Quality Awards & Honors

Treat Your Customers & Guests to America’s Finest Smoked Meats

Want proof that the quality and taste of Nueske’s smoked meats is far beyond ordinary?

The New York Times described our Applewood smoked, sliced bacon as “the beluga (caviar) of bacon, the Rolls Royce of rashers . . .” with low fat content that gives you “more sizzle than shrivel.” Consider, too, the following quality awards conferred upon Nueske’s products by professional gourmet and specialty food organizations:

Specialty Food Association

Each year, the prestigious Specialty Food Association (SFA, formerly NASFT) appoints a panel of food professionals to sample and evaluate products representing the highest-quality, best-tasting gourmet foods from around the world. Here at Nueske’s, we’re proud that Specialty Food Association experts have honored our premium smoked bacon, ham, sausage, beef, & poultry products with a total of 12 sofi Awards earned over the past 20 years:


Nueske’s Smoked Beef Slices

sofi-2022_gold GOLD MEDAL, Jerky & Meat Snacks,
Product, 2022

Nueske’s Jalapeno and Cheese Beef Sticks

sofi_award_2021 GOLD MEDAL, Jerky & Meat Snacks,
Product, 2021

Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon                     


sofi_Winner_nodate GOLD MEDAL, Outstanding Meat Product, 2010
sofi_Winner_nodate GOLD MEDAL, Outstanding Meat Product, 2009
sofi_Winner_nodate GOLD MEDAL, Outstanding Meat Product, 2006

sofi_Winner_nodate GOLD MEDAL, Outstanding Meat Product, 2001

Nueske’s Wild Cherrywood Smoked Uncured Bacon

sofi_bronze_logo_2018 BRONZE MEDAL, Meat, Poultry, & Charcuterie Category, 2018

sofi_Winner_nodate GOLD MEDAL, Diet & Lifestyle Product, 2011

sofi_Finalist_noDate SILVER MEDAL, Outstanding New Product, 2010

Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Bratwursts

17_sofi_newproduct_logo BEST NEW PRODUCT, Meat, Poultry, & Charcuterie Category, 2017

Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Chicken Breasts

sofi_Winner_nodate GOLD MEDAL, Outstanding Foodservice Product, 2012

Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Peppered Bacon

sofi_Finalist_noDate SILVER MEDAL, Outstanding Meat Product, 2008

American Tasting Institute                                                    

For nine (9) consecutive years (1994-2002), judging panels of Executive Chefs and Chefs de Cuisine honored Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon with the American Tasting Institute’s Gold Taste Award of Excellence.

American Tasting Institute chef panels have also awarded Gold Taste Awards of Excellence to these Nueske Applewood smoked products:

  • Canadian Bacon
  • Honey Glazed Ham
  • Smoked Liver Paté
  • Smoked Pheasant

North American Meat Association

The North American Meat Association (NAMA) named Nueske’s Bacon Cheddar Bratwurst winner of its 2014 Gourmet Sausagefest “Hold The Mustard!” Award. Competition results were based on a blind taste test conducted by representatives of NAMA’s 600 member companies.

Our winning pork and beef bratwurst is enhanced with the addition of Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon morsels, smoked over smoldering embers of sweet Wisconsin Applewood, and genuine Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese.