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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sizzlean


Nice try.

Sizzlean was supposedly a lower calorie, less fattening bacon substitute product that was smoked and cured like bacon, but made from pork shoulder instead of pork bellies (where bacon comes from.)

Pork shoulder is ironically one of the key ingredients of Spam, one of the most fattening foods on earth.

Sizzlean (on top of having one of the most grotesque names for a food product in history) was an abomination to bacon lovers everywhere. First, it ALWAYS remained soft in the pan, no matter how long you cooked it - there was no such thing as 'crispy' Sizzlean.

My mom however was a hardcore fan of this stuff, because it was cheaper than regular bacon.

Sizzlean was discontinued by 1985. And  today, it really doesn't look so bad now. Especially when compared to THIS atrocity today.....

 

2 comments:

  1. Hmmm, might want to do some fact checking on this one. I ate this and I remember it being beef bacon. I am a Seventh-Day Adventist and we have a strict diet including NO pork. Our family ate this and I can't imagine eating it if it had any pork product in it. In fact we weren't even allowed to eat Oreo cookies or those McDonalds pie's back in the 80s because they had lard in them and that is of course made of pork.
    We love turkey bacon and can cook it just as tasty as pork bacon and it's better for you. In fact I'm off to eat a TBLT!

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  2. Actually, I believe there was a beef based version of Sizzlean. I neglected to mention it in the original post (it came in a brown label package.) But original (white label) Sizzlean was very likely a pork based product. My mom's doctor advised her not to eat original Sizzlean in her later years because he said it was made of pork shoulder.

    And I also heard that all Sizzlean wasn't Kosher. And if the Rabbis say no....

    But coming from a mega-corporate meat processor like Swift, who knows what was actually in it?

    I did look around, but it seems like no one truly knows what it was. My only information came from that doctor. There should have been an ingredients listing on the label. But alas, they don't make it anymore. So we may never truly know.

    However, I am considering an update as information gets verified and I have more examples. I wrote that post with what information I had. But I'm not leaving out the possibility I could be totally wrong. Time distorts. And since I always took that stuff for granted when it was available, I admit I never fully researched it. So it could be interesting.

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