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  1. DeBunk Deli Meat. Understand Label Claims.

    DeBunk Deli Meat. Understand Label Claims.

    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. 


    Certified Organic

    The certified organic s

    September 04, 2019
  2. Short on Time, Big on Flavor? Snack Dinner.

    Short on Time, Big on Flavor? Snack Dinner.

    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

    July 30, 2019
  3. Flavor-Packed, Paleo-Friendly Summer Dishes

    Flavor-Packed, Paleo-Friendly Summer Dishes

    Paleo is one of the biggest diet trends at the moment and for good reason: people are getting great health benefits while eating really good food. The paleo philosophy and diet plan revolve around the idea that our bodies have evolved to handle certain foods: namely vegetables, healthy fats, and animal protein. (Read: Fantastic! All the bacon you want!) Who wouldn’t love this diet? Bring on the meat tornado. 

    Before you jump on the bandwagon, though, you should know about the flip side. The diet guidelines also suggest that our bodies haven’t adapted to digesting certain food groups and should be eliminated. On this list are: grains, dairy, sugar, and processed oils, just to name a few. If you’ve tried the Paleo lifestyle before, you know those restrictions can make it tough to pick healthy foods that are still delicious and packed with flavor

    July 02, 2019
  4. Spicy Chorizo with Brandy Frittata

    Spicy Chorizo with Brandy Frittata

    A Breakfast with Bold Flavor 

    We're all about simple recipes that bring folks together at breakfast table. Bacon & eggs belong together. 

    Serves 4 

     Ingredients:

    • 1 small white onion, sliced thin
    • 1 red bell pepper, diced
    • 1 green bell pepper, diced
    • 1 small red tomato - chopped  
    • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced fine
    • 2 slices sandwich bread, cut or torn into small pieces
    • 2 links North Country Smokehouse certified humane, Chorizo with Brandy sausage - diced
    • 8 eggs
    • 4 oz. diced cheese (we used Jack but any firm cheese would work)
    • 1/3 C olive oil, divided
    • Salt and pepper to taste


    Instructions:

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.

    2. In a large cast-iron pan, heat ½  of the olive oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add the

    July 02, 2019
  5. Beef Bacon Sliders: Smokehouse Style

    Beef Bacon Sliders: Smokehouse Style

    A popular alternative to basic burgers. This July 4th declare your independence from flavorless, dry sliders!  This recipe is modeled on the White Castle square sliders and results in a juicy burger that fits all the way to the edge of the buns, which are held in place with melted cheese. 

    Serves 16

    Ingredients:

    • 2 lbs. all-natural, ground beef (preferably 80% lean)
    • 1 small white onion, finely grated
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • ½ tsp. black pepper
    • ½ tsp. white pepper
    • 2 TBS cold water
    • 1 package of slider buns or dinner rolls, connected in a single sheet (we recommend Martin’s potato rolls or King’s Hawaiian Bread)
    • 1 lb. sliced cheddar cheese
    • 1, 12 oz. package of North Country Smokehouse Certified Humane Fruitwood Bacon


    Instructions:

    Measure your buns! Using a tape measure

    June 11, 2019
  6. New Local Flavors Just in Time for Summer Grilling

    New Local Flavors Just in Time for Summer Grilling

    The shift towards locally sourced ingredients is real. Our customers want to know where their food comes from and trust the people who produce it. Enter - North Country Smokehouse.

    We’ve been smoking meat for a long time, and we pride ourselves on the diverse flavors our products bring to the table. We live in a region that’s made a name for itself with the local flavors of sweet maple syrup, creamy cheeses and the very best in craft beer. It’s only right we partner with other local purveyors to develop two, all-natural, certified humane links; just in time for Memorial Day.

    We began collaborations with Harpoon Brewery and Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company as part of our ongoing commitment to the local food movement, crafting recipes with fresh ingredients from our own backyard. These partnerships were made in sweet, meaty heaven – pairing our savory sausages with these regional, fan favorites was a no-brainer.

    A New England staple with locations in Windsor, VT., an

    May 14, 2019
  7. The Ultimate Guide to Summer Grilling

    The Ultimate Guide to Summer Grilling

    If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of grills firing up across the country. Eager to take the party outdoors, grilling season means gracing your table with the fresh flavors of the season.

    At North Country Smokehouse, we believe everything tastes better after it’s spent some time over an open flame. Nothing signals the arrival of summer like smoked meats sizzlin' on the barbie.

    We've launched 2 new, local products just-in-time for Memorial Day. Our new Jalapeno Cheddar sausage and Harpoon IPA Beer Bratwurst are sure to turn your run-of-the-mill meals into a scrumptious celebration.

    Find these and other feast-worthy flavors inside this Ultimate Guide to BBQ Season and remember... Stay Low. Stay Slow. Stay Smoky.

                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                     

    May 03, 2019
  8. Spiral Sliced Ham - Three Winning Recipes

    Spiral Sliced Ham - Three Winning Recipes

    Time-Honored Traditions

    Here at North Country Smokehouse, we’re practical people. We know there’s no need to fix what isn’t broken: That’s why we use traditional, family recipes passed down through generations. Another thing we know is that time is precious, and the more of it we can spend with our families and loved ones, the better. With that being said, we’ll keep this brief.

    With a low and slow smoking process for all of our products, North Country’s focus is on timeless flavor above all else. While we craft our recipes the old-fashioned way, that doesn’t mean we’re afraid of efficiency. If we can prepare one meal and take away a week’s worth of leftovers, we’ll do it every time. After all, our products are hand-crafted to be the backbone for countless recipes.

    Take our

    April 09, 2019
  9. Traditional Irish Bangers and Mash

    Traditional Irish Bangers and Mash

    Hearty & Full of Flavor 

    Ah, Saint Patrick’s Day. For the Irish, March 17 is a day of cultural celebration. For meat lovers all over the world, it’s a day of flavorful possibility. Yes, you can brine a brisket and slow-cook it in a Dutch oven for hours…But we’re quite happy dressing our Irish Brand Banger Sausage—a traditional Emerald Isle blend of pork, spices, and bread crumbs—with onion gravy on a bed of mashed potatoes for a traditional feast that takes less than 30 to fix.

    History has it that the name “Bangers” comes from the fact that these sausages used to burst (bang!) while cooking due to the inclusion of bread crumbs (otherwise known as “rusk”) in the meat.

    Just like any simple dish, Bangers and Mash is all about the ingredients, so most

    March 08, 2019