Today’s post is the result of a specific demand within our community – and we’re all about fulfilling our reader’s demands. But this one was a bit tricky, because of the nature of what you’ve been asking us for.
You. Want. Bacon.
Specifically, you want Whole30-approved bacon, with no added sugar in any form. This form of (pork-derived) bacon has historically been really darned hard to find, even on the internet – but that didn’t preclude hordes of you from asking! Over the last year, we’ve receive at least two posts a week on our Whole9 and Whole30 Facebook pages, Twitter feed and blog comments asking, “Where can I find Whole30-approved bacon?” And unless you happened to have a local farm who supplied such a thing, most of you found that you were just plain out of luck – and out of bacon for the duration of your Whole30 program.
Our Bacon Dilemma
Normally, when there’s a cry for a specific Whole30 Approved product, we jump through hoops to help you find what you’re looking for. But bacon… well, you know how we feel about bacon. First, bacon must be pastured and responsibly raised – factory-farmed bacon is extraordinarily unhealthy and unethically produced, and no one should eat it, ever. Two, context matters, and using bacon as your primary protein source isn’t a great idea in general. Three, bacon may prove all too easy to overconsume, and overconsumption (even with a “technically Paleo” food) is never healthy – so think before you eat.
So, we don’t want to encourage you to eat more bacon… but we do want you to have access to responsibly produced pastured bacon without any unhealthy additives, because it’s not our place to dictate what you can and can’t eat. We provide recommendations and guidance, because that’s our job, but ultimately you’re all big boys and girls, and are more than qualified to make your own food choices.
Enter U.S. Wellness Meats.
Pastured Pork, Sugar-Free Bacon
We’ve been working with U.S. Wellness Meats for nearly a year now, and after careful research of their pork sourcing, believe that their products meet our highest standard for conscientious omnivores. It was only natural that we contact them first, to see if they could help us meet our community’s demand in a way that we could feel good about endorsing.
The pork carried by U.S. Wellness Meats is Compassionate Certified Pork, and undergoes third party verified to ensure accuracy. Among numerous requirements, the animals are not allowed to be given any growth stimulants, hormones or antibiotics. Animals are allowed outside as often as they want, and have full bedding available at all times; slot floors and gestating crates are not allowed.
Ozark Mountain Pork Cooperative, co-founded by Russ Kremer, raise the pigs that produce U.S. Wellness Meat’s bacon. Mr. Kremer and Ozark Mountain have a stellar reputation in the industry, and are dedicated to raising their pigs in an ethical, responsible, healthy manner. Kremer allows his pigs to be pigs, expressing normal social behaviors (including wallowing, rooting and mating). Kremer calls his farm a “mini-resort,” saying, “the biggest thing here is space… If the pigs get cramped and confined, they get irritated. You want them to be active.”
In addition, U.S. Wellness Meats agreed to revise their current pork bacon recipe to remove the honey powder (which is not Whole30-compliant), and create a new version that fit the requirements of our program.
Squeals of Joy
We are pleased to report that sugar-free pork bacon is now available to all in the 50 United States, courtesy of U.S. Wellness Meats. (And yes, it’s delicious – we got to try a sample a few weeks back.)
If you want to enjoy some pastured, ethically-raised, sugar-free bacon during your Whole30 program, thanks to U.S. Wellness Meats, now you can. (And remember, U.S. Wellness Meats ships free to all 50 United States, too, provided you meet their minimum required order.) In fact, the product is being featured on their web site home page for the next few weeks!
Please join us in thanking U.S. Wellness Meats for working with us to make our readers’ bacon-dreams come true (in moderation). Post questions, comments or squeals of joy below.
On this site, and with all of our business dealings, we strive for 100% transparency. Since 2011, we have been a U.S. Wellness Meats affiliate. We personally use their products, and we honestly believe they are of the highest quality. We just wanted to make sure you knew that, in the interest of full disclosure.