Alright class, settle down. I’m happy to see everyone made it because we have a special guest today. Let’s see if we can spot this mysterious person by asking a few questions. Question #1, who here really loves bacon? Show hands please, excellent. Question #2, who here doesn’t mind driving all over the darned place to buy special food treats? Show hands again, exellent. Yes Sam, I see ya. Question #3, who here would drive from the San Francisco Bay Area to Bend Oregon to buy bacon? Yup, that’s right. Stand up Chilebrown.
A few weeks ago CB and his wife stopped by the Labs to pick up some custom sausages. While making light conversation and showing off my knives and grills, he mentioned they were off to Oregon. How nice I thought. He mentioned A & B Meat Market up there and was going to get bacon. How nice I thought. This was the reason for the trip, to get bacon. How nice I thought, wait !?! A two day drive to get bacon? That’s pretty fricken cool. I asked if they’d mind picking me up a hunk, no problem.
Let’s see that beautiful bacon footage again!
Earlier this week I finally had a moment to myself, the wife & kids were out. I was alone, all alone, with bacon. Giddy was the feeling as I got out my camera, tripod & lights. I was formulating layouts for the bacon in my mind as I went. It was finally time to open up the package and slice up a few. First off, notice the sheer volume of meat in this bacon, impressive. I also noticed it wasn’t all squishy and didn’t cover my hands with thick oily fat, quite firm to the touch. Then as I drew it out, the smoky flavor came out, very rich smoky flavor. Then you could smell the meat itself, that was interesting to say the least. Smoky meat smell and it wasn’t even being cooked yet. I knocked off a few shots, adjusted and took a few more.
The only pan for this fine specimen is a cast iron skillet, in they went. Medium low heat for these beasts of bacon. The smoky meat smell got louder & louder as the sizzle moved about. I turned on the fan and opened the back door, everyone needed to share in the bacony wafts!
Please don’t over-cook the bacon. It really intensifies the smoke & salt and makes it too strong. You’ll be burping it up for quite some time.
The taste and texture is so much different from what I’m used to. It tastes like bacon, but feels like solid meat. The smoky goodness plays around your mouth being lead about by the fatty happiness. All the while the flavor of the pork is there doing its own thing. Swallow, wait and refresh. I had a piece and within a few minutes, most of the bright bacon flavor was gone. It didn’t coat my tongue and make me work at getting rid of it.
If you’re ever near Bend Oregon, you’ll just have to make a trip. Or if you’re anywhere near a vehicle with a tank of gas, go get some. Don’t let 500 miles shake you, it didn’t for Chilebrown and his wife.
A & B Meat Market
61223 South Highway 97
Bend, OR 97702