3rd Annual Bacon Bash Texas

texas bacon bash 2014On October 18th in Cranfills Gap, a town about 50 miles from Waco, the 3rd Annual Bacon Bash Texas will bring beer, bands, and of course delicious bacon to the masses.

The event will be held at the Horny Toad Bar & Grill, and will also feature a bacon cook-off in addition to the music, beer, and food available.

As for the music, the website for the event lists no specific bands, mentioning only “local band” will be in attendance. So if you’re from Cranfills Gap, and dig the local music scene, you might be excited by that! If not, I’m sure the music will be good just the same.

Tickets are $50 (according to their site – some sources are reporting $40 incorrectly). The ticket price includes access to the bash, a few drinks, and all the bacon you can eat. If you bring a coat or blanket to donate to Niki Warms the Cold, you’ll be entered to win a Kent Wenzel “Bite My Butt” box. There’s no info on what exactly that is, but one assumes a bacon-related prize. The proceeds from the Bash will also go to Niki Warms the Cold, who will use this year’s money to send a diabetic kid to Camp Sweeny – a residential camp for diabetic kids.

The bash officially begins at 5:00, and the free bacon sampling ends at 8:00. But that’s also when the music starts, so feel free to hang around!

The Bacon Bash is a 21-and-up event due to the copious amount of suds being passed around. You’ve got two weeks to find a sitter…get to it!

 

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Bacon Candles For Sale!

Hey you guys! Sorry I’ve been kinda inactive for the last week. Fall is here and I’ve started getting busy with some crafts. I absolutely love crafts, and if I had my way, I’d make my living selling candles and oils and all sorts of awesome fun stuff. And so, while it might be a bit crass to promote my own crafts, I wanted to share this lovely creation with you!

I present to you my BACON SCENTED CANDLE!

bacon scented candle for sale

As you can see, what I do is make two different colors of wax, so that I can create three color bands that look like a strip of bacon! You can’t see the top strip, as it’s obscured by the burlap I use on the lid. The scent is pretty strong, with the smokey and savory fragrance of frying bacon.

I’m calling my candle endeavour the Redneck Candle Company. So far I’ve made a bacon and a sweet tea scent. I’m from the south, and I know what folks like down here. I’m trying to figure out how I can create a fried chicken fragrance…if I can get that down, I’ll have a dang gold mine! I put them in mason jars with burlap and twine on the lid to give it a real down-home feel, and intend to come up with plenty more southern themed fragrances (thus the name).

If you’re looking for a great, homemade gift for the bacon lover in your life, I hope you’ll consider picking up one of these candles. The 4 oz. is only $5, which I think we can agree is super affordable! I will be making larger sizes as well, but for now I’m just doing the small ones. Check it out, and thanks!

You can check out the candle by clicking this sentence!

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Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

bacon chocolate chip cookies

The first time I had bacon chocolate chip cookies was at a “bacon party” in college. They served bacon old-fashioned’s, bacon explosions, and these cookies. The explosion was something I could get behind, but bacon cookies? A savory breakfast food is not supposed to mingle with a dessert. They’re like…the first and last meals of the day. They may not meet!

But I was very wrong. I tried one, and I never looked back after. The savory and sweet combine very nicely. If you’re skeptical (as I was), think about maple syrup on bacon. It’s best to think of adding sweet to bacon rather than adding bacon to sweet, if that makes sense. Brown sugar bacon is just fine, and these cookies are similar…just with more emphasis on the sugar part.

Ingredients

12 ounces bacon, cut into 1/4-inch dice*
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons bourbon liquor (JD works)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
8 ounces dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup reserved bacon fat, chilled

 

Directions

In a large pan, cook the bacon to a nice crispy texture. When you’ve got a good crisp going, drain them on a paper towel as usual. Strain the fat with a fine sieve. You need about 1/2 cup, but strain until you’re done and just pour the rest into another container to use later. Put all the fat in the fridge; you want it to congeal and set for this.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder in a mixing bowl. beat the butter, bacon fat, granulated sugar, light and dark brown sugar, bourbon, and vanilla in a separate bowl until thoroughly mixed.

Add your eggs one at a time, beating each one until it’s combined well, then adding another. Gradually beat in the flour/soda/salt mixture. Stir in the bacon pieces and chocolate chips.

Ball the dough and put it on a parchment-lined baking sheet at least 3 inches apart. Make the balls as big as you like, however large you want your cookies to be.

Bake for 9-11 minutes. Let stand for at least 2 minutes afterward, then let them cool on a wire rack. Don’t jump the gun, it’s best to let them firm up before you get at them!

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Smoked Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

This creative and delicious recipe comes courtesy of Grilling24x7, a great site that you should definitely check out!

You may have seen me post this on my Instagram account recently and wondered about how to make them. Well, here you go!

This recipe right here is why Twitter is so magical. One night I was messing around on it and I noticed that one of my twitter buddies Joe posted a photo of a bacon wrapped onion ring. I have never even considered such a marvelous idea. I went to his blog MmmGoBluBBQ.com and I saw his version of these amazing treats. This immediately went to the top of my to-do list. Today I’m going to show you my take on this amazing appetizer. I added spicy sriracha hot sauce and make a spicy mayo dipping sauce. I could only imagine how amazing these would be at a tailgate and it for sure rivals one of the best smoked appetizers ever – the smoked stuffed jalapeno pepper. Yeah, these are that good!

Quick note: This dipping sauce also doubles as an amazing sriracha mayo burger sauce! Check this out!

One of the most beautiful things about this recipe is that it only has a few ingredients. I decided to be crazy and make a dipping sauce for it but to be honest these are so good you can easily eat them by themselves. Bacon, sweet onions, pepper and sriracha hot sauce (or any other hot sauce you like) is really all you need.

Sweet onions are a must for this recipe. They are such tasty and mild onions. The first thing you do is cut the onion in half until you get roughly 1/2 inch tall rings. Be careful doing this as you want to keep the onion completely together or else it will fall apart on the grill or smoker. Cut up a bunch of them and then pop the middles out of the onion ring. You’ll want to leave about 2 “rings” of onion on each one. This provides some stability but at the same time isn’t too hard to bite through.

I was thinking of ways to flavor the onion prior to wrapping it in bacon and I wanted to do something with hot sauce. The problem is that most hot sauces are rather runny and I assumed these sauces would drip right off the onion and barely be noticeable. Sriracha hot sauce, on the other hand, is thick so I knew it would stay on the onion the whole time. Brush that hot sauce on thick.

See how the sauce sticks right to the onion?

The next step is to take full slices of bacon and wrap them around the onion ring. I found that for most onion rings I needed 3, yes THREE, slices of bacon to make it all the way around. Once you are done use a long skewer or toothpick to keep things nice and tight. This also lets you grab them off the smoker with tongs without messing up the onion ring.

If you are using a charcoal grill you can do this via indirect heat and some smoke wood on top of the coals. Aim for 250-350 degrees F and grill the onions rings for about 90 minutes. Today, I was using my Ugly Drum Smoker so I loaded the grate with bacon wrapped onion rings and let it go for about 90 minutes at about 280 degrees F. You’ll know they are done when the bacon looks nicely cooked. We all know what cooked bacon looks like! The only catch here is that the longer these onion rings cook, the softer the internal onion will be. So gauge your temperature and time accordingly and don’t worry if they are taking longer than 90 minutes, just keep an eye on the bacon from overcooking. In other words, don’t think that a quicker high heat will produce just as good of an onion ring. The inside onion won’t be nearly as tender. I bet these onion rings can also work in a normal home oven, you just wouldn’t have the smoky flavor.

Right at the 90 minute mark I opened up the smoker to check these guys out and they were perfectly done. It smelled amazing. As I ran inside to get a plate I thought that I might be able to pull of a quick off-the-cuff sriracha mayo that could be a perfect dipping sauce. I eye balled 2 tablespoons of mayo into a small bowl, 1 tablespoon of sriracha hot sauce and about 1 teaspoon of lime juice. Mix it all up and there you go. It’s that easy!

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Sizzling Bacon Forever

So I was playing around on Twitter earlier, looking for bacon related accounts, and found one for Sizzlingbacon.com. I went to the site, and all you see is a full-browser Flash video of bacon frying, accompanied by that unmistakable sizzling sound. It seems to go on forever, though I noticed after 10 minutes or so the sound went away. But my sound card has been acting up, so it may be that it’s just on a forever loop.

I really love it when people make an entire website devoted to one silly thing (not that bacon is silly). Like zombo.com, or blackfuzzydice.com. This site is great…opening it on another tab in your browser will fill your day with the soothing sound of bacon frying.

It’s perfect imagery…I never noticed before that just by seeing and hearing it, I get a phantom smell of it, too. I can kinda smell bacon just listening to it, though looking at pictures isn’t as effective. I might just have a strong audio/memory connection, but…anyway, point is, check out this site because it’s awesome.

sizzling bacon

 

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Inaugural Bacon Fest in Savannah, GA

river street bacon festSavannah, GA will be hosting its first ever Bacon Fest this weekend, September 5-6. It will be held on Savannah’s historic River Street, a cobblestone street on the Savannah river where tourists go to step into the 17th century, eat some awesome local seafood, and get majorly drunk.

The event is the idea of the Savannah Waterfront Association, though this year it’s not like it’s that hard to come up with this kind of idea. Tons of cities are having their first Bacon Fest this year.

Local restaurants will be bringing out their best bacon dishes, and the Chocolat choclatier will even be bringing out some bacon butter pecan toffee! I’ve lived in Georgia all my life, and Savannah is a popular destination for us Georgians for a quick weekend trip. So I’ve been there a lot, and know there is some seriously quality food in Savannah. Their takes on bacon dishes can be quite delicious.

The Back in the Day bakery makes a bacon jam sandwich that’s wonderful. A bar called Andaz makes candied bacon that’s fantastic. And as I understand it there will be a number of new creations featured as well.

The festivities kick off at 4:00 p.m. on September 5. There will be fireworks at 9:30 p.m. (part of the First Friday thing). On Saturday, the festival continues from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will be crafts from local artisans in sale in Rousakis Plaza, and t-shirts on sale for $7 to $11.

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Happy International Bacon Day!

Today is International Bacon Day! 

jake bacon gif

If you’re looking to celebrate, there are festivals in a lot of cities. If you don’t have one nearby and aren’t already on the way to one, maybe you should host your own!

We have a ton of bacon recipes on this site; make as many as you like, have some friends over, and have a bacon party!

Bacon Day started in 2000 by some bacon loving pioneers in Bradford, MA (or so say a few articles about it), though at least one blogger claims to have invented it himself in 2005. It’s not all that important who created it though – the point is it’s a great day to celebrate a great food!

Bacon Recipes for Bacon Day!

 

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Video: Bacon Wrapped Chicken Recipe

This recipe video for bacon wrapped chicken is amazing not just for the titular ingredients, but for the stuffing inside. The chicken is wonderfully seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika, folded over (it needs to be hammered a bit before use), and stuffed with a mixture of goat cheese and spinach. This takes a great concept like chicken wrapped in bacon to a whole new level, transforming it into art.

Video is by Aashpazi.com

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Baconfest This Weekend in Johnson City, TN

johnson city tn baconfest 2014Tomorrow, August 30, 2014, is Baconfest in Johnson City, TN. It will be the 3rd annual Tri-Cities Baconfest hosted by Positive Approach Events, and the second one in Johnson City (the original was held at the Bristol Motor Speedway).

Baconfest will be held at the Millenium Center. The event will feature a singer/songwriter competition, local arts and crafts vendors, a Mister & Miss Baconfest competition, and of course lots of bacon themed foods from local restaurants.

There will be a Man vs. Bacon eating competition just as the past two years. Qualifying rounds are held before the festival, with the main event taking place on stage at the event itself.

If you buy your ticket by 8:00 Friday night, you’ll also be able to enter to win free bacon for a year! So, if you don’t have your ticket yet, hurry up and get one!

Want a discount? In honor of the opening of the Tweetsie Trail, all Baconfest attendees who have purchased tickets to the Tweetsie Trail Trek will get $10 off VIP or General Admission tickets to Baconfest! Just use the coupon code TREK when you buy your Baconfest tickets.

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Video: How to Make Vegan Bacon

As I’ve said in the past, bacon is so universally beloved that even people who don’t eat pork want to eat bacon.  There are some store bought options that aren’t too bad, but if you want something a little more natural, here’s a recipe showing how to make vegan bacon out of eggplant. I like eggplant – especially eggplant parmesan – but this recipe is really nothing like bacon. Still, if youre craving something salty, smokey, crispy on the edges and a bit chewy in the middle, this eggplant bacon should work for you. It doesn’t taste like bacon, but it’s not bad on a sandwich.

Video by DIYVeganTV

Recipe:

All you need is one eggplant, olive oil and some seasonings to make your own crispy-on-the-outside, tender-in-the-middle eggplant bacon. It’s slightly sweet with a smoky kick. A great addition to sandwiches or breakfasts, it is a versatile addition to recipes. For example: you can wrap the strips around figs before baking for an amazing appetizer!

Ingredients:

1 medium eggplant, sliced into strips
1-2 generous pinch salt
1 pinch pepper
1 tbp smoked paprika
generous drizzle olive oil (about 1/2 cup)
extra oil for pans

Preheat oven to 375°F. Toss the eggplant strips with the seasonings until evenly coated. Add the oil and toss to coat. Transfer to oiled or paper-lined baking sheets, being sure not to overlap.

Bake for about 15 minutes until crisp on one side. Then flip to other side and bake another 15 minutes or until crisp. Serve immediately or store between wax paper sheets in a tightly-sealed container for up to 2 weeks, refrigerated.

To reheat, crisp in toaster oven or hot pan for 30 seconds.

 

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