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Aug 17, 2019 - 9:47:52 AM
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bubbalouie

Canada

12596 posts since 9/27/2007

I was shopping for breakfast yesterday & noticed the strip bacon was ALL fat. I looked at every pound of every brand available & came away with the best of the worst. No wonder people say it's no good for you!

As some of you know I make my own back bacon from pork loins, then you get 99% meat. I have ordered a full pork belly before & threw out most of it before smoking it! I ordered it from our best local butcher & told him what I was using it for.

Is this a thing everywhere? Just another consumer ripoff? I don't mind paying over 10 bucks a pound for the good stuff. Are pigs just fatter these days? I'm in between batches of back bacon & it costs 25 to 30 bucks to make 12 pounds! 

Any farmers out there to chime in?

Aug 17, 2019 - 9:53:36 AM

314 posts since 1/28/2013

I read a book about pig farming, and pigs about 20 years ago. I haven't eaten pork since.

Aug 17, 2019 - 9:56:46 AM
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bubbalouie

Canada

12596 posts since 9/27/2007

How do you know there's a vegan at a dinner party? Don't worry they'll tell you! 

Aug 17, 2019 - 10:34:33 AM
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8800 posts since 2/22/2007

Bob, I'm wondering if you are missing the concept of "bacon"? It's supposed to be mostly fat! If it's all lean, just where are you going to get the essential bacon grease to cook other stuff with?

Aug 17, 2019 - 10:55:28 AM
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RonR

USA

1484 posts since 11/29/2012

I had a slice of pork belly once.It looked like a big piece of bacon.It was slow cooked, When I put it in my mouth the fat portion melted. It was good, but I know it wasn't what I should be eating.

Edited by - RonR on 08/17/2019 10:56:48

Aug 17, 2019 - 11:42:43 AM

314 posts since 1/28/2013

Go to Bison, and Grass Fed no Hormone Free Range Beef. Leave the pigs for garbage disposal. It's what everybody in the Bodybuilding Gym I go to eats. I'm 68 so I'm not planning on eating anything else the rest of my life.

Aug 17, 2019 - 12:37:14 PM
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bubbalouie

Canada

12596 posts since 9/27/2007

banjo bill-e That's what lard is for! I do save the grease but I want something to eat not something to just cook with!

Aug 17, 2019 - 4:32:26 PM
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RV6

USA

1226 posts since 2/3/2012

All I could think about when I saw the title of the post was, "sell, sell, sell!"

A flashback to "Trading Places".  One of my favorite movies of all time.

And, yes, in the old days, I did trade a few pork belly futures.   I was in the observation room of the Chicago Mercantile in 1981 when the market opened and watched a couple of traders "take a tumble" when the market opened and they got mobbed.  Just like the movie!  It was awesome!

Aug 17, 2019 - 4:51:27 PM
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10 posts since 2/11/2019

I hate to say it, but corporate farming has just about ruined pork. For a good quality pork belly to smoke, you’re gonna have to spend big for heritage breed (like Berkshire). And it’s not worth the time unless you do a full 10-12 pound belly. $$$

Aug 17, 2019 - 7:37:51 PM

Paul R

Canada

11529 posts since 1/28/2010

quote:
Originally posted by RonR

I had a slice of pork belly once.It looked like a big piece of bacon.It was slow cooked, When I put it in my mouth the fat portion melted. It was good, but I know it wasn't what I should be eating.


It was on the menu at the Prince George Hotel in Niagara=on-the-Lake. (Even though it was the cheapest thing there, the meal on the Mrs.' birthday - she had more expensive stuff - came to over $150.) It tasted sort of like bacon but had a weird consistency somewhere between rubber and jelly, kind of squishy. It's the only time I've seen it on a menu. I won't say I didn't like it, but I doubt I'd order it again.

Aug 17, 2019 - 7:42:16 PM
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Paul R

Canada

11529 posts since 1/28/2010

Aug 18, 2019 - 6:59:45 AM

8800 posts since 2/22/2007

Yeah, I have tried Pork Belly as a restaurant dish and do not care for it at all. Agree that it's a big slice of soft fat at a premium price. We had a new place open called Pork Belly Farmhouse with entrees priced mid-30$.

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:06:32 AM
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bubbalouie

Canada

12596 posts since 9/27/2007

I agree with everyone that said eating pork belly is like eating a big chunk of fat! That is the problem!

I'm not saying bacon it is good for you. I'm saying it's good occasionally if it's good bacon. 

If they suddenly stared selling beef roasts that were a solid chunk of fat people would complain for sure.

Solozztheturk has it right. You have to pay for the good stuff. 

If trading pork bellies is a thing like trading beaver pelts. They're selling pelts with the fur removed.

I'd be interested to know how many people had bacon & eggs across North America for breakfast today.

I know I did!

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