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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Football Season. What’s not to love? You get to invite family & friends over and fill up on snacks. But that bowl of greasy chips and jar of queso dip just isn’t going to cut it if you’re a true flavor guru, and you don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen because, hello, the game is ON!
Upping your munchie game doesn’t have to require much effort. We spend hours handcrafting our meats and smoking them low and slow for big, intense flavor, so you can spend more time cheering on your favorite team. Our ideas all pass the Sports Snacking Golden Rule: Easy to grab, share, and savor. Check out some of our favorite ways to take Football Sunday classics and make them bold, smoky MVPs.
Pizza with a Punch
Sure, you could just order a pizza during half time and call it good. But if you’re hankering for big flavor, you’re going to have to go bigger and bolder. Try topping your pizza with some crispy, browned bits of Hot Italian Sausage, slivers of sweet fennel, and thinly sliced mushrooms. This hot, spicy sausage is slow-smoked and bursting with a peppery bite, and pairs well with all that gooey cheese.
Nachos are a football party classic... and for good reason. Crunchy, salty chips, topped with all your favorite fixings? Yes, please. But if you’re ready to take them to the next level (which you are, right?) we’ve got just the thing: our Natural Chorizo with Brandy sausage. The mild spice is rich and full-flavored, to give your nachos a smoky punch of flavor that’ll have you jumping off the couch to grab seconds. Brown some up, sprinkle it over a sheet pan full of your favorite tortilla chips, then top with cheese and bake them in the oven until the cheese is just melted and the chorizo is sizzling again. Be sure to get a bite before they disappear into your very own crowd of cheering fans.
Bold, Smoky Meat Bombs
It’s a cardinal rule of football snacks that they have to be easy to hold in one hand for maximum ease of plate-to-mouth action. Dips must be scoopable, crackers sturdy, and sandwiches easily palmed. But tiny sandwiches (done right) can have big flavor. Our favorite sliders are delicious little meat bombs filled with thinly sliced brisket, crunchy, bold blue cheese slaw, and a drizzle of dark ale glaze. Our Montreal-Style Smoked Beef Brisket is marinated in a brine of garlic, onion, and a special blend of spices then smoked low & slow over applewood embers to lock-in that deep, rich flavor. So whatever you top your sliders with, you can count on huge flavor and melt-in-your-mouth juiciness in every bite.
Once you’ve added North Country Smokehouse to your Football Sunday routine, there’s no going back. Stay smoky, football fans.
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There’s nothing better than a well-made sandwich, loaded up with all the good stuff. The perfect condiment, maybe a slice or two of cheese, and most importantly, stacked high with delicious ham or turkey. We believe in going beyond “good” and stand behind our commitment to quality by crafting the best tasting organic deli meats available, in the best possible way.
Label claims can be confusing and make picking the best for your family a real challenge. Our advice to you? Look for third-party certifications on your labels - they substantiate the claims being made. When you see them, you know the farms are being audited for things like GMOs and animal welfare, and you can be confident that you’re bringing the best taste and quality into your kitchen.
The certified organic symbol on our Black Forest Ham, Oven Roasted Turkey, and Sugar-free Applewood Smoked Ham tell you definitively which standards are being met. Certified organic approval means our farms are proven free from GMO’s, pesticides and synthetic additives. Organic regulations also require foods to be free from preservatives, artificial colors, flavors or dyes. Simply put, we start with real food, and hand-craft artisanal recipes using spices and a thick cloud of smoke to enhance the natural richness of the meat.
Certified Humane Raised & Handled
When you see the Certified Humane Raised & Handled icon on our organic deli meats, it means our food comes from farms that prioritize animal welfare. What does that mean exactly? We’re glad you asked. Our farms provide access to shelter and resting areas, and plenty of room for roaming and engaging in natural behaviors. We never use antibiotics or added growth hormones - EVER. We proudly display the Certified Raised and Handled logo on our deli meats as a symbol of our respect for livestock and the land.
Okay, so you’re not going to see a fancy third-party seal for this one. If one existed, we’d certainly hold the title. Ever wonder how we get that signature smokiness North Country is known for? Our secret is this. We slow it down.
Our business has evolved over 3 generations, each building on the passion and experience of the one before. What have we learned in all our years crafting small batch recipes? The quality of our products relies on 3 things: Time, patience and persistence.
We smoke our meat lazily, for hours on end. We don’t add artificial smoke flavor or speed up the process for the sake of making more. We take it low & slow, and we never compromise. The difference is reflected in the deep, rich flavor of our meats. You can see (and taste) the time and attention we put into every batch.
So, there you have it. Next time you’re standing in front of the deli case searching for better-for-you food choices to fill your lunchbox – it will be easy to find flavorful alternatives you can feel good about. You can choose products that deliver all the taste you crave in your sandwich and feel confident your meal has been made with care. You know your stuff
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It happens every year. Back-to-School season sneaks up and brings with it lots of time-consuming activities, like forms for filling, clothes for buying, and sports practices for shuttling to and from. After the slower days of summer, it can be hard to adjust. When it comes to question, “What’s for dinner?” are you fighting off the temptation to yell “Every man for himself!” in response? The answer is simple: Snack Dinner.
You heard right. Here’s our take:
Step 1: Prepare a few simple snacks. Make them delicious. Ingredients are the key here.
Step 2: Set everyone loose to fill their plates with what they want.
Step 3: Bask in the bit of extra time you have from no cooking and way fewer dishes.
The beauty of snack dinner is that it can be made up of virtually anything, from all the odds-and-ends in the crisper drawer to leftovers from yesterday’s lunch. But in case you need help taking it to the next level, here are a few of our favorite meaty, satisfying snack dinners to get you started.
Stack it Up
You know how at fancy parties, they serve things skewered on toothpicks? One of our favorite ways to make snack dinner even more fun is to skewer a couple tasty morsels on a toothpick to grab and munch (no black tie required). A classic combination (inspired by summer) is a slice of our double-smoked pepperoni, a ball of fresh mozzarella, and a cherry tomato on top. The smoky pepperoni lends a spicy punch to the mild cheese, punctuated by the bright burst of sweet tomato. It’s the perfect, balanced bite. But use your imagination and create your own stacks: Swap a bit of ham or smoked chicken for the pepperoni, or an olive for the tomato. Better yet, make a few of each so everyone can pick what they like.
Pigs in a Blanket 2.0
Those little sausages wrapped in dough aren’t outdated, they’re “time-tested.” Ever brought a tray to a gathering? They’re the first to go for a reason: they’re really dang good. The bold flavors of our Tomato Basil Sausage or Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage will take them to the next level. Wrap them in a piece of store-bought pastry, slice them up, then bake until the pastry is golden and the sausage has flavored it with its deep, smoky goodness. Cook up a few trays, call the troops, and watch them disappear before anyone can even manage to ask what you’re feeding them tonight.
Keep it Simple
For the busiest nights, stick with a classic. Slice up some vegetables, add a few of your favorite cheeses, and don’t forget to pile on the deli meat. Olives, nuts, and berries make perfect additions, too. The key to making a snack tray that will get gobbled up instead of picked at? Flavor, of course. Our maple-marinated, spice-infused deli ham and turkey lend incredible smoky flavor that will make this snack dinner intensely satisfying.
Next time you’re tempted to throw your hands in the air and admit defeat to your local fast-food chain, pause. As long as you have a few smoky, savory staples in your fridge, easy, delicious dinner is only a few minutes away.
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Business partners Mike Hammond and John Kelley describe it as a kitchen on four wheels, and that's just what it is. Detailed with white and gold lettering, and painted black all over, the big Epic Food Truck made its debut run at noon on a sizzling hot Friday at the North Country Smokehouse at 19 Syd Clarke Drive.
In no time at all, the company’s 100-plus employees formed long lines during lunch hour outside the truck’s service window.
On the menu were mouth-watering pulled pork sandwiches smothered in barbecue sauce, hot gravy poutine, and deep-fried smoked duck.
North Country Smokehouse, the food truck’s sponsor, supplied all the meat products.
“This isn’t just anything. This is amazing. There you go,” said food truck employee Josie Lafreniere to one hungry customer.
Lafreniere handed out the sandwich baskets as fast as she could load them. For Hammond and Kelley, it was “hustle time” working the grill and deep fryers.
“This stuff will melt in your mouth — so good,” Lafreniere said to the next person standing in line.
Sharon Companion, North Country Smokehouse office manager, said Friday’s official launch of the food truck was to help promote the new business, and her company’s sponsorship.
“This is their first real event,” Companion said. “I just had my lunch. It was very good.”
Both Hammond, 46, and Kelley, 52, are longtime friends and co-owners of Farro Deli in downtown Claremont. The deli uses North Country Smokehouse meats exclusively.
While Kelley was recuperating from a skiing accident in January, Hammond pitched his longtime dream of starting a food truck business.
“We both like the same kind of food. We were already using (North Country Smokehouse) products at the deli. It’s top of the line,” Hammond said. “It’s called ‘epic’ for a reason.”
In April, the business partners purchased a used 2004 Freightliner diesel truck, in immaculate condition, that was a U.S. Postal Service vehicle in a former life.
Hammond said the truck needed three months to be outfitted with a pair of deep fryers, a grill top, two burner stoves, freezer, refrigerator, hot water heater, and other kitchen essentials in Virginia.
On Wednesday, Hammond and Kelley held a soft opening at Claremont Cycle Depot. They also have a city vendor’s permit to operate at Broad Street Park.
Hammond said the food truck will run on a flexible schedule as a catering service at weddings, festivals, and other events.
At North Country Smokehouse on Friday, Lafreniere said the food was “worth the wait.”
North Country employee Justin Rowe of Claremont was quick to agree.
The food was delicious, he said, “although I didn’t have the pulled pork. I had the duck fry things.”
“It’s really good,” said employee Ellen Donatelli of Unity. “The pulled pork — yes. They’re pretty good to us here.”
Article written by Allen Stein, The Eagle Times