Slabs of meat taken specifically from the sides of a pig, practically a staple in the deep south. May be smoked and cured, in which case it becomes known as bacon, or salted, in which case it is known as salt pork. Sometimes referred to as "side pork," as well, it is an indispensable ingredient for the southern dish of boiled greens.
"Side meat" was mentioned numerous times in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," a story of an Oklahoma family who left home during the Dustbowl years to work in the fruit picking industry in California.
Fry up that side meat, ma - I'm starvin'!
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