Spotlight on Awesome, Applewood Smoked Pork
Smoked Pork Sausages and Bacon Let’s face it. There are a lot of different woods that can be used to smoke bacon for holiday appetizers. Unfortunately, some of them just don’t do a slab of pork justice. Instead of leaving a...
Let’s face it. There are a lot of different woods that can be used to smoke bacon for holiday appetizers. Unfortunately, some of them just don’t do a slab of pork justice. Instead of leaving a fragrant aroma and palatable taste behind, they leave nothing but bitter disappointment in their wake. One that doesn’t fall into that disappointing category is applewood and we’ll tell you why:
For starters, it’s a hardwood. So, it’s inherently dense, relatively dry and aromatic, which makes it burn slowly. Consequently, that means the bacon, or whatever else you’re smoking at the time, will be heavily infused with both fragrant aromas and flavors. This brings us to the next reason applewood is so fantastic. Unlike other hardwoods, it deeply infuses a slightly sweet, complex, fruity flavor into the bacon with a just gentle whiff of apple blossoms to top things off. Hence, the bacon’s flavor is mild enough to make it compatible with a variety of other ingredients. And we all know that balancing flavors is important, especially when you’re cooking for a mixed crowd.
For example, let’s say that you want to make chicken appetizers for a family get-together. Wrapping the chicken in thin or medium thick slices of applewood bacon before putting the appetizers into the broiler will accomplish three things. First, it will help keep the chicken from drying out as it cooks. Second, it will infuse a sweet, bacon flavor into the dish that doesn’t overpower the chicken. Third, the appetizer’s crispy bacon exterior will add a bit of texture to the dish. So as you can see, cooking with applewood smoked bacon is a “winner, winner, chicken dinner” event all around.
To learn more about holiday bacon appetizers, please contact us today. We can help you discover firsthand why applewood smoked bacon is truly awesome.