Meet the Man Behind Benton's World-Famous Bacon

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Allan Benton in the smokehouse
  • Jude Ferrara
  • Allan Benton in the smokehouse
The City Paper put a little sizzle into its cover story this week, profiling bacon virtuoso Allan Benton, whose Benton's Bacon has become a national sensation. It's nice to read that a smart, hard-working Tennessee ham and bacon man has gotten props from high-brow folks like The New York Times and Gourmet.

Benton makes a mean country ham at his Madisonville, Tenn., smokehouse, but it's his bacon that gets the most notice. Restaurants in Nashville and New York treasure his frilly strips of genius. Benton's Bacon even played a prominent role in an episode of HBO's New Orleans-set drama, Treme.

My favorite Benton's Bacon story is something I heard from a female server at a local restaurant that fries up pounds and pounds of the popular bacon every day — and where the delightful smoky smell anoints everyone who works there. She said that if they happen to stop in a bar after work, the bacon aroma is a powerful pheromone for attracting the attention of men. Who needs perfume when there's bacon in the air?

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