Bacon hails from the underside of a pig, or its loin, and is sold fresh, cured or smoked. After that, almost anything goes. Its close cousins are pancetta, Irish bacon, Canadian bacon, spiced bacon, exotically smoked bacon or fatback.
Our own guilty bacon pleasure is crisp jalapeno bacon dipped into warm bittersweet chocolate. It’s yummy!
Bacon is one of few fats which Americans actually seek out for its unique sweetness and not trim its fat and discard it. Bacon can be thin, thick, smoky, salty, hearty, meaty, mapley, chewy or crispy. Yes, it is forbidden fat, but it is protein, too! It is also salty, but a few grinds of fresh black peppercorns helps us forget. Bacon also dalliances very so delicately between savory and sweets, mingling so well with newcomers like maple, chocolate, caramel with salt and cinnamon.
These days, bacon keeps frequent company with these.
- Appetizer wrappers
- Baked beans
- Bread pudding with bacon sauce
- Bubble gum
- Chocolate chip pancake mix
- Cocoa bacon
- Covering for hard-boiled eggs
- Hot dogs
- Ice cream
- Mashed potatoes
- Potato salads
- Rolling papers
- Sharp cheese
- Stir fry
The bacon craze goes on when people hold these bacon occasions like these:
Famed Zingerman’s Ann Arbor, Michigan, has created a Bacon-of-the-month club and added a Bacon Camp to their bacon blogs and contests.
A Portland, Oregon website operator started a site titled, Bacon Today.
Near Baltimore, Maryland, a bar observes a bacon happy hour serving up large quantities each night.
A bar in New York created and serves a cocktail of bourbon, lemon and maple syrup complete with a crisp bacon swizzle stick.
Here are some foodsites with bacon recipes.