Someone recently told me that they were the biggest bacon lover in the world. I thought to myself, “If they haven’t had Broadbent’s bacon, they don’t even realize how great bacon can really be when it puts its mind to it!”
I love bacon as much as anyone – probably more than most, in fact. The first time I went to Broadbent’s Market in Kuttawa, I didn’t even have ham on my mind. Here they are, absolute legends when it comes to country ham and all I could think about was bacon.
We did buy some ham, too, mind you, but we positively loaded up on bacon. Their amazing foods are available “dry cured,” so you can buy them without worrying about a refrigerator. This means, of course, you can stock up until you’re in the lakes region again.
I’ll be adding more reviews to the website (including country ham that made my buttermilk biscuits cry with joy) over the coming days, but I just had to start the ball rolling with a bacon that blew me out of the water: Broadbent’s Applewood Smoked Bacon.
My mouth’s watering at the memory alone.
As my husband and I were making our way around the market (sometimes we pull a divide and conquer maneuver that serves us well), I grabbed several kinds of bacon that caught my eye and he came up with some country ham and an Applewood Smoked Bacon. We wanted to try quite a few different varieties, so we bought small packages of each.
I thought he’d done a great job by grabbing the country ham – I’m pretty sure I even gave him a thumb’s up. I really didn’t know what to think about the Applewood Smoked Bacon and certainly didn’t know why he was so proud of his find. But the magic word was on the package, so I just smiled and said good job. The magic word? Bacon, of course!
I cooked a few of the bacon packages we got the next morning: A Hickory Smoked Bacon and the Applewood Smoked Bacon. The smaller packages meant that they’d be beautifully sized for biscuits – so I made up a batch of my buttermilk biscuits. The result was a little something that’d have to be called “Heaven.”
Broadbent’s bacon was obviously in a class of its own right off the bat – long before it even came out of the skillet. It looked better, felt better, and even smelled better than the bacon you find in grocery stores. It was thick and juicy and filled the house with a delicious aroma. I’m pretty sure even our cats knew that Sunday breakfast meant business.
This bacon even gave my much-loved Bacon Press a job it could feel good about. I’m almost certain the smile on the pig’s face turned up a little higher.
There was something extra-special about the Applewood Smoked bacon. A flavor that I’d never experienced with bacon before. It knocked my socks off, to be perfectly honest, and after it was all gone, I started imagining all the other scenarios it’d be great in:
- Bacon Cheeseburgers
- Baked Beans
- Pigs in a Blanket
Broadbent B & B Foods
257 Mary Blue Road
Kuttawa, KY 42055