This Wednesday Sean and I recorded the show live from the Harris Grill in front of a live audience. This was the first time we did this and it turned out really well. We were presented with delicious bacon creations created by the HG kitchen. Sean and I even shared with the audience just as promised.
The first two dishes that came out where chocolate covered bacon and bacon brittle. The chocolate covered bacon was the best I have ever had. I don’t know what kind of chocolate they use, but thats what made it so good. Each strip of bacon was covered with a think layer of the stuff. The bacon brittle was met with mixed reviews. Most people thought the flavor was over powered with smoke. Compared to the brittle they made for the Bacon tour last year, this was a better execution. It was crispy and had the right texture. They just need to work on the flavor now.
The last dish to come out was the crowed favorite, bacon wrapped pizza bits. Yes, I am talking about the Totino’s Pizza Bites wrapped in out favorite meat. You know you thought about doing it when you were in college, well the Harris Grill did it. If I could only eat one food these would be it.
Watch the show to see this great food and to hear this summers biggest announcement. I would also like to thank the Harris Grill and everyone that game out. It was a lot of fun and we can’t wait to do it again.
Knott’s Berry Farm used the power of twitter to come up with its latest Funnel cake topping, chocolate and bacon. This comes as no surprise since twitter is addicted to bacon. If you remember last month twitter is the reason Bocktown, a local Pittsburgh restaurant, created the bacon beer infusion.
Meghan Gardner, the spokesperson for the amusement park said that they asked there twitter followers what they wanted on a Funnel cake. The response was so overwhelming for chocolate and bacon they put it on the menu, permanently.
If you want to make this amazing fair food yourself, all you have to do is get a Funnel cake, chocolate syrup, and crispy bacon. That’s the beauty of fair food, its usually really simple, but tastes amazing.
Further proving that Knott Berry Farm is not taking bacon lightly, they have another bacon menu item this year. The Bacon Burrito Dog, a tortilla filled with 2 hot dogs, 3 bacon slices, chili, and cheese. Wow, does that sound good, and again its really simple to make are your next cookout!
If I ever win the big game (not sure how I ever will, giving the fact that I am not a pro athlete), I not going to say “I’m going to Disney World” instead I’m saying “I’m going to Knott’s Berry Farm”!
I searched the internet and found what think are the top ten best bacon shirts. I am not putting them in any order because I feel they are all number ones. With bacon shirts you’re either a number one or a zero with me (yes there are some really bad bacon shirts).
Top Ten Bacon T-Shirts
I heart Bacon – This is a classic! Everyone has made an “I heart bacon” shirt but I feel this one is the best. It’s clean, simple and gets right to the point. I have worn this shirt and every time I do I make a new friend, no joke.
Butcher Diagram – I love to be reminded where bacon comes from and this shirt does just that. I enjoy how the pig is looking at its own belly licking its lips. I would so do that if I was a pig.
Periodic Bacon – I am not afraid to show my nerdy side so I would wear this shirt with pride. This would be a great shirt to wear to chess club. I am sure that crowed would all get a kick out of it.
Bacon Makes Everything Better – Duh! I almost didn’t put this shirt on the list since it’s so redundant. But you never know, some people may not know that amazing fact about bacon. So this shirt is more of a PSA.
Push Button, Receive Bacon – This had to be the biggest bacon meme on the internet in its day. This shirt pays tribute to it so it had to be on the list. To this day when I go to a gas station bathroom and dry my hands off, I think of bacon.
Hail Bacon Shirt – This one is a new kid on the block. I never seen it before, but it looks like an instant classic. The devil dose love rock and roll, but he loves bacon more!
Baconfish – This is one of my favorites. If bacon came from fish, I could still be friends with most vegetarians (vegans are a lost cause). I own this shirt and it’s a great conversation starter.
Bacon is Good for me – King Curtis made that phrase famous when he was on the show Wife Swap. No one should ever get between a man (or an 11 year old) and is bacon.
Bacon Is A Vegetable – Almost every vegetarian I know thinks this is true. When I ask them if they eat bacon they reluctantly admit that they do and then tell me its a vegetable. At that point I slap them for speaking blasphemy.
Bibbity Bobbity Bacon – Jim Gaffigan is the king of bacon and if I didn’t put his shirt on my list he would have shunned me. The man is very powerful in the bacon community and he could “Bibbity Bobbity Bacon” me to a hell without bacon.
If you feel that I over looked a shirt, then write a comment and let me know about it. You never know I might make this list longer. Also if you feel a shirt shouldn’t be on this list let me know that too.
It’s Weekend Cooking time again and that means, I need to share with you the recipe that was the random prize winner of my first ever bacon recipe contest. It was submitted by a Bacon LIVE bit (viewer) but it was created by Sandy Ploy better known as the Milwaukee Cupcake Queen.
If I would have known better, I would have disqualified the entry, because I asked for original recipes. Thankfully Sandy is a good sport and she is letting me post the recipe on my blog and in my upcoming free ebook. So if you ever meet the Milwaukee Cupcake Queen, be sure to tell her thanks.
Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 Min | Cook Time: 25 Min | Ready In: 40 Min | Recipe Yields 2 dozen cupcakes
12 slices bacon
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup cold, strong, brewed coffee
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, 3/4 cup cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the eggs, coffee, buttermilk and oil. Stir just until blended. Mix in 3/4 of the bacon, reserving the rest for garnish. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, dividing evenly.
Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter. Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting and sprinkle reserved bacon crumbles on top. Dust with additional cocoa powder.
Sean and I started off todays show with an ABC segment called Bacon Bliss. It appeared a few days ago on Nightline, Sean and I both missed it. After watching the clip Sean realized that once again the main stream media failed to mention Mr. Baconpants, the best bacon website, in a bacon segment. We don’t know what they have agains us, but we wish we knew.
After ranting about for awhile, I noticed that Sean was acting a little funny. I then remember that he just ate a Burger King value meal. After leaning that fatty foods where addicting I came to the conclusion that he was high on fast food. After explaining to Sean that Bacon LIVE studio was a drug free environment we moved on to other bacon goodness.
Remember next week we will be live at the Harris Grill. If you live in the PIttsburgh area you should come check us out.
If the release of Apple iPad wasn’t enough excitement for you this month, KFC’s new bunless chicken sandwich call the Double Down, should set you over the edge. It will be release nationwide on April 12th. There has already been a lot of buzz about this new sandwich.
Basically, the Double Down is a bacon and cheese sandwich with two chicken breasts as the bun. The one thing that kind of ticks me off about it is the fact that it only has two strips of bacon. Everyone knows that a good sandwich has at least four. But that’s not the point of this post and I’m not going to take the time to go into detail about the sandwich. Most of the internet already has and it would be very redundant.
What I want to know is. Do you think this is a stroke of genius or stupidity?
Is the general public really ready for a sandwich that breaks one of the golden rules of sandwich making, the bread? Everyone knows that bread can either make or break a sammy. Sure, some edge bars have played with the idea of using grilled cheeses as buns or hippy places using wraps, but they were at least in the bread family. KFC on the other hand has decided to give bread the finger and told it to F off.
This is your time to shine. Take the time to leave a comment and either defend bread to the bitter end or support the bold move by KFC. I am going to leave my 2 cents there too.
Sean and I will be recorded Bacon LIVE, live at the Harris Grill April 14th at 7pm EST. Sadly, since it’s not a Tuesday night it will not be the world famous bacon night, but we will have some bacon appetizers to try out. We will gladly share with anyone that comes out.
We are asking our Pittsburgh fans to try and make out to the event. It would be nice to finally put some faces to the twitter accounts and chat room screen names. Also if you have something to share with us we will gladly interview you live on the show. All we ask is that you keep it clean or at least PG-13.
Bacon LIVE LIVE at the Harris Grill
When: April 14th 2010 at 6:30pm ET (the show will start recording at 7pm ET)
Details: This is only going to be a live recording of show and not an official bacon eating event. Yes there will be bacon and good times. Just think of this as meet-up of Pittsburgh Bacon Lovers.
Sean and I will also be making a really big announcement on this show about something that every Pittsburgh Bacon Lover is going to want to know about. So if you can’t make it live be sure to watch this one online.