Pialligo Farm Smokehouse has once again taken out top honours at Australian Bacon Week, with the judges naming Pialligo Estate's dry cured and smoked shortcut rashers as Australia’s BEST Artisan Bacon for the second consecutive year.
Being a vintage Canberran and a fan of the range of award winning smoked produce from Pialligo Farm Smokehouse, I must confess to doing a 'fist pump' when I heard this news!
The bacon produced by the Canberra company was described by the judges as 'beautifully marbled, with a nice smoky aroma and a nice balanced taste'.
'We are absolutely honoured and delighted to know that our bacon has been judged as Australia’s Best Artisan Bacon for the second year in a row,’ says Pialligo Estate’s General Manager, Charlie Costelloe.
‘Our dry-cured bacon is produced from Australian pork to an age-old recipe, free from preservatives, colourings or artificial flavours, resulting in unsurpassed quality and flavour of award-winning standard.'
Pialligo Estate bacon is available in stores across the ACT, as well as in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.
Bacon Week celebrates 100% Australian bacon and draws attention to the competition local bacon faces from imported product. As part of the celebrations, Australia’s bacon was put to the test in the Australian Bacon Awards.
Three specialist judges independently scrutinised the entries for appearance, flavour and other characteristics. Judges fleischmeister Horst Schurger, who has a Masters degree in butchering and smallgoods; experienced judge and chef, Simon Bestley; and Australian Pork’s Mitch Edwards; assessed 135 entries over two days.
And the winners are…
Australia’s BEST Artisan Bacon
Pialligo Estate Smokehouse dry cured and smoked shortcut bacon, Pialligo Estate, ACT
Australia’s Best Nationally Available Bacon
Bertocchi Brothers Long Rindless Hickory Smoked Bacon, Bertocchi Smallgoods
Best full rasher bacon: Southlands Quality Meat, Mawson, Canberra
Runners up: Country Meats, Lismore, NSW; Circle T Meats, Raceview, Queensland
Best shortcut bacon: Pialligo Estate, Canberra
Runners up: Campbell's Superior Meats, West Pymble, NSW; Meat on Melville, Numurkah, Victoria
Bacon Week runs until 27 June, with more information, participating restaurants and recipes available from www.pork.com.au
Images appear courtesy of Australian Pork Limited and Pialligo Estate.
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