Bacon LIVE: Sean got a Bacon Press

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.

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Rachael Ray Magazine tries to Review Bacon

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.

[via yahoo]

Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes

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.

Where to find more information about this weeks band:
HomepagePitchfork ReviewsMusic on LalaYouTube Videos

Bacon, Cheese, and Potato Chowder: Needs More Bacon

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

Cooking Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Ladle into 6 soup bowls.
  3. Top evenly with the cheese, bacon and onions.

This recipe was adapted from a recipe that was posted on

East End Brewing’s Big Hop IPA

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.

Big Hop

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.

For more information about this beer check out the East End Brewing website and Beer Advocate.

Bacon LIVE: A Top Chef Talks Bacon

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

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.

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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.

3rd Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

After much anticipation, tickets to this year’s Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival will be sold exclusively through an online link located at beginning at high noon on Thursday, February 4th. The event will be held at the Scottish Rite Consistory at 519 Park Street in downtown Des Moines on Saturday, February 27th.

“This year we’re preparing to accommodate our largest crowd ever, and I am finally beginning to feel comfortable with our bacon inventory,” Brooks Reynolds, Bacon Board spokesman says with relief. “So far, we’ve secured 1,050 lbs of bacon from our purveyors. With 600 participants expected, we’re guaranteed to have an average of 1 ½ lbs per person.” Last year 583 lbs of bacon was consumed by a crowd of 346 individuals.

Jeffrey Olson, M.D., the festival’s 2010 Honorary Cardiologist added, “I’m extremely excited for this year’s bacon festival. And, I plan on passing out business cards!”

The theme for this year’s festival is: “A Bacon Odyssey, One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Bacon.” Ticket cost for the event is $35 per person – ticket sales will be limited to 8 tickets per order. The ticket entitles the holder to a commemorative t-shirt, koozie, a menu of 7 bacon items, unlimited bacon samples at the Bacon Showcase, live music, a seat in two bacon educational lectures, and a free bacon bloody mary.

Schedule of Events

  • 10:00 am – Doors Open, Blazing Bacon Bloodies are Served, 1st Course is Served, Sign In for Bacon Eating Contest Begins (Sign In Closes at 2:30 pm), DJ Patrick Porto Sets the Mood
  • 10:45 am – Opening Ceremony, National Anthem by Special Guest, Bacon Invocation by the Godfather, Opening Remarks and 1st Official “OHHH, Bacon!” Cheer
  • 11:00 am – Bacon Showcase Opens and Parade of Pre-Cooked Bacon Explosions
  • 11:15 am – Live Music Begins by the Saylor Hill Sliders, Lecture Hall Opens with First Seminar Entitled “A Driving Tour of Iowa Bacon” by Leo Landis, The Bacon Professor (This Lecture Will Be Repeated at 1:15 pm)
  • 11:45 am – Second Seminar entitled, “Why Everything is So Much Better with Bacon” by Jonathan A. Campbell, MS with the Iowa State Meat Laboratory (This Lecture Will Be Repeated at 1:45 pm)
  • 12:00 pm – 2nd Course is Served
  • 12:30 pm – Third Seminar entitled, “Temple Rye Whiskey – An Iowa Classic” by Scott Bush, President of Temple Rye
  • 1:00 pm – Parade of Bacon Explosions by the BBQ Addicts, creators of the Bacon Explosion
  • 2:00 pm – Bacon Popper Pizza served by Fong’s Pizza
  • 2:30 pm – Bacon Desserts are Served
  • 3:00 pm – Bacon Showcase Closes
  • 3:15 pm – Bacon Eating Contest Begins
  • 3:45 pm – Bacon Festival Closing Ceremony (Best Bacon T-Shirt Award Winner, Last “OHHH, Bacon” Cheer, Bacon Eating Champion Speaks)
  • 4:00 pm – The After-Party Begins at High Life Lounge and El Bait Shop
  • * Times are subject to change

Event Information

  • What – Third Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival
  • When – Saturday, February 27th, 10am – 4pm
  • Where – Scottish Rite Consistory, 519 Park Street, Des Moines, IA
  • Ticket Availability – Available for purchase through an online link located at at high noon on Thursday, February 4th
  • Cost – $35 per ticket which includes a commemorative t-shirt, koozie, a menu of 7 bacon items, unlimited bacon samples at the Bacon Showcase, live music, a seat in two bacon educational lectures and your first drink free
  • Consumption – 583 lbs of bacon was consumed at the 2nd Annual Bacon Festival in 2009, the Iowa Bacon Board has already secured over 1,050 lbs of bacon for this year’s event
  • Competition – Personal Trainer, Manni Balignasay is the back-to-back Blue Ribbon Bacon Eating Champion in 2008 & 2009
  • Bacon Showcase – In 2010 the following bacon brands will be showcased: Eden Farms, Farmland, Hormel, Iowa Farm Families, Niman Ranch and Vande Rose Farms
  • Iowa Bacon Board – Members include Suzanne Reynolds Arnold, Seth Hall, Mark Pederson, Caressa McCurnin, Logan Porter, Marshall Porter, Tom Porter, Brad Proctor, David Proctor, Brooks Reynolds, John Tiffany and Kevin Tiffany
  • Honorary Cardiologist – Jeffrey Olson, M.D. – Dr. Olson will be present, handing out business cards and discussing the benefits of a balanced bacon diet
  • Sponsors – Coors Original Banquet Beer, IP Pathways, Pearl Vodka, Reynolds & Reynolds, Iowa Pork Producers, Smarty Pig, Stiver’s Ford Lincoln Mercury, Scottish Rite Consistory, Vande Rose Farms, Niman Ranch, Fidelity Bank, Fong’s Pizza and Goin’ Postal

What started as one man’s passion for “all things bacon” has evolved into America’s premier bacon festival. In 2007, Brooks Reynolds of Des Moines gathered fellow bacon lovers and formed the Iowa Bacon Board with the mission of improving the enjoyment of all things bacon. Informal meetings of the group had been held for years with weekend retreats at Spirit Lake where each bacon fanatic would bring at least two pounds of bacon for consumption over a two-day period. On March 1st, 2008, after several meetings between the Iowa Bacon Board, Full Court Press and In Any Event the festival was born: a day dedicated to nothing but Bacon.