Of all the bacon imposters out there, “beef bacon” is one worth noting.
We all know that bacon comes from what Homer Simpson calls “a wonderful, magical animal.” So where do people get off trying to make bacon out of a cow???
I recall eating beef bacon as a child – it’s probably been at least 13 years since I last encountered it – but my dad reminded me of it the other day. For those of you who aren’t familiar with beef bacon, it’s basically just what it sounds like – beef, sliced like bacon, that is cured and smoked to imitate the flavor of bacon.
You ask…why would I eat beef bacon if all I really want is real bacon? It’s not like real bacon is hard to find. But according to some people, beef bacon has up to half the fat of real bacon, thus making it a healthier product.
So I guess if you’re an observant Jew or have such serious health issues that it’s the only way you can experience the joy of bacon without consuming the real thing, then you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. But we all know nothing can compare to the sweet, crispy, mouth-watering real thing.
Which leads me to the topics I’ll explore in future posts…turkey bacon, kosher bacon and Canadian bacon.