A Review of Pre-Cooked Bacon Products

Updated on November 8, 2018
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Finn Liam has a career in librarianship, having worked in a variety of library settings. He currently lives in Southern California.

Bacon is a delicious delicacy
Bacon is a delicious delicacy

A short history of bacon

According to Bacon Wiki, bacon refers to any pork in general. In the Roman Era, there was a dish composed of boiled pig meat and spices. It wasn't until 1924 that Oscar Meyer produced a pre-sliced package of the meat that is similar to what we eat today.

The phrase “bring home the bacon” comes from the 12th century when a church in Dunmow, England, offered a side of bacon to any man who could swear before God and the congregation that he had not fought or quarreled with his wife for a year and a day. Any man that could "bring home the bacon" was highly respected in his community.

— Bacon Wiki
Butchers prepare meat for consumers
Butchers prepare meat for consumers

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Pre-Cooked Bacon: My Ratings

Product
Taste
Value
Overall Rating
 
 
 
 
Hormel
6
7
6
Market Pantry
8.5
8
8
Oscar Meyer
8
7
7.5
Great Value
8.5
9
8.5
Signature Select
8
8
8
Hormel Black Label
7
7
7
Based on a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the highest

Hormel Natural Choice

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You can find this in the dry goods area sometime: refrigerate after openingNutritional informationFrom the microwave
You can find this in the dry goods area sometime: refrigerate after opening
You can find this in the dry goods area sometime: refrigerate after opening
Nutritional information
Nutritional information
From the microwave
From the microwave

Hormel Natural Choice

Price: $3.99 - 5.99

Most of us are pretty familiar with the Hormel name. They've been synonymous with meats since the company was founded in the 1890s. Known in particular for pork products and canned meats, Hormel is ranked number 6 according to Food Business News (2018).

How does their bacon rank?

Well, there are those that swear by the name, claiming that their fresh bacon is one of the best. I've tried that too, and have to honestly disagree.

This product had a very distinct taste that was a bit salty. Most Hormel products I've tried taste basically the same to me. I'm not sure if there is a seasoning particular to the brand, or if it is in the preservatives, but I would caution on eating too much of this product.

The texture itself was just, banal for lack of a better word. I didn't experience any of that bacon zest that I usually enjoy. The pieces were wafer thin as well, but even if pre-prepared bacon came in thick cut, I don't think that would matter.

Rating for taste: 6

Rating for value: 7

Overall: 6

Market Pantry (Target)

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In the packageNutritional InfoCooked - about 45 seconds later
In the package
In the package
Nutritional Info
Nutritional Info
Cooked - about 45 seconds later
Cooked - about 45 seconds later

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Market Pantry (Target)

Price: 3.99

Pieces: 15 slices

This bacon really isn't all that bad. It feels a little greasy though when you take it out of the package. The slices are small, thin, and rather flimsy. They cook up in about thirty seconds to one minute.

The bacon is crispy and flavorful and tastes just as good as what you expect from bacon. The slices though are thinner and not very filling. I think that it would take two of these strips, just to make what you would get from one normal slice.

They have a nice delicate crisp to them and with the slightly smoky flavor, make it a good candidate for a breakfast meat.

And for the price, it's pretty well worth it.

Rating for Taste: 8.5

Rating for Value: 8

Rating Overall: 8

Oscar Meyer

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Oscar Meyer Fully CookedHealth InformationWith a side of hash browns and french toast!
Oscar Meyer Fully Cooked
Oscar Meyer Fully Cooked
Health Information
Health Information
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With a side of hash browns and french toast!
With a side of hash browns and french toast!

Oscar Meyer

Price: $3.99 - 6.99

This is pretty good bacon. Nice taste, the right amount of crispiness, and almost as good as cooked fresh.

The samples appear natural and make a great addition to any breakfast plate. One of my top choices. It doesn't leave much grease behind either, which is still a problem with some pre-cooked bacon samples.

They are small pieces and hit the spot when you are in the mood for some quick bacon.

Rating for Taste: 8

Rating for Value: 7

Rating Overall: 7.5

Great Value (Walmart)

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Great Value (Walmart)

Price: 3.99 - $5.99

One of the better varieties out there with nice, crisp strips with an authentic taste. When cooked in the microwave, the pieces don't come out too greasy. The portion sizes are standard and they produce a pleasant aroma.

Great side for any breakfast dish or to top your favorite sandwich or burger.

One of the better choices for the price. You really can't go wrong with this one. There are better options out there—such as bacon that needs to be cooked. But this will satisfy you and is probably one of the cheaper selections available.

Rating for Taste: 8.5

Rating for Value: 9

Rating Overall: 8.5

Signature Select (Safeway)

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Signature Select (Safeway)

Price $4.99 - $6.99

Probably one of my favorites so far. The strips cook up nicely when heated, although a little greasy. They have a full, crisp, smoky flavor and the thickness is just right. Portion sizes are a little small—you get about ten strips in a package. And the strips themselves are fairly thin.

Sometimes thinner is better. This cooks up nice and crisp if you like your bacon crispy.

Rating for Taste: 8

Rating for Value: 8

Rating Overall: 8

Hormel Black Label

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Hormel Black Label

$5.99 - $7.99

Well about Hormel - their brand usually has a distinct taste that reminds me of preservatives and piles of salt. Hormel has been around a long time, having been founded in Minnesota, I believe in the 1890s. They have quite a few samples out there from packaged meats to canned chilies.

Their foot to me has always been a bit of a staple, although I find their quality mediocre compared to some other brands out there like Tyson, Oscar Meyer, or local store brands.

Their bacon product will serve you right, although as I mentioned, it isn't my favorite. Considering the price, you are probably better off going with a local store brand. When cooked in the microwave, there were piles of grease on each side and it took several blottings with a paper towel in order to soak it off.

The slices themselves are pretty generous and look like real bacon strips. You do get the thick cut strips that are advertised and they will compliment your breakfast.

Rating for Taste: 7

Rating for Value: 7

Overall rating: 7

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In conclusion

Pre-cooked bacon is an option when you don't want to cook bacon from raw and want to avoid a lot of grease. That is probably the greatest downside about fresh bacon. You have lots of mess to worry about regardless if you fry it, bake it in the oven, or choose the microwave.

Also, with these products, all you have to do is warm them up. In many cases, you can eat them right out of the package.

There are many other options to choose from besides the ones mentioned above, but these are some of the more common choices you might find in your local market.

Please feel free to add any comments or send me any suggestions. Thank you.

Questions & Answers

    © 2018 Finn Liam Cooper

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      • FlourishAnyway profile image

        FlourishAnyway 

        17 hours ago from USA

        If you have a formula that works, stick with it!

      • wpcooper profile imageAUTHOR

        Finn Liam Cooper 

        23 hours ago from Los Angeles

        well bacon is very delicious to me and a staple. I can eat it every day and it's good on salads or sandwiches. Maybe one day I will change my mind.

      • wpcooper profile imageAUTHOR

        Finn Liam Cooper 

        5 days ago from Los Angeles

        thanks. I never thought about it for college students. It's been so long since I was in a dorm. Also, thanks for your comments. I'm pretty formulaic in the way I design my food reviews. I think I probably need to change the style up a bit.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 days ago from USA

        I like your approach to this, as you offer ratings for taste, value and overall and are brutally honest about the flavor and any other comments. Although I don’t eat bacon, I can see that this precooked bacon would be useful for a college student who cannot cook in their dorm room. Not everyone wants to wait in line at the cafeteria for breakfast. It would be much easier to have options in the dorm frig. I’m going to pass your recommendations on to my daughter.

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