Time to stand up and salute your bacon!
Yes, it is “International Bacon Day” – an unofficial observance held on the Saturday before Labor Day in the United States.
Bacon day celebrations typically include social gatherings during which participants create and consume dishes containing bacon, including bacon-themed breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, and drinks.
Bacon Day was conceived in Bedford, Massachusetts in 2000, and is celebrated with strong followings in Virginia, Boston, Denver and Cincinnati, with a particularly heavy representation in Chandler, Arizona (home to the world’s largest Bacon Day celebration).
Many who celebrate International Bacon Day can often be heard chanting “Bacon is a vegetable!”
Here are some of Homer Simpson’s favorite bacon quotes!
“When you’re in my house you shall do as I do and believe who I believe in. So Bart butter your bacon.”
“Not again! First you took away my Philly Fudgesteak. And then my Bacon Balls. Then my Whatchamachicken. You monster!”
Homer: I’ll have the smiley face breakfast special. Uhh, but could you add a bacon nose? Plus bacon hair, bacon mustache, five o’clock shadow made of bacon bits and a bacon body.
Waitress: How about I just shove a pig down your throat?
(Homer looks excited)
Waitress: I was kidding.
Homer: Fine, but the bacon man lives in a bacon house!
Waitress: No he doesn’t!
“[strained] You know that feeling you get when a thousand knives of fire are stabbing you in the heart? I’m having that right now…[normal] Ooh, bacon!”
Try Out These Bacon-Influenced Recipes!
Here’s what people are currently doing in the name of bacon – and a few recipes to give bacon a workout in your kitchen as well!
BEHOLD THE ‘MERICA!” ALL BACON, ALL THE TIME!
This new breaking bacon news is a real BIG deal!
Southern California burger chain Slater’s 50/50 whipped up this super bacon burger as part of its new offering, the “‘merica” burger. The ALL-BACON patty is topped with a slice of thick cut bacon, a sunny side up egg, a new “bacon island” dressing and a huge slice of bacon cheddar cheese.
My son Jeff tells me this place is in Anaheim, a 45-minute drive from home, so I’m not sure I will make the effort..although he is pushing hard for a BACON road trip! I’d love to hear from someone who actually ATE this thing – would love to know how much can be too much…say, for example, THIS!
There are times when you know that nothing good can come from what you are about to see. Then again, it IS BACON:
LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF BACON!
As you know, there are many who believe that bacon makes ANYTHING better…say for example what they can do for the lowly hot dog…
Just a nice bacon wrapping does the trick…and look at this unique way to wrap bacon and come up with greatness:
Behold The All-American Bacon Candy Cane!
Sweet potatoes wrapped in bacon! Here is the recipe I found:
2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into matchsticks about the width of your pinky finger.
8 oz bacon, don’t use thick cut
Preheat oven to 425°F and place rack in the center of the oven. Slice each piece of bacon in half, lengthwise and then in half widthwise. You will have 4 strips from 1 piece of bacon. Wrap 1 strip of bacon around 1 matchstick sweet potato. Lay on a baking sheet that’s been lined with parchment paper. Repeat until all the bacon is gone. Bake for 15 minutes until the sweet potatoes feel soft. Then turn the oven to broil and let the tops get crispy.
“Sweet and Spicy Nutella-Coated Bacon!”
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Vegetable oil cooking spray
6 thick slices bacon (1/2 to 3/4 pound)
3 tablespoons Nutella
Fleur de sel or another coarse salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine brown sugar, chili powder and black pepper in a small bowl and set aside.
Spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange bacon slices on baking sheet, making sure they do not overlap. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, depending on desired doneness, then remove from oven and carefully flip bacon slices.
Sprinkle each slice liberally with sugar-pepper mixture. Return to oven and bake for an additional 8 to 10 minutes. Cool bacon slices on paper towels until approximately room temperature.
When bacon has cooled, place Nutella into a small bowl and microwave on high for approximately 15 to 20 seconds, until softened. Transfer bacon slices to a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet or large plate. Using a silicon brush or icing spatula, lightly spread Nutella onto the top of each bacon slice. Place plate into refrigerator and allow Nutella to harden. Once coating is firm to the touch, sprinkle with fleur de sel and serve.
Bacon Wrapped Barbeque Shrimp
16 Large Shrimp (peeled and deveined)
16 Slices Bacon
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
2. Wrap shrimp with a slice of bacon, securing with a toothpick.
3. Be sure that you use the large shrimp–the cooking time for the shrimp and the bacon is similar.
4. If you use medium-sized shrimp you might want to precook the bacon a little.
5. Over cooked shrimp are tough and rubbery and a real shame.
6. Line a jelly roll pan with extra heavy duty foil.
7. Place the baking rack in the pan.
8. Place the shrimp on the rack, and sprinkle heavily with the barbecue seasoning.
9. Turn and sprinkle the second side.
10. Let the shrimp sit for 15 minutes.
11. The bacon will turn from creamy white to a little opaque, and the seasonings will soak in.
12. Cook the bacon for 10 to 15 minutes.
13. The rack keeps the shrimp from sitting in the draining bacon fat.
14. With a little luck, you won’t tear the foil.
15. You can throw that away and only have to scrub the rack.
Thanks again to Baconrecipes.net for just two of their dozens of terrific recipes…check them out!
LET BACON BE BACON!
Thanks to Sara Underwood, you can now wear bacon as well…as she was willing to do for a story…what a trooper! And if you really want to go all the way with bacon, see what these crazy guys came up with:
Presenting Bacon Poutine, french fries topped with cheese curds, bacon and covered in gravy. Make it yourself or find a restaurant in your neck of the woods to do it for you!
Behold A Bacon Pie!
Bacon pie is not exactly a pie – in fact, there is no “pie” involved, only bacon. And cheese. And more bacon. The bacon pie is a giant slab of weaved bacon, a ton of cheese and bacon strips, and another giant slab of weaved bacon.
The Bacon-Turtle Burger!
Thanks to our friends at GrubGrade.com, check out this bacon-y masterpiece!
It’s a full pound of ground beef, stuffed with hot dogs and wrapped in bacon. Yes please!
START YOUR OWN BACON CELEBRATION!
So there you have it, many ways to celebrate National Bacon Day – and remember, if you don’t do it right, THIS GUY will come for you!