Since its Music Monday I couldnâ€™t let this opportunity pass me by to share this with you all. At this yearâ€™s Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival they started the event off with the National Anthem sung by an Elvis impersonator.
When he came out the first thought they came to mind was,â€Wow, this could get offensiveâ€. Some people donâ€™t think itâ€™s funny to make a joke out of our National Anthem (but I would be ok with it). Once the guy started singing I was shocked, this guy could really sing!
It was a great way to start an event to celebrate bacon. I am not sure who’s idea it was or where he came from, but I like it. And I am glad someone got it up on YouTube so everyone else could see it.
This is going to be my last post about the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival for awhile or until they have more details to share about next yearâ€™s event. Elvis has just left the building.
The following is a video of an amazing feat, a man consuming a whole triple Baconator from Wendy’s without making a single stain on his shirt. The video is a little over 4 minutes long which is also pretty impressive, I don’t think I could eat one that fast. My only complaint is that it doesn’t use the Nom nom song, but I guess people only use that for cute animals eating videos.
Now on to the stats. So the burger in the video is a Baconator that has been tripled. Which means they add three more patties to it for a total of six. Sadly, they don’t add three more layers of bacon. They say that this burger would have 2520 calories, not sure if that is true since I didn’t do the math myself.
The big question that is on every Bacon LIVE fan’s mind is “I wonder if Sean could eat two of these?”
Today’s show was packed full of content. First we reviewed some more Burgers’ Smokehouse bacon. Sean and I enjoy the “Original Country Bacon” but with both thought it was a little salty. That wouldn’t be as noticeable if we were eating it with a meal that was sugary. Second we reviewed Salted Caramel’s Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn. This stuff was like crack and we couldn’t stop eating it. Lastly I told Sean all about the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. There were 11 food items at this years event so I had a lot to cover.
Tune it next week for more Burgers’ Smokehouse reviews and maybe a bacon dip from Davis and Davis. I am also working on a few more Bacon Studio enhancements to improve the show.
Burgers’ Smokehouse and Salted Caramel supplied the products that we reviewed on this show free of charge. This is a good thing because if we had to buy everything we reviewed on the show we would be broke. Read our disclosure policy for more information.
Now that the Blue RIbbon Bacon Festival has gained so much popularity other people have done a great job covering it. It would be redundant of me to do another recap so I am going to share some links that the Bacon Board of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival found online.
If you talked about the event and would like to be added to the post please comment or email us. I will be coving everything that I ate at this years event on Bacon LIVE Wednesday March 3 2010.
The Bacon Board was worried that with the bigger venue that the event would lose something. I would just like to say, this years event was just a fun and amazing as the ones at the El Bait Shop. Yes, it did lose some of the intimacy, but it made up for it in the sheer size of the event and the amount of food that was available. Also hearing 750 bacon lovers scream “Ohhhh Bacon” is something I will not soon forget.
Watch this weeks Bacon LIVE to see and hear my full recap of the event. I am sure Sean will pull all the crispy details out of me.
UPDATE: I updated this post with a list of key tweets from this day. I reason I did this is because the twitter widget could get compromised my spammers once they realize the hashtag is embedded in my blog. You can still read all the tweets from the day by searching #brbf10 on twitter.
Today is the 3rd Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and that means I will be tweeting like itâ€™s going out of style. I will be using the hashtag #brbf10 to keep things organized. If you would like to join in the fun feel free to do so on twitter. Just remember to tag your tweets.
MrBaconpants: At the Bacon Fest. Just about to start!!!
MrBaconpants: Back im the hotel room. The bacon fest was grrrrrreat!
After the event is over I will be updating this post with all the tweets so they will be saved. This post will update automatically so I can not control what shows up here. Please try to keep things clean. Thanks and Enjoy Bacon!
Tomorrow is the big day and I cant sleep. I just keep watching the following video over and over again. Its a snapshot of the past years of the festival. What started out as one mans passion for bacon has turned in to a 750 person event that sells out in 25 minuets.
Tonight the Bacon Board and the guys from BBQAddicts made 75 Bacon Explosions for tomorrow’s festivities. I would like to thank everyone that makes the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival possible, it really is the premier bacon event in the world! Cant wait for tomorrow.
This is the second Bacon Elegance dinner at Cafe di Scala. The first one was last year, Heather of Bacon Unwrapped wrote a great post about it with pictures. I plan to do that same for this years event. I will update this posts with photos and our (Beth and I) thoughts after the dinner tonight.
This post is now updated with photos and our notes.
Bacon Inspired Dinner: Taste of Bacon Elegance
Cafe di Scala : February 24, 2010
644 18th Street | Des Moines, IA 50314-1043 | (515) 244-1353 www.cafediscala.com
bacon, egg and cheese napolean with a sweet garlic sausage bechaemle Drink: Coors Banquet Beer
Notes: This is what we would call the perfect breakfast. It reminded me of biscuits and gravy. Beth thought a biscuit would have been delicious with the dish, but that the pastry was a nice way to keep it light as the first course of the meal. I thought that the pastry added a bit of elegance to the dish. I need to make bacon gravy sometime in the near future.
korean styled pork belly with kim chi Drink: Pearl Vodka Martini
Notes: Beth enjoyed the food and drink pairing with this one. The Pearl Vodka Martini was able to stand up well to the strong flavors of the kim chi and the succulent pork belly. It did add something to the dish. A pork belly has three layers, a meaty part which was perfectly seasoned and tasted amazing, a fatty part which was buttery, and the skin which was a bit tough/crispy.
cream of potato soup with a chive creme fraiche & bacon bits Drink: Blue Moon
Notes: They made this soup last year and it was amazing. This year was no different. I wish I could eat this soup everyday of my life. Beth really enjoyed the velvety texture of the soup. This soup is the perfect wintery comfort food. The beer pairing with this dish was Blue Moon, a beer that we envision as a summery drink, with orange notes and light wheat flavor. It went surprisingly well with the soup. I guess in this case it’s true what they say: opposites attract!
gorgonzola stuffed Iowa Farm Families pork loin wrapped in bacon
served over a soft polenta with Niman Ranch pancetta and demi sauce Drink: Pinot Noir
Notes: This dish had mixed reviews. It was very rich and had a lot of flavor. Sadly, not all of it was good. The bacon on the outside of the loin was fatty. A crispier bacon would have worked well with this dish. The loin itself was amazing and saved the plate. The polenta had a great flavor and texture and the pancetta was a nice touch, but some of it tasted burnt or over smoked. I thought I would have enjoyed this dish more if it came as an early course or if the rest of the meal was not as rich and heavy. The pairing with this dish, a Pinot Noir (Volpi, Barbera d’Asti – 2005), was an excellent match with the smokey flavors of the pork.
applewood smoked bacon bread pudding with a
Templeton Rye caramel sauce and Picket Fence vanilla ice cream Drink: Templeton Rye Butterscotch shot
Notes: Amazing! I love bread pudding, ice cream and bacon so this was an instant hit with me. Beth was never a big fan of bread pudding, but she loved this one, especially the Templeton Rye caramel sauce. The candied bacon made the dish, as always. The Templeton Rye Butterscotch shot was smooth and tasty, a welcome addition to the final course.
Last years dinner was great, but the dishes were safe choices to make. This year they took more risks and some of them payed off and others did not. I enjoyed the dinner and I am glad they took risks this year. It was an impressive showing of skill and guts. They took bacon to new levels last night. Can’t wait to see where they take bacon next!