Bacon is all the rage these days and it's hard to argue with its popularity. Is there anything in the world more delicious than bacon? There's chocolate covered bacon, bacon cupcakes, bacon candy, bacon-infused vodkas... You name it, someone is probably making it. But what about good old strips of bacon just fried up in a pan? The way it was meant to be! Not that thinly sliced, flabby, chemical-filled junk they sell in the supermarket, but hand-made, all natural artisan bacon made on the... farm or in the butcher shop. There's nothing better.
One of the best ways to try different artisan bacons is to join a Bacon of the Month Club or order yourself a big Bacon Sampler. Here is a list of bacon companies that make some really wonderful bacon the old fashioned way - meaty, smokey, and full of flavor. Enjoy!
01 of 09This Wisconsin business has been smoking delicious meats since 1933. Nueske's Farm makes some truly exceptional bacons, all smoked over Wisconsin Applewood. Try their sampler package, which contains 1 pound each of Thick-sliced, Thin-sliced, and Peppered bacons.
02 of 09
Don't let the name fool you, Bacon Freak has some very delicious bacon. Very meaty, their bacon has very little shrinkage when cooked. Every piece of bacon is rubbed by hand, not machine, with flavors and spices such as: Cajun, Apple Cinnamon, Jalapeno, Honey BBQ, Maple, Brown Sugar, Vanilla Bourbon, Sun-Dried Tomato, Pepper, and Hickory Smoked.
Each month your receive 2 1-pound packages of bacon (different flavors). If you join one of their prepaid bacon clubs, you also receive a free... "Bacon is Candy" t-shirts.
03 of 09
D'Artagnan is an excellent source for delicious meats. It's no surprise that they have some fantastic bacon, too. Try their For the Love of Bacon Package which includes three of their signature bacons: Uncured Applewood Smoked Bacon, Uncured Hickory Smoked Bacon, and Uncured Smoked Duck Bacon.
04 of 09
I love Zingerman's! Their Bacon Club is amazing and has been recommended by famous chefs such as Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, and Michael Symon. This club was also featured on the Food Network's "Best Thing I Ever Ate!"
Get delicious artisan bacon delivered to your door every month! Past varieties included: Applewood Smoked, Kentucky Dry Cured, Arkansas Peppered, Virginia Dry Cured, Tennessee Dry Cured, Long Pepper.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Burgers' Smokehouse has an endless variety of great things to taste! Their bacon is very delicious and one of my favorites! They have a lot of bacon packages that are equally great.
The Colossal Bacon Sampler includes 7 types of their smoked bacon including: Country Ham Bacon, Canadian Bacon, Dry Cured Bacon, Country Bacon, Pepper Bacon, City Bacon, and Thick Sliced Peppered Coated Canadian Bacon.
06 of 09
If you love bacon, you will definitely love any of the bacon varieties from Father's. I recommend trying their sampler package. Father's New Gourmet Bacon Sampler contain 1 lb of the New Honey Glazed Bacon, Hickory Bacon, Maple Bacon, Bourbon Bacon, and Apple-Cinnamon Bacon. Delicious!
07 of 09
Broadbent's in Kentucky is certainly one of my favorite bacons. Smokey and meaty, it's absolutely perfect! Their bacon is dry cured and doesn't need refrigeration.
Their bacon trio gift pack includes 2 packages of Maplewood-smoked, 2 packages of Hickory-smoked and 2 packages of Pepper Bacon.
08 of 09Nodine's Smokehouse in Connecticut in some really incredible smoked meats! Their bacon is definitely some of the best I've ever tried.
They have a bacon sampler package that is very generous and very delicious! This package includes smoked apple bacon, smoked bayou bacon, smoked garlic bacon, smoked pepper bacon, smoked hickory juniper bacon, double smoked bacon, and 8oz. Canadian bacon.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09Dakin Farm is another place to find some fantastic tasting bacon. My favorite is their Cob-Smoked bacon!
Try their Gourmet Bacon Sampler: 1/2 pound of Cob-Smoked Bacon, 1/2 pound of Irish Back Bacon, and a 1/2 pound of Canadian Bacon.