Second Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival


Many of you know that last year I attended the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and had an amazing time. Over 180 people showed up to enjoy a full day of bacon. Brooks Reynolds, one of the guys behind the event, said he was overwhelmed by the response last year. This year they have expanded the event so it can accommodate 280 people. That means that this year’s festival is going to be bigger and better than last years.

This year, 13 different bacon producers, including Vande Rose Farms, Iowa Farm Family, Hormel, Tiefenthaler Quality Meats, Applegate Farms, Coastal Vineyards from California and Django, will be giving away free bacon. There is also a rumor that Heather, from Bacon Unwrapped, will be attending this year. I can’t wait to give her a high-five!

The Second Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, presented by metromix, will be held on Saturday February 28 at the High Life Lounge and el Bait Shop – 200 SW 2nd – Downtown Des Moines from 10am – 4pm. Cost for the event is $32.50 which includes a commemorative t-shirt (I still wear mine from last year), bacon bracelet, a menu of 7 bacon items, one free drink, unlimited samples at the Bacon Showcase, and a seat in the “Baconology part II” lecture.

Schedule of Events (Bacon Showcase open throughout event)

  • 10:00 a.m. Registration – Bacon Bloody Marys are served
  • 11:00 a.m. Bacon Invocation
  • 11:15 a.m. 1st Bacon Lecture “Baconology part II”
  • 12:30 pm. 2nd Bacon Lecture
  • 1:00 p.m. Frozen Hosen on the patio (Free Beer on the patio while it lasts!)
  • 2:00 p.m. 3rd Bacon Lecture
  • 3:30 Bacon Eating Contest (Here is a video of last years)

Menu (will be served in a flighted fashion throughout the day)

  • Bacon & Egg breakfast sandwich
  • Bacon Lettuce & Tomato sandwich
  • Bacon Cheeseburger Slider
  • Bacon wrapped Hot Dog
  • Brooks Bacon Popper Pizza from Fong’s Pizza
  • Candied Bacon Ice Cream
  • 2 additional items, which will be revealed the day of the event

What – Second Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival presented by Metromix
When – Saturday, February 28 10 am – 4 pm
Where – el Bait Shop & High Life Lounge – 200 SW 2nd Street – Downtown Des Moines
Cost – $32.50 Entry includes a commemorative t-shirt, bacon bracelet, a menu of 7 bacon items, unlimited samples at the Bacon Showcase, a seat in the Baconology part II lecture and one drink. All entrants will also be eligible for bacon prizes.
Registration – Space is limited to 280 participants. Tickets are only available at and

This year I sponsored and created the website for the event. Check it out and let me know what you think. I hope to see you there!

Update: This event is now sold out. It only took five days!

BMF: Full Proof Disguise


If you saw a 8 foot tall Blue Monster walking down the street in this getup what would you do? If I was wearing my bacon pants I would run the the other way. Everybody knows monsters can’t resist bacon.

When I was a kid I used to keep bacon under my bed (not really), so the monsters would eat that instead of my toes (when I was a kid I thought monsters ate toes).

The Bacon Explosion: Mother of all things bacon


Father Spoon from “Should I Drink That” recently sent me a link that I know you will enjoy. It’s about the ultimate bacon barbeque recipe called The Bacon Explosion.

Here is a quick run down on how this thing is created. The ingredients alone are staggering: 2 pounds thick cut bacon, 2 pounds Italian sausage, 1 jar of your favorite barbeque sauce, and 1 jar of your favorite barbeque rub. The construction of this beast reminds me of a Yule log. You start off with a woven mat of bacon and then you layer more bacon and sausage on top of it. Carefully roll it up into a log and wrap more bacon around it. Lastly, you drench it in BBQ sauce and cook for 2.5 hours on a grill. If you are feeling brave, follow the link above for more detailed directions.

Usually after I post a recipe I say something like, “I think I am going to make this”. Well this is one time where I think I am going to pass. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to eat a whole bacon log myself. I just think this recipe requires some extreme cooking skills that I don’t have.

A recipe I will try is one sent to be by the other half of “Should I Drink That”, Sick Puppy. He wrote to tell me about Bacon Rice Krispy Treats. Now, that’s a nice simple bacon recipe I can handle.

If you have had either of these recipes, let me know what you thought about them. I hope someone makes a video of them making The Bacon Explosion. If you or someone you know does, be sure to let me know about it.

Bacon Radio: The First Show of 2K9

If you have a keen eye you will notice that show #011 was never posted to the blog. This is because it was extremely raunchy. It seemed the mix of beer, our friends, and a podcast was a bad idea. This show on the other hand is rated PG-13 like our other shows are. So if your easily offended, skip show 011 and just pretend it never happened (like I did).

On show #012 we talked about:
2K9; what happened New Years; Mike Adamson; Mac talk; App Store; Mapple; H8 on Apple peeps; bacon light; bacon bit recall; DUIs; road beer; drinking laws; beer store guy; tap system; Chris Rock said it; hippies stink…

If you have suggestions or topics please share via a comment or join us live!


Watch LIVE Wednesdays at 7 pm EST, go to our show page for details!

Welcome the New Bacon Loving Writer

One of this year’s goals for the site is to find a few more bacon loving writers to help keep this site loaded with fresh content. Well one bacon lover has heard my call and has stepped up to the challenge, his name is Mike Adamson. I asked Mike to write a bio about himself:

“Mike Adamson is a voracious carnivore that enjoys adding bacon to dishes that should probably not include bacon. (Of course, it always makes them better.) Having graduated from the University of Florida at the close of three national championships, he is an intransigent Gator fan that loves nothing more than lounging on the couch with smoked meat, a good IPA, and college football. He now works in the city of food (Chicago) as a copywriter.”

Mike seems to be living the bacon life style, which is enjoying life, bacon, and beer, so he will be a perfect match for the site. He will be posting 2-3 times a week. Please join me in welcoming Mike to the bacon community.

BMF: Blue Monster Overreacts

When you are living with roommates you get a little close to each other. I treated my roommates like brothers. If someone hurt them or made them feel bad, that person was now my shit list. Sometimes that idea can get a little out of hand and you or your roommate overreact. So just remember, never pick on a person that lives with roommates, because you’re going to have a whole house full of people pick on your back.

BMF: Monsters Ruin Everything

I am sure this has happened to everyone. Not the peeing on the Macbook part, but the part were your roommate ruins something of yours. A good roommate will quickly replace the broken good, but a bad one will blame you for not locking in a safe if you didn’t want it broken.

I guess I can be thankful that none of the roommates that I have had ever peed on my stuff (or at least I hope they didn’t).