We love bacon.
That probably goes without saying. After all, we did have a bacon party last year, well-attended by our friends. We wax poetic over the taste and fat-to-meat ratio of Skagit River Ranch bacon. And that photograph above? That’s the bacon air freshener hanging down from our rear-view mirror. (The original smell was a sad, acidic imitation of bacon, and we had to drive around town with the windows of the car rolled down until it went away. Bacon, it seems, cannot be bottled.) So yes, we love bacon.
Oh, we also have a recipe for bacon-wrapped bacon in our upcoming cookbook. Stay tuned for more news on that.
So it’s safe to say. We love bacon around here.
We’re not the only ones. Bacon has been called, thousands of times, “…the gateway meat.” Even some vegetarians start to crave the salty smoky meat, the fat crisped up in the oven, the decadent heady combination. You may have noticed, the last couple of years: bacon is it. Everyone loves bacon, including Megan, who created the recently resurrected fabulous website: I Heart Bacon.
There are skateboards designed to look like bacon, pillows meant to look like bacon, and bandaids that sizzle around your finger when you have a cut. (I’d probably feel better if I could look down at my knuckle and see bacon while I was healing, come to think of it.) There is no shortage of people desperate to bring bacon into every part of their lives.
David Lebovitz makes candied bacon ice cream (oh yum). Noelle Carter of the Los Angeles Times has created chicken-fried bacon with a creamy ranch dipping sauce. And somewhere in San Francisco, a dedicated group of bacon enthusiasts created Bacon Camp, where giant pods formed out of bacon were placed alongside bacon jerky and Maker’s Mark ice cream with maple caramel swirl and candied bacon.
Really, there’s no end to the bacon love.
Some might disagree. There is a small contingent of people insisting that bacon has seen its trendy day. Oh pshaw. We will never tire of bacon. How could we? It’s bacon.
So we’ll be making this a regular feature, here on Pork Knife and Spoon: bacon. Our favorite kinds of bacon, some of our favorite bacon recipes, and our favorite homages to bacon.
As Danny likes to say, “Mmmmmmmm. Bacon.”