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Smoked speck

Speck can refer to a number of European cured pork products, typically salted and air-cured and often lightly smoked but not cooked. In Germany, speck is pickled pork fat with or without some meat in it. Throughout much of the rest of Europe and parts of the English-speaking culinary world, speck often refers to South Tyrolean speck, a type of Italian smoked ham. The term "speck" became part of popular parlance only in the eighteenth century and replaced the older term "bachen", a cognate of "bacon".[citation needed]

Regional varieties[edit]

There are a number of regional varieties of speck, including:

Jewish deli speck[edit]

In Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine, in which bacon (like all pork) is forbidden as unkosher, "speck" commonly refers to the subcutaneous fat on a brisket of beef. It is a particular speciality of delis serving Montreal-style smoked meat, where slices of the fatty cut are served in sandwiches on rye bread with mustard, sometimes in combination with other, leaner cuts.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lebensmittelnet.at - Gailtaler Speck (accessed 9 January 2008)
  2. ^ Austria Tourist Info - Tirol(German) (accessed 9 January 2008)
  3. ^ "A Mission To Save Real Jewish Delis, A Dying Breed". All Things Considered. 13 October 2009. NPR.