The Best Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich Starts with the Bacon
By Jon Bailey - April 7, 2020
I am an ambassador for Perdue Farms, which owns Niman Ranch, but honestly I would go on like this about their bacon regardless. Because I love how it makes the best bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich – that's why.
There's no secret to making the best bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. Or is there? The BLT has been a go-to comfort staple in our family since the dads were kids, and that tradition has been passed on to our own kids. And more than ever, now is a good time for a little comfort. We realize the superior taste of the BLT is directly proportional to the quality of bacon used. We recently tested this theory, using a large brand name bacon product available in most supermarkets, and the premium bacon from Niman Ranch.
Not hard to predict the outcome here.
The Best Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich
I don't know what it is about the bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich that makes it so irresistible. The BLT is just our idea of the perfect sandwich. Maybe it's the combination of the crunchy, salty bacon mixed with the compliment of the creamy mayonnaise. Add the sweet/tart tomato and the chill of a lettuce leaf, and you have – perfection. But it's more than that. The elements have to be just so:
- The tomato must be ripe but not overly – mushy will not do.
- The lettuce must be fresh and green – only one or two leaves max.
- The mayo must be Best Foods. No other brand will do. No idea why.
- The bread must be white and slightly toasted. Emphasis on slightly.
- And the bacon. The bacon must be lavishly placed so that regardless of location, every bite of that sandwich has the perfect combination of all the flavors above. But if for some reason there is an imbalance, let it be known that every single bite must contain bacon as the priority. The other ingredients are secondary.
It's All About the Bacon
I've heard that there are people out there who don't like bacon. I've never met one of these people, and I don't understand them unless they are vegetarian or do not eat pork due to religious reasons. As a bacon aficionado, I have sampled dozens of brands, types, varieties and flavors. In fact, I've enjoyed several bacon flights from various restaurants. (My hands-down favorite bacon flight is from a breakfast place in Palm Springs called Cheeky's.) In our family, bacon is an essential food group.
When making the perfect BLT, the quality of the bacon makes the difference in taste. It must be prepared perfectly – not limp and chewy, but also not too crispy and burnt. The correct amount of frying is essential to the sandwich success.
And the best slab of bacon commercially available must be the star ingredient. In our estimation, the best bacon is without a doubt Perdue Farms' Niman Ranch All Natural Applewood Smoked Uncured Bacon. Without this bacon, the best bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich cannot exist. Fact.
Sustainably Farmed Bacon
Even better, Niman Ranch only works with its own network of U.S. family farmers and ranchers. They raise livestock, humanely and sustainably to deliver the finest tasting meat in the world.
Niman Ranch Bacon Delivered to Your Door
Now you can order Niman Ranch Bacon and other products through the Perdue Farms website, and have it all delivered right to your door. No need for outings to the grocery store, face masks and sanitation devices. A box full of goodies arrives to you directly from Perdue Farms in Maryland, packed on ice and frozen solid.
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We hope you enjoy your BLT as much as we do. So go make that best bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, and let us know how it turned out!