what breed

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by chef skip steele, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. goin to smoking some bacon , what breed of hog makes the best bacon?
    using berkshire's for hams , duroc for ribs and butts.
  2. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i prefer to keep it pork.

    isn't the chester whites known for their leanness?
    You obvously have a local butcher or farmers with the "breed' in their herds
  3. goat

    goat Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Most commercial hogs today are not purebred, they are a mixture of breeds that are specially bred to produce a lean meaty carcass with a high feed to rate of gain conversion rate. I would guess that most are a 3 way terminal cross. IMHO the bacon will be great from any of these.

    To my knowledge, Cowgirl is the pig expert on this forum, perhaps she will chime in somewhere.
  4. which breed makes the best bacon, is it some with a lot of marbling between the tissue like the berkshire or some lean like the white crosses .
    praise be to the wise ones and thanks to all
  5. wvsmokeman

    wvsmokeman Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    According to most farm web sites I googled, the Tamworth breed seems to be the choice for bacon. Here's a quote from Pig Paradise Farm.

    "The Tamworth is one of the great ‘dual purpose’ pigs producing stunningly good pork as well as equally tremendous bacon. In the mid 1990’s the Tamworth came top in a taste test carried out by Bristol University using both commercial and rare breed pigs in a scientifically controlled experiment. It was later suggested that further investigation should take place to establish just what it was that gave the Tamworth meat such a distinctive taste putting it way above all the other breeds."[font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]
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  6. gypsyseagod

    gypsyseagod Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i've only done feral & javelina(goat knows) either way they're both wild & depends on rain & forage & age of the pig as to what ya get. bacon(after beer) is my next project- thatnx for the info guys

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