Uncle Sam and…Bacon?

Zingerman’s 4th Annual Camp Bacon is just around the corner and to help get everyone prepared, we’re sharing tasty excerpts and recipes from Ari’s book, Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon


Pork has been the key ration of every American army since the time of the Revolution. In fact, the initial “Uncle Sam” was a 21-year-old from New Hampshire by the name of Samuel Wilson. During the War of 1812 he was a prime pork packer for the Army. The story goes that he became quite popular among the troops for his provisioning work and upbeat personality. Barrels of pork labeled “U.S.” came to stand for “Uncle Sam” Wilson, the man who fed the folks in the Army.


See you at camp!