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We've known for awhile that La Quercia makes some of the best cured meats this side of the Atlantic, so we weren't surprised that we loved their Tamworth Bacon. For the next 24 hours use the Serious Eats promo BACON to get 20% off your purchase of La Quercia Tamworth Bacon from the Serious Eats-Gilt Taste Holiday Shop. Straight to the bacon »
Here's what we had to say about it earlier this year:
La Quercia have recently introduced Tamworth Country Cured Bacon, a naturally cured, nitrate and nitrite-free bacon made from the belly of heritage-breed Tamworth hogs--a breed known as "the bacon pig," for its well marbled meat. It's thin-sliced, just like my favorite supermarket bacons, but since its cured naturally, it has far less water content, which means better crisping, less splatter, and--get this--you can eat it raw, just like a great ham.
On the palate, the flavor is first and foremost overtly porky. There's light smoke and plenty of salt, but not enough to drown out the flavor of the pig. It's got a very distinct sweetness to it, like a great prosciutto, despite the fact that the cure has absolutely no added sugar. All of the sweetness comes from the pig itself. This is bacon that'd be equally at home in an awesome BLT, a breakfast sandwich, or even raw as part of a charcuterie platter.
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