The UK’s best bacon to be revealed

The best bacon in the country is set to be revealed next week as the UK gears up for the annual rasher jamboree – Bacon Connoisseurs’ Week.

This year’s ‘Red, White & Bacon’-themed competition saw more than 220 bacon varieties assessed by a dedicated panel. However, only 16 products could make it through to the final, at which the overall Bacon Connoisseurs’ Week category winners are to be announced.

The finalists, who will attend a prestigious event on Monday 19 March with celebrity guest and bacon ambassador Angela Rippon, are:

Multiple Retailer, Category Winners
DRY CURE: Waitrose (Dalehead Foods) with ‘Free Range Unsmoked Dry Cured Back Bacon’
WET CURE: Sainsbury’s (Cranswick) with ‘Taste The Difference Wiltshire Cured Unsmoked Back Bacon’
SMOKED: Marks & Spencer with ‘Juniper Spiced Smoked Back Bacon’
RASHER-NAL TREASURE: Waitrose (Dalehead Foods) with ‘Heston from Waitrose Syrup & Stout Streaky Bacon’

Independent Butchers, Category Winners
DRY CURE: J W Mettrick & Son with ‘Free Range Dry Cured Rindless Back Bacon’
WET CURE: Dukes Hill Ham Company with ‘Wiltshire Cure Bacon’
SMOKED: Ludlow Food Centre with ‘Gloucester Old Spot Oak Smoked Middle Bacon’
RASHER-NAL TREASURE: Denstone Hall Farm Shop & Café with ‘Old Spot Beer Mustard and Staffordshire Honey Middle Bacon’

Foodservice Suppliers, Category Winners
DRY CURE: Direct Table Foods with ‘Eve’s Unsmoked Dry Cured Back Bacon’
WET CURE: Sandridge Farmhouse Bacon with ‘Wiltshire Cured Bacon’
SMOKED: Southover Food Company with ‘Southover Smoked, Cooked Back Bacon’
RASHER-NAL TREASURE: Lakes Speciality Foods with ‘Pinks Lakeland Pancetta’

Brands, Category Winners
DRY CURE: Uncle Henry’s Farm Shop with ‘Traditional Dry Cure Bacon’
WET CURE: Vion UK – Case & Sons with ‘Traditional Wiltshire Cure Bacon’
SMOKED: The Black Farmer with ‘Dry Cured Hickory Smoked Back Bacon’
RASHER-NAL TREASURE: Vion UK – Case & Sons with ‘The Connoisseurs’ Cure’

Bpex butchery and product development manager and resident ‘Baconologist’, Keith Fisher, said: “We had a fantastic selection of entries this year and the standard has been incredibly high. All 16 finalists can take pride in the fact that their bacon has been voted as some of the best in the country and they deserve to be applauded for their success.”

Now in its sixth year, Bacon Connoisseurs’ Week will run from 19 to 25 March and sees the industry unite to promote Quality Assured bacon – including bacon produced under the Red Tractor logo – with activities including in-store promotions, special offers, celebratory events, tastings and recipe sharing.

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