BLT Pasta Salad Recipe

Yesterday I get a message on twitter from Shop ‘n Save, a local grocery store in Western PA, asking me to pick the best bacon recipe on their “Our Kitchen Stories” website.

I quickly get to working looking over every recipe. Since I didn’t have time to make each one I had to make my decision based on creativity and simplicity. It was a hard choice, since there were so many good ones I could have pick, but I settled on the BLT Pasta Salad.

I chose this recipe because I like the creativity and I am a big fan of people taking something that is classic and making it their own. I also like how simple it was to make. Plus, I am always looking for new ways to incorporate bacon in to every cookout and this would do just that.

Since tomatoes are in session right now this would probably taste amazing. I will have to make this soon and let you know how it was. Just follow me on twitter (@MrBaconpants) and you will be the first to know.

BLT Pasta Salad


  • 1 (16 ounce) package medium seashell or rotini pasta
  • 1 pound sliced bacon
  • 1 1/2 cups light Ranch-style salad dressing
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain, and rinse under cold water to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat until browned and crisp. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the Ranch dressing, onion, and tomatoes. Mix in the cooled pasta. The pasta will absorb some of the dressing, so don’t worry if it seems like too much. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Crumble bacon over the top just before serving.

Recipe from My Kitchen Stories by CRovesti

Update: Aaron Tucker mentioned that this recipe is lacking lettuce. The reason for that is lettuce would wilt in the salad when you let it sit overnight. If you want to add lettuce, all you would need to do is use it as a garnish when serving. Beth had a good idea of using a lettuce leaf as a little bowl.

Bacon LIVE: Porkapalooza Cookout and Technical Difficulties

On today’s show we had a few tech issues. I got a new microphone that I wanted to use on the show but since I didn’t test out my setup first we had a few technical difficulties that we had to over come.

On top of that, we had a storm in the area that knocked out our internet. That means most of the ustream feed was not recored. Luckily we record the audio for the podcast on my computer so all was not lost.

I am sure we will get everything figured out for next week.

We also got a chance to talk to Greg who held what he calls Porkapalooza in his back yard. He told us the inside story on how he cooked his amazing pork dishes. Check out his website for the recipes and photos.

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Five Guys’ Bacon Cheeseburger Review

After everyone I know told me I had to try one I finally did. I had a Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger and it has changed my life.

I never knew that an amazing burger could be cooked for you in less than 10 minutes. I have been tricked by other fast food chains to expect fast food to be just ok. Thanks to Five Guys I know now that I must always demand the best.

The nearest Five Guys to me is about 30 minutes and when you live in the city that’s a long drive just for a burger. Well, earlier this week I found myself about 5 minutes away from this particular restaurant, so I made the slight detour to give the famous burger a try.

This is my first time being in a Five Guys so I was little taken back when I saw how bare it looked. It was just three menu signs hanging above two registers. Behind that was an open kitchen with just a griddle, fry station, and a center island. I thought “Wow this is it?” I am not sure what I was expecting but in my mind I thought it would be some kind of hamburger wonderland.

I walked up looking at the hanging menu and saw two things I liked right away: All toppings are free and so are refills. Two important things for a good burger stop to have.

After gawking at the menu some more I ordered a Bacon Cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato along with a regular fry and drink. I then hear the girl taking my order yell behind her “two patties” and pay for my order and wonder what the hell that was about. My order came to a little over $11 – it sounded a little pricey but I was not let down.

After waiting for five to ten minutes my order number was called and the sack containing my burger and fries was in my hands. The first thing I noticed was how heavy the bag was. It had to be at least a pound if not more!

When I got home I quickly grabbed a plate and dumped out the contents of the bag. To my surprise the fries filled one whole dinner plate, piled high! A quick review of the fries: they are fresh cut. Enough said. Then I unwrapped the burger and I quickly realized what she meant when she yelled “two patties”.

There in my hands were two patties, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and crispy bacon between two toasted buns. I seriously looked at it for what felt like an eternity. I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was the perfect burger. Then I took my first bite.

The Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger took my breath away. The patties were cooked to perfection. Even with them being well done (they don’t cook them any other way) they were still juicy and packed with flavor. The cheese melted in around the bacon creating a new kind of super condiment and even the lettuce and tomato were fresh and crisp.

You would think with all that going on in between the two toasted buns that the flavors would get lost but they were all there. The bacon, the most important part of the burger, had a great crunch and flavor. I really couldn’t believe that this was made fresh just for me in less than ten minutes. This is the bacon burger to beat!

Five Guys, thank you for changing my life and giving me hope that all quickly made food can taste amazing.

Side note: I found out after that if you want a normal burger that is just one patty you have to say you want a little burger. If you don’t specify like I did they will just give you the regular two patty version.

Photo Credit: Burger-at-Law

Banana Injected with Bacon and Peanut Butter

Last night one Bacon LIVE Sean brought up an article he found online about s’mores recipes and one of them was called the Elvis. It’s a known fact that any recipe that has Elvis in the name always includes bananas, peanut butter, and sometimes bacon.

Well today I would like to share with you another recipe called the Elvis, this one is a banana injected with bacon and peanut Butter, then fried in butter and brown sugar.

The recipe was created by Tracy the owner of a blog called “I hate my message board”. Her post about how she created this recipe was pretty funny. She was basically making it up as she went along. This is my favorite part of the recipe:

Step 6 Try to get the bacon peanut butter into the banana. This would prove to be more difficult.

If you wondering she was inspired to do this after seeing a Nutella stuffed banana online.

Check out her blog for the full recipe, photos, and humor. I really like reading about people having fun with cooking. Especially when it involves bacon!

Bacon LIVE: Bring bacon back to iTunes soon!

On today’s show Sean and I talked about a grab bag of topics. Its seems that when we don’t have a bacon product to review there is no telling what we will talk about.

We decided to bring back the audio version of the show for iTunes. We feel that this will make it easier for some of you to listen to our show in the car and at work. A few of you have been asking us to bring this back, so your wish has come true. It’s a little more work on my end but your enjoyment is the reason we do this so its worth it.

Let us know if you have any problems with the new formate. We will still me doing the show live on uStream and you can still watch the recored video, we are just adding another way for you to enjoy that show.

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Pigson: What is this Bacon Bash?

So last week I just assumed that Pigson knew about Bacon Bash since he was making bacon sushi but this is not the case. It seems that this week Pigson and Mr. Baconpants meet for the first time. Pigson had no idea there was an event going on all about bacon.

I wonder if pigs even eat bacon or if Pigson is really a pig? He could be an alien that just happens to look like a pig or maybe he and everyone else doesn’t realize what he is. I guess we will find out as this strip continues.

[Read more Pigson comics here]

Ordering a Bacon Oreo Blizzard at Dairy Queen makes you a Celebrity

If you’re a member of the Bacon Nation on Facebook you probably heard about Aaron Tucker ordering (I mean sending his wife to get him) a Bacon Oreo Blizzard at Dairy Queen. Well here is the full behind the blizzard look at what went down that day.

Here is the story from Aaron:

I had written to our town’s DQ a few weeks ago about the Bacon Oreo Blizzard and they said, “If we’ve got the ingredients, we’ll put it in a Blizzard!”

So I sent my wife to pick up a Bacon Oreo Blizzard at Dairy Queen. I didn’t think she was going to do it because she said she’d be so embarrassed.

She drove up to the window and said, “This is going to sound weird.”

The voice from the box said, “OK?!”

“My husband said that the manager told him you could make him an Oreo Blizzard with bacon in it. That’s what I want.”

There was silence for a few seconds, and the voice in the box said, “You want an Oreo Blizzard with bacon? That sounds kinda good actually.”

So, with that out of the way she ordered herself a little chocolate Blizzard and drove up to the window. What she didn’t expect was to see was the manager running up to the window screaming, “Is he here? Is he here? We want to see him! He’s got balls!”

My wife just sat there in shock. Another employee came to the window to see what was going on.

“We’ve been waiting forever for your husband to come and order it,” the manager said. “We’re all excited in here. Can I get a picture of it before we give it to you?”

The manager disappeared for a minute to take pictures of the Bacon Oreo Blizzard and another employee arrived at the window to complete the transaction and also asked where I was. They were pretty disappointed that I hadn’t shown up in person.

After a bit more waiting, they (the manager and two employees) brought out the Bacon Oreo Blizzard and the chocolate Blizzard and asked my wife if she was going to try it for them right there.

She said, “No, I’ll let my husband try it first,” and she drove home as fast as the law allowed. She called me on the way to let me know that I was very famous at DQ even though I’ve never been there personally.

Minutes later I was in possession of the first and only DQ Bacon Oreo Blizzard the world has ever seen. The first thing we did was take pictures. By the time I got to enjoy it, it was starting to melt over the edges of the cup. Every bite was loaded with Oreo and bacon. I had no idea the bacon would stay so crunchy! It was awesome!

The Dairy Queen Manager wrote almost immediately and asked if I liked it. I sent back pictures and my thoughts. I also mentioned that I’d really love a bacon peanut butter cup Blizzard and a Bacon Peanut Buster Parfait. I hope they try it too!

I don’t know what’s funnier, the managers reaction or the fact that he sent his wife to get it for him. On Bacon LIVE this week Aaron gave us a few updates on the DQ bacon situation. I guess the corporate office frowns upon using bacon in Blizzards because of some kind of cross contamination that could happen. So before you go walking in to a DQ asking for a Bacon Oreo Blizzard make sure they have a cool manager that likes to bend the rules a little.

I would like to thank Aaron for sharing this story with us. Be sure to “like” the Bacon Nation page on Facebook so you can get more of his DQ bacon updates.