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Bacon and booze: Iowa distillery raises pigs to taste like whiskey
upi ^ | May 9, 2014 | Evan Bleier

Posted on 05/09/2014 3:13:00 PM PDT by JoeProBono

TEMPLETON, Iowa, Just when it seemed like there was no way to make eating bacon an even more excessive experience, some folks in Iowa came up with a way.

The Templeton Rye Pork Project was started at the Templeton Rye Distillery in the hope of raising pigs that will taste like whiskey.

The 25 purebred Duroc pigs in the project were born in January 2014 and they are subsisting on a diet that incorporates distillery grain into their food. "As a group who appreciates both flavor and quality, we thought it would interesting to bring to market a selection of heritage breed pigs fed a diet using spent Templeton Rye mash," according to the project's website.

Even at this stage of the project, the distillery is already fielding calls from people who want to purchase the pigs.

"We have a little motto here. My dad always told me, 'Nothing good happens after 12 p.m.' So, it seems like that's when this idea was probably thought of -- after we had a few drinks," distillery co-founder Keith Kerkhoff told WQAD. "I don't think we're going to have any problem getting rid of the 25 pigs."

The final call about where the pigs will end up will be made in June.

"This is something somebody is going to do, and we want to be at the cutting edge of it, and I think we are," Kerkhoff said.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Food
KEYWORDS: bacon; pigs


1 posted on 05/09/2014 3:13:00 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono
It already works the other direction:


2 posted on 05/09/2014 3:14:31 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a Child Rapist and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: JoeProBono

I love pork, but whiskey splashed into the feed bowl? That idea gives me heartburn. Now if they fed the little piggies some smoked beef, or thyme and rosemary stems, or beefsteak tomatoes, then yes,I would want to be part of the experiment, even for free.


3 posted on 05/09/2014 3:18:34 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

Why not garlic or barbecue-sauce flavored?


4 posted on 05/09/2014 3:22:46 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: lee martell


5 posted on 05/09/2014 3:24:01 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono
reminds me of someone....

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6 posted on 05/09/2014 3:28:44 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: luvbach1

Now that would truly be Ham-Heaven!!! (garlic 7/or BBQ flavor). They would need guards at the restaurants, like when those $500. Air Jordan Sneakers go retail at 4am.


7 posted on 05/09/2014 3:29:12 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: JoeProBono

I think this is just a publicity stunt. You can get maple-flavored bacon by adding some maple syrup when curing the bacon, and I’m sure you can get whiskey-flavored bacon by putting in whatever flavor whiskey you like.

I once made some home-made smoked bacon, using the pork belly provided by a neighbor, curing it in the basement, and smoking it in a small smoker I found on-line. It was very good, but rather time-consuming.


8 posted on 05/09/2014 3:30:16 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: JoeProBono

What could go wrong here?


9 posted on 05/09/2014 3:33:03 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: MeshugeMikey

Porkulus indeed....


10 posted on 05/09/2014 3:34:13 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: JoeProBono

Templeton Rye.....Great stuff!
When I was a kid, we lived a few miles from Templeton in Carroll Iowa.
Remember my dad going to Templeton for whiskey. ....


11 posted on 05/09/2014 3:35:16 PM PDT by MountainDad (Support your local Militia)
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To: Paladin2


12 posted on 05/09/2014 3:35:37 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Paladin2
hes lost a lot of Girth..... but mot the stench


13 posted on 05/09/2014 3:37:33 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: MountainDad


14 posted on 05/09/2014 3:38:25 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Seems more practical to use their grain to smoke and cure the bacon not feed the live pigs.


15 posted on 05/09/2014 3:38:52 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: JoeProBono

I once had some bacon from Father’s Country Hams, part of a bacon of the month present one of my sons gave me for Christmas.

I’m afraid they’re pretty expensive, but I see that they offer bourbon-flavored bacon for those who are interested.

http://www.fatherscountryhams.com/Gourmet-Country-Bacon/products/7/2/0

I’ve also had their apple-cinnamon flavored bacon, which I thought was delicious.


16 posted on 05/09/2014 3:39:37 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: JoeProBono

Umm, umm, umm! Jamon serrano! My Spanish friends in Madrid have these sitting on their kitchen counters...take a slice as you go by.


17 posted on 05/09/2014 3:53:34 PM PDT by livius
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To: JoeProBono

Something’s not kosher about this.


18 posted on 05/09/2014 3:55:32 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: onedoug; Daffynition


19 posted on 05/09/2014 4:00:40 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: livius


20 posted on 05/09/2014 4:03:07 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

BOOKMARK


21 posted on 05/09/2014 4:12:05 PM PDT by AirForce-TechSgt ("The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.")
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To: Paladin2

But can they fly?


22 posted on 05/09/2014 4:35:03 PM PDT by glyptol
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To: JoeProBono

A whole galaxy made of bacon!


23 posted on 05/09/2014 5:04:39 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: JoeProBono

Templeton? I thought the pig was named Wilbur.


24 posted on 05/09/2014 5:30:50 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: JoeProBono

Mmmmmmmmmm...


25 posted on 05/09/2014 6:09:24 PM PDT by livius
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To: onedoug

26 posted on 05/09/2014 11:58:57 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Seems more practical to use their grain to smoke and cure the bacon not feed the live pigs.
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Well, beef does taste different when free ranged vs. corn fed. However, I think the smoking and curing stages of pork (bacon) probably does more to add flavor.


27 posted on 05/10/2014 2:12:51 AM PDT by octex
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To: JoeProBono
So that's where drunken pigs come from. YIKES!


28 posted on 05/10/2014 8:19:04 AM PDT by Daffynition (I stand with the Bundy Family!)
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