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 09
This 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 one 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 by 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 you receive two one-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.
The pork bacon is from heritage breed pigs and the duck is Moulard duck breast. All of them are 'uncured' because they contain only natural ingredients and no nitrates or nitrites.
04 of 09
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 a favorite! They have a lot of bacon packages that are equally great.
The Colossal Bacon Sampler includes seven 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. Try their sampler package. Father's New Gourmet Bacon Sampler contains one pound 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 another favorite bacon. Smokey and meaty, it's absolutely perfect! Their bacon is dry cured and doesn't need refrigeration.
Their bacon trio gift pack includes two packages of Maplewood-smoked, two packages of Hickory-smoked and two packages of Pepper Bacon.
08 of 09
Nodine's Smokehouse in Connecticut in some really incredible smoked meats! Their bacon is definitely some of the best.
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 eight-ounce Canadian bacon.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Dakin Farm is another place to find some fantastic tasting bacon. Try 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.