PALMYRA, Pa. — As many individuals take pleasure in a hearty serving to of turkey on Thanksgiving, an area firm is concentrated on the meat; a smoky, cured meat-style beef.
“It is uncommon at this time that corporations are 120 years previous,” mentioned Perry Smith, a semi-retired gross sales director for Seltzer’s Smokehouse Meats.
It is even rarer when the corporate continues to be run by the identical household, like Seltzer’s in Palmyra, Lebanon County. The enterprise, based in 1902, is now in its fourth era.
“Harvey Seltzer came visiting right here as a German immigrant and began making a summer season sausage-style product, nevertheless it was all beef,” Smith mentioned.
It’s what many Pennsylvanians and past now know as Lebanon bologna.
“That is completely distinctive. There is not any different lunchmeat like Lebanon bologna,” Smith mentioned. “It is about 87-95% fat-free. It is all beef, after which we simply add the salt, sugar, and spices.”
What makes Seltzer’s Smokehouse Lebanon bologna so distinctive is that the product is completed in old school smokehouses.
“The out of doors picket smokehouses, it is a very sluggish, distinctive course of, and it takes wherever from two to a few days to smoke the meat,” Smith defined.
Seltzer’s is the one federally inspected meat firm in america with out of doors picket smokehouses, and the corporate mentioned it rebuilds them utterly each few years.
Smith mentioned one can style the distinction.
“It’s totally closely picket smoke,” he mentioned. “It is similar to when you make a campfire outdoors and the smoke, and that is the way it’s accomplished.”
Seltzer’s sells between 110,00 and 120,000 kilos of Lebanon bologna every week, a lot of it in central Pennsylvania, however it’s accessible in pockets across the nation.
The bologna’s reputation has grown with the prevalence of charcuterie boards, and the corporate is branching out into issues like beef jerky and beef sticks, with extra on the horizon. Seltzer’s can also be planning a Small Enterprise Saturday occasion.
“We will be doing grilled bologna sandwiches within the pretzel bun, as a result of these are wonderful,” mentioned Melissa Mann, Seltzer’s group outreach and advertising and marketing director, “and all of the proceeds go to Caring Cabinet, which is a meals financial institution right here in Palmyra.”
There will even be discounted present packing containers and a go to from the corporate mascot dressed as Santa, an ideal place to choose up vacation items.
“Who would not love meat for Christmas?” Mann exclaimed.