Pork Belly Sliders at Blue Hound in Phoenix

Posted by: on May 2, 2013

Pork belly sliders with kim chi and peanuts on King’s Hawaiian bread at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails in Phoenix.

Bacon University

Posted by: on May 1, 2013

Bacon University just launched an awesome line of bacon-themed t-shirts.

Luncha Libre Tribute Burger

Posted by: on April 15, 2013

Burger, bacon, peanut butter, grape jelly, sriracha on a bun from the Luncha Libre food truck in Phoenix. Holy shit AWESOME. Elvis Lives.

Elvis at the Pig and Pickle

Posted by: on March 31, 2013

The Elvis at the Pig and Pickle in Scottsdale, Arizona: peanut butter cheesecake, strawberry jam, cinnamon toast, banana, bacon.

Bacon Scope

Posted by: on March 29, 2013

For those times when you need to rinse the taste of bacon from your mouth…with bacon.

Bite the Magazine: Hog Heaven

Posted by: on March 24, 2013

Think the bacon trend is dead? Think again. I share my list of five Phoenix restaurants that are using the salty strips to feed our breakfast meat addiction and keep us coming back for more via Bite {the magazine}.

Photo by Mark Lipczynski. Be sure to check out the slideshow with the article, the photos are gorgeous!

Bacon Restaurant in Boise, Idaho

Posted by: on March 12, 2013

BLTA and Bacon Bloody Mary at Bacon Restaurant in Boise. More B, please.

How to Survive (and Thrive) at a Bacon Festival

Posted by: on March 6, 2013

The experience of attending a bacon festival can be overwhelming. Typically the primary activities of such an event are 1) eating bacon and 2) consuming alcohol. Without a strategy for pacing yourself throughout the day, things can quickly go awry.

Following are a few tips to follow, should you find yourself in possession of a ticket to a future bacon festival.

1. Stomach Prep. Fasting in advance is not a good strategy. You’ll just be starving by the time you arrive at the festival and will potentially overeat too early in the day. You also don’t want to start drinking booze at 10 am on an empty stomach – nothing good can come of that. The best approach is to eat normal meals the day before – maybe with a few extra vegetables – but don’t feel like you need to avoid bacon, that would just be silly. Arrive at the event with a healthy appetite, and pace yourself throughout the day. You may be forced to pace yourself anyway if you encounter lines, but the lines are an opportunity to commune with fellow members of the Bacon Nation. Alternate food samples with beverages and spread the experience over several hours so you can savor every delicious bite of bacon.

2. Attire. There is no such thing as inappropriate attire at a bacon festival. Pretty much anything goes including pig costumes, snouts, bacon shoes, custom-made bacon suits/dresses…however you like to express your love of bacon, you’ll fit right in. The average person will be wearing at least one pig or bacon related item of clothing – most commonly a t-shirt – but let your bacon flag fly when selecting your outfit. Just be sure to wear something comfortable – particularly shoes – as you’ll be on your feet for most of the day. And elastic waistbands are always a good idea when bacon is involved.

3. Water. It’s easy to get lost in the sea of bacon and booze that’s served up at a bacon festival. But you’ll be more likely to survive the entire day – and maybe even make it to the after parties – if you are properly hydrated.

4. Stay Buzzed, Don’t Get Sloppy. Time flies when you’re at a bacon festival, several hours of eating bacon and drinking cocktails goes by surprisingly fast. Enjoy your beverages, but don’t be a hot mess. It’s likely that the event will be crowded, but attending a bacon festival is all about fellowship, so don’t be the ass hat no one wants to bond with.

2013 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Recap

Posted by: on March 5, 2013

“We create a safe environment where people can express their love for bacon.”
-The Iowa Bacon Board

The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Des Moines, Iowa celebrated its 6th year of bacon fellowship on February 9, 2013. This has become the premiere bacon festival in the United States and therefore, the world, ‘cuz no one does bacon like Americans do. ‘MERICA!

The Iowa Bacon Board’s annual event brings people together to celebrate their common love of bacon. When I first attended in 2009, the crowd topped out at 300 and the venue was the High Life Lounge, a small dive bar on the outer edges of the downtown business district. But Americans – and Iowans in particular – love their bacon, and when word gets around that bacon eatin’ is going on, demand quickly exceeds supply.

The 2013 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival sold out 8,000 tickets in only 3 minutes and took over 2 buildings at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. 5 tons of bacon were served. 30+ vendors presented dishes ranging from Bacon Pad Thai to Bacon Gelato. Alcohol flowed freely for 6 hours straight (and continued at multiple after-parties that went well into the early morning hours).

This year’s Bacon Fest also had an international flair. Partnering with a delegation of Icelandic bacon lovers, the event’s theme was “a journey to the land of fire..and ice…and bacon.” One of the buildings was devoted to all things Iceland including baked cod wrapped in bacon, smoked char and bacon chowder, and fermented shark with a schnapps shooter. There actually wasn’t any bacon involved in that third item which was apparently just some sort of initiation/bonding ceremony. All I know is that it seemed like the festival’s fun factor increased post-shark/schnapps.

So you missed the 2013 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival but are dying to go in 2014? Then you better be ready to log on at the exact time tickets go on sale and have your credit card information at your fingertips so you don’t miss out. You have 11 months to put together a strategy to make it happen!

You can view more photos from the event by clicking here.

Following is a list of all the dishes that were served at the 2013 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. The number of dessert items was particularly impressive and a sign of how much our bacon palates have evolved in the past few years. I’m already looking forward to the 2014 festival and hope to see more of my fellow bacon lovers in Des Moines!

Bacon Balls
Bacon and Cheddar Croissant
Bacon and Cheese Rangoon
Bacon Flavored Potato Chips
Bacon Jalapeno Grillers
Bacon, Onion, Garlic and Cheese Bread
Bacon Pops
Bacon Rumaki
Bacon Sausage on a Stick
Bacon Slaw
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno
Candied Bacon
Candied Bacon and Beer Combo
Caribbean Jerk Pork Fatty
Cheese Dip with Bacon
Maytag Blue Cheese Soft Pretzels with a Bacon Beer Cheese Dip
Rainbow Rub Bacon Strips

Bacon, Blue Cheese and Beef Sandwich
Bacon Empanada
Bacon Sliders
Bacon Taco Explosion
Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog
Carolina Style Bacon n’ BBQ Sandwich
Double Bacon Wrapped Corndog
Mini BLTs
The Original Bacon Explosion Sandwich
Pineapple and Bacon Quesadilla
Pulled Pork and Bacon BBQ Slider
Templeton Rye Whiskey Elk and Bacon Slider with Bacon Potato Bun
Three Little Pigs

Bacon Breakfast Pizza
The Elvis Pizza
The 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon Pizza

Asian Braised Pork Rice Bowl
Bacon Gumbo
Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
Bacon Pad Thai
Bacon Potato Soup
Chili with Chocolate Dipped Bacon Spoon
Creamy Potato Bacon Soup
Smoked Icelandic Char and Bacon Chowder

Apple Bacon Curry Filled Pastry
Bacon Apple Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel
Bacon Booty Cookie
Bacon Brownies
Bacon Brownie Sundae
Bacon Flan Topped with Candied Bacon Strips
Bacon Vodka Pudding Shot
Bourbon Maple Bacon Ice Cream in Waffle Cone
Caramel Bacon Bar
Carmel Bacon Gelato
Carmel Bacon Ice Cream
Chocolate Bacon Bourbon Tart
Fireball Bacon Apple Tart with Ice Hole Raspberry Sauce
Lava Templeton Cupcake
Man Candy
Maple Bacon Cupcake
Peanut Butter, Bacon and Banana Panna Cotta
Pig Candy Cheesecake
Sweet Heat Candied Bacon Cookie

Bacon by Chester

Posted by: on March 5, 2013

Today I received an email from an elementary school teacher in Queens, New York. One of her 4th grade students submitted a poem about bacon to the school magazine and asked if I would be interested in publishing it on my website. Of course my answer was yes! Here it is:

Bacon by Chester

Bacon is so crispy, so juicy, so sweet
So salty so scrumptious so completely complete
For breakfast, for dinner, for lunch or a snack
Bacon’s the treat that makes my lip smack
And of all the kinds of bacon I like turkey the best!

Just kidding
I tricked you
It was only a jest

Pigs make the best, who could debate
The sound of the sizzle, the smell and the taste?
It is for bacon I’m so happy I’m not Jewish
To live without bacon would make me sad and so blue-ish.