We Sure Can Pick’em: Broadbent and Benton Heritage Bacon Chosen by Food & Wine as among America's Best Bacon!

We Sure Can Pick’em: Broadbent and Benton Heritage Bacon Chosen by Food & Wine as among America's Best Bacon!

We can’t pretend to be surprised, we knew it all along — our heritage pork makes the best bacon in the world, and our bacon-makin’ superstars know how to bring it home! We’ve been singing the praises of Al Benton and the Broadbent family for years, and to see them featured in Food & Wine just makes us that more proud. As with all of our curemasters, we send them the very best Heritage breed pork for them to turn into spectacular old-world style ham and bacon. Al Benton’s curing methods h...
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Heritage Magical Meat Tour Heads South: In Search of the Great Country Hams Part 2

wasn’t going to be easy to make a living curing hams.... so I wrote to everyone I could think of, anyone who could help, university professors, cooks, I wanted to hear everyone’s ideas, and I studied everything I could, but I could never improve on the recipe from the old smoke house behind the house I was born in — people really seemed to like it. At the beginning I was thinking about curing quickly, maybe one hour for a twelve-lb. ham – I thought if I was going to make it in this business I...
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Heritage Magical Meat Tour Heads South: In Search of the Great Country Hams Part 1

It was teeming rain on the way from Nashville to Madisonville, Tennessee, the kind of rain that obscures the green, Smoky Mountains of Tennessee behind sheets of steam and fog and sounds like war drums on the roof of a rented car. It didn’t take much imagination to think we were driving through Skull Island, home of King Kong, or had somehow made a detour into the Heart of Darkness, a scene from Apocalypse Now.  The truth, however, was far more comforting: We were on a mission to see a King a...
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