Bacon LIVE: Sean is Back!

I know you all missed him so you will be happy to know that Sean is now back in the co-host chair. We talked about his adventures in Disney Land and the bacon shortage at his wedding. Yes that’s right Sean is a married man, sorry ladies.

We also talked about the Great Sugardale Bac-on and how it should be a yearly event! I hope to have video of the event sometime next week. I also talked about someone hating on me for picking a salad to win my round. It’s hard being a judge.

It was a great show and we stayed on topic for about 45% of it. Tune in next week when I talk about bacon in Boston. We may also have bacon soda to review live!

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The Great Sugardale Bac-on Recap

Last weekend you all should know I was a celebrity (in the bacon nation) guest judge for Sugardale’s Bac-on event. Well it’s about time I fill you in on how it went.

First of all it was one of the most organized bacon events I been to in a long time. Sugardale really out did themselves. If I didn’t know any better I would have thought the cooking contest was a Food Network TV show. They had cameras and monitors everywhere.

My fellow judges, Spike Mendelsohn (Top Chef: Season Four) and Ron Antill (WSHH Radio), where just as laid back as I was, which made from some interesting conversation while we waited for our food. We got comfortable quickly, but bacon has that effect so I was not surprised. Spike is a great guy and I was happy to learn that he is a big fan of bacon and the community. Both of his restaurants in DC feature bacon on the menu.

The three recipes that we had to judge were all amazing and you could really tell that a lot of time and care went in to each one. It was a hard choice but in the end Olga Watkins’ Bacon and Blueberry Salad won us over. The bacon was cooked to perfection, the dressing was out of this world, and all the flavors meld together nicely. Any restaurant should put this on their menu ASAP. I will post the full recipe in a bit.

Here where the winners of each round:

  • Kimberly Campbell (WV) – Bac-On Stuffed Yam Shells (Appetizers/Sides/Entertaining)
  • Christine Wendland (NJ) – Bacon, Apricot and Brie Croissants (Ready Bacon®)
  • Olga Watkins (PA) – Bacon and Blueberry Salad (Main Dish & Grand Prize Winner)

One thing that was really cool was, Olga Watkins, the winner of my round, won the grand prize. It kind of reassured me that I know what winning bacon recipe is.

Olga is a Pittsburgh native and happens to be professional chef and singer. You can learn more about her at OlgaWatkins.com. Lets hope the $3,000 goes towards the restaurant she wants to open. I bet it will be bacon friendly.

I would like the thank Sugardale for letting me be apart of this event and I can’t wait for the next time I get to be a judge. I would also like that thank the contestants that cooked us some amazing food that day. You guys rocked!

Bacon LIVE: Joey Guest Hosts and Talks Bacon

Sean is still out of town so Joey took over as co-host. Just like Matt he did a really good job and added his own flair to the show. Since Joey is a big gamer we talked about Call of Duty: Black Ops for the last 20 minutes of the show. We can’t wait for that game to come out!

We also talked about the relationship between bacon and MSG. It seems MSG is based of the chemical that gives bacon its extra meaty flavor. Which is why bacon makes everything better, just like MSG can.

We also talked about the Bac-on event that is happening this weekend in Pittsburgh. If you have nothing to do this Saturday, I hope you see you there!

Sean should be back next week so be sure to tune in to find out what he has been up to. I hope he has a few new bacon stories to tell.

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I’m a Celebrity Judge for the Great Sugardale Bac-on November 6, 2010

The Great Sugardale Bac-on at GoodTaste Pittsburgh is this weekend and I am going to be a celebrity judge for the main dish competition. Also on the panel is Spike Mendelsohn (Top Chef: Season Four) and Ron Antill (WSHH Radio).

If you’er not sure what GoodTaste Pittsburgh is, its basically a food event featuring celebrity chefs and foodies. From 9am to 5pm you can watch live cooking, eat, and get your knives sharpened for only $20. On top of that you get to see the Bac-on live!

Schedule of Events for the Bac-on

  • 9:00 a.m. GoodTaste! Pittsburgh opens
  • Round One: Appetizers/Sides/Entertaining
    10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Judges include Lauren Chattman author of “Cookie Swap”
    Contestants include Amie V., Brandi B. and Kimberly C.
  • Round Two: Ready Bacon
    11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Judges include Jerry Saad of the Cooking Channel
    Contestants include Dee G., Christine W. and Cindy S.
  • Round Three: Main Dish
    12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Judges include Spike Mendelsohn of Top Chef and Jason Mosley of MrBaconpants.com
    Contestants include Jill H., Olga W. and Lisa S.
  • Final Round
    2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Judges include Claire Robinson of the Food Network

Prize:
Second and third place runner-ups in the final round will receive $500 and a year’s supply of Sugaradale bacon. The Grand BAC-ON Champion will receive $3,000!

Details:
GoodTaste! Pittsburgh & Great Sugardale Bac-on
November 6, 2010
9am – 5pm
Monroeville Convention Center
209 Mall Boulevard,
Monroeville, PA 15146

For a complete list of the contestants and their recipes please visit www.greatsugardalebacon.com. For more information on GoodTaste Pittsburgh visit www.goodtastepittsburgh.com.

Bacon LIVE: Matt Gondek Defends Canadian Bacon

Since Sean is on a two week Bacon LIVE hiatus my friend Matt Gondek filled in. If you don’t know Matt has been one of my close friends since college and we even work together on his clothing line Wonderful Life. The show was not the same without Sean but Matt still did a great job.

We talked about all the normal Bacon LIVE stuff but since Matt doesn’t have the same love of bacon as Sean and I do we had a few debates. The one that sticks out in my head was when Matt admitted that he enjoys Canadian bacon.

I made a big announcement at the end of the show, so make sure you watch it. I will be posting the details of that announcement tomorrow.

Next week we may have Joey Solak making a return to the show. He was the guy that came over and ate the Heart Attack Snack a year ago. He also guest hosted a few times.

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Bacone, a cone made of bacon that you can fill with goodness.

It’s been done. Someone has finally created the bacon cone or bacone. The one pictured above is filled with scrambled eggs, country gravy, and topped a biscuit. That’s right; it’s comfort food for on the go.

Just think about how amazing this would be if it was filled with maple ice cream. I guess it would be a little mess since the bacone is not tightly sealed. But I don’t think you would have to worry about it melting, since it would be eating is just a few seconds.

If you had a bacone, what goodness would you fill it with?

Bacon LIVE: Real Men Eat Pig Brains

On last night’s show Sean share with us a pork product he found at a local discount store, Pork Brains. We didn’t eat them on the show but we plan to give them a try this weekend. Out of our friends we want to see whose man enough to try them first.

We also talked about a movie that Sean and I made a long time ago and never put up online. It has a great bacon related scene in it, so I will try to get it up as soon as I find a copy of it.

Sean will not be on the show for the next two weeks. This means that I will be doing the show solo or have to find a fill in. Sean said he will be back November 10, 2010 so don’t worry. So if you’re going to miss he you might want to watch this show more the once.

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