When has The Cured Ham ever turned down an opportunity to buy some form of cured meat? Never!
Mahogany Smoked Meats a.k.a. Meadow Farms Country Smokehouse, is located on US 395 in Bishop, CA and has had nearly a 100 year tradition of smoking beef, pork, and game meat. I've been a long-time buyer of the landjaeger sausage and chunk pieces of bacon. Come to think of it, the turkey jerky is pretty good too.
I've purchased landjaegers at three different locations around the country, Grand Central Market in New York, Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, and Mahogany Smoked Meats in Bishop. One doesn't often think of Bishop as the third city to rattle off in a culinary list after New York and Philadelphia, but the landjaeger's produced here are some of the best in the country. The ultimate trail snack, these over-sized beef sticks will satisfy the hungriest of backpackers. Softer than salami and not as spicy as a pepperoni stick, these are my go-to snack when engaging in outdoor sports along the 395.
Chunk bacon is difficult to find these days. Thick cut slices of bacon aren't an acceptable substitute either. Using these little pork chunks for soups and stews lends a heartiness and substance to a dish. I'm reminded of Europe, eating in a hut in the Swiss Alps; a bean soup with thick chunks of bacon. Or a French cafe in Paris and lentil soup; where the only meat in the soup is beautifully caramelized chunks of bacon. Again, you have to remind yourself that you just bought this bacon off the highway in Bishop, not the Swiss Alps. The picture above is the first stage of a homemade chili (Brown the meat for flavor!). I ate this chili over a two day period snowshoeing in Mammoth. I love that bacon. Pairing my 100% American Chili with this Belgian Chimay pictured below chilling in the snow, was fantastic. I ran out of my Mammoth Brewing Co. IPA the day before.
Associating Mahogany Smoked Meats products in Bishop to some of the finest products in New York, Philadelphia, the Swiss Alps, and Paris is not culinary hyperbole. Far from it. Mahogany's products are artisanal and steeped in American tradition. Click on the links I've provided throughout this post for more information on where to purchase these specialty items or stop by on your way through Bishop, CA.