A CUT ABOVE THE REST: Country Meats owner Melissa Bryant and store manager Kelly Bryant with the team at the Lismore store after winning three awards in the Australian Bacon Awards.
A CUT ABOVE THE REST: Country Meats owner Melissa Bryant and store manager Kelly Bryant with the team at the Lismore store after winning three awards in the Australian Bacon Awards. Marc Stapelberg

It's official: this is NSW's best rasher of bacon

COUNTRY Meats has brought home the bacon this year and you can't blame them for hogging the limelight with three places in the Australian Bacon Awards.

The local business was awarded first in New South Wales and second in Australia in the full rasher category and second in NSW for the shortcut category.

It can be hard to get a leg up against the import market but Country Meats hasn't let this hamper its enthusiasm for producing great meat and offering quality service at its Lismore, Goonellabah and Ballina outlets.

Country Meats owner Melissa Bryant said consumers should look for the pink ProMark or the "Product of Australia" sign to identify local products.

"We push a 100% local pork and local consumers don't realise just how much product is out there that has been imported," she said.

"To be in the top echelon of the country means everything to us.

"All of our pork is sourced from a local fifth generation farmer.

"Great bacon is dependent on a good curing process and traditional smoking which gives it those lovely smoky overtones."

The Australian Bacon Awards celebrates Australian Bacon Week which runs from June 21-27.

Australian Pork Limited's Peter Haydon said bacon was a versatile meat that could be used in meals eaten from morning to night.

"Bacon made from 100% Australian pork is a high quality product that many people believe tastes better and Australian Bacon Week is about shining a light on this home-grown product," he said.



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