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.

Sean’s Real World BBBLT Experience

I ordered the BBBLT at my local Denny’s and it was just as impressive and great tasting as it was in the test kitchen. The bacon was hanging off the sides and was plentiful and it had those awesome French fries with the little ketchup groove built in.

The only complaint I have is that I decided to try it with the pepper bacon to give it a little more kick but it came with Hickory Smoked. I’m not the type of person that sends things back to the kitchen especially when sending it back would mean they would have to throw out 8 perfectly good strips of bacon so I just chalked it up to it being a new menu item and the kitchen staff was still trying to get the hang of it.

It was very good and I even took half of it home so I could enjoy it again later. If you’re the type of person that loves a good BLT but have always felt like it is kind of a waste to order one at a restaurant you will be glad to know that the BBBLT is defiantly worth the price and it might just bring back your faith that you can get a good bacon sandwich outside of your own personal kitchen.

By Sean Brett

Maple Bacon Sundae: an Epic Review

For years now I have been telling people the joys that bacon and ice cream can bring and every time I mention it I am greeted with looks of disgust. For some reason people have a hard time wrapping their brains around the concept of sweet bacon but every time one of these nonbelievers throws caution to the wind and downs a strip of chocolate covered bacon or ice cream infused with bacon their eyes light up with a shock that they have been missing out on one of the wonders of the world for all these years.

Up until now if you wanted bacon ice cream you only had a few options. You could go to a bacon festival, seek out mom and pop specialty ice cream stores, or make it yourself. No longer is bacon ice cream a hard to get item because Denny’s has included it on their Baconalia menu!

It comes with two scoops of vanilla ice cream drizzled with maple syrup and topped with crispy bits of Hickory Smocked Bacon. Just a warning once you start eating them you can’t stop. You might find images of bacon sundaes haunting your dreams. The lure of the maple bacon sundae is so powerful I’ve heard a rumor that the DEA is thinking of outlawing it and starting school programs teaching kids about the dangers of bacon ice cream but we all know that will just make the kids want it more.

At the Denny’s Test Kitchen

The sundaes were brought out and placed in front of us and at first I was taken a back. I didn’t know if I was suppose to eat it or just sit back and admire its beauty. Then I snapped out of my daze and dug in.

There was a ton of bacon crumbled on top and I could see the maple syrup pooling up around the ice cream. I found the key to eating this is to dig straight down. That allows for the bacon bits to mix into the rest of the sundae giving you bacon goodness in every bite.

The flavor can only be described as one thing, heaven. The ice cream itself is one of the highest graded vanillas I’ve ever had and the syrup adds just the right amount of maple flavor and then just as you think you’ve experienced all it has to offer you bite down into a crispy bit of bacon that instantly slaps a smile on your face.

One of the best parts about this sundae besides the taste it that it only costs $2.99!! The only downside I can find it that your doctor might be a little upset with you when you admit to him just how many of them you ate.

On Location at a Pittsburgh Denny’s

After having this in the test kitchen I couldn’t get it out of my head so on Sunday I went to Denny’s and got another one but the experience I had there left me a little concerned.

I placed the order for two sundaes, (one was for my wife, but if she wasn’t there I would have ate them both) and the waitress said, “Oh boy I haven’t had to make on of those yet.” That kind of made my heart sink a little bit because at that time the Maple Bacon Sundae had been available for 6 days. In my mind I kept telling myself that this waitress just came back from a week long vacation and I was her first customer because I couldn’t believe that no one was ordering it.

When she brought them out she asked me to let her know if they’re any good. What? I can’t imagine working in a restaurant and not tasting everything on the menu. I told her that I have already had one and they are wonderful. To that she asked me if she made them correctly. I like people looking for contrastive criticism to improve their craft so I let her know that the bacon on top of the sundae was too big.

It needed to be crumbled so that it can mix into the sundae as you eat it giving you a bit of bacon in every bite. She thanked me for the input and then said something that made my heart sink again. She said the reason the bacon was in big chunks was because the kitchen didn’t know how to make it either and just gave her the large pieces to use. That means people aren’t ordering it as much as I would have thought.

So I have now made it my life’s mission to tell every single person I encounter over the next 9 weeks to try the Maple Bacon Sundae.

As for the flavor the sundae was just as good as it was in the test kitchen and you seriously need to go get one of these now before they are gone.

Denny’s Baconalia Bacon Meatloaf

I am a lover of meatloaf, both the food and the musician so I was really pumped when I saw this on the menu. It looks like your typical meatloaf but there is a surprise inside. Not only do they put bacon on the top they put it in the meatloaf too.

The sauce on top is a ketchup based sauce that reminds me of the meatloaf my mom used to make. Now I did very much enjoy this item but I did have one concern. I was having trouble pulling the bacon flavor out of the meatloaf.

Other people that tried it with me said they did taste the smokiness of the hickory in the loaf but for some reason I wasn’t. Maybe I was expecting an overwhelming bacon flavor when there was just a hint and my pallet wasn’t prepared for it. I had the same issue with J&D’s bacon popcorn, I just couldn’t taste the bacon but other people could.

I still think as a meatloaf this was very good but I am going to hold of on my official endorsement until I try it at my local Denny’s.

Bacon Cheese Hash Browns

(also in the photo above)

Some of the Baconalia meals come with a side of bacon and cheese hash browns. Now I have always been a fan of adding extra ingredients to my hash browns and most of the time in restaurants the most they’re willing to put in there is cheese. Not Denny’s they said cheese just isn’t enough we need to throw some good old American bacon in there too and God bless them for it.

Some times I fine with hash browns that they are too plain for me and I need to add ketchup to them but with these ones nothing else is needed. If Denny’s decides to keep some of the Baconalia items on their menu full time I think this is one that is very doable.

Denny’s Baconalia Bacon Flapjacks Review

I remember a time when I was a small boy and my breakfast plate turned into a warzone. Everything was going fine in the country of “Breakfastica” when an outside attacking force slowly seeped over its boarders. It was the evil invading force known only as “Syrup”!

Syrup was everywhere, and anything I tried to keep it a bay failed. First to fall were the pancake, that wasn’t too big a loss because pancakes and Syrup have always been friends but now it was headed straight to the sacred bacon. My only hope was to sacrifice the sausage links to create a dam to hold back the oncoming destruction but just when I thought we were in the clear a known ally of Syrup known as Dad ruthlessly stole a sausage from my plate sending Syrup all over my crispy bacon leaving me with the only option I had left, to cry for Mom to bring me fresh bacon.

Thankfully I grew past the fear of syrup on my bacon and have grown to love it and it’s that love Denny’s was thinking of when they developed the Bacon Flapjacks for their new Baconalia menu.

This meal comes with two large Flapjacks with crispy hickory smoked bacon infused in them and if that’s not enough bacon it also comes with two rashers on the side. The Flapjacks are soft and fluffy with the ability to absorb all that yummy syrup and when you bite down and your tongue comes in contact with that crunchy bacon it’s like a flavor explosion.

  • Sean’s Review: I have had the opportunity to try this in the Denny’s Test Kitchen and in a Denny’s restaurant and this is hands down one of my favorite meals on the Baconalia menu . It is such a simple concept that it’s hard to believe we haven’t been eating pancakes like this for years and hopefully Denny’s will keep it around after Baconalia is over.
  • Jason’s Review:In the bacon community this has been something thats been done for a long time. I am just glad that Denny’s is now bringing it to the masses. Eating bacon-in-pancakes is an amazing experience that now everyone can enjoy! On a side note, I really like Denny’s syrup its has a lot of flavor without being overly sweet.

Denny’s Baconalia BBBLT Review

In a bold move Denny’s for the Baconalia menu, decided to take on that age old question, “How does one improve the BLT?” That simple question has sparked debate in the bacon world for years. Some try by adding green peppers, cheese, or even avocado but people argued that when adding extra toppings it no longer can be classified as a BLT.

There are also people out there from the “don’t mess with perfection” school that claim there is no possible way to improve the BLT because it is perfect and only a fool would claim other wise.

Taking all that in to consideration Denny’s did the only thing that could be accepted in the BLT loving community, add more bacon!! Bacon has always been the star of the BLT but in Denny’s BBBLT Sandwich the bacon is the super mega star that leaves the tomato and lettuce jealously wishing that they too were bacon.

We are talking 8 (that’s right I said 8 ) strips of bacon on this monster.

  • Sean’s Review:If you’re looking for a sandwich that really packs that bacon punch the BBBLT is a sure bet. The beauty of the sandwich is they didn’t mess with the basics. It still tastes like the normal BLT but with more bacon. The price is a little higher than one would normally pay for a BLT but when you see the size and amount of bacon on this thing you will know its money well spent.

    As added bonus it comes with a side of some awesome fries. They are the cross between a crinkle cut and steak fry and have this amazing little crease that looks like it was made just for ketchup to lie in.

  • Jason’s Review: I am going to have to agree with Sean, this is how a BLT should be when you order it from a restaurant. Most people tell me that it’s standard to have 2-4 strips on a normal BLT. That’s all well and good if your eating at home and your trying to make one package of bacon feed a family of four. But when you got at to eat, you expect to get something you couldn’t make yourself. I would like to personally thank Denny’s for finally raising the bar for restaurant BLTs.

    If I could change one thing about the BBBLT it would be the lettuce. I am really not a fan of it shredded on sandwiches. Other then that its a great BLT and one of my favorite items on the new menu.

Denny’s Baconalia: It’s all about the bacon!

So now it was time for the bacon and to kick things off at the Denny’s test kitchen we were given a small sampler of the three bacons on the Baconalia menu, Hickory Smoked, Pepper, and Turkey . The cool thing about having three types of bacon is that even though most of the menu items are made with the Hickory you can replace it with any type you want when ordering your meal. Now on to the review:

Hickory Smoked Bacon

  • Sean’s Review: First off I’ll let you in on a little secret, the Hickory Smoked bacon is the same bacon that has always been included in all your favorite Denny’s meals, it’s just that now they are identifying it has Hickory Smoked.

    The bacon was very good. It was crispy and had that classic Hickory flavor that bacon lovers know and crave. It reminds you of all those breakfasts you had growing up with your best friend bacon.

    I was very glad to see that with Denny’s going to have to use a ton more bacon than usual that they didn’t skimp on the quality. I think everyone will agree that this is a solid Hickory Smoked bacon that does what it’s meant to do, be delicious.

  • Jason’s Review: I agree with Sean on every point in his review. The only think I would have to knock Denny’s for is just using there standard bacon. I would have thought the Baconalia menu would have been a great time to introduce Applewood or even Cherrywood bacon.

Pepper Bacon

  • Sean’s Review:Very few chain restaurants are willing to go on a limb with specialty flavored bacon and for that I give Denny’s some mad props. Not only did they decide to try and introduce their customers a new flavor they have done it extremely well.

    At first I was a little worried about the pepper bacon. I have had pepper bacon in the past where the pepper was overwhelming and took away from the flavor of the bacon. I was pleased to find Denny’s Pepper Bacon was the perfect blend of bacon and pepper.

    At first all you taste is the bacon (not like I’m going to complain about that) but then the pepper hits you and you are left with that pepper after taste and a small amount of heat. This is a great bacon if you want something a little different than the norm with your eggs. I think it would be great mixed in scrambled eggs with a little salsa.

  • Jason’s Review: Giving Sean first crack at these reviews might not of been the best idea I have had in a while. He is taking the words right out of my mouth.

    Where Sean give’s Denny’s props I am going to give them a meh. Yes, the pepper bacon is better then I expected, but its also a very safe bacon. Papper Bacon to me is so mainstream that I am wondering why it wasn’t on the menu sooner.

    I did like the fact the the pepper was not right in your face and it had a nice finish. So I guess if Denny’s is right, and this will be a lot of peoples first chance to have this verity of bacon, its a good one.

Turkey Bacon

  • Sean’s Review: Here at Mr. Baconpants we like to consider ourselves as bacon purists and anyone that watches Bacon Live will tell you we don’t look to highly on Turkey Bacon. With that being said the Turkey Bacon is what it is.

    It looks like bacon and has that hickory flavor but I can’t get past the fact that it didn’t come from a pig. If you are unable to eat pork belly then Turkey Bacon is definitely a better substitute than Soy Bacon but it’s just not as good as the real thing.

  • Jason’s Review: No Comment.

Over all the bacon selection is a good mix of classic and (kind of) new. I would like to see some more extreme bacons like jalapeno or thick cut but I understand some bacons just don’t mix well in certain types of environments. I would recommend giving all three a try, you won’t be disappointed.