Smoked Mangalitsa Slab Bacon
Approx. 10lbs Total
Mangalitsa bacon is a great way to experience what makes this pork so incredibly special - it’s the perfect showcase for Mangalitsa’s unique creamy fat and rich, flavorful meat. This bacon is slab bacon – large pieces of cured, hickory smoked pork belly ready to slice, dice or otherwise prepare in whatever size you prefer.
This Mangalitsa bacon is from pigs raised free range on pastures year round with access to feed, fresh water and run-in shelters. They graze on chicory, clover and varieties of local nuts. They are finished on a barley feed mix for a minimum of 60 days.
Mangalitsa Pork: Buttery, Rich, Moist
Mangalitsa pigs (aka mangalica pigs) are a “lard-type” heritage breed. Because of their unique wooly appearance, they are sometimes also referred to as “wooly pigs.
While almost all other pig breeds raised in America are “meat-type” breeds that have been bred since World War 2 to be leaner and leaner with each generation (their meat progressively getting dryer and less flavorful), Mangalitsas have remained essentially the same since the breed with first developed in Hungary in 1833. They require nearly twice as much time, pasture and feed as conventional pork, which contributes to their price and is why they’re so rarely raised on American farms.
The extra time, space and expense is worth it - Mangalitsa pork is extremely well marbled (often with more than double the marbling of conventional pork), with smooth fat that is both buttery and cleaner tasting. Mangalitsa’s flavor is far superior to mainstream pork and it is also much less likely to dry out.
The Mangalitsa breed, when raised free range with quality feed as these pigs have been, produces fat that is primarily monounsaturated and higher in oleic acid. This means it melts at lower temperatures for a rich, moist result in cooking, and also cures far better than conventional pork. Consumption of monounsaturated fats may also be associated with a decrease in certain types of cholesterol.
Ingredients: Cured With: water, salt, sugar, brown sugar, maple flavor, other natural flavors, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrate.
Store mangalitsa slab bacon in your freezer until you’re ready to use it, then thaw as many pieces as you need.
RECIPES & TIPS
Cut this bacon into strips, cubes, matchsticks or any other shape/size you want.
A big part of what makes Mangalitsa pork special is its creamy, buttery fat, so we recommend not cooking this bacon until it’s completely crisp – much of the fat the fat will be rendered out and the bacon may be left too salty. Instead, cook it until the meat is cooked, but the bacon is still somewhat pliable.
With the above note in mind, Mangalitsa bacon can otherwise be used as you would conventional bacon for breakfast, sandwiches, or in recipes. It’s particularly good grilled.