Black Bear of the Black Forest is the house brand of deli meat carried at Shop Rite, the New Jersey-based co-op supermarket chain. I picked up a package of their natural-casing franks to give them a try; they looked decent enough and besides, it's always time for hot dogs, right?
They're a good, honest beef and pork frankfurter, full-flavored and just a little bit smokey (you can tell from the dark spots at the ends of the wieners that they've spent a little time in the smokehouse. ) They're decent steamed, but even better fried in a hot skillet and, of course, best on the grill - and they're made by Dietz & Watson. These babies definitely get a thumbs up.