Live High On the Hog this Holiday with Hams and Bacon Gifts from Tender Belly

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Specialty Pork Purveyors Cater to the Bacon Lovers on Your Holiday List

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We’re pushing boundaries, challenging conventions, and redefining expectations of good quality pork products such as ham and bacon.

Tender Belly, a pork and bacon brand created by two brothers from Iowa, is rolling out holiday ham and packaging up their Signature Dry-rub Vermont Maple-flavored Bacon and Habanero Bacon for the holidays. The company Tender Belly has set the bar even higher in the pork world by sourcing only the best pedigreed pigs (mostly from Iowa farms), supporting family farmers, inspiring food-source conscience in food lovers and following processes that ensure every detail is met with tenacity, passion and ambition — they call it Certified Awesome.

Growing up in Iowa, founder Shannon Duffy has often been labeled as a hog snob. “We’re pushing boundaries, challenging conventions, and redefining expectations of good quality pork products such as ham and bacon,” says Duffy. “We’re disrupters in the pork space not because we want to be, but because we know that consumers are searching for a better product and we’re here to deliver it. We founded our business on our obsession with making great bacon and a passion for heritage pigs from Iowa that are naturally grown with no antibiotics, no hormones, no gestation and no nitrates or farrowing crates.”

Consumers can get their hands on Tender Belly this holiday (and every day) by ordering online at Tenderbelly.com. For holiday meals and gifts try:

Uncured Spiral Cut Ham

Tender Belly’s 100 percent Berkshire, naturally uncured, spiral cut hams will have have holiday guests begging for more. The intramuscular fat marbling, natural cure and sweet honey glaze make for one of the best ham experiences anyone has ever had. Berkshire Pork is what sets it apart having a distinctive, rich, buttery taste with unparalleled juiciness, tenderness and depth of flavor. The ham comes pre-glazed and wrapped in foil so consumers only need to throw it in the oven, warm it to the desired temp and serve. Why make it only for holidays? Price: $89.95

Signature Dry-Rub Bacon (Cured and Uncured, Slab and Sliced Slab)

Tender Belly is known for their signature dry-rub recipe which is critical to the flavor of the bacon and they spare no expense in getting it right. They start by hand-selecting the best ingredients — fresh juniper berries ground seconds before being added to the mix; real, late-season maple sugar from Vermont; and specialty spices from Tender Belly’s custom spice blenders. Nothing put into the dry-rub is processed. Ever. Basically, it's the best rub Tender Belly could make, and the taste proves it. Price: 1 lb. $14.75

Habañero Cherrywood-Smoked, Dry-Rub Uncured Bacon

This is the bacon with the habanero kick and a sweet bite. The habañero spice rub is applied, the bellies are dry cured and then cherrywood-smoked to perfection. Tender Belly spares no expense with ingredients, process or time to provide the best possible product. Price: 1 lb. $14.75

Give the Gift of Bacon Every Month

For the bacon lover on the holiday gift list, search no more. Give the world’s best bacon delivered to their door, monthly. Four pounds of dry cured, cherrywood-smoked bacon flavored with the signature maple rub or spiced up with the habanero mix. Buy all one flavor or get two of each. Price: 4 packages (4 lbs.), every month $59/month

Can’t decide? Give ‘em a Tender Belly Gift Card.

What Makes Tender Belly Bacon Different: All of Tender Belly bacon comes from the extra tender bellies of Heritage Breed hogs raised on lush farms devoted to the care and well-being of each animal. They're fed rich, all-natural, 100 percent vegetarian diets and given access to the outdoors and room to move around freely, which creates exquisite intramuscular marbling that can't be achieved any other way. The bacon is rubbed in the signature dry-rub and stacked to dry cure for almost two weeks (much longer than most bacon brands) before being smoked slowly.

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About Tender Belly: Tender Belly was founded in 2010 by two brothers from Iowa, Shannon and Erik Duffy, who saw a demand for good, clean, pure superior pork products. They made it their mission to become the purveyors of the finest pork products around with a philosophy ingrained in their brand that pigs raised with patience, commitment and tender, loving care make for better pork. Plain and simple. Today, the company has grown (and made the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies for three years in a row) but their mission still stays the same — to create superior products by sourcing only the best pedigreed pigs, supporting family farmers, inspiring food-source conscience in food lovers and following processes that ensure every detail is met with tenacity, passion and ambition. That’s Certified Awesome.

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