Bacon Scouts

Bacon Rankings

Overall Bacon Ratings | Bacon Shrinkage Test Results | How We Rate the Bacon

 

Overall Ratings

Below are the rankings of the meat markets of all the bacon we have tried during our bacon scouting trips. These ratings are purely subjective based on our own personal taste preferences. In general we like to find award winning, championship bacon so chances are that the meat will be very good overall. Remember, we discover the best of the best bacon and this listing reflects that.

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1Bernie’s Fine Meats – Port Washington, Wisconsin[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-success" percent="92.6"/]
2Steve’s Meat Market – Ellendale, Minnesota[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-success" percent="92.6"/]
3Nolechek’s Meats – Thorp, Wisconsin[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-success" percent="92.6"/]
4McDonald’s Meats – Clear Lake, Minnesota[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-success" percent="90"/]
5Fifield Grocery – Fifield, Wisconsin[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-success" percent="87.6"/]
6Woods Smoked Meats – Bowling Green, Missouri[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-success" percent="87.6"/]
7RJ’s Meats & Groceries – Hudson, Wisconsin[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-success" percent="85"/]
8Thrushwood Farms – Galesburg, Illinois[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-success" percent="82.6"/]
9Salmon’s Meat Products Inc. – Luxemburg, Wisconsin[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-success" percent="80"/]
10Grand Champion Meats – Foley, Minnesota[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-success" percent="78.8"/]
11Barney’s Meats – Weyerhaeuser, Wisconsin[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-success" percent="75"/]
12Wenneman Meat Co. – St. Libory, Illinois[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-success" percent="75"/]
13Ledebuhr Meat Processing – Winona, Minnesota[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-warning" percent="72.6"/]
14Jet’s Meat Processing – Waukon, Iowa[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-warning" percent="72.6"/]
15Look’s Meat Market – Sioux Falls, South Dakota[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-warning" percent="65"/]
16Johnson’s Sausage Shoppe – Rio, Wisconsin[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-warning" percent="60"/]
17Benny’s Meat Market – Hutchinson, Minnesota[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-warning" percent="60"/]
18John Drummond’s Butcher Shop – Muskegon, Michigan[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-warning" percent="60"/]
19Dehmer’s Meat Market – St. Michael, Minnesota[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-warning" percent="60"/]
20Gilbertville Locker – Gilbertville, Iowa[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-warning" percent="60"/]
21K&R Meats – Mora, Minnesota[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-warning" percent="55"/]
22Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe – Rochester, Minnesota[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-warning" percent="50"/]
23Infamous Black Pepper Bacon[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
24Apple Cinnamon Spice Bacon[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
25Wisconsin Hardwood Smoked Sliced Slab Bacon[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
26RJ’s Meats Bacon Sampler Pack[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
27Hickory Smoked, Honey Cured Bacon[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
28Honey Ham Snack Sticks[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
29Italian Salami with Wine Beef Snack Sticks[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
30Apple Cinnamon Flavored Bacon[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
31Raspberry Chipotle Flavored Bacon[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
32Honey Cured Bacon Sampler Pack[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
33Beef Summer Sausage With Garlic Flavoring[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
34Garlic Flavored Polish Sausage (Naturally Smoked)[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
35Hickory Smoked Bacon[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
36Honey BBQ Flavored Bacon[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
37Country Bacon (Dry Cured)[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
38Chipotle Lime Flavored Bacon[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
39Cajun Style Bacon[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
40Apple Cinnamon Bacon[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
41Gourmet Applewood Smoked Bacon[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
42Peppered Sweet Bologna – Sweet Betsy from Pike Brand[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
43Hickory Smoked Bacon Pack[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
44Thick Cut Hickory Smoked Bacon Pack[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
45Tangy Dill Pickle Hickory Smoked Bacon[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
46Maple Bacon[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
47Grand Champion Snack Sticks[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
48Teriyaki Snack Sticks[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
49Sweet & Spicy Snack Sticks[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
50Top Grocery Store Bacon Brands Reviewed![rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
51I Want to Be Bacon When I Grow Up[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
52Honey Cured Bacon of the Month Club[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
53Pepper Bacon – Naturally Smoked and Honey Cured[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
54Triple Hickory Bacon Sampler Pack[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
55Honey Ham Snack Sticks[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
56Monthly Bacon Club Subscription[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
57Bacon Trumps All ORIGINAL T-Shirt[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
58Sweet Betsy’s Bacon of the Month Club[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
59Grand Champion Sampler Pack[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
60Sweet Betsy’s Starter Sampler Pack[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
613 Month Membership: Bacon of the Month Club[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
626 Month Membership: Bacon of the Month Club[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
6312 Month Membership: Bacon of the Month Club[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
64Quarterly Membership: Bacon of the Month Club[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
65Hickory Smoked Ham[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
66Hickory Smoked Slab Bacon – 5 Pounds[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
67The Original Baconkit – Make Your Own Bacon[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
68Fake Product[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
69Fake Product (Copy)[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
70Fake Product (Copy)[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
71#BACONSTRONG T-Shirt[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]
72Bacon of the Month Club – A New Gourmet Bacon Each Month[rs-progress_bar option="default" style="progress-danger" percent="0"/]

Shrinkage Results

MeasureBaconTransparent-1024x486Below are the results of our measurements before and after the bacon was cooked. All bacon shrinks somewhat during cooking due to release of moisture. The bacon with the smallest rate of shrinkage is considered most desirable. A high shrinkage rate may indicate that the butcher uses a higher water content in his curing solution and thus you are paying for a higher amount of water content in price per pound.

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1Infamous Black Pepper Bacon% in.
2Apple Cinnamon Spice Bacon% in.
3Wisconsin Hardwood Smoked Sliced Slab Bacon% in.
4RJ’s Meats Bacon Sampler Pack% in.
5Hickory Smoked, Honey Cured Bacon% in.
6Honey Ham Snack Sticks% in.
7Italian Salami with Wine Beef Snack Sticks% in.
8Apple Cinnamon Flavored Bacon% in.
9Raspberry Chipotle Flavored Bacon% in.
10Honey Cured Bacon Sampler Pack% in.
11Beef Summer Sausage With Garlic Flavoring% in.
12Garlic Flavored Polish Sausage (Naturally Smoked)% in.
13Hickory Smoked Bacon% in.
14Honey BBQ Flavored Bacon% in.
15Country Bacon (Dry Cured)% in.
16Chipotle Lime Flavored Bacon% in.
17Cajun Style Bacon% in.
18Apple Cinnamon Bacon% in.
19Gourmet Applewood Smoked Bacon% in.
20Peppered Sweet Bologna – Sweet Betsy from Pike Brand% in.
21Hickory Smoked Bacon Pack% in.
22Thick Cut Hickory Smoked Bacon Pack% in.
23Tangy Dill Pickle Hickory Smoked Bacon% in.
24Maple Bacon% in.
25Grand Champion Snack Sticks% in.
26Teriyaki Snack Sticks% in.
27Sweet & Spicy Snack Sticks% in.
28Top Grocery Store Bacon Brands Reviewed!% in.
29I Want to Be Bacon When I Grow Up% in.
30Honey Cured Bacon of the Month Club% in.
31Pepper Bacon – Naturally Smoked and Honey Cured% in.
32Triple Hickory Bacon Sampler Pack% in.
33Honey Ham Snack Sticks% in.
34Monthly Bacon Club Subscription% in.
35Bacon Trumps All ORIGINAL T-Shirt% in.
36Sweet Betsy’s Bacon of the Month Club% in.
37Grand Champion Sampler Pack% in.
38Sweet Betsy’s Starter Sampler Pack% in.
393 Month Membership: Bacon of the Month Club% in.
406 Month Membership: Bacon of the Month Club% in.
4112 Month Membership: Bacon of the Month Club% in.
42Quarterly Membership: Bacon of the Month Club% in.
43Hickory Smoked Ham% in.
44Hickory Smoked Slab Bacon – 5 Pounds% in.
45The Original Baconkit – Make Your Own Bacon% in.
46Fake Product% in.
47Fake Product (Copy)% in.
48Fake Product (Copy)% in.
49#BACONSTRONG T-Shirt% in.
50Bacon of the Month Club – A New Gourmet Bacon Each Month% in.
51Bernie’s Fine Meats – Port Washington, Wisconsin11%1 in.
52Ledebuhr Meat Processing – Winona, Minnesota17%1.5 in.
53Fifield Grocery – Fifield, Wisconsin18%1.75 in.
54Woods Smoked Meats – Bowling Green, Missouri19%1.75 in.
55Nolechek’s Meats – Thorp, Wisconsin20%1.5 in.
56Steve’s Meat Market – Ellendale, Minnesota21%1.75 in.
57RJ’s Meats & Groceries – Hudson, Wisconsin22%2 in.
58McDonald’s Meats – Clear Lake, Minnesota22%2 in.
59Wenneman Meat Co. – St. Libory, Illinois24%2.5 in.
60Grand Champion Meats – Foley, Minnesota25%2.25 in.
61Barney’s Meats – Weyerhaeuser, Wisconsin26%2.5 in.
62Benny’s Meat Market – Hutchinson, Minnesota32%3.5 in.
63Salmon’s Meat Products Inc. – Luxemburg, Wisconsin37%3.5 in.
64Thrushwood Farms – Galesburg, Illinois38%3 in.
65Gilbertville Locker – Gilbertville, Iowa39%3.5 in.
66Jet’s Meat Processing – Waukon, Iowa39%3.75 in.
67John Drummond’s Butcher Shop – Muskegon, Michigan40%4 in.
68Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe – Rochester, Minnesota43%4.5 in.

Bacon Rating System

For each meat market in our Scouting Reports we grade their bacon based on our experience cooking and eating the bacon. Each category is rated on a scale of 1 to 5 represented by stars; 1 star is low and 5 stars is high. We do not inflate the ratings of the bacon we test. A 3 star rating is considered average and a 5 star rating is exceptional.

Rating Criteria Details

  • Robust Flavor: How strong is the flavor? Bland is 1 star, Strong is 5 stars.
  • Shrinkage: Based upon our experience, how much does this bacon shrink from raw to cooked? Minimal shrinkage is preferred. A lot of shrinkage is 1 star, not much shrinkage is 5 stars.
  • Fat to Meat Ratio: Very fatty is 1 star, lots of meat is 5 stars.
  • Saltiness: Disproportionately salty is 1 star, Just the right amount of salt is 5 stars.

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