Time Inc. launches food site with bacon rating.
Another “best” list has appeared on the cyber-scene. Well Done is a new daily newsletter from the editors of Food & Wine, Real Simple, Cooking Light, MyRecipes and other publications from the Time Inc. Network. Bacon critic Scott Gold started off with a sampling of bacon from all across the country to crown the Best Bacon in the United States. He cited Tender Belly, which makes thick-cut and delicious bacon in several flavors. 5149 Race Court, Denver, 800-975-6806.
Tender Belly was highly recommended by one of my food writer friends in Denver as their great local bacon. It has a lovely, dark lean to it that you’ll only find in quality pork, and good striations of fat without being overly unctuous. It also boasts an excellent thickness quotient, right there in my favorite “Goldilocks” zone. Most distinctively, though, is that Tender Belly opts for cherrywood in smoking their signature bacon, and while you can hardly taste the apples in applewood-smoked bacon, you can actually taste the cherry here. It might not be for everyone, and it’s certainly unique among the bacons I’ve sampled, but I enjoyed the bold decision to go with such a heavily flavored fruitwood for