It is the most revered, the most loved, the most desired and most delicious of all the meats.
In honor of this smoked gift from heaven, we have painstakingly compiled everything bacon into this Compendium of Cured Meat, this Handbook of Hog, this Pandect of Porkbellies. It doesn’t matter how you slice it, thick or thin. This is the one, the only, the absolute, Baconcyclopedia: The Ultimate Bacon Reference of Baconic Proportions.
Bacon Days of Yore
The phrase “bring home the bacon” comes from the 12th century when a church in Dunmow, England offered a side of bacon to any man who could swear before God and the congregation that he had not fought or quarreled with his wife for a year and a day. Any man that could bring home the bacon was highly respected in his community.
Prior to the 17th century, bacon or bacoun was a Middle English term referring to all types of pork. The word bacon comes from the French word bako, German bakkon and Old Teutonic backe, which all mean “back”.
- Bacon is one of the oldest meats in history dating back to 1500 BC.
- The earliest reference of bacon was in 1560 by a London Cheesemonger.
- In the 16th Century, European peasants would proudly display the small amount of bacon they could afford.
- The Yorkshire and Tamworth pigs are bred specifically for bacon.
- 70% of all bacon in the US is eaten at breakfast time.
- More than 2 billion pounds of bacon is produced each year in the US.
Bacon – The Fifth Food Group
Bacon Snack Attack
There is an overwhelming selection of bacon-flavored snacks that any bacon worshipper can stock their cupboards with.
There are bacon chips and sticks, bacon and cheddar crackers, bacon squares, and Baconzitos - just to name a few. Every brand, every crisp, chip, stick, fry, ring, puff and cracker is available in bacon flavor at your local grocery store to help curb your bacon craving. And for those of you who have an adventurous lust for bacon, you can now broaden your cultural horizons with Bacon & Cheese Crickets. *chirp chirp*
You can even buy Gourmet Bacon Popcorn.
Everyone knows that pig is the new cow and with Bacon Jerky you can enjoy your favorite dried-meat snack with a punch of smoked pork.
Its not just for humans, either - puppies even get to join the fun with these Bacon Pet Treats.
Bacon is Meat Candy
The good folks at Udder Delight have added Bacon to their bold and creative list of ice cream flavors and for a more complete breakfast, you can try Bacon and Eggs Ice Cream at the Fat Duck restaurant.
HHere’s more meat candy for you to salivate over:
- Vosges Mo’s Bacon Bar with applewood smoked bacon, alder wood smoked salt all covered in deep milk chocolate.
- Of course, Vosges could have called it quits right there and returned back to dark chocolate and nuts, but they decided to create another pork and cocoa masterpiece, the Flying Chocolate Pig. Yes, it is exactly what you are imagining – a pig-shaped milk chocolate confection filled with applewood smoked bacon and alder wood smoked salt.
- Chocolate-Covered Bacon is another favorite for any bacon lover. You can purchase it at specialty stores or simply make your own using your choice of chocolate.
- For a light, airy, melt-in-your-mouth bacon sensation, try Bacon-Flavored Cotton Candy, available at McCrady’s Restaurant in Charleston.
- Scientific study after scientific study has conclusively proved that maple bacon is downright delicious and with this in mind, Lolliphile decided to take it one step further with their Maple-Bacon Lollipop.
- Most of you are probably familiar with the bizarre line of jelly beans that let you enjoy such culinary delights as rotten egg, vomit, grass, and moldy cheese. Thank god they’ve finally redeemed themselves and their product line by introducing Bacon-Flavored Jelly Beans.
- Smack on a juicy piece of Bacon-Flavored Gum Balls.
- And for those of you who are not true baconnoisseurs but want to jump on the wagon, you can try Uncle Oinker’s Strawberry-Flavored Gummy Bacon.
Check out our Bakin’ with Bacon section to find out how to make your own Candied or Chocolate-Covered Bacon and Bacon-Flavored Ice Cream.
Everything Tastes Better With Bacon
Chef David Burke has a line of naturally-flavored cooking sprays that come in 35 sweet and savory flavors. The best flavor, of course, is his Bacon Spray. A few sprays from this little pump bottle will allow you to literally taste everything with bacon. The best part? It has zero calories and zero fat! Indulge in the irresistible flavor of bacon without any of the guilt.
Currently available in Original, Hickory, and Peppered as well as Limited Edition Flavors such as Applewood, Jalapeno, Mesquite, Cheddar, and Maple Redux, BaconSalt is perfect for any food that you like salty and full of bacon flavor. There’s even an entire site called IHeartBaconSalt that explores all the possibilities of this holy product, including snorting it up your nose.
And from those same bacontrepeneurs, the ultimate bacon-flavored spread, Baconnaise, lets you make every sandwich, every sauce and every dip deliciously bacon-y. Available in regular and lite.
Finally, for all those spam loves out there that believe it’s perfectly acceptable for meat to come in can form – Canned Bacon. Yum!
Bacon Not Stirred
Bacon Beer. This German ale called Rauchbier literally translates to ‘smoked beer’, but beer critics can’t help but notice the distinct bacon flavor this German ale has.
For a more authentic cured taste, there is also a real Bacon Beer made from American Pale Ale infused with lean bacon that’s so far only available at the Front Street Ale House in Washington.
Even some vineyards prefer their bubbly to have a hint of bacon essence. You can sample wines perfumed with smoked bacon with loam and chocolate, with earth and black plum, with black pepper, coffee and wild blueberry, and with black cherry.
Unfortunately the rumors of a bacon soda, Diet Coke with Bacon, seem to be too good to be true, but you can get the lifeblood of Mother Nature flavored in bacon. Molli Brands INC has a non-carbonated, filtered, vitamin-enhanced water that comes in several meaty flavors including our favorite smoked pork belly.
(Technically, this water is for your pets, but if you dream of living entirely on bacon products, your dream can now be realized.)
Check out the Bakin’ With Bacon Drink section to learn how you can make your own bacon booze.
As unfathomable as it is, there are those who voluntarily choose to not eat meat. Yes, it’s practically an abomination that they willingly deny themselves this succulent food group but it’s certainly no surprise to fellow carnivores that even the strictest of vegans still crave a rasher of bacon.
Smart Bacon by LightLife is a popular bacon substitute that still packs a bacon punch. However, supporters don’t deny that it doesn’t even remotely look like the real thing.
MorningStar Farms has a line a veggie meat including Veggie Bacon Strips made from tofu. It’s low in fat and cooks as fast as regular bacon but has a very play-doh-esque look.
Also, Yves Veggie Cuisine has Canadian Veggie Bacon that’s fat free and made from soy. It’s still recommended to not actually look at it while you eat it.
There’s also a wide variety of sauces you can purchase at local health food stores that will give any dish that salty, smoky taste reminiscent of bacon like Marmite, Bragg’s Liquid Amino, Tamari (soy sauce), and Torula.
Of course, even the most dedicated vegans find bacon difficult to resist, like Mandydale who recently gave up her vegetarian ways and embarked on 30 days of Pork .
If Bacon Is Wrong, I Don’t Want to be Right
Bacon is often toted as an ‘unhealthy’ food and it leaves many wondering how something so undeniably good could ever be bad?
Sure, there are studies that say children who eat cured meat may have a higher risk of leukemia, and nutritionists have linked bacon to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, type II diabetes and high blood pressure, but Bacon Lover Mike Nelson vowed to eat bacon for the entire month of February and much to the naysayer’s surprise, he didn’t die. Actually, Mike felt great during the 28 days of nothing but bacon. He had no cravings, his blood pressure went down, and he even lost some weight.
Then there’s Gertrude Baines, the world’s oldest woman who at 114 believes that a diet including bacon is the key to a long, healthy life.
And an amazing trio of Canadians set a new record for fastest trek across Antarctica, thanking a steady diet of deep fried bacon and butter.
Furthermore, there have been studies in the last few years that have suggested cured meats are actually healthy! They have shown to have a protective effect on damaged heart tissues post-heart attack.
The Reese brothers have seen the future and they say it tastes great! For the past decade and a half, they’ve been working on creating ‘super bacon’ that would taste the same but be even better for our bodies.
This is the ultimate how-to guide for makin’ everything bacon. In this section, fellow citizens of baconation can learn the finer points of how to prepare, smoke, cook, weave, cure and store bacon so that it is at it’s culinary finest.
- Dave from BSBrewing ordered a 12 pound slab of ‘proto-bacon’ from his local meat market and went about cutting, flavoring, and smoking his own bacon in his backyard.
- If you don’t have a smoker, here’s an easy way to smoke your own bacon using your BBQ. Just pick the kind of hardwood chips you want to use, like maple, apple, oak, cherry, or hickory to flavor your bacon.
- When craving a few slices of fried bacon, there’s nothing worse than trying to thaw the frozen slab before your stomach eats itself. Using some baking sheets, you can freeze your bacon in singles or smaller sections for easy access when that craving hits you. Tip: You should freeze bacon within a week of purchasing it and you can keep it frozen for up to two months.
- It’s the latest bacon cooking trend to intricately weave bacon slices upon bacon slices to make a masterpiece fit for a king. Use these steps or watch this video to learn how to weave your own bacon.
- If your grandma ever made you learn how to knit a scarf, you can put those skills to good by knitting bacon. It serves no real purpose other than another awesome way to enjoy unnecessary amounts of bacon.
- There’s curly fries, why not curly bacon?
- And, if you cut your bacon just right, you can compete with this guy for the World’s Longest Bacon.
For those bacon purists who prefer to get hands on, you can even learn how to raise your own pig to enjoy homegrown bacon.
So you want to raise your own bacon? It makes sense. Everyone wants the freshest, juiciest, most succulent bacon at their disposal and what better way than to raise your own swine?
First off, you need a pig. A baby pig can cost you anywhere from $20 - $65 and they take about 5 - 6 months to reach their most edible weight of 200 – 225 lbs. Now 200 lbs sounds like a lot of pig but think about it like this.
One 200 lb pig will produce approximately:
- 24 lbs of ham
- 20 lbs of bacon
- 17 lbs of pork roast
- 18 lbs of picnic shoulder
- 7 lbs of pork chops
- 8 lbs of sausage
- 7 lbs of “miscellaneous” cuts
- 6 lbs of salt pork
- 31 lbs of lard
Mmmmm… porky goodness. I can hear you salivating already. But if 200 lbs is good then 400 lbs must be better right? Well, not really. Once a pig reaches approximately 225lbs, they start “making pigs of themselves” by eating more food and putting on less weight. Plus they start to get fatty, and since you are going to the trouble of growing yourself some healthy bacon, you might as well do it right.
Tips on buying your piglet:
- Purchase your baby pig in the spring when it is about 6 – 8 weeks old.
- Get your piglet inoculated and wormed before purchase. (You may need to continue to de-worm your pig every 4 – 6 wks.)
- Buy your pig from a reputable breeder or a farmer with clean, disease-free stock.
- Do NOT buy a cute, little runt.
- Choose a long pig – fat pigs produce lots of fat (there’s a big surprise).
- Pick a young sow or a castrated male pig (a barrow).
- The breed doesn’t matter – all breeds have been developed to produce yummy, meaty deliciousness.
How to feed your pig:
- Your pig is not a picky eater. It will be happy eating grain, wheat, grass, corn-on-the-cob, table scraps, leftover garden veggies and even garbage. But, do NOT feed old garbage to your pig, pigs like fresh garbage.
- Pigs reared on fresh greens and plenty of exercise will produce lean, healthy and, (most importantly) juicy pork. Your pig should gain about 1 pound/ day.
- You can use a trough for your pig’s food. However, make sure that you secure the trough so your pig does not tip it over.
- Observe your pig’s eating habits so that you can make sure your pig is getting enough food and still keep waste to a minimum.
- Use a wall-mounted water bucket. This will keep your pigs dirty hooves out of the water and reduce spillage. A growing pig can guzzle 3 gallons of water a day so make sure your pig has a fresh supply at all times.
Your pig is a simple creature and only needs a simple house. But make sure it’s sturdy because pigs like to push and prod and could knock their home down. (And don’t forget about the big, bad wolf, his huffing and puffing is sure to knock down any shoddily built house.)
All your pig needs is a 3-sided shed, approximately 8 x 6 feet, 5 feet high in front, 3 feet high in the rear, with a tar-paper roof. Leave the front open (to let the smell out) and build it in a shaded area to keep your piggy cool in the summer.
Pigs love to roam and forage and keep their snout to the ground. They are also known to be expert escape artists. This means that any fence will need to be well-constructed at ground level to keep your sneaky pig in otherwise your neighbor may be the one dining on free-range pork.
Once your pig is big enough to eat, it is probably easiest to get a professional to slaughter your pig for you. Your feed dealer will know someone who can dress your pigs, smoke the hams, bacon, make sausage, hog’s head cheese, liverwurst, mmmm…. Or if you are feeling adventurous you can do your own curing and smoking once the pig has been slaughtered and dressed. (Refer back to Makin’ Bacon)
It is also an option to slaughter your own pig but make sure to do it when the weather is cool. You don’t want the pig to freeze so 40 – 50 degrees is the perfect temperature for pig killing. Then hang the carcass for at least 24 hours to ensure all of the pig’s body heat has dissipated.
The final thing to remember is that your pig is not your pet; you are raising it for food. Pigs can be fun and entertaining but don’t get too attached to it or you’ll never be able to enjoy the fresh bacon that you worked so hard to raise.
Most people prefer to cook bacon in a cast iron skillet (or at least a frying pan) on low heat. But people have also been known to bake bacon, grill bacon and microwave bacon. And since there are so many ways to cook bacon, guess what? There are also all kinds of special bacon-cooking equipment available for your bacon-cooking needs.
The 2 most important things to remember when cooking bacon in a frying pan are to use a cold skillet and to keep the temperature on low to medium while cooking. Starting with a cold skillet will keep the bacon curling to a minimum and the low temperature will prevent burning, both of which are pretty important when you are trying to show off your bacon prowess. Here’s some tips on how to keep your bacon from shrinking when cooking it in the frying pan.
Of course there are some gadgets to help out when you need that extra flat bacon like the Bacon Press.
This pig-shaped cast-iron press flattens your bacon strips for fast, even cooking with minimal shrinkage. Fits most 10″ skillets. Can also be used on an open grill.
Grilling your bacon doesn’t take any special skill. Simply preheat your grill. Place your slab o’ bacon on the grill (you don’t even have to separate the slices), grill for 3 - 4 minutes then open the grill and turn the bacon. Close the grill and continue cooking until desired bacon-y crispness.
Bacon is yummy when baked in the oven and the oven produces flat slices (perfect for bacon-o-licious BLTs).
To bake your bacon:
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Place a rack inside a baking sheet.
- Lay out your bacon-y slices of goodness and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on desired doneness.
- You can also use a broiler, but the splatters make a huge mess and can also cause fires!
However, if you are a risk taker and would prefer to use a broiler, watch Rachel Ray and she’ll tell you how.
Some people actually prefer their bacon cooked in the microwave. (I’m not sure who these people are but apparently they have reasons). The #1 reason for cooking bacon in the microwave is that it cooks the bacon with out making a huge, greasy mess and still produces nice crispy strips. People also say that their bacon is healthier this way, but come on, it’s bacon…
There are several fancy contraptions to help you cook your bacon in the microwave but as long as you have a glass dish and some paper towel you are ready to get cooking.
Follow these simple steps from StartCooking.com to make perfect microwave bacon every time.
Lay 2 paper towels on the plate. Spread the bacon out in a single layer not overlapping on the dish.
Now lay another paper towel over the top.
Depending on your microwave, this amount of bacon should take about 4-6 minutes to get nice and crispy.
Using pot holders, very carefully remove the dish from the microwave.
Be careful! The dish itself will be very hot.
The paper towels will have absorbed all the bacon fat. With some tongs, put the bacon on a serving dish.
Now just throw away the paper towels and enjoy.
However, if you are interested in some special microwave bacon cooking equipment – we have some for your perusal.
Bacon Cooking Equipment
Sales Pitch: Use the Wow Bacon to make as much freshly-broiled bacon as you want without the usual mess. Your bacon will be healthier and you will never have any unsightly, burnt-tasting dark spots on your bacon. Dishwasher-safe.
Sales Pitch: The Bacon Wave will produce faster, healthier and crisper bacon with no mess. Enjoy bacon with less fat, less cholesterol and fewer calories. The Bacon Wave cooks 14 yummy slices of bacon at once and is dishwasher safe.
Sales Pitch: The Bacon Genie cooks 12 strips of delicious, crispy bacon in seconds. No more grease or paper towels, Bacon Genie makes great tasting bacon every time and is dishwasher safe.
Sales Pitch: The microwave bacon tray’s ribbed surface allows bacon fat to drain away while cooking. This tray is durable, freezer to oven to table use, and dishwasher safe.
Sales Pitch: The Presto PowerCrisp is the easy and delicious way to make crisp bacon. Bacon cooked in the microwave is leaner than pan fried bacon as the special cooking racks allow the fat to drip down into the base leaving healthier bacon for you to enjoy.
Sales Pitch: This great microwavable duo will let you prepare your breakfast with speed and ease. Keep your microwave free of grease with the bacon grill splatter shield.
For more Bacon Cooking Tips.
The Different Sides of Bacon
Bacon is generally cut from the belly or loin of the pig which produces the most common kinds of bacon: streaky and back. However, certain types of bacon can come from other areas of the pig such as collar bacon (from the shoulder area) and gammon (from the hind legs.)
- Streaky Bacon comes from the belly of the pig and is the most common kind of bacon in the US. It is generally very fatty with long veins.
- Back Bacon comes from the loin in the middle of the back of the pig. It is a much leaner cut of meat with a very ham-like flavor. It is also referred to as Irish or Canadian bacon.
- Jowl Bacon is the cheeks of the pig, cured and smoked.
- Collar Bacon is taken from the back of the pig near the head.
- Middle Bacon is similar to back bacon but is cheaper and fattier.
- Cottage Bacon is from the pig’s shoulder and is thinly sliced and lean.
- Picnic Bacon is from the pig’s shoulder beneath the blade and is fairly lean but a bit tough.
- Gammon is from the hind leg of the pig.
- Canadian Bacon is a thicker cut of bacon from the pork loin and most resembles ham.
- Pancetta is Italian bacon that is a type of dry cured meat. This bacon is made from pork belly that has been spiced and salt cured, then dried for three months.
- Ventreche is French-style pancetta.
- Proscuitto is gourmet Italian bacon that has been dry-cured, aged and spiced.
- Serrano is Spanish bacon very similar to Proscuitto.
- Guanciale is unsmoked Italian jowl bacon that is rubbed with spices and cured for three weeks.
- White Bacon, also known as salt pork, is pork belly that is unsmoked and cured with salt.
- As well as many other Gourmet flavors.
Bakin’ with Bacon
As Dan Phillips of the Grateful Palate so eloquently put it, “Bacon is sex in the skillet. It’s the ultimate aphrodisiac for all living things. Except pigs, of course”.
While there are many wonderful ways to enjoy bacon in your life the best, nay, only way to truly experience this delectable and succulent, smoked meat is to simply eat it.
And not just by sprinkling some bacon bits on your salad, but by excessively adding bacon on top of more bacon to every mouth-watering spoonful that touches your unworthy mouth.
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can make sure your three meals a day have the savory, smoky crunch of bacon.
Sandwiches & Burgers
Soups & Chilis
Snacks & Sides
And of course, bacon wrapped anything is always hit, like Bacon Wrapped Bacon Wrapped Bacon Wrapped Bacon. Just pick your favorite food, wrap it in bacon and viola!
Of course, if you don’t have a knack in the kitchen, restaurants and fast food joints are quickly catching on to the bacon mania, like Wendy’s Baconator. Plus, other joints are usually very willing to add as much bacon as you’d like.
There’s no better way to end a bacon-filled meal than with a helping of sugar-drenched bacon.
There are lots of ways to substitute bacon into your favorite dessert recipes.
Wash your meals back with some home brew infused with everyone’s favorite cured meat.
Finally, if you’re ever having troubles deciding what you’re in the mood to eat, let this useful Bacon Flowchart help you decide.
Bacon Best Sellers
For those who are truly passionate about bacon and wish to incorporate its savory goodness into their daily lives as much as possible, here are some ‘must-reads’ in bacon literature.
- Everything Tastes Better With Bacon : 70 delicious bacon recipes, plus storing, buying, handling and cooking advice
- The Bacon Cookbook : More than 150 bacon recipes from around the world
- Seduced By Bacon : Recipes & Lore about American’s Favorite Indulgence
- Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing
- Sex And Bacon : Why I Love Things That Are Bad For Me
- Bacon: A Love Story : A Salty Survey of Everybody’s Favorite Meat
- 36 Ways To Serve Bacon
- Eat What You Want and Die Like A Man : The World’s Unhealthiest Cookbook
- Home Curing of Bacon and Hams
- The Best of Bacon Cookbook
- Meat Smoking and Smokehouse Design
- Bacon Cookbook on CD
- Bacon Magazine
- Bacon Haikus
- How to Make a Bacon Tiling Image in Photoshop
Bacontarians the world over have united under one common passion: to promote the consumption and unfaltering love for the most blessed of foods, bacon. And so, on this, the holiest of days, The Holy Church of Bacon was born.
The Holy Church of Bacon doth not judge nor discriminate. Anyone who doth seekith the bacon-y truth may join in this, the Holy Quest of Baconage. The Holy Book of Bacon, or the Bacon Bible, is the holiest of bacon texts and serves as a personal guide to Baconlightenment (Baconirvana). This sacred scripture includes the most important works in Baconic history:
To practice Baconism, one must worship and revere this blessed food as the way, the truth, and the life.
Bacontarians must also recite the Pig Prayer:
May bacon be with you.
Patron Saint of Bacon
Saint Anthony, Patron Saint of Bacon is regarded as the intercessor and advocate of the most sacred of foods, bacon.
Sadly, despite how deliciously sacred bacon is, there are those who choose to go against the bacon lords and participate in deviant and sinful behavior. They are called the Bacon Haters.
Their senseless hate may be strong, but their numbers are small. Bacon Lovers Unite!
Get out your calendars and mark these bacon celebration dates down! You won’t want to miss out on hours of fun devoted entirely to nothin’ but bacon. A couple you just missed but there are some coming soon to a city near you.
Where: El Bait Shop and High Life Lounge, 200 S.W. Second St., Des Moines.
When: Saturday, Feb 28, 2009
Where: 500 3rd Street, Suite 510, San Francisco, CA
When: March 21st, 2009 - 1-5pm
Where: Radegast Hall & Beer Garden in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - 113 N 3rd St
When: Sunday March 29 at 5PM.
Time: September 5, 2009 from 3pm to 7pm
Location: Santa Barbara
When a person truly falls in love with bacon, it’s simply not enough to just eat it. You want to adorn yourself with it. You want your entire being surrounded by its smoky flavors. You want your essence soaking in its salty grease. You want I Heart Bacon written across your ass.
If you want to announce your love for bacon, you don’t have to scream it from the highest roof top. Just dress yourself from head to toe in baccoutrement.
Real Bacon Bling for the adventurous type.
You can get a complete, matching Bacon Jewelry Set that includes earrings, bracelet, necklace and ring.
Just For Fun
Bacon Bikini (NSFW)
Zazzle has a whole Bacon Shop full of shirts, shoes, hats, aprons and more. CafePress even has a bacon boutique to get your favorite bacon slogan printed on your shirts, and of course, you can’t forget Baconshirts.
Bringin’ Home The Bacon
As the aroma of crisp bacon saturates the air, bacon itself, is saturating our entire homes. No longer limited to the kitchen frying pan, bacon can now be found in the bathroom, the living room, or even the bedroom, providing us with delicious products to gaze upon and adore.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness and since bacon is God’s meat, it seems a natural choice to want to soak, lather, and moisturize your body with as much bacon as humanly possible.
Tend to your most delicate parts with Bacon Toilet Paper.
Get sudsy with Bacon Soap.
And don’t forget to freshen your breath with Bacon Mints.
Wake up every morning surrounded by total baconess with these bacon home products. From scented candles and placemats to magnets and lamps, let bacon seep its greasy way into every room of your home.
I love Meat Stickers (includes Bacon)
Not that any baconthusiast needs a reason to celebrate with bacon, but you can go all out over the holidays and spread a little bacon cheer with this seasonal bacon items.
Baconians know how much pure joy and pleasure a forkful of moist, salty, just-out-of-the-frying-pan bacon can bring. But now bacon-fun goes beyond just your dinner plate with these toys, games and action figures all made in an ode to bacon.
There is tons of Bacon Play Food like this Felt Breakfast Set, Bacon, Egg and Pancake Set, Breakfast Buddy Playset, Knitted Bacon Strip, Plush Baconman, Baconoki, Plastic Bacon, Bacon & Egg Jellyfish,
Some awesome baconny goodness just doesn’t seem to fall under any other category. So here is a little bacompilation of bacon music, comedy, superheroes and whatever else we could find that was on the odd side of the pig.
The Case of The Missing Bacon
Bacon Boy SuperHero
Austin Winters created Bacon Boy at the age of 10 while he was being treated for leukemia in Portland’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. He was inspired by painter Frank Etxaniz who encouraged him to come up with a character to draw.
What started as a simple drawing, morphed into a superhero of Baconic proportions. Bacon Boy was born, along with his friend Sgt Sausage, who together fought off the evil Fry Guy and his minions, Knife and Fork. Fry Guy’s main goal is to cook his enemies but he hasn’t gotten Bacon Boy yet.
Bacon Boy has a hat, cape and multiple delicious superpowers to fight his enemies.
- Being able to shoot bacon bits from one hand and grease from the other.
- “Meat Vision” that lets Bacon Boy propel sausages and corn dogs out of his eye sockets.
- Powerful suction to upload various things, such as, water and grease.
Bacon Boy was entered into a children’s art contest and after winning, became transformed into a glass version for a permanent collection of kids’ art in the Tacoma Museum of Glass.
Austin made drawings of his characters, created iron-on images, t-shirts, did animation and shaped Bacon Boy in clay.
Austin lost his battle with cancer on September 18, 2008. Buying one of Bacon Boy’s t-shirts will support the Austin Winters Fund and the Children’s Healing Art Project.
If there’s Bacon Boy, then there must be Bacon Man!
Make Bacon Not War (NSFW)
Don’t forget your Bacon Rolling Papers
Beyond the delicious fifth food group, there are many famous Bacons that aren’t as tasty, but definitely hold a place in any bacon-loving heart.
Roger Bacon (1214–1294)
An English philosopher and Franciscan friar who was seen as a modern experimental scientist, a man before his time. He is sometimes credited as one of the earliest European advocates of the modern scientific method.
Sir Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626)
An English author, philosopher, scientist, lawyer and statesman. He served both as Lord Chancellor and Attorney General of England. He fell out of political favor when he was found guilty of accepting bribes.
Kevin Bacon (born 1958)
An American actor who has been in many popular films and stage shows. He formed a band called the Bacon Brothers with his brother Michael in 1995.
Canadian Bacon – The Movie (1995)
A comedy about a satirical cold war between Canada and the US, directed by Michael Moore. Canadian Bacon was the last film to be released starring Canadian actor, John Candy after his death in 1994.
The Bacon Bizarre
Bacon Hypnosis : “You are getting hungry. Very, very hungry”
Rotten Bacon : For those who truly love all forms of bacon
Bacon Cat : “And people thought I was kidding”
Bacon Hitler : the Bacon Nazi
Bacon Beats Fries : State Senate Results
Larimer County: State Senate District 14 Results
Bob Bacon vs. Matt Fries
100% reporting ( 69 precincts )
Bob Bacon (Dem) 62% (43,893)
Matt Fries (GOP) 37% (25,893)
“You can make biodiesel out of any triglycerides(fats and vegetable oils) If you eat bacon, save the grease in a jar. After you get a jar or two full, take one out of the fridge and put it in a pan of hot water to melt it.
The water and solids will go to the bottom. Pour off about 500ml of the bacon grease, titrate, heat, and mix with the methoxide as you would with veg oil. I tried this about a year ago and the oil titrated at 3.25 and made the prettiest light yellow biodiesel you ever saw.
And it doesn’t go back solid at room temp like bacon grease would. Biodiesel out of 100% pig fat.”
Is there anything bacon can’t do?
The End of Bacon
Finally, The End of Baconmania. We don’t like to think of bacon as a trend, but rather a way of life. So, if you are a true bacon lover then for you, this ‘baconmania’ will never end. And for those of you who stay true to your bacon beliefs, you shall be rewarded in the after life, when you go to Bacon Heaven.
For Another Helping of Bacon:
Before the three-day hangovers and resolutions we have no intention of keeping comes the biggest night of the year, New Year’s Eve. Whether you’re a drinker or not, we all tend to have high hopes of what this magical night will bring and we want nothing less than fireworks, life long memories and of course, all our wishes for the new year to come true.
With this in mind, if your place is the lucky pad of choice for this year’s New Year’s bash, you’ve got a lot to live up to. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you get everything under control and make this a night to remember - no matter how many drinks your guests will have.
The first place to start is deciding on a budget and theme since both of these will influence every aspect of the party from food to decorations. Think about how much money you want to spend on the party personally and if you want it to be a classy, dressy affair or a laid back rock out.
Now on to the good stuff…
A definite must have, food can take on a lot of different flavors depending upon the type of party you want. Our advice is to go with light snacks, finger foods, and hors d’oeuvres.
This is a great option for small or large parties and makes preparation quick and easy since most can be simply heated in the oven or bought pre-made.
If you’re aiming for a classier setting, you can opt to have sit down meal to kick off the party but we would only suggest this option if you’re planning on having small gathering.If this is what you’d prefer, consider doing a potluck style where everyone brings his or her own dish.
- Frozen Hors d’oeuvres (your local grocery store should have lots)
- Crackers, cheeses, pepperoni, pickles
- Chicken wings
- Meat, veggie, and fruit trays
- Finger Sandwiches
- Sweets like squares or cookies.
Check out the Food Network, Kraft, Recipezaar or Great Party Recipes for more yummy ideas.
There’s no such thing as a party without music, or at least not a very good one. Since you’re hosting the party, you’re automatically promoted to DJ, so you better get together some tunes for everyone to groove to.
The main thing to consider here is the type of people who will be coming to your party. If you’re having a small gathering of close friends who all have similar musical taste, then go ahead and play Rob Stewart’s Greatest Hits.
But if you’re having a large party, you should try to play music from several genres to keep everybody happy.
- Play the radio
- Mixed CDs
- Ask everyone to bring their favorite CD
Check out the Top 40 of 2008, Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time or Billboard for song ideas.
Finally, we get to talk about the good stuff. Booze is one area of the party that can become very expensive, very quickly. If you want to be a big shot and your wallet can handle it, stock up on as much liquor as you want. Check out I Drink, Drink Recipes Bar, or Drink of the Week for cocktail and shot ideas to give you an idea of what you should purchase.
A more practical approach is to simply provide the basics to your guests and make the party BYOB. Make sure to get lots of ice, pop and juice for mix, champagne (no New Year’s party is complete without it) and cups and straws. It’s also a good idea to clear an area on your counter or table for drink prep for your guests to help keep the mess from spreading around the house.
One thing to remember – fridge space, fridge space, fridge space. Everyone will be looking to keep their brewskies cold, so make sure you have lots of room in your fridge and freezer. If space is tight, use a cooler or bathtub filled with ice.
You don’t need to go over board and plan out the entire evening with activities, but having a few games on hand will keep your guests entertained, break the ice, and get everyone good and liquored.
Since New Year’s is pretty much an excuse to drink, we suggest playing a few drinking games to get the evening going. Webtender and DrinkingGames.com offer a huge selection to choose from, but you can also check out this cute New Year’s resolution game or Party411 for non-alcoholic fun.
Decorations are the icing on the cake to any great party and New Year’s is no exception. This is another area where you can choose to go with a theme like a classic white, silver, and black palette or just go crazy with color.Make sure to get balloons, streamers and few party favors of your choice.
Confetti is one of the best party favors at a New Years party, but they can be a pain to clean up so be prepared. For a more cleanly way to ring in the New Year, opt to get hats, noisemakers or sparklers instead.
We actually suggest sending out invites as far in advanced as possible so your guests don’t make other plans.
The easiest way to invite your guests is to use email or social sites like Facebook. It’s simple to mass email your friends or set a group event so everyone is kept in the loop. If you have some not-so-savvy friends, you can just give them a call but make sure they take down all the important information they’ll need.
If you want to be fancy, you can choose to send out invitations by mail but this will require more effort and preparation, especially since you’ll have to send them out early to arrive on time.
Regardless of the method of invite, here are the key points you want to include:
- Date: a no-brainer but it doesn’t hurt to be thorough.
- Time: Let you’re guests know when to show up and more importantly when to leave.
- Sleeping / Driving Arrangements: Is there room for your guests to stay over, or should they make their own plans to get home?
- BYOB: Or not.
- Dress: Let everyone know if this is a casual party or more formal.
- Food: Do guests need to bring any snacks with them?
- Extras: If you’re planning on doing anything special, like maybe having some fireworks in the backyard, you should mention this to your guests beforehand so they can be prepared.
Since New Year’s Eve parties can get pretty wild and crazy, here are some extra tips any host should remember to keep things going smoothly:
- No Drinking or Driving: Enforce the no drinking and driving rule. Collect keys, lock the doors, or let people stay over if they don’t have a ride home.
- Bring Buckets: It’s inevitable that at least one party-goer will drink beyond their limit and need to spend some one on one with the toilet. This is a particular nuisance if you only have one bathroom; so keep the lou running freely by having a couple of buckets around. Another tip is to keep an eye on guests who seem to be drinking too much, too fast and get them to take periodic breaks - if you can.
- Paper, Plastic or Glass?: To help make clean up easier (and help the environment too) hand out paper cups to your guests.
- Corral The Party: If there are rooms you would prefer your guests not stumble into make sure to keep the doors closed.
- Keep Track of Time: After a few drinks, it’s easy to lose track of time and forget about the stroke of midnight. Keep a clock around or have the TV or radio on to alert you before the ball drops.
- Dance Floor: With music comes dancing and it’s in your best interested to clear an area so people can bust their moves. It’s also highly recommended to move any breakable items into rooms that aren’t being used.
- The Clean Up: Place some garbage bags/cans around the main areas of the party to encourage people to throw out their cups, napkins, etc. Try cleaning up some before you go to bed, too. Trust us, it’s a lot harder to clean up the morning after.
- Breakfast: If you’re having some people stay over, think about having something on hand for breakfast, or arrange to go out. There’s no better way to start New Year’s Day than a big, greasy hangover breakfast.
If you follow this guide and give yourself enough time to prepare, you’ll be sure to throw an awesome New Year’s Party. Just remember to be safe, have fun, and don’t pass out before the ball drops. See you in the New Year!