BACON RATINGS

The Bacon
The Prep and Score
  • Cooking heat: Medium Low Low
  • Total cooking time: 7.5 min
  • Pork Flavor: 4
  • Smoke: 5
  • Salt: 4
  • Sugar: 4
  • Fat: 5
  • Texture: 4
  • Shrinkage: 4

Rating: ★★★★¼ 

Ratings based on Bacon Rating System

As we move onward through the lovely pile of bacon the folks over at Coastal Vineyards sent our way for review, we embark upon Bourbon Street Cajun Country Bacon.

When I originally opened the box of bacon from the CVWINE folks, this package caught my eye. You could even smell the smokey + cajun flavors through the packaging so I had a hard time waiting to open this one. Instead, I started with the one I was least interested in before crackin’ open this package. I can safely say; I’m glad I waited.

Upon opening the package your nose is filled with an aromatic, delightful cajun and hickory smoked smell that is a tad bit beyond intoxicating. Peeling back the first few slices you can see this is essentially a hickory smoked bacon (much like this one) that has been treated with a cajun rub. They don’t skimp at all on the rub and as such, even the slices that are buried in the stack still have a healthy helping of cajun spices.

Bourbon Street Cajun Bacon from Coastal Vineyards

Dropping these slices into the pan is even better. If you’ve heated up the pan a bit ahead of time, you get a bit of smoke as the cajun spices hit the pan but the bonus is it locks up moisture and flavor in the bacon. Its almost like blackened bacon. As the cooking proceeds the grease that does cook off is kept tight around the bacon as its gummed up with the spices. This is a good thing as it really promotes an even cooking and further more, how can you complain about cajun-flavored bacon grease?! ZOMG.

The bacon cooked up fast and it was extremely hard to get it out of the pan and not toss it right in my mouth but I was patient (mostly). The final product is moist and chewy with a great tinge of all those cajun spices; black and red pepper, celery seed, bay, oregano, basil, thyme, paprika, etc.

Now *that* is sexy bacon

Shrinkage with this bacon was around 25% (much less than other bacons) and I think this was because of the cajun blackening effect; your mileage may vary. I do struggle with the cost/lb on this bacon but its still extraordinarily good.

I had this bacon next to two eggs and a piece of toast and its safe to say this is a main course in-and-of-itself. I’m not sure what I’d put this bacon into but I do know it stands on its own so well, why would you want to add it to anything?!


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