Nueske’s family ancestors first arrived in Wisconsin in 1882, bringing with them European skills for applewood smoking and dozens of recipes for spicing and curing meat. The foundation for what would eventually become a family business was laid in 1933, when R.C. Nueske found that local smoked meats weren’t as good as what his family made. This realization led to him marketing his smoked bacon, ham, poultry, and sausage to anyone and everyone, loading his first delivery truck with meats and taking to the road to advertise his new smoked meat business. R.C. Nueske passed on everything he knew to his sons, and for eight decades Nueske’s has continued to improve production, upgrading their plant and equipment as necessary. While they may have changed their tools, the processes and ingredients they used remained the same, staying true to the tradition set by Grandpa R.C. Nueske to this day.