As you know we are both big supporters of good local produce and as well as eating. We like to promote what’s good and great right on our doorstep. Indeed great is exactly what we found last week when we visited local bacon producer Piggery Smokery. Husband and wife team, Mark & Susan, cure and smoke their bacon from their home in the town of Alford in Aberdeenshire.
Susan welcomed us into her home and over a cup of coffee we chatted about bacon, their business and food in general. The couple started trading 7 years ago, when after making bacon for themselves, friends started asking if they could make for them too, then their friends friends wanted in on the action, with interest escalating the couple thought “perhaps we can do this as a business”. Mark attended a 2 week long charcuterie course in Italy as he wanted reassurance that they were doing everything right, which they were. So after some jiggery pokery with spice mixes Piggery Smokery came to be and having tasted their produce we’re really glad it did! This is proper bacon, not salty, not pumped full of water.
The couple use pork loin supplied by local butcher Graeme Barbour. They also use pork from local pig farmer Ian Davidson of Mossies Pork. The process takes two weeks. Pork loins marinate in their own secret spice blends, with regular massage to ensure the flavours permeate the meat. Joints are placed in the smoker in the back garden, then packaged and labelled for sale. The company has grown by reputation and depends on direct sales from their website.
There are currently 7 flavours available at the moment, but they still continue to experiment. Whilst we were visiting we were lucky enough to sample their new Christmas flavoured back bacon “Wise Man’s Compass”. This bacon will feature in their “Xmas Dinner Kit” boxes, along with a variety of other bacon.
Susan generously sent us on our way with a bag of mixed flavours of bacon. We plan to use to create some recipes in the coming weeks. So watch this space. Thank you to Susan for her hospitality, an enjoyable morning. We wish Susan and Mark every success going forward.