A while back I was fortunate enough to find a local butcher who could sell me a whole beef belly from a locally raised steer. I had a blast using the belly to make pastrami, beef bacon and burnt ends.
Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a handy supply of beef belly which leaves them in a bind if they are looking for a source of beef bacon.
So, if you can’t make your own, then where can you buy some? Here is a list of five places where you can buy beef bacon!
- Porter Road
- Slanker’s Grass Fed Beef
- Grow and Behold
- Seven Sons
- Mason Hill Cattle
Let’s take a look at each of these stores because you have some pretty interesting options!
My “Go To” source for specialty cuts of beef is the online butcher shop, Porter Road.
Porter Road is based in Nashville, has reasonable prices and cheap shipping.
More importantly, Porter Road only works with beef from local farmers in Tennessee and Kentucky who raise their cattle humanely. There are NO factory farms or industrial feedlots going on here…just a small business working with local farmers to offer you amazing meat that you can be proud of.
The beef is typically from Black or Red Angus. The bacon comes in one pound packages and “regular cut” (not super thin or thick).
The only issue with Porter Road is that they are a small shop and word about them is spreading. They tend to sell out of specialty items like this pretty quick so if they have it in stock then add it to your cart fast.
Slanker’s Texas Grass Fed Beef
Slanker’s sells beef (typically polled Hereford) that is 100% pastured raised in the Red River Valley of northeast Texas. Slanker’s is hard core serious about the benefits of grass fed beef and how much healthier it is than grain fed.
According to Slanker’s website:
“All Slanker Grass-Fed and Omega-3 Meats are Beyond Organic which means all natural, no sugar, no added hormones, not fed antibiotics, no corn, no soy, non-GMO, gluten free, high Omega-3, free range, cage free, and humanely raised.
What actually makes our meats the healthiest meats in the world and sets them apart from all others is that they are zero glycemic, nutrient dense and diverse, with healthy balances of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids.”
Slanker’s bacon is cured with sea salt and celery juice, hickory smoked and then sold in one pound packages.
Grow and Behold
Grow and Behold is a company founded by Naf and Anna Hanau. Naf and Anna partner with ethical family farms to produce kosher meats. The cattle are Black Angus that are humanely pasture raised. You can read more about the farms they partner with here.
Grow and Behold offer three styles of kosher bacon:
- Thin Cut Slices
- One Inch Cubes
- Whole Slab (3.5 pounds)
Seven Sons is a a faith based farm run by the Hitzfield family in Roanoke, Indiana. And yes, apparently the farm takes its name from the fact that the family has seven sons 🙂
The Hitzfield family strives to be faithful to honoring the Creator’s intended design. According to their website they demonstrate this by:
- “Caring for our animals the way we believe God intended; living outdoors and expressing their instinctive behaviors.
- Building regenerative landscapes that sequester more carbon, absorb more clean water and photosensitize more sunlight.
- Farming practices that provide a positive social and economic impact on our neighbors, communities, and region.”
The Seven Sons farm also partners with like minded farmers to market their products to a national customer base. Here is a list of some of the awesome farms they partner with.
Mason Hill Cattle
Mason Hill Cattle is a farm in North Plains, Oregon that specializes in Wagyu cattle. Many people believe that the richly marbled beef that comes from Wagyu is among the best in the world.
While Wagyu beef has intense marbling the type of fat is different that tradition beef. Wagyu has a high content of stearic acid and conjugated linoleic acid which is regarded as having a minimal impact in raising cholesterol levels.
I have seen three brands on Amazon: Godshall’s, John Morrell and Midamar. Of the three brands Godshall’s is the most popular.
For what it is worth, the bacon from John Morrell is cured with additional sugar while no sugar is used with Godshall’s. Godshall’s markets their bacon as a zero carb ketogenic diet friendly product. The bacon from Midiamar is made from certified Halal meat if that is important to you.
It is pretty safe to assume that any of the products from Amazon came from beef that was grain fed and finished in a Confined Animal Feed Lot.