Brooklyn Brewery is Creating Bacon Beer

brooklyn Proving that more than just indie rock and hipsters come out of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Brewery is creating bacon infused beer. The inspiration for the brew is the German beer called Rauchbier or “smoked beer”, which is said to taste a lot like bacon. Garrett Oliver, the brewmaster, has come up with what he thinks will create the best bacon beer, combining fat washing and smoked malts.

I couldn’t find any office information about the beer other than this blog post on their website, but the internet meme creators are going crazy over this. They are reporting that Garrett is planning to use malts that are smoked in the same room as bacon, thus creating malts that smell just like bacon. They say he has also infused brown ale with bacon using the fat washing method and is aging it in bourbon barrels. He will then blend the beer and the malts to create the first ever Bacon Beer!

Garrett says, “Either this will be the most amazingly disgusting thing you’ve ever tasted in your life. Or I shall rule the earth.”

I hope for bacon/beer lovers everywhere that this beer will rule the earth. I have had beer from Brooklyn Brewery before and they all have been pretty good, so I think this experiment is in good hands. I hope they invite me to the party when they make this stuff. I really can’t wait to try it, even if they say it’s horrible.

Lastly, if I were to make bacon beer this is how I would do it.

Bacon LIVE: We <3 King Curtis

On last weeks show Sean and I talked about King Curtis, the fat kid forced out of his own home for loving bacon. We also hated on Ohio for some reason and I forgot they had a hockey team. Oh and near the end of the show I remembered to talk about the Bacon Tie!

On this weeks show I think Sean and I are going to talk about the new layout. I have a feeling Sean is going to have something to say about it. Also, rumor has it that the Bacon Wings from the Harris Grill will be reviewed on the show LIVE!

Bacon LIVE 045:
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Watch LIVE Wednesdays at 7 pm EST, go to our show page for details!

WordPress Forced Me to Change my Theme

bacon-500x391 For almost five years rocked the same theme. Well all that changed Sunday when I had to update my install of WordPress on the server. Since there was a new security risk where WordPress blogs were getting hacked it had to be done.

I knew this was coming since the theme I was using was one that I heavily modified to my own liking. Some parts of the theme were no longer supported by the mighty WordPress. To save you from all the boring theme and CSS talk I will stop there. Just know that my site was broken by the update and I had to spend Sunday and Monday switching to a new theme that I modified.

I like this layout better because its cleaner and it’s not as cramped. I always thought I out grew the old theme but never wanted to take the time to change.

If you find any bugs or think I need to change something let me know. I want to make this new look something we all enjoy.

Celebrate International Bacon Day this Saturday


This weekend is not only for Labor Day it also happens to be the weekend we celebrate International Bacon Day! We all know that National Pig (Bacon) day in the states in March 1st, but are international bacon lovers wanted their own day.

Here is what they have to say about their day:

Bacon Day is a day of Bacon… think Iron Chef but all day and the secret ingredient is Bacon. Breakfast traditionally consists of bacon waffles, with a side of bacon, and any other concoctions thought up. Throughout the day there are showings of Kevin Bacon movies and any other movies with leading roles given to pigs, e.g. Babe, Piglet’s Big Adventure. Lunch must have BLTs and there are snacks around and slices of bacon everywhere. Dinner is a fight for your food quite literally. It is more a tasting of all things bacon and everyone wants a taste. Due to the vast quantities of bacon cooked, the grill outside is the best bet. If you are invited to a Bacon Day celebration, it is traditional to bring something to eat (of course containing bacon) which can be made there if the host allows, and drink (which may or may not include bacon).

This day/event has been going strong for a while but this is the first time I am writing about it. I found out about last year and then when the day came I forgot about it. I don’t have many international bacon loving friends to remind me of such things.

Anyway this Saturday I am going to enjoy bacon as much as I can. If I feel ambitious, I may even try a few of the bacon recipes I have posted over the years. Better yet, I might try to sucker Greg in the making me a Bacon Explosion!

Harris Grill’s New Bacon Wings


This Tuesday I went to the Harris Grill for their weekly Bacon Night to promote the hell out of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour. While I was busy handing a stack of fliers to one of the owners to stick in the check holders, I decided to place an order for Bacon Wings.

Bacon Wings are what replaced Chicken Fried Bacon on the summer menu. The owners thought that Chicken Fried Bacon would be to “heavy” for the summer. I would have to disagree, but I don’t own the Harris Grill.

Bacon Wings
Oh yes, yes we did. Wings of chicken, gently fried until crispy, then dry rubbed with a special seasoning blend that’s as kosher as it is vegan. $6.42 we recommend ranch, of course, and unlike the economic stimulus package, this contains no pork at all.

When the waiter placed the wings in front of me, the first thing I could smell was Bacon Salt. Yes, that’s how they created the bacon wing; they simply seasoned the wings with a dry coating of Bacon Salt. If you ever had wings with Old Bay or season salt you will get the idea.

Now if you frequently watch Bacon LIVE you will know my feelings about Original Bacon Salt and how it doesn’t really taste like bacon. I think the owners (or more likely the head chef) knew that so they sprinkled some real bacon crumbs on the wings.

After eating the whole plate of wing I was surprised how much I enjoyed them. Even though they didn’t taste like bacon, they still had a really good flavor. Still, I think the bacon wing could be improved if they used Natural Bacon Salt, which Sean and I both think tastes a lot more like bacon.

If your a Bacon Lover and you happen to be at the Harris Grill you should give these a try, just don’t expect them to taste like bacon.

You will be able to eat all the Bacon Wings you want (I know I will) if you attend this year’s Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour stop at the Harris Grill.

Fat Kid Forced to Leave Home for Loving Bacon

My buddy Matt Gondek posted a link to this video on my Facebook wall today. It’s a video of a fat kid (named Curtis) standing up to women that is trying to take his bacon away. This kid is my hero, I would have done the very same thing if I was in his situation.

The clip is from the crappy ABC show, Wife Swap. I wonder who won the battle, was the kid allowed to eat his bacon or did he really have to find a new place to live. If you have watched this episode please let me know what happened! I am worried about him!

Update: Here is another clip of him and his dad (thank you Sarah). I also just found a longer clip of King Curtis, this kid is a classic.

Bacon LIVE: Bacon Jam Session


On our first show about Bacon Jam Sean and I reviewed it on a simple organic cracker. Well last week we decided to have a Bacon Jam session and try it on anything we could find in my kitchen. Some of the things we tried the the jam on were great and others failed big time. Watch or Listen to the show to see what we ate and what we wished we didn’t.

We also plugged the Official Bacon Photo Contest were you can win FREE bacon! I got a few more entries in but we’re still looking for more.

Bacon LIVE 044:
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Watch LIVE Wednesdays at 7 pm EST, go to our show page for details!