Paleo Girl FINALLY Gets Her Bacon! Yeeehaw!

Amy Carroll Blog, Paleo Cowgirl 47 Comments

Okay, folks. I’m really super excited about this one. Pederson’s is launching a new product, and this product… this one is going to rock my world. Uncured No Sugar Smoked Bacon. Yep. How do I even begin to tell you about my love affair with this bacon and it’s necessity?

Here’s the thing… no one is doing this. At least, there is not a nationally distributed, easy to attain brand producing superior quality, minimally processed, uncured, antibiotic free, veg fed, humanely raised, unsweetened bacon. Have you ever read the ingredients list of every package of bacon in any given grocery store? Nope? Well, I have. Ha! Sure, you can find natural, uncured bacon in most grocery stores. BUT, they all contain sugar. Don’t look at the nutritional facts panel… it is not an accurate reflection of sugar content. Look in the ingredients list. You will always find brown sugar.

Let me tell you my story, and I suspect there are many others out there with a story like mine. I am… well… what you might call a “fitness fanatic”. (Insert overly dramatic air quotes.) Sure, I may be a wee bit over the top. I will admit it. However, my health is of the utmost importance to me. Am I perfect? No. Am I always looking to be better than I was yesterday? Yep. That is my goal day after day. I want to be stronger, fitter, healthier today than I was yesterday. And, as long as I’m moving in that direction, I am pleased.

With that said, I gave my diet an overhaul last fall. I went Paleo. “Paleo? What’s that?” you ask. Listen, I’m no expert, but Paleo, to me, means that I eat meats, vegetables, nuts & seeds, some fruit, little starch. I do not eat dairy, grains, legumes, or sugars. Eating Paleo is based on the Paleolithic era… hunters & gatherers. And, truly, no one can say for certain what they did/did not eat. However, for me, it is about getting back to real foods, fresh foods.

So, on my quest to go Paleo, I began to look at every. single. nutrition. label. Boy howdy, do you know what kind of junk we are consuming?!? Do you know that some form of sugar is in nearly EVERYTHING that we eat??? Wow! And, so many labels are chock full of ingredients that I cannot pronounce. This is not okay, right?

Here’s the deal… wouldn’t it be grand if we all raised, slaughtered, and processed our own meat in addition to growing the most lush vegetable garden for our own personal consumption? Sure it would. But, that’s not happening for me. Girl has a full time job. And some hobbies that aren’t farming & ranching. Oh, and a black thumb. So, I need the next best thing. I need to be able to go to the grocery store and buy some food that I feel good about putting in my body. I need to be able to go to the grocery store and find some paleo options. And, again, I suspect that I am not alone in this.

When I started Paleo, I was told that bacon is allowed so long as I find one made without sugar as sugar is a no no. Hallelujah! However, I very quickly found out that bacon made without sugar is a very elusive, mystical entity. So, I can have it, but I can’t find it? That is so wrong

Working for Pederson’s Natural Farms, I know their quality is the best of the best. I know their values align with mine when it comes to the raising of the hogs, as well as the nature of their “processing” or lack thereof. I’ve spent countless hours in the plant watching them work. I’ve asked them the questions I need answered. See… before I ever came to work for Pederson’s, I was the all natural, organic consumer. Before Pederson’s, I did my research. From a consumer standpoint, I knew what was going on in the world of natural and organic meats versus mainstream meat factories. So, without reservation, I asked them every question I ever had. And, without reservation, they answered every one of them and showed me all around.

I have concluded that the down home, honest to goodness folks that run Pederson’s Natural Farms are of the highest integrity. Haha. How’s that for an expert opinion? I understand that you all don’t know me, but I know me, and all the folks that know me know that I wouldn’t say that if it weren’t true. (What a mouthful, eh?!?

Incredibly long story a wee bit shorter… Pederson’s bacon would be perfect for the paleo gal should they omit the sugar. I mean, I’m not gonna lie… I would have been a traitor and settled for another brand of bacon if I’d found one that aligned with my values without any type of sugar. But, I didn’t find one. Ever. And, I’m glad. Settling is no fun.

Pederson’s Natural Farms, being the super awesome company that they are, listened to a few consumers including little ol’ me, and recognized the huge, gaping hole in the market. In fact, they had a consumer plea submitted on their website that read as follows:Us health conscience eaters prefer the sugar out of our bacon. Please produce a product that contains NO SUGAR!! Your bacon is too sweet for our group of Paleo dieters. Would appreciate your consideration on the matter.” And, guess what!?! They (we?) value the varying and ever evolving needs of health fanatics and bacon lovers. They value the voice of one single consumer. I am thrilled that Pederson’s is in the position to provide this kind of superior product to nationally well known and loved markets at a price point previously unheard of for this kind of bacon. Seriously. As far as I know, there is only one other company making bacon like this, but it is only sold online, it is consistently out of stock, and the price is significantly higher if you can get it.

Pederson’s is not messing around with this. The ingredient list is short and sweet, and I can pronounce and recognize every ingredient. I’ve watched them make bacon. I’ve photographed it. I’ve written about it. We’re talking real smoke in a real smokehouse. Want to see and read how the bacon is made? Check it out HERE.

I just love Pederson’s and everything that they embody. Guess what!?! I’m not the only one looking to be better than I was yesterday. I have watched Pederson’s grow, evolve, and look to improve day after day, week after week, month after month since I’ve been on board. There is never anything remotely close to a sacrifice in quality, standards, integrity, or character as they seek to make the best better! Keep an eye on us! I have a feeling there is even more goodness coming!

Comments 47

  1. Marilyn

    I enjoyed reading the above article. Something new was mentioned and it was (Paleo) bacon. Due to being a diabetic I have searched for foods without sugars. Now that I know this I would like to know where I could purchase this bacon? I live in Clyde 15 miles east of Abilene TX. I do not recall seeing any Pederson’s brand in the grocery markets.

  2. admin

    Hi Marilyn! Check out Natural Grocer’s in Abilene. You should have luck there.

    Verania, where do you live? This will help us point you in the right direction.

    We are so glad you are excited about this bacon! We are too! 🙂

  3. Tim

    i want smoked ham and bacon with no nitrites and nitrates
    i dont care if it has brown sugar. no antibiotics er hormones no gmo feed of the animals.

  4. Nicole

    I am also doing the Paleo and also have a LOVE relationship with bacon (lol)so I was wondering where could I find this product in Milwaukee, WI.

    Thanks!

    1. admin

      Hi there! Thanks so much for your interest in our No Sugar Bacon! I wanted to let you know that this product is in the process of being added to the UNFI catalog. Please feel free to contact our Southwest Sales Rep for more info at brittany@pedersonsfarms.com

  5. Denise Longshore

    I am very interested in being able to buy this bacon, (also eating paleo), I spend 20 minutes looking at the ingredients of all the bacon at Whole Foods today, frustrating, they all had cane sugar of some sort or just sugar….I would be happy to know where and when I can buy it, I live in Bradenton, Florida, 34203 is the zip code…thank you so much

  6. admin

    Howdy all! First, we are so, SO glad you’ve reached out and are looking to try this bacon. We know there’s a demand for it, and we’re trying to fill that void!

    As of right now, we need you all to make sure you go into your local Whole Foods Market or other natural grocer and request it from the meat department. We are working diligently to get this into stores, so please check back often! I’m going to try to find some more specific information for you all in your areas, as well.

    1. admin

      Hi there Ginnie! Thanks so much for reaching out to us. At this time, our no sugar bacon has some naturally occurring nitrates in the celery powder. We think this is far superior to chemically derived nitrates. Celery powder and sea salt do not contain enough naturally occurring nitrites to equal the nitrite strength in synthetic sodium nitrite, as is confirmed by Certificates of Analysis on the celery powder and sea salt product.

      As an added precaution, our Vice President of Operations tests the sodium nitrite/nitrate levels on a daily basis. However, we do make a completely nitrite/nitrate free bacon for the Canadian market. We are constantly looking to make our consumers happy, so this may be a product that we bring into our US market, as well.

  7. Carole Hansen

    Please tell me where I can find your Uncured No Sugar Hickory Smoked Natural PALEO Bacon? I live in Miami and the Whole Foods in North Miami carried it and they have been out of stock for over two months. I would be happy to order on line. Please let me know where I can find it or if there is a website where I can purchase. Thank you!

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    1. admin

      Hi Jaime! Actually, we just visited two Whole Foods Markets in Austin yesterday, and they both carry our No Sugar Bacon. Check Whole Foods on Lamar & 6th. They have it for sure. As does the new Whole Foods Gateway on Research Blvd. Likely any of the Whole Foods in Austin carry it, but I know these two locations do for sure. Thanks for reaching out to us and have a great day!

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  10. Tiffany Jefferson

    Anywhere in the East Bay (California) that carries this? I used your store locator function at the top of the page and it has a SF store name with a Santa Barbara address…

    1. admin

      Hi Tiffany!

      The San Francisco Bristol farms store is listed incorrectly on the store locator. That address is 845 Market St, Suite 010. San Francisco, CA 94103. This store stocks the no sugar bacon and the meat manager Ken is willing to special order a case for customers if they want. They will also be stocking kielbasa soon. Call ahead to talk to Ken in Meat to check stock or place order. In the East Bay area, Berkeley Bowl stores may be stocking a few items.

      Thanks so much, and I hope this helps!

  11. Erika

    Anywhere in the Portland Oregon area that carries your bacon? I have to order my bacon online right now and have it shipped which can be expensive. There is a big paleo community in Portland so I think it would do well here.

    1. admin

      Hi Erika,

      We are in the Whole Foods stores in Portland, and that region does order the No Sugar bacon. I’m not sure exactly what each store stocks, so if your local Whole Foods does not have us on the shelf, please talk to the meat manager and let them know that it is stocked in their Distribution Center and they can bring it in for you.

      Have a great day!

  12. Judy

    So where in Canada can I find your bacon? We live in Prince George, BC, no Whole Foods here. Anything you know of?

    1. admin

      Hi there Judy,
      Since you’re not close to any Whole Foods Stores, would you mind letting us know of some stores nearby that you frequent? I’m not showing any in your immediate area that carry us YET… but we can always work on that! 🙂 In the meantime, if you see some McLean Organic brand products, we are happy to recommend those to you as well. Thanks!

  13. Christine

    Hello,
    I teach nutrition and am very exited about the completely nitrite free bacon available in Canada. I am in Oshawa Ontario could you tell me where I can purchase the product closet to me it sounds great.
    Thank you,
    Christine Flato RHN

    1. admin

      Hi there Christine!
      We are glad to hear you are so excited! Our products are carried in all Whole Foods Stores so I would start there first! If you don’t have one near you, let us know what stores you frequent and we will see what we can do about getting into those!

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  15. Mallory

    I live in West Hartford, CT. We have two Whole Foods within a mile and a half of each other, neither of which carry the sugar free bacon! Can this be fixed? I’m dying for some!

    1. admin

      We are so sorry to hear this, Mallory! We will check into it and stay in touch to let you know what we find out! Thanks for letting us know!

  16. Jon Moulton

    Do all Whole Foods carry the Sugar Free Bacon? I am near the Portland, Maine WF and would LOVE TO HAVE THIS BACON as the only other place to get this is on Amazon and can only be purchased in a 6 pack at $30 shipping! I would take the hour trip to pick some up at WF! Me and the other bearded men I know on the Whole 30 NEED BACON!

    1. admin

      We have a special place in our hearts for you bearded men – especially those of you who love bacon! We are not currently carried in the Portland WFM but it never hurts to let them know you’re interested in seeing us on the shelves there and we’ll give them a call to let them know you’re looking for us as well! Happy Whole30’ing!

  17. Kim

    I am so excited to read that Pedersons has stepped outside the box to help those of us struggling to avoid sugar – yay & way to go! I live in Anchorage, Alaska & would love it if you could tell me where I can purchase your bacon here 🙂

  18. Sorimar

    Hi guys Im so sad I cant find these sugar free selection or any near me. I want to buy several things. I live in Meriden, CT 06450 Do you know where I can go that carries it? Also you should totally sell products on your website.

    Thank you,
    Sorimar

    1. admin

      Hi there Sorimar, we are sad to hear you can’t find us near you! We’ll be sure to let the meat market managers in your area know you’re looking for it. Feel free to do the same! The more they hear from consumers like you, the more likely they are to carry it in their store!

  19. Ivan

    I’m going back to sprouts, I’m trying to ketosis but just had some of their “uncured” Black Forest bacon only to find out that uncured means they cure it in sugar.

  20. Megan

    I apologize if this has already been answered above but I don’t have time to read ALL the comments above so hoping for an easy answer of at all possible. I’m just wondering how Pedersons bacon is slaughtered. Seems like from what I did read it is sent off somewhere else for slaughter but honestly that is my second main concern (after how it’s raised) as to whether I can buy this bacon without guilt or not. Hope this makes sense? Thanks in advance for any info that can be shared!

  21. Michelle

    I live in Victoria, BC and we don’t have a Whole Foods here yet. The stores near me are Thrify’s Foods, Sav-On, Fairyway Market, Lifestyles, Planet Organic, Country Grocer.

  22. Penelope

    Great on the “no sugar”, but what I wish someone could make is a lower sodium version. SO much salt in bacon ..my body cannot tolerate 🙁

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