As you might know we are able to get some organic sugar-free bacon from hogs we source from local farms, but we sell out of them as fast as they come in. That put us on a quest to find a sugar-free pork line, even if it meant we had to source beyond our local boundaries. And we did! Pederson's Natural Farms is based in Hamilton, Texas and it really is the best when it comes to no sugar added pork products and they have some great attributes on top of that.
All animals are ABF - antibiotic free. The products are uncured, which means that they do not smoke (cure) their products using nitrates or nitrites, but instead use celery seed powder. All hogs are vegetarian fed and many of the items are organic or GMO-free. Plus many of the products are pre-cooked which saves you preparation time. While most of the items are sugar-free we did add a couple that have some sugar - but are fantastic products. Other than being a "little" outside our local boundary, it fits almost all of our criteria.
We hope you enjoy it - and will forgive us for going outside our commitment to local.
STEP 1 - Real food starts with real farmers. We work with self-sustaining family farms because they’re good stewards of their land, and they feel the ethical obligation to provide their pigs with a comfortable life.
Not only do they raise their pigs right, but they also grow the grain used to feed those pigs. It allows for a higher quality, well monitored feed free of animal by-products.
They are housed in open pens with deep bedding and room to romp, frolic and engage in natural behavior.
With no growth hormones or antibiotics, our pigs grow slower than those at industrial “farms”, and we’re quite alright with that. It’s a better life for the pigs and produces the best pork we’ve ever eaten.
Our pork bellies are never dipped or injected with anything… no brine solutions, no liquid smoke, no curing solutions… ever. We use real, natural seasonings just like mom would do but on a much larger scale.
Next, we smoke the bellies using real wood chips. A smoky flavor should be created by actually smoking the meat instead of faking it with liquid smoke.
Our final step is to slice the chilled bellies into bacon strips and package it.
Easy enough, right? Seasoned. Smoked. Sliced. It’s a natural process with no complicated steps… kind of like our bacon… no nonsense, just natural.
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