One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounNorth American
Salt pork or bacon, typically cut from the side of the pig.
- ‘From the very beginning, when Alabama was frontier country, Southern cookery was founded on hard-times staples like corn meal and sidemeat.’
- ‘Jars or barrels would be stocked with sausage, headcheese and pickled pork, and hams, bacon and sidemeat were cured and hung from rafters for future use.’
- ‘Chop the greens and turnips and sidemeat all up together.’
- ‘He recalled that, when he was growing up on the farm, the family killed three hogs per year to keep the family in ham, sausage and sidemeat.’
- ‘All the trimmings from the cutting table - from the hams, shoulders, and sidemeat or pork - go to the skinning table.’
- ‘Hams, shoulders, and sidemeat were cured for customers using each person's individual hogs and the first hams and sidemeat were cured in a converted outbuilding behind Carl's house.’
- ‘I tend to splurge on sidemeat, and buy a honey or maple glazed spiral-cut ham.’
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