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Fermin Iberico de Bellota Smoked Panceta

This Spanish version of pork belly comes from Iberico de bellota hogs, a heritage breed descended from the country's wild boars. The intensely flavorful rind-on meat is edged and marbled with fat that has a velvety texture and sweet, nutty taste, thanks to the bellotas (acorns) eaten by the hogs as they forage in oak woodlands throughout the fall. This smoked version is domestically cured in Maryland for 3 weeks and smoked for 12 hours over applewood, giving this Spanish specialty a delicious American twist. Produced by Fermin, renowned for traditional Iberico de bellota since 1956. 100% Ibericode bellota hogs, raised on government-protected meadows in Spain where they forage for wild herbs and bellotas (acorns). Iberico de bellota hogs are harvested in small numbers each year, making quantities limited. Descended from wild boars, these hogs produce meat that is deep red, nicely marbled and very flavorful. Their breed and diet create pork that is high in monounsaturated fat. Hormone-, antibiotic- and GMO-free. The fat in this meat has a wonderful sweet and nutty flavor, making it a great product to cook with, whether making soups or just garnishing a dish. Can be substituted for fresh or smoked bacon in recipes. Applewood smoked by a family-owned smokehouse in Maryland. Uncut. Half: 1 lb. 8 oz. Whole: 3 lb. Shipped frozen.
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Review 1 for Fermin Iberico de Bellota Smoked Panceta
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elnhuk
Silver City, New Mexico
June 2, 2011
Ability level:Intermediate
Purchased:Once
Would You Recommend? Yes
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Smoked Panceta
June 2, 2011
This panceta has a very good flavor and considering that you need very little to flavor a recipe is I think worth the money. I gave it four stars instead of five for the price which is offputting for most people.
Pros: Authentic, Quality, Flavor
Cons: price
Review 2 for Fermin Iberico de Bellota Smoked Panceta
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Sevimex
Los Angeles, CA
May 31, 2011
Ability level:Intermediate
Purchased:Once
Would You Recommend? Yes
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Just Like Home!
May 31, 2011
We had a Memorial Day BBQ and I served the Panceta as a Tapa with red wine----felt like being back in Spain! I lived in spain for 20 years and savoring your Panceta was just like being home! Some of our guests were visiting from Argentina, and they too raved about the delicious morsels from the Iberian Peninsula.
Pros: Easy to Prepare, Quality, Good for Entertaining, Decadent, Flavor