Frequently Asked Bacon Questions

Company Information

The Baconer is committed to increasing access to high-quality food. And, like many other small-but-mighty family-owned businesses, we will continue to deliver our products where they are needed. We know that times are hard for many. Beginning March 24, 2020, we will donate a portion of proceeds from every online purchase placed at thebaconer.com to organizations supporting universal access to high-quality, nourishing, and responsibly-sourced food.

Our USDA inspected meat processing facility is committed to limiting the spread of pathogens at all times. We work diligently to maintain a safe and clean environment. As new guidelines develop, we are prepared to refine our business response plans as needed, informed by the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and the North American Meat Institute.

Situated in the epicenter of farm-to-table cuisine, The Baconer is an artisan bacon business and our goal is to create new ways to enjoy America's favorite food—bacon™. We’ve perfected a collection of artisan bacon that offers something genuinely unique and inspires our customers to cook absurdly-delicious meals. Our team of bacon enthusiasts prioritizes exceptional quality, sourcing responsibly-raised premium heritage pork from small family farms to produce our richly-flavored bacon featuring innovative cuts and chef-driven flavors. With specialty items like XXL Bacon Steaks, Smoked Lardons, Ground Bacon, Smoked Sausages and BBQ Bacon Ends—in addition to traditional Small Batch Bacon Strips—we put you in control of your own culinary adventure.

We are located in Emeryville, California.

It’s a classic tale: Boy meets girl. Romance, marriage, kids, a voracious obsession with food, an underground Brooklyn supper club, a blossoming love of cured meats, a random inspiration for a better way to make an age old recipe, a lot of experimenting, unparalleled levels of deliciousness achieved, a bacon empire is born. Y’know, pretty typical. The “WE” we keep referring to are Camilo Velasquez and Elisa Lewis. We are a husband & wife team with an amazing crew of dedicated bacon enthusiasts

Are you really asking us? To that we simply say, bacon is the best! Isn’t that why you came to us? Because you love bacon as much as we do!

Product Information

All of our products are available online. We ship everywhere in the continental United States! The Baconer is also available in several locations in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as select Farmer’s Markets.

No.

No. Not yet :)

At The Baconer, we want you to know where your bacon comes from. We start by sourcing 100% premium pork—sustainably raised on farms located in Iowa that meet the industry’s highest standards. All of our partner farms must follow these critical guidelines:

  • Human Treatment and Techniques: humane treatment of the animals and sustainable farming methods are core to responsible sourcing, and is the most important criteria we look for. 
  • Free Roaming: The farms we work with do not use farrowing or gestation crates—the hogs are allowed to roam freely and there are no industrial confinement operations. 
  • Vegetarian Diet: our heritage breed Duroc hogs are fed an all-natural, vegetarian-based diet. 
  • Antibiotic & Hormone Free: Our premium pigs are raised without added hormones, growth accelerants or antibiotics.

For more on our sourcing, visit our Sourcing page.


Can you tell me about the different cuts you offer?

The Baconer's different cuts

Bacon can be kept refrigerated up to 30 days before needing to be frozen, and can be kept frozen up to 6 months. To defrost, transfer to the refrigerator overnight, or if rapid thawing is needed, rest the package in cool water for 15-20 mins. Previously opened packages can be refrigerated or frozen in zip top storage bags, we recommend pressing as much air out of the bag as possible. Once opened, the bacon should be consumed within 7 days.

Yes. Bacon is very tolerant of refreezing without any damage to the quality.

No. However we source top-quality pork belly from a variety of family farms in Iowa. Please see the section above "Where does your meat come from?"

Currently, our products are not paleo or keto-certified, but we are developing products that will meet these requirements.

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No, however, our lardons are amazing healthy training treats.

Partnering with The Baconer

Ask for it at the meat department or the butcher counter, and then refer them to us: sales@thebaconer.com

Yes. For wholesale inquiries, contact us at: sales@thebaconer.com

Contact us at: sales@thebaconer.com

Not at this time.

Absolutely! We offer a range of food service sizes. Please contact us at: sales@thebaconer.com

SHIPPING INFO & POLICIES

We ship all perishable bacon product orders using priority overnight with FedEx, and we ship non-perishable orders (Original Candied Bacon Rub, merchandise, etc.) via USPS. Shipments go out Mon-Wed to avoid packages being held in transit over the weekend. Your bacon leaves our warehouse frozen, wrapped in insulation with freezer packs, and may arrive thawed. This is completely normal, rest assured it was very cold most of the trip and can tolerate thawing in transit. We recommend refrigerating upon receipt and you can even refreeze without any damage to quality.

Shipping costs are calculated based on order size and shipping address.

We ship everywhere in the continental United States!

Shipments go out Mon-Wed to avoid packages being held in transit over the weekend. Your bacon leaves our warehouse frozen, wrapped in insulation with freezer packs, and may arrive thawed.

We require a physical address in order to deliver perishables.

No.

Not at this time.

No. Our product is shipped frozen.

Yes. When the package is shipped, you will receive an shipping confirmation email with tracking information.

No. All items are final sale. Bacon is a perishable product and cannot be returned. If the product arrives damaged, please reach out within 48 hours to our team at gimmebacon@thebaconer.com

No. Have fun and order what you want!

To change an existing order, contact us at gimmebacon@thebaconer.com or log into your account to make any changes. We’re always happy to help you. Once the order has been placed, if you choose to cancel it, please note there will be a $5 cancellation fee.

Please reach out within 48 hours to our team at gimmebacon@thebaconer.com

Your bacon leaves our warehouse frozen, wrapped in insulation with freezer packs, and may arrive thawed. This is completely normal, rest assured it was very cold most of the trip and can tolerate thawing in transit. We recommend refrigerating upon receipt, you can even refreeze without any damage to quality.

Bacon is a perishable product and cannot be returned. If the product arrives damaged, please reach out within 48 hours to our team at gimmebacon@thebaconer.com.

SUSTAINABILITY AND PACKAGING

The Baconer offsets our carbon emissions through Carbonfund.org

The ice packs and insulated envelopes are reusable, and our boxes are recyclable.

THE GIFT OF BACON

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We certainly do. Just click here.

Yes. Nothing's better than surprising someone with The Baconer—just make sure the recipient is going to be home to open the package and put the contents in the fridge right away.

Cooking Information

Fear not, friends. We’ve got you covered. There are a number of excellent ways to cook bacon and we want to make sure we've got all your options covered. Read here to learn our top three easy ways to cook bacon—Stovetop, Oven, and/or Grill—or, better yet, watch the videos!  The Baconer's Guide to Cooking Stovetop Bacon; The Baconer's Guide to Grilling; and The Baconer's Guide to Cooking Oven Bacon!

Making an Impact

The Baconer donates a percentage of proceeds to organizations supporting universal access to high-quality, nourishing, and responsibly-sourced food, and we are always interested in learning about others who are active in this area.  Know an organization we should support? We are currently accepting and reviewing submissions. Contact us: gimmebacon@thebaconer.com

Please fill out our contact form with any donation or fundraising requests. Due to the high volume of requests, we are only able to reply to those that we're able to accommodate. Thank you for your understanding.

MEDIA INQUIRIES

Please reach our Bacon Whisperer at dana@thebaconer.com. Click here to view our press room.