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What you see is NOT what you get...
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Rating: 1/51
SPRINGFIELD ?, ARIZONA -- I was shocked and appalled when I opened the package of "Ole Carolina Brand Bacon". It was almost ALL fat! It wasn't cut properly so there were no defined strips. The fat that was there was stringy and absolutely disgusting to look at. I was floored! When I was at the grocery store, I looked at the "representative slice", as I always do. It looked meaty so I went ahead and bought it. I've never felt so cheated. What a total misrepresentation of the product. I hope something is done about this because it is so wrong to deceive the consumer.
     
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Alain on 03/10/2013:
This is one of the many brands owned by the massive Tyson Foods group of Springdale, AR. You could call them at [479] 290-4000, but I'm not sure they'd really care. The bacon I get comes in a clear package, but that's local produce from a butcher and that's hard to find these days. Maybe your best bet would be to check to see if the bacon is produced by Tyson and use a product made by someone else.
trmn8r on 03/10/2013:
There was a similar complaint recently, about a brand I do not remember, in which the "representative slice" was plastered on a chumk of fat. That is a deceitful practice.
Jeff on 03/11/2013:
Take it back to the store and get a refund....maybe if enough people return their scam bacon, and take enough of a loss, they will stop doing that
Hannalee on 10/26/2014:
95% fat. Only the little bit of lean meat on it showed conveniently through the little front window. Thats's why I bought it. And, yes, for a whole pound, it was inexpensive. I had never seen this brand before in any grocery store here in Silicon Valley California. I see now why. I found it in one of these small neighborhood convenience stores. I passed it on my way back from a hike this morning and was looking forward to a few slices of bacon with my omelette. I am just amazed that in this day and age of advocating healthier eating that a company would even put such inferior meat on the market. No stars or recommendation for this brand!!!
debbie on 11/02/2014:
I agree with the last reply. I was also appalled with the ole carolina bacon! It was all fat! Stringy weird looking, did not come off in layers and it cooked strange. I'm so mad I feel I got ripped off and want my money back! Don't buy it!
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Ole Carolina Bacon (TSD sales & Distribution)
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SPRINGDALE, ARKANSAS -- I read a complaint on this site about this product and I disagree 100%. I bought some because it was a full 16 oz,; because it was less expensive and looking through the flaps could see how lean it was. I bought two packages, cooked one today and plan ongoing back to get more for the freezer. I would suggest the buyer look through the tabs on the back to determine how lean or fat it is, I am sure they are not all the same.

The flavor was excellent, the way I remember bacon used to be. It is made over in Arkansas where there are a great number of hog farms. I bought mine at Pyramid Grocery and I guarantee you, later today am going for more. JoA
     
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MDSasquatch on 01/28/2011:
mmmmmmmmmmmm Bacon!
PepperElf on 01/28/2011:
it's BACON!
fast327 on 01/28/2011:
Beats chicken any day!
PepperElf on 01/28/2011:
fast - that just doesn't sound right. *grin*
fast327 on 01/28/2011:
Just a thought: If a pig eats bacon, is it considered cannibalism?
Anonymous on 01/28/2011:
Good review..but I'm curious, why call it Ole Carolina if it's from pigs from Arkansas, Ole Arkan'sow' would be more appropriate!

I've always wanted to go on the Atkins diet just so I could eat bacon for breakfast, lunch and dinner and not feel guilty about it.
fast327 on 01/28/2011:
Just, it works for me. I have been on the Atkins diet for a year now. My cholesterol is 127. Go figure! Have managed to lose 15 lbs.
Skye on 01/28/2011:
Protein helps a lot of people lose weight and maintain their weight loss.
Nohandle on 01/28/2011:
You guys watch the Atkins diet. I speak from experience. I'm a meat lover so it was just up my alley. I wasn't overweight by any stretch but golly it sounded great to me. Lose 5 pounds or 10 in no time. It works but try waking up one morning and a foot is swollen up, seriously swollen. I thought I had broken my foot. Nope..gout.
jktshff1 on 01/28/2011:
NH..good to know
Skye on 01/28/2011:
Excellent point NH, gout. Atkins is all about the meat. For some, it can be quite dangerous, just as you stated.

I don't diet, but I do watch what I eat and use portion control. For some reason, the word diet always makes me think of deprivation.
Nohandle on 01/28/2011:
Seriously, there is nothing wrong with the Atkins diet. Within a short period of time you can stick out your tongue, turn sideways and look like a zipper. Just don't overdo it for a long period of time. Gout at one time was the "rich man's disease" or the "old folks" disease. Not entirely true and trust me, it hurts. lol
Skye on 01/28/2011:
The only thing I think about when I hear someone says they've gone on Atkins, is when they go into ketosis. They have the weirdest smelling breath. Not repulsive, just quite odd.

And totally true about gout not being an older persons's disease. My friends husband was only 28 when he got gout. He wasn't rich, but well off. He also got it in his foot.
Anonymous on 01/28/2011:
I think the best way to eat is as Skye said--everything in moderation and portion control. Everyone knows when they're eating too much of something--I.e., a carton of ice cream, lol. If you gain a few pounds, just cut out some of the useless carbs you eat and you'll lose. I think that was the theory behind the South Beach Diet. Nothing wrong with whole grains!
Skye on 01/28/2011:
Those little pint containers of Ben and Jerry's have 1050 calories in them, yikes, if you eat the whole thing in one sitting, which is easy to do.

The rule I follow is, if you want to say weigh 120 lbs, then you stick to 1200 calories a day. For men of course, they get to eat more, which all use ladies know has never been fair, lol. We all know when we overindulge, and tend to bulge. I exercise every day, but I still have to watch, because that's just how it is. Lets face it, food is good stuff!

Anonymous on 01/28/2011:
If I exercise every day then I can eat more and not gain. So, that's what I do, in addition to not eating junk every day. Once a week I will treat myself to something I love. Fruit and vegi's are good and have few calories, so I try to eat lots of those when I'm hungry.
Skye on 01/28/2011:
Same here. I just ate a cucumber to tide me over till hubby comes home for dinner later. I fed the kids whole wheat English Muffin pizza's. Then I'll make some sausage and peppers for Mr. Skye when he gets home.

I usually also have a snack at night, a Weight Watcher treat, or some fat free sugar free pudding, with fat free whipped cream.
Anonymous on 01/28/2011:
Mr. Sing gets home at 7 pm, so dinner is pretty much my snack, lol. But, when we eat early, I try to drink tea or lots of water. If my starving for something though, I keep that light too (like you). Well, Skye, we can now teach a class together!
GenuineNerd on 01/28/2011:
I smell bacon...
Skye on 01/28/2011:
Bacon bacon bacon! It's not bacon, it's......
Starlord on 01/29/2011:
Bacon - the candy bar of meat.
Alain on 01/29/2011:
Bacon is something I love, but I have to keep the portions small and just take the time to enjoy it a little bit at a time.
olie on 01/29/2011:
While there are indeed "better bacons", there is no such thing as "bad" bacon.
Starlord on 01/30/2011:
The only purpose a pig has in life is to taste good.
Hannalee on 10/26/2014:
95% fat. Only the little bit of lean meat on it showed conveniently through the little front window. That's why I bought it. And, yes, for a whole pound, it was inexpensive. I had never seen this brand before in any grocery store here in Silicon Valley California. I see now why. I found it in one of these small neighborhood convenience stores. I passed it on my way back from a hike this morning and was looking forward to a few slices of bacon with my omelette. I am just amazed that in this day and age of advocating healthier eating that a company would even put such inferior meat on the market. No stars or recommendation for this brand!!!
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Horrible
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This is the worst quality bacon I have ever had. Very disappointed and will NEVER buy this brand again!
     
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Anonymous on 03/26/2011:
"Why" was the bacon the worst quality ever? Rubbery, fatty, etc...? Please come back and leave a little more detail for the rest of us to form an opinion about the product ourselves. Thanks!
Skye on 03/26/2011:
What was it about this brand of bacon, that left you disappointed?

GenuineNerd on 03/26/2011:
Was Old Carolina a "bargain brand" that contained more fat and less meat than other bacon?
jktshff1 on 03/26/2011:
What they all said, not enough info.
Mary of sacramento,ca on 08/11/2012:
Terrible bacon is right.MISLABLED.it says hickory smoked and I cooked some up like I always due to crumble into my potato salad and YUCK...my potato salad tasted like maple syrup.Why in the world don't you put "MAPLE FLAVORED HICKORY SMOKED BACON" on the label...very false advertising if you ask me. I WILL NEVER EVER BUY THIS BRAND EVER AGAIN. I have two daughters that use this brand and they also were very very unsatisfied with this brand.If we were having pancakes or scrambled eggs then it would be alright BUT not with potato salad or even corn muffins for that matter..had to throw all my potato salad out.And it was on sale.bought 2..threw both out...out some money now...better label it right..not in tiny letters for the ingredients maple syrup, and artivicial maple flavoring..it is maple flavored hickory smoked bacon......VERY TERRIBLE PRODUCT...NEVER AGAIN WILL I PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT!!! count on it...
Arthur M Mac Donald on 11/11/2012:
75% fat 25% meat....No Good and sucks the big one, will NEVER buy it again,you have stolen our money!
Brenda on 09/18/2013:
Totally agree with the Maple flavor complaint. I don't want my BLT sandwich to taste of maple syrup. My house smelled of maple syrup for a week. I use bacon in my different chowders and cannot use Old Carolina because of the excessive maple flavoring they use.
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Fat, Fat And More Fat.
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BUCKLEY, WASHINGTON -- The package looked real meaty in the store. However, when I open the package and separated the slices, there was a high content [90%] of fat and very little pork meat. I don't appreciate paying the price I paid just so I can have an inferior product that looks so good before the package is opened. I believe the company is deceiving the public and I won't purchase any more of Ole Carolina products.
     
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Fat-Irregular Slices, Cooks To Nothing
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SPRINGDALE -- 1 lb. of raw bacon equaled 3 1/2 oz. of cooked bacon. the slices were irregular, some thick, some very thin. in the store it looked good. I always look at the back too. the consumer is being duped by this co. This is an outrage & should not be permitted.
     
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The Supposed Bacon Was Only Fat, Very Deceiving in the Package
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SPRINGDALE, ARKANSAS -- The packaged bacon looked nice a lot of meat, but once you get the packaged open it's all fat, very disgusting
     
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Would Have Gotten Better Bacon If I'd Just Bit The Pig In The Butt
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My husband constantly buys your bacon. I constantly end up cursing the whole time I am cooking it. What lousy piece of product you people are trying to pawn off as bacon. Nothing but plain fat. I have gotten better bacon in the large package marked as bacon ends and pieces that I purchase for seasoning. I have informed my husband that whenever he buys it again it will just be thrown out because I am not wasting any more of my time trying to make bacon out of plain pig fat. I am sure that the higher ups in your company don't even eat this stuff. Why should they, they make the big bucks and can afford to buy decent products from other more reputable companies.

And the way you package it! It seems like there is always a piece or two that actually have a few lean spots on it are tangled up so as to represent the package as being full of decent bacon. You people are a JOKE! No more of my money will go into your pockets> LOUSY! LOUSY! LOUSY!!!!! Enough said.
     
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skelly39 on 05/19/2010:
HAHAHA. I'm giving you a VH for your byline.
MDSasquatch on 05/19/2010:
If you are going to bite a pig in the butt and expect to get bacon, you are going to be in for another disappointment; bacon is actually the belly of a pig.

By its very nature, bacon is very fatty; if you like the taste but don't like all the fat, then try center cut bacon, it is a little more expensive and you may need to add some oil when cooking, but it sure does taste good!
Anonymous on 05/19/2010:
Mmmmmmm....bacon...mmmmmmm

I'm fairly certain that Ole Carolina brand is pretty inexpensive, which might explain why it's mostly fat. Kunzler is my favorite brand, I just wait until its on sale, then buy it.
Starlord on 05/19/2010:
Safeway here has Gourmet smoked bacon in slices almost 1/4 inch thick for $4.99 per pound.
Weedwhacked on 05/19/2010:
Bacon is Bacon (FAT).
FlShopper on 05/20/2010:
Yum...bacon...
The fat is what makes it taste so good! When you cook it up nice and crisp and you get that crunchy pork fat...it's heaven! Plus you get all that bacon grease to use for other dishes.

But...I agree with MDS about buying center cut bacon if you don't want so much fat. I think the brand I buy is Hormel. Not as much fat as some of the other brands, and it's delicious!
beanbagbritches on 05/24/2010:
Bacon is fatty, as others have pointed out. If you want a "bacon" with much less fat, try turkey bacon. It is better for you & yet fulfills your need for breakfast meat. I love it!
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Ole Carolina Bacon Awful Awful Awful.
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ELKHART, INDIANA -- That bacon was about 15 oz of fat and 1 oz of meat. I will never subject my family to such crap again. I just wonder if the CEO of that company eats his own product or are we the jokers that pay for his deli thick cut. I wouldn't eat this bacon again if they offered it free.
     
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bargod on 05/15/2009:
Good info. Next time just a quick glance at the package with tell you wether it's good or not. It's pretty hard not to notice all fat and no meat. Also the price is a pretty good indicator.
Anonymous on 05/15/2009:
Great review. I once tried a package of kielbasa of the same brand, and it was disgusting. The flavor was 'off'.

Anonymous on 05/15/2009:
Life is too short for prepackaged grocery store meats. I say find yourself a local meat market for your pork and beef. You'll pay a bit more but it's well worth it and healthier.
Anonymous on 05/15/2009:
You know, maybe that wasn't the brand.

DigitalCommando on 05/15/2009:
Has anybody come across a brand of bacon that ISN'T like this? They seem to magically slice the pieces so that the sliver of red shows for each piece through the package and everything you don't see is Abe Vigoda's liposuction.
Anonymous on 05/15/2009:
LOL That's disgusting DC, but totally accurate. Good answer Crabby!
BokiBean on 05/15/2009:
hahahaha@Abe Vigoda's lipo! *urp*
DigitalCommando on 05/15/2009:
I hope I didn't cause a reduction in bacon sales with my comment. The last thing I need right now is Abe at my doorstep whining about a decline in his royalty checks.
BokiBean on 05/15/2009:
I had to look up whether he was still living. IT'S ALIIIIIVE! But either way, you don't want him haunting you.
Anonymous on 05/15/2009:
It might be good if you had one of those lame 'wake n bacon' contraptions.....
Anonymous on 05/15/2009:
DC...thank you for that visual. I will never eat bacon again.
azspots on 05/15/2009:
I annoy the meat department of our grocery store. I will pick through the bacon packages until I find one more red than fat. Sometimes they don't exist and they get to keep the fat farm in a package
RAVENMADD on 05/15/2009:
when I looked in that helpful little window so they have houdinis packaging that stuff... from the back it looked like a score... haha on me
BokiBean on 05/15/2009:
That can happen too, you think you've gotten a good package of bacon and somehow they managed to get the only lean in the package right in the window..the rest is whale blubber.
Kitzer on 04/25/2012:
This bacon is total crap!! I've NEVER seen so much fat in a pound of bacon in my life!!
I couldn't see it through the little peep-hole in that back, but I sure saw it when I opened the package!!
I'll only buy Hormel from now on!!
DebtorBasher on 04/25/2012:
Hormel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GAGGGGGGGG!!!!
Hormel has windpipe in their Dinty Moore!!!

Anonymous on 04/25/2012:
Mmmm windpipe!
bill, calif on 07/20/2013:
Worst bacon I have ever purchased.
Welsh on 10/05/2013:
I'm cooking it now. Worst bacon ever. It's pure fat.
darlene gary on 01/05/2014:
I agree. This stuff should have been melted down into lard. Very little meat at all!!
baconator on 01/26/2014:
worst bacon ever, has a chemical taste and mostly fat as others have said. NEVER EAT THIS PRODUCT!
De on 04/07/2014:
Terrible Bacon. That's why it's in a box so u can't see what you are getting. It's moderately priced... middle of the road . I'm considering just frying up the box it came in.... I think I'd be better off. I am writing the CO . Probably won't matter buy I'm sick of getting ripped off. I need a pig.
sue on 04/24/2014:
Picked up Ole Carolina hickory bacon for German Potato Salad....CRAP CPRAP CRAP! What are they selling? Garbage ? Dry and no flavor what-so-ever!! Couldn't even eat is! YES it was that bad!
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Moldy Bacon
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SPRINGDALE, AR, ARKANSAS -- I was going to make BLT's and went to Aldi's in Waukesha WI. Bought the makings, came home, went to cook bacon and package full of black mold throughout the entire slab of slices. Product code 74700 10003.
     
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Skye on 03/14/2010:
Did you attempt to return it?? They cannot make good on what they are not aware of.
raven2010 on 03/14/2010:
Just a thought---could the black spots have been cracked pepper?? If it truly was mold, I agree, you need to return it so they can make it right. The sooner they find out about faulty refrigeration, the less people might end up ill.
Skye on 03/14/2010:
Great answer as always Raven!
raven2010 on 03/14/2010:
awwwwww *blush*
Starlord on 03/14/2010:
I agree with raven. It is hard to find bacon now that is not heavily dosed with black pepper. I personally do not use black pepper, preferring cayenne pepper on the recommendation of Justin Wilson. Usually, mold on meats is not black mold, but blue-green. I agree with the guy on the commercial, bacon is the candy bar of meats.
raven2010 on 03/14/2010:
LOL Star! I don't eat pork, haven't since watching a documentary at least 20 years ago. Yes, my brain knows all animals are slaughtered, however, that dang show messed with my head.

That said, my friends who eat pork rave about bacon in such a way to make it sound just as good, or BETTER, than sex. *giggle*
Nohandle on 03/14/2010:
I believe the complaint here was about smoked bacon not cured. I don't pretend to be an authority on bacon but do know some go into a restaurant and order country cured ham/bacon. They expect that rotten smell, at least I think it smells rotten. If I go to my grocers and pick up a package of smoked bacon I don't expect a spot of anything on it.
raven2010 on 03/14/2010:
Nohandle, smoked bacon can contain pepper. At least from the google search I just did. I think all bacon smells icky, so I would be of no help to the poor OP. Hopefully, the offending item was returned to the store for a refund.
Nohandle on 03/14/2010:
The OP was complaining about mold not pepper. I wasn't there and didn't see it so my guess is as good as anyone elses as to what it looked like.
raven2010 on 03/14/2010:
good point, nohandle. *goes back to screwing around on Facebook*
Nohandle on 03/14/2010:
I just looked in my freezer. There's a center slice of Hardwood Smoked Ham. Granted, ham not bacon but there's not a speck of black anywhere. I do know further down in the meat section there's the cured country bacon and ham. I expect black there due to the processing but not on that packaged bacon we buy for breakfast and BLT sandwiches.
clutzycook on 03/14/2010:
Aldi's has the double guarantee. Just return it to the store, they'll replace the product and give you your money back.
Anonymous on 03/14/2010:
Clutzy that is quite a guarantee for a store to stand behind. I think its great. The OP should take the product back.
Starlord on 03/15/2010:
A pig only has one purpose in life. To taste good. I am sorry that you feel you cannot eat pork due to some silly documentary, which I am certain, like Michael Moore's films, have an agenda. Probably put out by one of those PETA freaks.
localgod on 03/15/2010:
"PRODUCT CODE 74700 10003" Product codes (or UPC's as they're known) generally have 12 digits. Regardless, the product information you gave us did suffice.
raven2010 on 03/15/2010:
Star, I understand, truly. I KNOW it is silly not to eat something based on a show I saw more than 20 years ago. Tell that to my tummy, please. It feels all icky just SMELLING some pork product.
PepperElf on 03/15/2010:
personally I like eating pork too
but I do remember being turned off roast beef for a good year... had a sammich at the corning museum of glass way back when I was a kid. it was pretty gross, so it was over a year before I could eat roast beast again without remembering the icky sammich
Anonymous on 03/15/2010:
Meat that tastes the best is kosher pork chops!
clutzycook on 03/15/2010:
LMAO, Faxx!
Anonymous on 03/15/2010:
There are kosher pork chops. Maybe not kosher in the true sense of the word, I don't know.

Personally after the comments he has posted today this is an attempt on his part to be as offensive as he can.
jktshff1 on 03/15/2010:
raven, ya ain't tried my bbq
jktshff1 on 03/15/2010:
LOL!!! Kosher pork chops are on the same level as oven bbq!!! Ain't going to happen!!
Anonymous on 03/15/2010:
See what kind of things you can find on Google? lol
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