Monthly Archives: August 2014

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.

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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


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!


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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Video: Bacon Explosion Recipe

Want a good recipe for a bacon explosion? If you’re throwing a bacon party, you’ll need one of these bad boys. If you just make one for your family dinner, well, get ready for your mother/father/grandparent/whatever of the year award! Of course, if it’s the latter, please serve it with a salad or something. Bacon is great, but healthwise, there’s a line!

Credit to Nicko’s Kitchen on YouTube.

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Video: How to Make For Reals Bacon

Here’s a sweet video by a dude who shows you how to make real, homemade bacon. You’ll have to bring some culinary skills to the table to follow the directions. Even if you don’t intend to do it, just watching this video is like bacon porn. It’s amazing.

All credit to zacharyzachary on YouTube.

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Sizzle Bacon Eatery Opening This Week in Columbia

sizzle bacon eateryDidn’t I tell ya? On the heels of the Bar Brutus story, there’s a new bacon-themed restaurant opening up this week.

It’s called Sizzle, and owner Gary Uwanawich has been testing his bacon based menu items for the past week. According to their Facebook page, their grand opening will be this Thursday.

As you might expect, the restaurant will feature appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks all using bacon as a key ingredient. Some of their dishes will include “totchos,” a sort of tater tot nachos topped with bacon, and Sizzle rolls, an eggroll made with pulled pork and bacon. But so far, the most popular item has been their Sizzle Sauce, a signature dipping sauce served with bacon and fries. It includes bacon dust, though Uwanawich isn’t forthcoming about the other ingredients.

Some good news: The prices range from $7-15 for the most of the appetizers and entrees, and despite soaring bacon prices, Uwanawich says he won’t be raising his prices any time soon. “Our prices won’t increase because bacon went up,” he says.

Which is good, because it’s been going nuts. The price of bacon has nearly doubled from $3.61 per pound in 2008 to just over $6.00 now. Its popularity has risen significantly over the last few years, prompting the price hikes that probably haven’t finished yet.

But at least at Sizzle, the prices will remain the same for the foreseeable future!

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Sneakers Bistro Removes Sign…and That’s Okay!

sneakers bistro and cafeSneakers Bistro and Cafe in Winooski, VT has somehow started a controversy recently. They put up a sign in a local rotary that read “Yield for Sneakers Bacon.” Which seems innocuous enough. But after complaints from a local woman who said she was a vegan and “member of a Muslim household” (which is slightly ambiguous – perhaps not Muslim herself, but at least related to some), the restaurant removed the sign.

Part of the issue – apart from being offended by the endorsement of pig meat – is that the sign was put up on public property. So the city was also endorsing bacon, by association at least. So there is some validity to the complaint, though it’s an unusual sort. You can’t post religious materials on public property, so what one might call “religiously insensitive” materials are something one could have a logical gripe with.

Of course, one might wonder where the line would be with this sort of thing. Religious doctrine is extensive and varies a lot between various religions. As is often pointed out, wearing clothing made of two materials (i.e. poly/cotton blends) is technically a violation of Jewish/Christian dogma. Should we ban the wearing of such fabrics in public areas? Obviously not, but is that so different from disallowing a bacon related sign?

yield for sneakers baconStill, offended citizens are offended citizens, and if there are enough people who agree, it’s bad business to display the sign anyway. So if your restaurant is getting a bad reputation in the town, and that reputation is spreading onto the internet, fix it. Right?

Not so, according to a ton of hate Sneakers has received since deciding to pull the sign down. Facebook pages have popped up dedicated to spewing bile at the small business. “Please try to tell as many people as you can around there about this ISIS loving anti-American business,” wrote one commenter. “Let’s run them out of business and then run the owners out if the USA. They can go open a place in Palestine.”

“Thanks for supporting and giving into the Muslims! I’ll never eat at your restaurant!” another commenter wrote. In this commentor’s opinion, we can logically substitute “Muslims” for “terrorists.” Because he lost his moral compass in 2003.

The irony is that so many commentors are calling this an issue of free speech, and yet they’re angry about the bistro’s exercising that freedom. Last time I checked, freedom of speech included the freedom to be quiet, too.

I often hear that “freedom of speech is not freedom from consequences.” This is often said when some bigot gets into the news by outing themself as such (Dan Cathy from Chick-fil-A, the Duck Dynasty guy, etc.). The point being that just because you’re allowed to say whatever you want, doesn’t mean that you won’t have to suffer consequences for saying it (having your fried chicken restaurant boycotted, a drop in ratings for your show, etc.). But it seems like the people who support those who have made inflammatory statements will get angry if the speaker changes his mind and apologizes for offending people.

I understand this from unenlightened rednecks (note: not all rednecks are stupid – I’m from the south, and know that they come in many varieties) who are happy that a reality star or restaurant owner publicly stated he hates someone. But are we as bacon lovers not better than that? Do we not possess a little more civility?

The thing about bacon – and the reason it has become such a craze – is that it is almost universally beloved. Muslims and Jews do not eat it; and we can respect their religious views. Vegetarians and vegans do not eat it, but even they enjoy bacon substitutes. In the pork-eating world, everyone from the richest CEO to the poorest of the poor loves bacon. So, like the world itself, bacon lovers come in many shapes, sizes, colors, genders, religions, creeds, sexual orientations…all walks of life! As such, I think we can and should respect diversity.

So if one among our ranks – such as the bacon-loving owner of Sneakers Bistro and Cafe – decides he doesn’t want to offend someone with his love of bacon, let’s not give him a bunch of crap for it, okay? It would do more damage for the reputation of bacon lovers if we shoved our love of bacon in everyone’s faces and refused to back down when feelings got hurt. We’re bacon-maniacs – not jerks.

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BLT Tomato Bites (Gluten Free) | Clare Cooks!

Reblogged from Clare Cooks!, this is a super healthy little recipe for an appetizer or snack. Of course you could just make a bunch of them and make them dinner, too! Hey, there’s nothing wrong with healthy food, as long as it’s got some bacon in it!

These are the tastiest little bites I’ve had in a while. Tomatoes are in their prime at the moment and I suggest you make these as soon as you can! Every single bite was a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, a little bit spicy, and a whole lot of delicious.

I have been attempting to make these nearly all summer, but seemed to encounter a Goldilocks dilemma every single time. Definitely make sure you get actual cherry tomatoes. I made the mistake of buying a Costco sized box of grape tomatoes, twice, and they are just too small. Then I tried Campari tomatoes and they are just too big, but finally I actually found cherry tomatoes! And they are just right. I used the small end of a melon baller to ‘pit’ the tomatoes and it was the easiest thing ever.

You can use just about any hot sauce you want. I personally used chipotle Tabasco for just about everything and it was absolutely perfect for these. I am sure your personal favorite will work just fine. I think sriracha or a Mexican hot sauce, like Cholula or Tapitio, would be great as well.

BLT Tomato Bites (Gluten Free)

2 pints cherry tomatoes (about 32)

6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and broken into big pieces

1/2 cup mayonnaise or plain Greek yogurt (I used half and half of each)

2 teaspoons of your favorite hot sauce (I recommend Chipotle Tabasco)

1 cup finely chopped romaine lettuce leaves from the heart

Cut off the stem ends of the tomatoes and discard. Using a paring knife or the small end of a melon baller, remove the seeds and discard; place the tomatoes cut side down on paper towels to drain.

Stir together the mayonnaise/yogurt and chipotle and spoon into a resealable bag. Cut off the tip of one corner.

Place the tomatoes cut side up on a platter and press some romaine inside each tomato; sprinkle with salt. Pipe some chipotle mayo over the romaine and top with bacon.

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Bacon Labor Day in Simpsonville, SC Benefits Local K9 Cops

bacon labor day logoSimpsonville, SC will be hosting a Bacon Labor Day event on September 1st. It’s the first event of this sort they will be putting on, though they hope to make it an annual one.

Leading up to the event, there has been a “Parade of Pigs,” where 19 piggy banks have been placed around the city to accept donations. These include the Dark Pig (a Batman-esque pig), Frenchie (a very fahsionable piggy), and Deerhog (a pig with antlers), among others.

The event will be divided into four areas.

parade of pigs labor dayThe Bacon Strip is where you’ll find bacon themed food including bacon funnel cakes, bacon sundaes, bacon kettle corn, bacon mac & cheese, and of course bacon burgers.

The Pork Barrel will feature local craft beers and wines.

The Bacon Bits is the kid area, featuring pig lassoing, corn hole, kids in a blanket races, and more.

The Bacon Jam Stage will have live music, DJ music throughout the day, a K9 demonstration, and an auction to win a police ride along.

There will also be a car show for classic car enthusiasts to check out while they’re chowing down on bacon and beer.

simpsonville k9 copsThe event will benefit the city’s new K9 police program, and their two new K9 cops Ace and Brix. The city estimates the cost for each animal’s first year to be about $23,000 each, so they are raising funds to help support the department.

Bacon Labor Day costs $3 per person (or $10 for 4 people). Kids under 5 are free, pets are not allowed.

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