After a month or so of endless research, study, and making of pizza, I consider myself a fairly competent beginner, but the weakest link is the pepperoni!
Locally, I have access to Hormel, Margherita, Bridgford (I think), and store brands. I've tried the Hormel slices and the Margherita slices and stick, and they were incredibly bland to my palate. I think I've seen Bridgford sticks locally, but am hesitant to try them due to a mediocre taste test review by Cook's Illustrated and the fact that I hate slicing pepperoni. Are there any Bridgford proponents here? Is it worth it?
Otherwise, does anyone have any suggestions? I've heard that Hormel's food service pepperoni is miles ahead of what is sold retail...is that true? And if so, does anyone know of sources for individual purchase?
So far, none of the three varieties I've tried come even close to the pepperoni used at chains such as Pizza Hut and Papa John's. Obviously they aren't using expensive meats, so what can I do!?