Bacon LIVE: Bacon Burgers and Hand Sanitizer

This is a new year which means a new Bacon LIVE. Sean and I are going to try and keep the show on track this year. Also since we are planning what we are going to talk about. It will be simple for me to do these show notes.

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Season 5 | Episode 1

  • Bacon NEWS: IHOP’s new breakfast “Stacks”, Burger Kings Bacon, and Tailgating Contests
  • Non-Editable Bacon NEWS: Bacon Hand Sanitize
  • What’s new in the Bacon Nation: The Mr. Baconpants Community and Tom-Macon, a new bacon blogger
  • Bacon USA: Fat’s Burgers and More has a Bacon Cheese Burger with Ice Cream!
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Welcome to the New Mr. Baconpants in 2012

It’s that time of the year again. Where I make lofty goals for Mr. Baconpants. Well this year I got a head start on completing my goals.

As I am sure many of you have noticed, in the last week of 2011 I made a few big changes to the site. First, I updated the design of the site to make it more fun. I thought the old design looked stale.

Second, I added a message board (Community) to the site. This was something I always wanted to do but never got around to it. I plan to do contest that focus around this new section of the site. So if you’re not a member this is a good chance to sign up and start the new year off right.

Lastly, I added a new section on the site called “Restaurants“. I haven’t updated content on this section yet but it will be a place for people to find out what restaurants are doing great things with bacon near them. If you know of any in your area make sure you let me now so I can add it to the list.

My goals for this year are simple. Finish the new restaurant page, add a few new items to the store, and update the site often again. Last year my goal were unrealistic. Why on earth did I ever think I would meet Kevin Bacon.

Anyway, Happy New Year and Enjoy Bacon!

Let me know if there is anything I can do to make this site something that will bring you bacon enjoyment in 2012. Thanks!

Baconpocalypse Now: “I love the smell of bacon in the morning”

December 20, 2011 (Des Moines, IA)– On a warm Saturday afternoon last July, while stocking canned bacon on the shelves of a bomb shelter at an undisclosed location, organizers of the 5th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, “Baconpocalypse Now: I love the smell of bacon in the morning” began to question whether hoarding was the right thing to do.

“Look guys, we know that fears of the 2012 apocalypse could lead to a massive bacon shortage at any time,” John Tiffany, Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival historian explained. “But what if our hoarding sparks a bacon-buying frenzy that could have been avoided?”

Seth Hall, Chief Bacon Enjoyment Officer, agreed. “John has a point. We can’t possibly purchase enough frozen pork belly futures contracts to feed 4,000 festival attendees without creating panic in the markets and pushing retail bacon prices over $10 a pound.” The room went quiet. Seth continued. “Dudes, we need to look at this problem from a global perspective. I’m talkin’ synergies, accountability, core competencies, a paradigm shift, a Win/Win–” Brooks Reynolds, Chair of the Iowa Bacon Board and festival co-founder, interrupted, shouting, “A strategic partner! We need to go straight to the bacon source and find a pork producer with enough hogs to satisfy our bacon needs for the next 20 years, apocalypse or not.”

One month later, at his Bacon-On-A-Stick stand at the Iowa State Fair, Reynolds couldn’t help but notice a sea of people marching down the concourse wearing black shirts. As the group came closer, the green and red logo came into focus – Iowa Select Farms. “It was like a sign from God,” Reynolds recalled.

As the largest Iowa-based pork producer, Iowa Select Farms was celebrating an employee family outing – 2,200 people in all. Reynolds seized the opportunity to gain an introduction to Jeff Hansen, CEO of Iowa Select Farms. The two exchanged contact information and just last week, Iowa Select Farms signed on as the presenting sponsor of the 5th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.

Asked to explain the logic of the partnership, Jeff Hansen, CEO of Iowa Select Farms said, “Look, Iowa is number one in pork production. Our company and employees have always taken great pride in that. So how could all of us at Iowa Select Farms sit idly by while the organizers of the best bacon festival in the world lose sleep over the fears of a bacon shortage? All of us at Iowa Select Farms are proud to support this event and ensure that there is enough bacon to keep the celebration alive.”

With the presenting sponsor for 2012 secured and risks of a bacon shortage avoided, tickets for the 5th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, “Baconpocalypse Now: I love the smell of bacon in the morning” presented by Iowa Select Farms are set to go on sale exclusively online at beginning at high noon on Thursday, December 29th. The festival will be held at the Varied Industries building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., February 18th.

Organizers plan to accommodate 4,000 bacon lovers. Tickets are $45 for general admission into the main event, entitling the holder to a commemorative T-shirt, koozie, a wide array of bacon-inspired delights from various restaurants, unlimited bacon samples at the Bacon Showcase, live music and bacon educational lectures.

Other ticket options include:

  • $625 for a reserved table for 10
  • $135 for a general admission ticket paired with a seat at the Bacon Elegance Dinner on the evening of February 15. Due to 2010’s quick sellout, the maximum general admission ticket purchase will be two (2) per order.

Bacon LIVE: IHOP has some Expensive Bacon

On last weeks show Sean tells us about his first IHOP experience. His dad kept telling them that they had the best bacon, so Sean had to see it for himself. He did say the bacon was good but it came at a cost. Watch the show to see what he had to say about it.

We also talked about eating all your can eat pancakes at Denny’s for charity, Kevin Bacon, my mustache, Twilight, and so much more.

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The Royal Ontario Museum has a Bacon Rock

Kim, who works for pork company in Ontario, sent Sean and I this interesting photo. She calls in Bacon Rock and its was taken at the Royal Ontario Museum.

“Who would have thought a rock could look this tasty?” said Kim.

I will have to agree, it is a yummy looking rock.

Looking at it makes think that there is a monster that wonders the universe eating planets. And this is his prized food, rock bacon. One day we may have to come to the hard choice of either giving the monster our rock bacon as a pace offering or to protect it with our lives. I hope that day never comes.

Bacon LIVE: Bacon in Austin, TX

In September Beth and I went to Austin, TX for our honeymoon. On this show I tell Sean all about the trip and how much great bacon there is in Texas!

Sean got so excited that he wanted to take a road trip and I can’t blame him. Hearing about places like Hopdoddy and Frank any bacon lover would be willing to do anything to get there.

Watch the show and tell me I’m wrong.

Now that I am working from home full-time, a new era of Mr. Baconpants has begun. To start off with a clean slate this is the last of the old shows I am going to catch up on.

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