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5 Springtime Bacon Dishes You Must Try by Nolechek's

5 Springtime Bacon Dishes You Must Try by Nolechek's

It's official spring, so it's time to whip out the springtime bacon recipes! They've got plenty of flavor, color, and Nolechek's meaty goodness. 

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5 Steak Sandwiches You Must Try by Nolechek's

5 Steak Sandwiches You Must Try by Nolechek's

Steak sandwiches are the perfect lunchtime or eventide dinner meal. Whether you're looking for something fancy, or a simple, these sandwiches are sure to satisfy your savory tooth!

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5 Must Try Bacon & Noodle Dishes by Nolechek's

5 Must Try Bacon & Noodle Dishes by Nolechek's

If you love noodles and bacon, then you'll love these dishes we've got lined up for you!
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5 Bacon Snacks Your Kids Will Love By Nolechek's

5 Bacon Snacks Your Kids Will Love By Nolechek's

Everybody loves snacks, but do you know how loves em' most of all? Kids, of course! Check out these 5 bacon munchies that your little ones are guaranteed to love. 

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Happy National Meat Month!

Happy National Meat Month!

As all our fans know, we proudly celebrate meat 24/7 here at Nolechek’s Meats. We take our role as Wisconsin’s Finest very seriously and offering Wisconsin’s best ham, bacon and sausage takes dedication. To wrap up a busy month, we want to take the time to share with everyone just how much product our awesome team crafts.

Venison

Venison bacon waiting to be sliced.

We accept boneless wild game year-round at Nolechek’s and make thousands of pounds of wild game sausage every year, including venison, elk, moose, and bear. However, from October through December we are so busy making our own product to sell in our retail, online, and through various wholesale channels, we don’t have time to make venison sausage. So, when January arrives, we move right in to making venison sausage. We offer approximately 40 varieties of venison sausage, which includes summer, snack sticks, fresh bratwurst, wieners and more! Our most popular items include summer sausage, natural casing wieners, and venison bacon…all made using the same family recipes and traditions as the products available in retail and online.

UPDATE: As of July 2021, Nolechek's is no longer processing custom sausage which includes, but is not limited to: Venison, elk, bear, antelope, non-inspected beef, pork. Please visit for more information please read our statement here.  

  • Summer Sausage:          3,821 lbs.
  • Snack Sticks:                 1,809 lbs.
  • Venison Bacon:              400 lbs.
  • Fresh Sausage:              490 lbs.
  • Wieners:                         565 lbs.
  • Polish Sausage:             375 lbs.
  • Bologna:                         100 lbs.
  • Venison Jerky:               150 lbs.
  • Venison Hamburger:      500 lbs.

TOTAL:                                      8,210 lbs.

Venison snack sticks ready to be cut.     
       
Venison summer sausage
     

As if we didn’t make enough venison product, we were also busy crafting product for retail, online, and wholesale; stocking up after the Holiday rush!

Our first task was to get all of our lunch meat options in stock and we made 800 pounds of mustard seed salami, bologna, Krakow, New England, and boneless ham.

You wouldn’t think with winter in Wisconsin fresh bratwurst would be a hot ticket item, but people in the Midwest are dedicated to grilling and we stuffed 850 pounds of the best Wisconsin bratwurst you’ll find. This includes a fan favorite that features Marieke Gouda Smoked Gouda, pictured below.

Nolechek’s fresh side pork is a favorite among local customers. Why? It’s simple, really. We start with the highest quality fresh pork belly as we do for our bacon. When you start with quality product, there’s not much else to do, except fry it up with your favorite seasoning and enjoy! After slicing 450 pounds of fresh side pork, there is plenty to go around!

Another fresh product that customers can’t get enough of are all pork breakfast links. Nolechek’s breakfast links are the perfect blend of seasonings with just the right amount of sage. The best part of making breakfast links is frying up a batch to make sure they meet our standards! 200 pounds of these perfect links will last for about a month and they’ll be back on the production schedule!

Our final production totals include fresh product available for retail purchase only. These items are sold in 1 pound bulk tubes. Chorizo is a Mexican-style fresh sausage with vinegar and is the best in tacos; our Italian sausage can’t be beat in your favorite Italian dish; and who doesn’t love a hand-pattied burger right off the grill! Our customers choose these products because of their quality, leanness, and amazing flavor!

  • 600 pounds of ground pork, Chorizo, Italian and breakfast sausage
  • 450 pounds of ground round and ground chuck

Wieners and bologna round out our ready-to-eat products for the month of January. After making 450 pounds of wieners and 225 pounds of bologna, our customers will have plenty of options!

Cold smoked pork shoulder is a specialty product that we craft for our favorite local restaurant, Sconni’s. Located in Wausau, WI, Sconni’s features many of Nolechek’s products on their menu. They provide us with their secret blend of spices and we do the rubbing and cold smoking. This month we smoked 250 pounds for them and you can try it for yourself, featured on their Hawaiian Carnitas, which are tacos with pineapple pico, poblano crema and cilantro. Is your mouth watering yet?

Rubbed and ready for smoking!

And last, but certainly not least…Nolechek’s Hickory Smoked Honey Cured Bacon. Here are the numbers:

  • Traditional Bacon:                     1,900 pounds
  • Beef Bacon:                              150 pounds

Natural Uncured Bacon: 555 pounds

Yes. That’s 2,605 pounds of bacon!

Bacon ready for the smokehouse

Slab bacon ready for slicing

Beef bacon ready for packaging 

Nolechek’s Natural Uncured Bacon Pieces are featured in Marieke Gouda Bacon Gouda and Carr Valley Bacon Bread Cheese. Only the highest quality bacon for the highest quality cheese! We cooked 555 pounds of natural uncured bacon, all in a day’s work!

So, were you keeping track? We’ll save you the time and tally up the totals.

  • Lunchmeat:                    800 lbs.
  • Fresh Bratwurst:            850 lbs.
  • Side Pork:                       450 lbs.
  • Breakfast Links:             200 lbs.
  • 1# Bulk Product:            1,050 lbs.
  • Wieners:                          450 lbs. 
  • Bologna:                          225 lbs.
  • Smoked Pork Butts:       250 lbs.
  • Bacon:                             2,605 lbs. 
TOTAL:                      6,880 lbs.

 

GRAND TOTAL: 15,090 POUNDS

When all is said and done our amazing team of nine individuals cut, chopped, ground, stuffed, smoked, cured, tumbled, wrapped, and put up 15,090 pounds of award-winning Nolechek’s product. Yes. 15,090 pounds. And when we say our amazing team, we mean it. Our team shows up every day and works together to achieve more than we ask of them and we have a good time doing it! We are thankful and humbled beyond measure to share our story and give credit where credit is due…to our team who believes in what they do and crafts a product that is second to none and deserves the title of Wisconsin’s Finest.

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5 Breakfast Sausage Dishes To Try By Nolechek's

5 Breakfast Sausage Dishes To Try By Nolechek's

What's better than waking up to the smell of breakfast sausage in the morning? Nothing can quite beat perfect, sizzling hot breakfast sausage, especially on a cold winter's day. Check out these 5 breakfast sausage dishes to try!

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5 Must Try Bacon Sandwiches by Nolechek's

5 Must Try Bacon Sandwiches by Nolechek's

Imagine taking your favorite sandwich, and then making it even better. How? Well, by adding Nolechek's bacon of course!
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5 Meat Casseroles Perfect For January

5 Meat Casseroles Perfect For January

When winter calls, so do meat casseroles. They're easy, delicious, and the perfect way to warm up during the snowy month of January. 

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Nolechek's Year in Review 2020

Nolechek's Year in Review 2020

The world changed in 2020 and we learned a lot at Nolechek’s by constantly stepping up to meet the challenges, changes, and opportunities.
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5 Christmas Bacon Appetizer Ideas

5 Christmas Bacon Appetizer Ideas

Christmas is just around the corner, so check out these 5 Christmas Bacon Appetizer Ideas perfect for your eventide dinner! Let's get right into it. 

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5 Eventide Winter Dinners By Nolechek's

5 Eventide Winter Dinners By Nolechek's

It's winter feast season at Nolechek's, and we want to make sure your bellies are filled, satisfied, and content. That's why we're letting you in on 5 Eventide Winter Dinners that you must try by Nolechek's. 

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Our Top 7 Holiday Gifts By Nolechek's

Our Top 7 Holiday Gifts By Nolechek's

Simplify gift giving anytime of the year and save an average of 10-15% when you purchase one these 7 holiday gift assortments!
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