North Antrim UFU member Joe Sloan started out with his pork business until ill health forced him to cut back and ultimately sell the business.
As a former pig farmer Joe wanted to support local pig production, even if it was only in a small way. Based in Kilrea, Sloan’s Bacon started production in 1999; however Joe had started experimenting and dry curing bacon in 1996. Through this he had gained a lot of experience with pork products and he then decided to begin producing bacon.
Over the past years Sloan’s have supplied several local independent supermarkets and butchers, with their products travelling further afield and leaving the province. Currently Sloan’s supply a full range of bacon, rind on, rindless and smoked rindless back bacon. All their pork is sourced in Northern Ireland meaning the consumer can be sure they are purchasing a truly local product.
Last year Sloan’s were introduced to the Alchemy Project run by Coleraine Borough Council and through this they met mentor Jilly Douglas. Jilly advised them to enter “The Great Taste Awards” in London. Two pork products were sent across, rindless back bacon and smoked rindless back bacon. Two months later the results were returned and Sloan’s were awarded one star for the rindless back and two stars for smoked rindless. Sloan’s are the only company in Northern Ireland to receive a two star rating. This is a great recognition of the high quality produce Sloan’s provide for the local consumer.