Saturday, October 2, 2010
Ham AND Bacon!!
Fond of Country Ham? Crazy for Great Bacon!!? We like country ham, but being from the midwest, we aren't quite used to it... We're learning and it works very nicely in casseroles, with scalloped potatoes, etc.
But it's the BACON that knocks our socks off! What a great product... The Hickory smoke flavor is strong, so it is a little much when just eaten along side a couple of over easy eggs. But, put it in a BLT, a bacon cheeseburger or use it in a salad...and life just doesn't get much better than that!
Benton's Smoky Mountain Hams processing facility and 'store' is a hard to notice cinder block structure at 2603 Highway 411 just a bit north of Madisonville, TN. Upon entering the building, you spot an old deli display case, a lot of hanging hams and sides of bacon...and you're immediately greeted by a heavy hickory smoke scent. Allan Benton may be there to greet you...and he's very friendly. He's an ex-educator who purchased Benton's in 1973 from it's founder, a local farmer who started the business back in 1947.
Benton's sells a lot of ham, bacon and prosciutto to gourmet restaurants and high-end chefs across the USA. But, whenever we shop at Benton's, the place always seems to have plenty of walk in customers. In addition to the products already mentioned, they'll cut prime steaks in any thickness you might want. We've also picked up fresh eggs and some great hot dogs. Check out Benton's in person or on-line at http://www.bentonshams.com/. Phone: 423-442-5003.