For this week’s Thirsty Thursday I am pulling out three beer reviews I did back in 2008. This was when I had the time to sit down and give beer a proper review. The three beers I reviewed where, Pittsburgh’s Penn Pilsner, Dominion Oak Barrel Stout, and Yuengling Traditional Lager.
Just click on the above images to read the reviews. Do you think I should bring back my beer reviews? I never thought I was that good at so that’s why I stopped. I didn’t know enough about beer to do is right.
We started off today’s show with the Republic of Bacon’s national anthem. If you don’t know, the Republic of Bacon is a website created by the Maple Leaf Foods in Canada. Sean and I both think they really hit the mark when it comes to bacon advertising. Sadly, they didn’t pay us to say that.
Halfway through the show we got educational and talked about the national drink and national product of the USA. Your going to have to watch she see what they are. Also worth mentioning, Sean purchased a bacon press with will let us know how it works out in two weeks.
Over the weekend my inbox exploded with emails about a story that posted on Yahoo about bacon. It seems the people at Rachael Ray Magazine think they can review bacon better than I can. They’re lucky there is not a pork blogger union, if there was I would be talking to my steward right about now.
I am going to go down Rachael Ray’s list of “top” bacon and give you my 2 cents on them. I was surprised to find out that I do agree with a few of them on the list.
Rachael Ray’s Top Bacon Picks:
BEST ORIGINAL: Ozark Trails Hickory Smoked and Peppered Bacon
I do enjoy hickory smoked and peppered bacon but I wouldn’t call the combination of the two the best original bacon. I think Sean and Dogfish Head Brewery (they used the bacon I will soon mention in their pork dinner) would agree when I say Mountain Products Smokehouse Maple-Cinnamon bacon is the best original flavor. I blew our minds when we first tried it and we still talk about it to this day.
BEST THICK-CUT: Jimmy Dean Thick Slice Premium Bacon
Any bacon lover knows Jimmy Dean’s bacon is not something to put on a best of list. Its usually a fatty flavor injected mess. Now I haven’t tried there “thick sliced” bacon but I am sure it’s just like their normal variety. I would have picked Oscar Mayer’s Applewood Super Thickcut Bacon for this category.
BEST TURKEY: Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon
This just proves that the writers at Rachael Ray Mag are NOT bacon lovers. True bacon lovers would not waste their time with turkey bacon. I guess I should be happy they didn’t put veggie bacon on the list. Veggie bacon is more offensive to me then someone calling me a vegan lover.
BEST SWEET: Beeler’s Uncured Apple-Cinnamon Bacon
Ok, I can agree with this one Ms. Ray. Beeler’s is known for making some great bacon and I am sure their Apple-Cinnamon Bacon is top notch. I am going to have to add this bacon to my must review ASAP list.
BEST ODDBALL: Mountain Products Smokehouse Chipotle Southwest Smoked Bacon
Wow! It looks like they did their homework for at least one category. Sean and I both enjoy this bacon when we had it and it was a great oddball flavor. I am impressed that they knew about Mountain Products Smokehouse, but now it opens up a lot of questions about how their Maple-Cinnamon bacon didn’t win best original. Maybe they didn’t want them to steal all the glory by winning two categories.
I would like to thank the writers at Rachael “I kinda know a little about bacon” Ray Magazine for putting some great bacon in the spot light. Next time though, please consult with an expert before you start claiming you know what the best bacon is.
This week’s Music Monday band is Animal Collective (AnCo) with Summertime Clothes. I am not sure which is stranger this music video or Animal Collective in General.
The album this song is from, ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’, is the first AnCo album I was able to listen to and enjoy from beginning to end. Some hardcore fans hate it because they feel it’s to mainstream. Luckily, I am able to keep my inter-hipster in check so I can enjoy it for what it is, a really good album to listen to when you want to escape but your inter-straightedge will not let you do drugs.
Animal Collective is a band currently based in New York City but was originally from Baltimore, Maryland. The band consists of Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deacon (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz). The band members met in school and started recording together in various forms of collaboration from a young age. Right now the band is on a hiatus so they can focus on creating and writing music.
For this week’s Weekend Cooking I am pulling out an oldie but goodie, the Bacon, Cheese, and Potato Chowder. This was one of the first recipes Beth and I made together back in 2007. Our only complaint was that it called for two strips for six bowls. It should be more like two strips for each bowl.
I am glad I found this recipe again and Beth and I will hopefully get to make it again this weekend. I have one pack of the Nueske’s Cherry wood left and this would be a great way to use it.
Bacon, Cheese, and Potato Chowder
Ingredients(Makes 6 servings)
3 cups milk
1 can (10.75 oz) condensed cream of potato soup
2 cups frozen Southern-style hash browns
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
12 slices bacon, crisply cooked, drained and crumbled (originally called for 2 strips)
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
Mix milk and soup in large saucepan. Stir in hash browns. Bring to boil on high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
This week’s Thirsty Thursday beer is East End Brewing’s Big Hop IPA. I could take this time to tell you all about the brewery but I don’t have to. A local news station did a nice little video that tells you all about this great Pittsburgh beer.
Loads of Centennial and Cascade hops make this a truly American IPA, brewed to be VERY hoppy but not especially bitter, balanced with a solid Munich Malt backbone. Our flagship, and by far, our most popular beer.
Style: India Pale Ale – Availibility: Year Round – Alcohol By Volume: 5.8% – Bitterness: 70 IBUs
Big Hop IPA is one of my personal favorite PA beers. I has a great hoppy flavor that is never to bitter. I believe thats because it well balanced with the type of malts they use. If you ever in Pittsburgh and see it on tap I would suggest you give it a try, if you like this style of beer.
On today’s show Sean and I talked with Robin, a bacon loving contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef (season six). She calls herself a “Bad Jew” since she loves pork (bacon). She even made a vice dish all about pork and cooked it five different ways. It was a really great interview and if you want to learn more about Robin check out her site CraveFood.com.
The rest of the show was filled with our normal antics. We wrapped up the show by announcing the winners of the Wendy’s twitter contest and me saying the letters B O N for some strange reason. If I figure out why I will let you know.
Americas Favorite Dude supplied the bacon items that we reviewed on this show free of charge. This is a good thing because if I had to buy everything I reviewed on the show I would be broke. Read my disclosure policy for more information.