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Best Meat Slicer for Bacon and/or Brisket

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by cman55, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. cman55

    cman55 Smoke Blower

    Tried to find a previous thread on this and I couldn't sooo, here goes. I'm looking for a home use slicer that works pretty good for Bacon and/or Brisket. It needs to be easy to clean and have a reasonably wide tray. The slicer I have now limits my slices to 5in lengths which makes for a pitifully small slice of bacon. Do you folks have any preference on meat slicers? blade sizes? brands maybe? I'm willing to invest some money in this but not break the bank so the upper limit would be roughly $500. Hopefully, I can come in under that price as I have found several 10" blade slicers for under $400.

    Any input and/or advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Smoke On!!! 
  2. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    If you're not in a hurry, keep an eye on craigslist. 
  3. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Last edited: Mar 24, 2013
  4. rob989_69

    rob989_69 Meat Mopper

    CL's definately your best bet. I hunted for a few months and finally came away with a 12" berkel in really good shape with the built in sharpener. It's a beast but I'm able to do whole slabs of bacon now in minutes compared to what I was using.

    BTW, got mine for $200. 
  5. got grits

    got grits Fire Starter

    Check Cables's they have some on sale.
  6. pc farmer

    pc farmer Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hobart is the best slicer. Expensive thou even used. I payed 350 for mine used.
  7. louballs

    louballs Smoke Blower

    A lot of the ones I see in a retail market are chef's choice brand. Some get very good reviews. I just purchased one of the cheaper units for $130 just for bacon. Hopefully, it will be good enough to do the job the few times I'm actually going to need it.
  8. cman55

    cman55 Smoke Blower

    sounds comparable to the one I got a Bass Pro in Harrisburg. LEM was the maker. The slices were too short and when you cook them up, they shrink even further. I'm looking at a 10" avantco commercial slicer. Hopefully I can get this beast for under $300 as I already know Hobarts and the Berkels are out of my price range. 

    Here's the one I'm looking at:

    Last edited: Apr 4, 2013
  9. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Cabelas is a Great place to check for slicers & other Great things!!

    However don't pick on short slices of Bacon. My slicer could slice longer pieces than I produce with it, for a few reasons:

    #1   I cut my belly slabs in 3 pieces, so the pieces fit in gallon size ziplocks for curing.

    #2   Those pieces are easy to arrange on my MES racks.

    #3   Shorter slices are easier to vacuum pack & store.

    #4   I never make a 14" long BLT.

    #5   I don't like throwing long slices of Bacon in my frying pan, only to get the center of each piece done, and the ends not done. Shorter pieces can be moved around in the pan, so the whole slice gets done evenly.

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  10. snorkelinggirl

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi Cman,

    I know that you asked specifically about home meat slicers, not slicing knives.  But I wanted to throw this out anyway, especially if someone else stumbles on this thread looking for options on slicing bacon.  Just my husband and I at home, so only I slice up 5 to 6 lbs of bacon at a time.  I bought the following slicing knife after I got scared away from the price of good quality meat slicers. With a little elbow grease and the occasional blister, it does a very nice job of slicing full-belly-width bacon (thick-cut).

  11. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have a knife very similar to that. It does the job when I don't want to haul out my small Rival slicer (and clean it afterwards.)
  12. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    I don't have to clean my slicer.

    I got a Dishwasher 44 years ago, and she still does an outstanding job!!!

  13. cman55

    cman55 Smoke Blower

    You guys are great! I will look into that slicing knife as I do need one.
  14. snorkelinggirl

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I need to get a dishwasher like that to clean my meat grinder and stuffer!  

    (But I don't think they make models like that anymore) [​IMG]
  15. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Yup---This was a rare find!!

  16. mart242

    mart242 Newbie

    Any comments regarding the 10" avantco in the link above?  I'm sure it's made in China but the price is quite good.. and used units are either really expensive or impossible to find in my area.  

  17. cman55

    cman55 Smoke Blower

    I took the plunge today and bought the avantco 10". Thanks everyone for the input as it pointed me in the right direction. :)
  18. mart242

    mart242 Newbie

    That's the one I'm interested in as well as per my post above but I've just noticed that the "maximum product size" is 8x6.5" even though it has a 10" blade.  I guess this means short slices for us since their 12" slicer is much more expensive. 
  19. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    See post #9 above.

  20. louballs

    louballs Smoke Blower

    Please respond in this thread and let us know how this one works for you. It says its not good for raw meats or cheese? I saw this in my local restaurant store and if the other one I bought doesn't work out I was going to consider this one.