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Taste of the NFL

Bacon was in the house at Taste of the NFL’s annual Super Bowl fundraiser to support food banks and #KickHunger. Chefs from each franchise city put their culinary talents on display to support the cause. Here’s a sampling of the bacon-related dishes that were presented.


Lacquered slab bacon by Chicago’s Naha.


Triple cheese grits, sautéed shrimp and bacon by Ohio’s SHY Cellars.

8th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is in its eighth year and will have 17,000 attendees in Des Moines, Iowa on January 31, 2015.

Lecture series including:
– Bacon & Spam: A Love Story
– Bacon Science and Technology
– Bacon South of Interstate 80
– How to Build a Hormel Bacon Stadium
– Beer, Bacon, Breakfast and Beer
– DIY Charcuterie: from belly to bacon

Club Sizzle – a nightclub, during the day

Bacon the Immortal vs the Bacon Brothers (Tofu and Turkey) – a wrestling match to see which reigns supreme

Over 100 bacon-inspired dishes

Miss Bacon contest

Bacon-eating contest

Lots of entertainment and beer drinking.

High West Distillery

Deviled Eggs with Candied Jalapeno Bacon at High West Distillery = amazing. I’m also loving their bottled Manhattan mix.

Grilled Cheese and Soup at Zoom in Park City

Grilled cheese and bacon sandwich served with tomato basil soup at Zoom in Park City, Utah.

Apres Ski Bacon Bloody

Après ski bacon bloody at Drafts at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah.

The Oink Cafe in Phoenix

Tasty bacon at very theme-focused The Oink Cafe in Phoenix!

Bacon Nation Survey

I’m writing an article about the best (or most interesting) bacon-related food or drink in every state. Let me know your nominations!

Dreymiller and Kray Bacon

I was greeted by a delightful package on my doorstep upon arriving at home last Friday. Nearly four pounds of Dreymiller & Kray bacon were waiting for me, a package each of pepper bacon, hickory smoked bacon, applewood smoked bacon, and, the flavor I was most eager to try, Goose Island Matilda Beer Bacon.

Good bacon should be shared with friends, and as luck would have it I was playing in a curling tournament over the weekend. After winning our Saturday game, we learned that we would be playing again at 7:30 am on Sunday. So on Saturday night, I cooked up the 4 packages of bacon for distribution to the next morning’s players (I baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for 13 minutes).

Not surprisingly, all the bacon was consumed quickly after arriving at the club. The pepper bacon seemed to be the most popular as it disappeared the fastest, but all 4 flavors were enjoyed by all. I was particularly intrigued by the beer bacon which I had never tried before. Beer is actually used during the curing process, and while subtle, you can definitely smell and taste a distinct beer flavor in this bacon. It gave the bacon a slightly sweeter taste, at least according to my palate, and it was an interesting and delicious flavor twist. While I enjoyed the other 3 flavors as well, the beer bacon was definitely my favorite.

Visit the Dreymiller & Kray website to learn more.

Make plans to attend the 2015 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival!

Tickets for the 8th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival – “Baconmania VIII, The Greatest Bacon Event of All Time!” – will be sold online through a link at www.blueribbonbaconfestival.com on 12/13/14 beginning at 12:13:14 p.m. The event will be held at the Iowa Events Center on Saturday, January 31, 2015.

Kiva: Buscia’s Bacon Buns

I love supporting bacon-related start-ups! Check out Buscia’s Bacon Buns.