|Bacon from J.W. Trueth|
J.W. Trueth is a terrific plan to shop for meat. The Oella butcher does steaks, pork, chicken and fish. Last weekend, we waited in line as people seemed to buy everything.
We bought a taste of three items -- bacon, ground beef, and spicy half-smokes.
The thick-sliced bacon went diced in a frying pan, then became the crisp part of a sautéed cabbage dish. The ground beef went into tacos from the 1970s.
But the half-smokes are the taste of my future. Lightly spicy. It's not a course sausage like the Italian links from Laurel Meat Market. It's a super-fine hot doh -- just with more flavor than most hot dogs have. I get the spice. I get the smoke. That's a delicious hot dog. (So delicious that I forgot to photograph before we ate them.)
What other hot dogs should I check out? The Trueth half smoke contrasts nicely with the peppery Hartmann's dogs from Wegmans. What would round out the grill? A chicken sausage from Harris Teeter? Last year, I wrote up an overview of sausages, but there must be good stuff still to learn.