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We purchased a Smithfield ham for our Easter dinner and when we cut into it there was a hard fiber substance all through it, a large L shape bone bone and some kind of white gooey slime. We could not even slice the thing. I sent an email to Smithfield with pictures and never received a response. Not so much as a "Sorry we ruined your Easter dinner."
Spiral ham fell apart when I took it out of the package! This is the first time this has ever happened. I had to tie the chunks, pieces and slices together before roasting it in the oven. Flavor is good, however. There was no plastic insert over the bone either, as has always been present in years before.
Smithfield bacon is very tasty however it cost more than the average bacon and in this economy although it is the better brand people tend or I should say I will buy the most cost effective brand even though I prefer Smithfield.
This is best of the best flavor. A little pricey but worth it. Love it. Either online or in the store I purchase both ways. You have got to get this bacon.
The regular bacon is cut way too thin. It cooks too fast and is inconsistent in thickness. The fat content is good - a lot of solid meat areas within the bacon and great taste, but please...a pound is a pound. More slices cut paper thin are not better. Or at least identify it as extra thin cut.
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Bought this beautiful half ham hardwood smoked for Christmas dinner. Cooking instructions were well hid. Didn't see them until I happened to look under wrapping. Followed cooking instruction as listed. There was no warning on the amount of salt content on any of the wrapping. I am on a low salt diet because of heart problems. I felt there would be a little salt, but when I prepared slices on a plate for the wife and I, it was like biting into a salt block. My wife who likes a little salt could not eat it either. Put in a big pot, covered with water for two days changing water every day, which helped get rid of most of the salty taste to where you could actually taste the ham. It was a beautiful looking ham. The wife and I are retired and on SS. It took a small chunk out of our budget. Thank GOD we had other food to eat for Christmas dinner.
I purchased a package of Smithfield St. Louis ribs recently and they were all fatty and full of cartilage. They were inedible. I went to the Smithfield website and emailed their customer service with my concern and pictures of the packaging, etc...everything they asked for. No reply. Nothing. That is terrible customer service to not even acknowledge my complaint. I will never purchase a Smithfield product again.
I purchase a smoke ham for Thanksgiving dinner. Needless to say it was all fatty, ruined our Thanksgiving dinner. And of course all the places are closed on Thanksgiving morning so we had to make something different, for Christmas I think I’ll go with a turkey!
Few years ago this was the best bacon out there. Now it's not any better than the store brands with the price going up and the quality going down. Y'all need to define thick cut before selling your product. Very disappointed with Smithfield product. I'll be looking for another brand.
Smithfield Thick Cut bacon is very thin cut. I can't imagine what their thin cut bacon is like. Very fatty and cooks up to nothing. The flavor on the regular bacon is okay but not great. I will not waste my money again on their product.
I have purchased Smithfield products for many years and for the value the products have been very satisfactory. However, I have noticed the thick sliced bacon is not as good quality as I have bought before. The slices are just not thick. I enjoy the applewood and cherrywood variety. The maple is also extremely flavorful. My concern is that the quality is beginning to go down.
I bought an $8 pork butt to make carnitas and I cut open the package to the worst smell I have ever smelled! The meat was rotten and it was a week BEFORE it expired. I will never buy their products again. Terrible terrible.
My package of bacon should have been bits and pieces! It was not even strips of bacon! It was all fat! I’m angry, and if I could, I would post photos! It’s that bad! Absolutely unacceptable! I’m tired of companies hiding their product, and everyone who buys bacon knows exactly what I am talking about. I couldn’t even use this as a topping for macaroni and cheese. Zero stars if I could!
I have no complaints against you. I tried to use a coupon at Walmart yesterday for $5 off ANY Smithfield product and the cashier tried to refuse your coupon. She said the item I was buying a Smithfield Pork Loin wasn't on the picture so she couldn't take it. I kept telling her it says ANY item and she kept refusing she wouldn't even attempt to scan it to see if it would work. I asked her to get a manager and she even refused to do that told me to get one myself. Like I told her you carry several items and there is no way you can put a picture of everything on the coupon. You might want to rethink your association with Walmart. I have been in contact with Walmart also.
Purchased the country ham that is smoked and peppered. Followed the instructions to soak for 24 hours, then cook in pot. Had a funny odor and when carved was like licking a pile of salt. Inedible. Also grainy not tender. Publix graciously refunded our purchase price. We were told 3 others had a similar experience.
It is very tasteful and the quality is excellent. The price is good and the packaging is good. The freshness there depending on the placement of the product.
First time order for a Smithfield Country Ham for our family Christmas. Received in good shape, followed enclosed, recommended preparation by an experienced cook. One of the worst experiences in my seventy plus years of dining at home. Slices were almost deli thin, much gristle to saw through. Excessive salt, smoke flavor adequate, tough to chew by all remarks of family. Had to rely on dinner sides to finish our meal. Positively one of the worst meats we've ever experienced. I will never purchase or serve a Smithfield meat product in my home again, nor will I recommend same to any friend, lest I lose him/her as such. It's not worth my time for a return as I wouldn't ask anyone to test it for taste. Horrible.
Smithfield **formerly** produced outstanding ham (and other pork). The quality has gone down *dramatically* in the last couple years. I have been hoping maybe it was an isolated problem for the last few holidays (I had been buying 3 a year). But the one I just purchased for the Thanksgiving 2017 holiday was the permanent end of my buying anything from Smithfield Foods. The Nov 2017 Smithfield ham was the worst yet. It is difficult to convey how awful it was. Flavor, texture, aroma, everything was wrong. There were strange, irregular patches of pale, almost white meat that looked like something had soaked into those spots. There was very little flavor and what flavor this was, was not appealing. The texture was sort of mealy instead of succulent. There was very little aroma and again, unappealing.
Smithfield Original (was) the only bacon I ever bought always tasted good! The last 6 months it’s been horrible!!! Tough chewy! Disappointed. I won’t be trying it ever again!!! I’ve heard that they had been sold! Disappointing when something is so good! Now is horrible!!!
I do not usually do reviews however, I purchased two packages of thick, Smithfield Bacon Naturally Applewood Smoked. This was not my first purchase. Even after inspecting the back of the package the bacon looked good. The first package was not as good as it had been (more fatty and even tough) but we ate it. Then when I opened the second package I was so mad because I wasn't even able to put slices in my pan! All except ONE slice was fatty and so thinly sliced they were falling apart. THIN bacon! I don't know what happened but this was NOT what my package said. My bacon was supposed to be THICK! When it came out the oven it was the most terrible looking stuff that I've ever seen.
I don't know what happened to these 2 packages of Smithfield Bacon but I think I will look for another brand of bacon. Paying ten dollars for bacon that was so fat and so thin I could see through it and to top it we couldn't even eat the second package because of the way it didn't cook up. I once bragged about Smithfield Bacon but being retired, we can't take a chance on food that we might or might not be able to eat once we can see all that we have purchased. I hope this was a bad 'lot' or something went wrong with something. I don't know. I just hope this is not the quality they are using at Smithfield Bacon now.
For Thanksgiving, I wanted to make a special breakfast for my fiance and myself. This morning, he went by the grocery store to pick up the few ingredients I required. He picked up a package of Smithfield bacon, assuming from the mid range price point that it was most likely a decent product. Upon opening the package, I realized this wasn't bacon, but practically just pure fat. It was packaged in a way to look like there was some substance to it, but about 5-10% of the bacon slices were actually pork meat. The rest was just fat. I have never seen poorer quality in bacon. It went directly in the garbage. I'm surprised this is actually being sold in stores.
Applewood smoked just does it for me. Sometime I sprinkle a bit of onion and garlic powder on for a little flavor boost. I cook it on medium heat slow with the lid on, then turn up the heat at the end to crisp it up
Always available, price usually average. Purchase in bulk. Sometime available on coupon websites. Coupons.com for 1.00 off. Also store sale for 4.00 per pound.
I have found that Smithfield Bacon is usually in most of the stores that I frequent. I use a cast iron bacon press when frying, to keep the bacon from shriveling up. I don't have this problem when I microwave bacon, but to me, as infrequently as I eat it, frying just tastes better. I rarely eat bacon, for health reasons. So I buy it, even if the price is higher than other brands. I always look at the package to make sure there's not all fat.
Like the peppered and smoked - although sometimes salty. Regularly stocked item - do not have to search or contact managers. Would just pick something else - too time consuming to track down manager. No brainer how to cook bacon - in the pan med-low heat. Flip when done on one side and cook on opposite side till done - what else is there to do. Too expensive - only purchase bacon when it is on sale. Smithfield or Oscar Mayer - rarely store brand all tastes salty.
Smoked, I like the flavor. I buy mine from Sam's club. It comes with 3 in the package. I'm not an everyday eater of bacon, but whenever I get a taste for it I have it on hand. I prefer the oven. There's no flipping, it cooks evenly, not too crunchy, and a couple of minutes before removing it we sprinkle it with a little honey. Delicious! The price has risen and there's less than usual. Quality is always a choice for me as well. Groceries has risen SO MUCH over the years; so I want to make sure I'm getting the best that I can for my family.
I'm not partial to sweetened bacon but I love all the rest equally. I've never had a difficult time finding Smithfield bacon anywhere. I pan fry my bacon in a square cast iron skillet and pour off the bacon grease often. I have no special routine for frying bacon. It always tastes great no matter how I cook it. My wife would stop buying bacon when it became predominantly fatty, while I insist on a large quantity of fatty meat in my bacon.
It is available most times when I shop. It is rarely not available and that is because of the variety of other brands being sold. Baked in the oven, Fried on the stove top, Microwaved. Depending on the time I have to cook I will bake in the oven for less shrinkage. Microwave when in a hurry - not recommended (bacon becomes hard). Pan frying allows for a great aroma throughout the house. Price has a lot to do with it. I shop at the commissary and the bacon is priced reasonably for now compared to the local supermarket.
Thick cut, maple. Because it makes everything better. Harris Teeter has a great variety of delicious pig parts. That's what I call customer service. Baked in the oven. Baked on a sheet pan with a rack. Fresh ground black pepper and occasionally, a bit of a brushing with honey. Usually no need to flip.
Low sodium with great flavor, good smoke, high quality taste, easy on the wallet with loads of applications besides eating it plain. The bacon is regularly stocked at Food Lion, Weis and several other locations, but I prefer Wegmans but they do not have lower sodium. Baked in the oven. Add on a little black pepper, sometimes brown sugar, add a little love and make sure you watch it so it does not burn and turn to Cajun bacon on you. Double in price is best but high quality is worth the price, must use less. I sometimes switch to fresh bacon or pork belly at times to change it up when prices are not good.
Smithfield expert review by Jim Angelus
Smithfield is a well-established pork brand committed to quality and flavor. Founded in 1936, the company only makes pork, and offers everything from hand-trimmed bacon to slow-cooked hams.
Low sodium and low fat choices: To meet dietary needs of certain customers, Smithfield offers low-sodium and low-fat bacon.
Flavor-packed bacon: From peppered bacon to cherrywood bacon, powerful flavor options abound.
Traceability: Smithfield tracks movement of its pork products from the time the pig is born until it hits the table, ensuring a safe and tasty food product.
Committed to the environment: Smithfield has achieved International Organization for Standardizations environmental certification.
Bacon bits products: Those who like a little bacon on their salad have this convenient option.
Best for: Classic bacon eaters, those who like bacon as a topping and those who want healthier bacon options.
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