When a menu boasts locally-sourced ingredients, the source can range from just around the bend to 100 miles away. Around here, it’s likely to be pretty close. The area is lush with farms, pecan groves, freshly caught seafood, and locally harvested oysters. It’s also home to a variety of culinary artisans, Bill Stitt, among them.
Eat at the Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores, and you’ll find Bill E’s Bacon adorning the Oyster’s Rockefeller. Dine at upscale Voyagers, and you’ll see it featured in the Scallops A La Plancha and might even find it garnishing your bread pudding.
Stitt credits his father with encouraging him to learn a skill. His time as a young man working with a local butcher must have made an impact. Because, after graduating from Ole Miss and working for nearly two decades at the corporate level for Ruby Tuesdays, Bill returned to his craft. His small-batch smoking operation sits alongside the restaurant he also owns, the Old 27 Grill on Hwy 181 in Fairhope, Alabama.
Find out more about the Bill E’ Bacon backstory and the secret to his bacon at MeatandPoultry.com.