the different bacon varieties at U.S. Wellness Meats (grasslandbeef.com), or do a Google search for boar bacon.

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on March 15, 2012
at 05:50 AM

Uncurred without MSG and other crudy preservatives is best. I like Trader Joe's uncurred applewood bacon. In a pinch Hormel has one they label "Natural Choice". Basically, it has no added nitrates/nitrites, MSG, gluten, etc, etc. Usually costs $7.99 a pack in my neck of the woods, but I grab it up when it goes on sale for $4.99 ; )

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on March 15, 2012
at 06:43 PM

That's crazy expensive...especially for Hormel, where do you live? The most the no nitrates/msg/gluten/additive, uncured bacon costs in my crappy grocery store is $4.99/12oz.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on March 15, 2012
at 02:49 PM

Exactly what I was going to say. The "bacon" I get is really just pork. Uncured, no other ingredients besides pid.

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on May 09, 2013
at 06:22 AM

Hi there! I buy Wright Brand Bacon Ends and Pieces 3 lbs for $6. It's just cheap and delicious. This kind of bacon is cured actually which is not advisable for people in a Paleo diet however you can buy some uncured bacon but it's kinda expensive. You can eat cured bacons with just the right amount to still serve the purpose of Paleo diet. You can mix it with mushroom and some green veggies too. I hope this would help. :)

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on May 09, 2013
at 05:40 AM

We just launched an Uncured No Sugar Hickory Smoked Bacon – Natural, Paleo Bacon! We'd love to know what you think! http://pedersonsfarms.com/2013/04/paleo-girl-finally-gets-her-bacon-yeeehaw/

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on January 23, 2015
at 03:01 AM

I know this is a year and a half after the fact but Pederson's bacon is NOT Paleo by any stretch of the definition.  Their website says the diet of their pigs is 80% corn and 20% soy.  Stacy, please educate yourself.

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on March 15, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Coleman Natural or Leidy's is stocked in my grocery store...both are uncured, nothing added, and have less sodium than the Trader Joe's...at least they did last time I checked. Haven't been to Joe's in a while.

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on March 15, 2012
at 04:43 PM

I have done a "fridge panchetta" which is basically wet-cured pork belly.

It's certainly not as tasty as smokey bacon, but it makes a decent breakfast side.

Buy a whole slab of pork belly from a butcher, unsliced. 3lbs is what I usually end up with.

Make a brine of vegetable stock (I like the carton Pacific Organic brand), spices (I like clove, nutmeg, chili flake, black peppercorns, garlic clove, cinnamon), something to sweeten it (I use 3 cups of apple juice, but you can use maple syrup as well), and a massive amount of kosher sea salt. Simmer to dissolve the salt, then set aside and let it cool.

Once the brine is at room temperature, completely submerge the pork belly in the brine. Let it sit in the brine for 2 days, rotating twice a day.

When it's done, take it out of the brine, rinse, and pat dry. Place it in the freezer until it's semi-frozen (enough to cut through without it getting sloppy) and then slice into whatever thickness you want.

I've found with this, pan-baked bacon, or submerged frying (pan frying in 1/4" of coconut oil or lard) is about the only way to fly. Classic pan frying ends up with a burnt exterior and a squishy tough exterior.

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on March 15, 2012
at 02:28 PM

I don't know where you are, but Vermont Smoke and Cure has some good products. They will ship..

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