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A few reasons why our mouthwatering meats are so dang good
Our mission is to handcraft premium, artisanal smoked meats with a relentless focus on flavor, exceptional animal care standards, and respect for the land. When it comes to choosing ingredient partners for our products, only the highest quality will do.
Sourcing locally is a more sustainable way of doing business because it encourages biodiversity, contributes fewer carbon emissions, and helps support our local economy. Plus, it always comes back to finding ingredient partners that care about flavor and standards as much as we do.
Lucky for us, New England is rich with authentic flavors and food practices. Take a gander at some of our local ingredient partnerships.
Most of our bacon and ham products are infused with a one-of-a-kind brine, consisting of maple syrup, sugar, and salt. We only work with 100% wood-fired maple syrup sourced from Mac’s Maple, a family-owned operating just 16 miles from our smokehouse. We infuse the meat with a sweet brine before the smoking process begins, a process that ensures our customers are getting the most tender products with consistent, evenly distributed flavor that inspires fierce loyalty from meat-loving humans. Case in point? Our Organic Applewood Smoked Bacon.
Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company
There’s one part of New England quite well known for its cheese—the kind of cheese that you want to drop into just about every meal. Well, Vermont’s only a few miles from here. For our Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage and our new VT Cheddar Sausage, we were looking for that perfectly custom-crafted cheddar cheese with a precise melting point. Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company, known for its fresh artisanal selection, delivered a match with rich flavor and impeccable quality. As for the cheese you can never get enough of, we’ve folded it right into our sausages, so you’ll get it in every single bite.
We wanted a brat with depth and breadth, infused with hints of an aromatic IPA that produces an unreal experience for your tastebuds with every bite. 20 minutes south of here, our friends at Harpoon Brewery—well known for their arsenal of brews—deliver an IPA that is the perfect partner for our beer bratwurst. It goes beyond yum and into that oh-my-goodness-I-could-eat-this-forever realm of otherworldly food experiences that you’re not likely to forget.
Working with great local partners is a bonus, but at the end of the day, if the flavor is flat, the texture is off, or the quality of the food doesn’t make you break out in song, it doesn’t really work.
We’re here to make it easy to enjoy the flavor you crave without sacrificing quality or integrity. This, friends, has been a glimpse at how we do it.
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There’s something about cold weather that makes a person crave hearty dishes full of savory ingredients and satisfying hunks of flavorful meat. The urge to hunker down and fortify your defense against the cold with a tasty homemade meal is relentless and pressing. You want something simple, but gratifying; a recipe that doesn’t take hours to make or involve too many ingredients.
We have three recipes that you can whip up without much to-do when what you really want is to huddle up by the fireplace after an active winter day. We’re talking slow-smoked, handcrafted, bursting with flavor meats that are certified humane and get-in-my-belly good.
May we humbly suggest using your favorite North Country Smokehouse sausage as the vehicle for getting warm, melty cheese into your mouth? Consider yourself warned: our organic kielbasa makes moderation seem ridiculous, nay, pointless. Once you’ve prepared the fondue and the savory scent of sizzling sausage has permeated your kitchen, cut the sausage into generous hunks and add in some bread and fruit for variety. Ready? Get your skewer loaded up, and dip with reckless abandon for a cheese-on-your-chin meal that puts winter in its place.
Chili With Sausage
Andouille or Chorizo - we can’t decide, but adding some heat to your chili in the dead of winter is an easy way to spice up a meal that’s pretty much made for cold weather. Our Chorizo’s sweet heat brings south of the border meets Tex-Mex taste to your simmering pot of goodness, while Andouille sausage brings the bayou to you for a gumbo-like experience. For a Paleo version, this recipe provides some inspiration, and if you’re a fan of beans, this recipe hits the spot. We suggest slicing up an NCS sausage and throwing it in the mix to add a major boost of flavor without a ton of work. The longer you can let all the deliciousness simmer, the better, so throw it in the slow cooker and let the flavors mingle all day long. Don’t forget the shredded cheese and jalapeno!
Loaded Baked Potato Bar
Ahhh, the potato. Simple, unassuming, versatile. Laugh in the face of winter as you heap a steaming baked potato with all the things that make you drool. That leftover chili in the fridge? Use it! Chives, sour cream, jalapenos, and shredded cheese? Yes to all of it! And holy blasphemy, don’t forget the bacon. Our Fruitwood Smoked Bacon is thick and meaty, slow-smoked to tender perfection and the ideal companion to top off your loaded potato. It’s fast, it’s easy, and if curling up next to a cozy fireplace had a taste… this would be it. Load it up!
Now that you’ve got your winter recipe-fix, you can spend less time stressing about what to cook and more time doing what matters to you (without ever sacrificing flavor). Integrity, ingredients, and the slow-smoked preparation of the meat that hits your kitchen table—that’s what matters to us.
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duBreton President, Vincent Breton, Promotes Former Chief Operating Officer
Vincent Breton, President of duBreton, has appointed Aaron Corbett as Chief Executive Officer of duBreton USA and its subsidiary, North Country Smokehouse. In his new role, Aaron will contribute to the strategic planning and development of both companies, as well as oversee daily operations, sales, marketing and management of the smokehouse in Claremont, NH. Prior to accepting the role of COO at North Country Smokehouse in 2015, Corbett held the Director of Operations title for Boulder Organic Foods, and received an MBA from the University of Southern California.
duBreton, the leading organic and certified humane pork producer in North America, acquired North Country Smokehouse in 2015. Aaron was tasked with scaling efficiencies at the new, 62,000 sq. foot facility, maintaining exceptional quality standards and overseeing entry into new retail markets. “It’s an exciting time for North Country Smokehouse.” says Corbett. “For decades, the company focused solely on Foodservice. We’re committed to maintaining those partnerships but realize there’s a growing consumer demand for sustainable, smoked meats. Our relationship with duBreton gives us an advantage over other producers. We’re vertically integrated, so we’re not exposed to the risks associated with sourcing meat from outside our own network. That means our farming, feed & husbandry standards are never compromised, which positively impacts consumers and customer partners.”
North Country Smokehouse products can now be found in several leading retailers including Whole Foods Market, Hannaford’s Supermarket, Stop & Shop, Big Y, Market Basket and HEB. The company continues to pursue expansion in the US.
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Taking the Hassle Out of Keto Meal Prep with Three Easy Meals
Whether your goal is to feel good in your body or lead the pack at your next CrossFit class, eating keto is the current king of diets. From weight loss to managing various health conditions, keto has many proven benefits. Before you dive into that bacon-filled can of worms, hang on! Keto eating can be time-consuming - first ask yourself, is this way of eating right for you?
Keto, aka, the ketogenic diet, is a low-carb, high-fat diet that’s designed to help you burn fat more effectively. The goal is to put your body into a metabolic state called ketosis where your body burns fat - not carbs - for energy. This way of eating may not be right for everybody, though, and it’s advisable to talk to your doctor before trying.
Here’s what you can eat on a keto diet:
- - Natural fats like butter, olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil
- - Meat
- - Fish and seafood
- - High-fat diary like cheese, heavy cream, butter
- - Veggies (that grow above ground, aka, non-starchy)
- - Eggs
- - Most nuts and seeds
- - Berries
And here’s what you should avoid when eating keto:
- - Breads, pastas, rices
- - Sugar and sugary foods
- - Sugary drinks, soda, beer
- - Fruit
- - Milk
- - Potatoes
Of course, this is just a thumbnail view. Menu restrictions, paired with the time-consuming nature of meal prep can make the keto diet a bit intimidating for anyone who’s short on time.
Take the furrow out of your brow because we’re committed to helping our keto-eating friends find a way to have their bacon and eat it too. Use these delicious recipes to have some quick and delicious wins up your sleeve for when you’re hangry, hungry, or simply short on time.
BREAKFAST: Egg Cups With Deli Ham
If it has North Country Smokehouse Ham, it’ll be somewhere in the ballpark of full-blown delicious, and that’s why we breakfast with this protein-packed meal. It’s genius, really - use our Organic, Sugar-Free Deli Ham to hold together egg and cheese and voila! you’ve got yourself a keto-licious breakfast.
To Make It: Line a muffin tin with slices of Deli Ham and sprinkle in some cheddar cheese. Crack an egg into each ham cup, and do your best to not drool into your food. Bake at 400 F for 12 minutes or until cooked through. Check out the full recipe here.
LUNCH: BLT Lettuce Wraps
It’s lunchtime, not cook-for-3 hours time, so whip up this bacon-filled meal for a convenient way to stave off hunger without straying from your state of ketosis.
To Make It: You’ll need four slices of bacon - we recommend Organic Applewood Smoked, 1 diced tomato, a tablespoon of mayo, pepper and, if you’re feeling wild, some avocado. Just mix it up, distribute it evenly into three large lettuce leaves, wrap those babies up and feast away. Need further instruction? Helpful pointers can be found here.
DINNER: Zoodles N’ Kielbasa
Need dinner in a pinch? Call on this quick and flavor-packed zinger. Your taste buds will thank you and you won't miss the carbs.
To Make It: Cook up some of our Organic Kielbasa and set aside. Saute some shallots and garlic with wine, cook until reduced by half and then stir in heavy cream and parmesan cheese. Add your zoodles (zucchini noodles - pro tip: you can buy these pre-cut at most grocery stores) and stir in the Kielbasa for a fast and filling dinner. See the full recipe here.
Not only can a keto diet be quick and easy, but when you’re eating high-quality protein produced with high quality ingredients and slow-smoked to perfection it makes a world of difference in flavor and satisfaction. We know that’s what you’re here for.