The Great Sugardale Bac-On Travels to the Ohio State Fair

The Bac-On is back! Sugardale is once again looking for the Grand Bacon Master. All you have to do is enter you recipe for a chance to cook in front of thousands of people at the Ohio State Fair! Then if you wow the judgers you could win $3,000!

Last year I was a guest judge at the Bac-On event in Pittsburgh. I had a great time and I was really impressed with the level of cooking that went on at the event. I was also impressed that Sugardale ran it like a real TV show. If I didn’t know better I would have thought it was a show for the Food Network.

Check out the press release bellow for all the details. You still have some time to submit a recipe.

Full Press Release

Sugardale Foods announces plan to hold The Great Sugardale BAC-ON at the Ohio State Fair in 2011. This year the best bacon dishes will cook-off in front of thousands of people on Saturday, July 30th in Columbus, Ohio.

Bacon-lovers are invited to enter their original bacon recipes in one of three categories: Appetizer/Sides/Entertaining, Ready Bacon®, and Main Dish. Visit to enter your recipe in the contest and view last year’s winning recipes. Each category will be narrowed down to three finalists that will compete live at the Ohio State Fair. Category winners will receive $500 and a year’s supply of Sugardale bacon. The category winners will then compete in a final round for the chance to win $3,000 and the title of “Grand BAC-ON Champion”.

The Ohio State Fair will host The Great Sugardale BAC-ON at the Main Street Stage starting at 10:00 a.m. with the final round competition beginning at 1:00 p.m. Sugardale Foods will also showcase the new Taste of Sugardale mobile kitchen at the event. The Taste of Sugardale will feature cooking demonstrations, distribute coupons and provide free samples of Sugardale products throughout the day.

Last year the title of “Grand BAC-ON Champion” went to Olga Watkins, a Pittsburgh native. Her Bacon and Blueberry Salad wowed the judges, which included TopChef contestant Spike Mendelsohn and Food Network’s Claire Robinson. Ready Bacon® finalist from the 2010 Great Sugardale BAC-ON, Dee G., reflected on her experience. “I had a blast! That was my first cook-off and it was a wonderful experience. Everyone there was just so nice! I am glad I came, it was great! …I am already creating new dishes for next year, hoping to make it to the finals again!”

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Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour at Keystone Resort, Colorado

Coloradans Lick Their Lips in Anticipation of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour at Keystone Resort, Colorado.
“100 Days of Summer at Keystone, Colorado” will kick off on June 24th with the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour

Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival (BRBF), the nation’s premier bacon festival, announced a new partnership with the Keystone Neighbourhood Company (KNC). As part of the agreement, the KNC will host Colorado’s first Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour event in River Run Village on Friday, June 24-26. In exchange, BRBF will provide over 3,000 lbs of bacon from a variety of bacon purveyors along with its famous bacon lectures series delivered by some of nation’s most brilliant bacon minds.

Mark Mathews, Executive Director of KNC, explains, “The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is highly regarded as the leader in providing bacon enthusiasts with the opportunity to explore and express their love for bacon in a fun, imaginative and supportive atmosphere. We’re excited about this new partnership and can’t wait to play host to thousands of bacon lovers from across the mountain states.”

Brooks Reynolds, co-founder of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, adds, “As far as I’m concerned, if you haven’t sampled a variety of bacon at 9,000 feet over sea level, you haven’t lived. The Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour couldn’t dream of a better location for our event. With KNC’s help, we look forward to transforming River Run Village into a bacon lover’s paradise. OHHHH, BACON!”

In response to the announcement, bacon aficionado, Neil Pederson of Golden, CO was overwhelmed with emotion, “If words could only describe how I’m feeling right now. As a native Iowan, I miss the many different types of bacon available at local meat lockers and pig farms. At times, I long for an applewood smoked bacon from a pure bred Duroc pig. Or a few slices of dry-cured bacon from a true Berkshire breed. A tear comes to my eye, just thinking about the opportunity that lies before me. OHHHH, BACON!”

A limited number of Blue Ribbon Bacon Packages are available for $30 online through The package entitles the holder admission to the three-day event, a commemorative hat, a beer koozie, unlimited bacon samples at the Bacon Showcase, live music, bacon educational lectures and one free beer. Bacon enthusiasts unable to secure the Blue Ribbon Bacon Package in advance may purchase general tickets at the door for $30. The general ticket does not include a commemorative hat.
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Our Top 2011 Warm Weather Brews

It looks like warmer weather is finally here (don’t toy with my heart, Pittsburgh), and it’s time to shift to spring/summer brews. I generally shy away from these lighter, more refreshing beers, instead stubbornly clinging to heavy IPAs and stouts, although this year I’m finding some real warm weather contenders:

  • Namaste – Dogfish Head Brewery (Belgian White/Witbier): Usually I find Whites disappointingly one-dimensional, but very refreshing. A drink to sip on a patio when it’s too hot to worry about a beer’s complexity. I was pleasantly surprised by Namaste, though, which adds hints of coriander, pepper, and clove into the expected citrusy flavor. This beer makes me want to enjoy a glass in the sun, then bust out some major Asanas. A few negatives: I have only seen this beer in one location around the city and it was over $8 a pint.
  • Bell’s Oberon Ale – Bell’s Brewery, Inc (American Pale Wheat Ale): Bell’s Oberon is slightly less complex than Namaste, but still scores high marks with me. It’s officially my go-to beer in warm weather. Very refreshing, nice mouthfeel (not too carbonated, smooth but crisp), very lemony flavor, but well rounded. Usually nicely priced, too (I have been finding it around the city for $5 a pint).
  • Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer – 21st Amendment Brewery: Out of the canned beers, 21st Amendment Brewery offers some interesting selections. Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer is just what it sounds like…a Watermelon Wheat Beer. It tastes less like a beer and more like a Watermelon wine cooler to me, but hey, you might be into that. Not sickeningly sweet and gets points for being interesting. Might be nice to take to a picnic, even non beer drinkers will tolerate this one. I am not the biggest fan of the canned beer trend, but in the spring and summer they certainly have a place.
  • ApriHop – Dogfish Head Brewery (American IPA): OK, so I lied about Bell’s Oberon being my go-to beer. When there is ApriHop available I usually go with it. This is the perfect spring beer for IPA lovers such as me, especially if I don’t want to venture into the wheat beer territory. Hops are grassy and up front, and there is a nice hint of apricot present. Reminds me of walking around the neighborhood and smelling freshly cut grass. Yep, that good. (Also about $5 a pint most places).

Cheers to warmer weather!

Bacon LIVE: We Have a New Ending Song!

Thanks to Aaron Tucker we now have a new ending song for the show. I guess everyone hated our Mickey Mouse Club rip off. Not sure how long this new ending will last but we encourage everyone to help make content for the show.

I also announced the date of this years Bacon Bash at the Harris Grill. You will have to watch/listen to the show to find out when it is. In a few weeks, once I get a few more things figured out I will announce it on the blog.

Speaking about blog updates you might of notice I have been slacking. The main reason for this is, I have been updating my portfolio and trying to wrap up a few other freelance projects. I should be back on track next week. I have a lot of bacon posts to catch up on.

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Bacon LIVE: Best in Show

Last week on Bacon LIVE Sean and I reviled the best in show for our 3 week long bacon contest. Jim the bacon beer guy wrote a masterful review of the Denny’s Meatloaf. I will be posting it tomorrow so be on the look out for it.

We also talked about how we want to some how keep the Denny’s Maple Bacon Sundae on the menu permanently. Our plan is to continue to order the sundae long after the Baconalia is over. In theory the have everything they need to make it, bacon, maple syrup, and ice cream.

We will contact Denny’s and see if this will be possible and will keep you posted.

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Boy Nursed Back to Health with Bacon and Butter

Dr. Bacon saves another life!

One year ago a 9 year old Dutch boy named Ruben was the sole survivor of a plane crash in Libya. The plane disintegrated on landing and 103 people out of 104 were killed including Ruben’s parents and brother. His legs were severely injured and he was “more dead than alive” when he arrived at the hospital

Ruben now 10 years old, is living with his aunt and uncle in the Netherlands and has almost made a full recovery. The metal plates and screws have all been removed from his legs and he can be found playing in the garden with dogs and other children.

Ruben’s aunt Ingrid, says that the care Ruben received in Libya saved his life but there is another factor that gave him such an improved recovery, bacon and butter!

They have been feeding Ruben a diet of 2000 calories a day. “That’s hard work for a nine year old. As much as an adult male, even though all he could do was lie in bed” said Ingrid. Not to downgrade the amazing effort Ruben put into his recovery but obviously Ingrid has never met an average American 9 year old that would have no problem downing 2000 calories just lying in bed.

If Ruben wanted a sandwich they would give it to him with butter and when he came home from school they would fry up some bacon and if Ruben wanted an egg, then damn it he deserved an egg and they gave it to him. This is the reason why he has far surpassed any doctor’s expectations for recovery.

This just goes to show you once again the amazing ability bacon can have. Day after day we hear reports about how we shouldn’t be abusing our bodies with this fatty processed food but without it Ruben might still be lying in a hospital bed waiting for those magical soy beans to give him the nutrition he needed to heal his body.

There is no way around it. Our bodies are designed by nature to thrive on things like bacon and when you take those things away from us we can no longer function the way evolution intended. So remember, a rasher a day, keeps the doctor away.

By Sean Brett

Photo from Breakfast Blogger.

Bacon LIVE: Welcome to Great Ideas LIVE

Aaron, a long time listener of the show, brought up a very interesting point last night. Sean and I have some really good ideas. In fact we talk about them live on the air all the time.

We thought about it and he is right, we do come up with the real winners. With that said, you now have another reason to watch Bacon LIVE. If your sitting on a pile of money but don’t have a clue what to do with it. Watch the show and you should have at least one or two great start up ideas. This is a free service that we are offering to all bacon lovers.

Your welcome.

We also showed the wining video of our Bacon Extravaganza contest. It was sent in by Aaron and you can watch on the show. Since it was on Facebook I am not sure if everyone will be able to see it otherwise.

Next week we will be reviling the best in show out of all the winners. If your lost right now and don’t know what I am talking about, shame on you. You have a lot of Bacon LIVE to catch up on.

Have a great weekend and enjoy bacon!

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