Pancetta vs. Bacon philisophical question

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by 13spicerub, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. 13spicerub

    13spicerub Meat Mopper

    NYC
    this is like the chicken or the egg.

    ok so Pancetta is bacon that isn't smoked.

    so if i wrap a fatty in pancetta, then smoke it, is it still pancetta or is it bacon?

    let that roll around in your head a little bit.

    i expect a 5 page paper with footnotes by friday.
     
  2. mgwerks

    mgwerks Smoking Fanatic

    Bacon. Funky, Italian bacon.
     
  3. bob the noob

    bob the noob Smoke Blower

    I say it's still the same thing. A steak is a steak for example... The only way I would call it changed is if it was put into a dish with other ingredients, making all of it a single dish.

    So basically, if it's a single item cooked and served it's still that item.

    If it's multiple items to make a dish, it isn't that item anymore.
     
  4. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    But if you smoke corned beef it becomes pastrami and if you dry and smoke a jalapeno pepper it becomes a chipotle pepper. Hmmmm.
     
  5. 13spicerub

    13spicerub Meat Mopper

    NYC
    at what point does it become the other item? the second it hits the grates? not until its pulled off? the moment it takes on a smoke flavor?
     
  6. bob the noob

    bob the noob Smoke Blower

    Okay... how about this:

    A) Multiple ingredients cooked together become a dish/item of its own.

    B) Single items cooked in order to become another item are still a single item.
     
  7. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Actually, I don't think the smoke isn't the only difference. As I recall, bacon is usually brined. Whereas Pancetta is typically seasoned dry, and usually with different seasoning than bacon, in a casing until cured.
     
  8. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I agree with "A". But on "B" it is still a single item-it just might have a new name I guess.
     

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