Bacon LIVE: Pittsburgh Chevy Burger and Shake Crawl 2011

Back in the day if one wanted a nice burger and shake they would have to walk 10 miles in the snow up hill both ways just for a little bite to eat. Then out of a desire to never have to walk again mankind invented the car and we’ve been driving ever since.

The good people at Chevrolet must have realized how much I enjoy burgers and hate walking because they invited me and Jason on the 2011 Pittsburgh Chevy Burger and Shake Crawl!!

The deal was we would be whisked away in some of the new Chevy vehicles to some of the best burger and shake joints in the burgh. At first I was a little hesitant to sign up because I know very little about cars and didn’t want to come off as a fool but I do know a lot about the American past time of eating.

I decided to use this as an opportunity to learn a little about cars and fill my belly at the same time, so I signed up. With an open mind and open mouth we headed out.

The plan was to meet up with Chevy, check out the cars, then hit up the restaurants BRGR and Sharp Edge Bistro and finish the day at the Milk Shake Factory. We were so pumped we couldn’t wait around for the 11:30am start time so we went almost 40 minutes early.

When we got there the Chevy team was wiping down the cars to make them all shiny and they were doing such a good job I was half tempted to ask them to do my car next. This was the first glimpse I’ve had at the vehicles. Lined up in all their shiny glory was the Cruze, Tahoe, Equinox, Camaro, and Volt.

We had a quick overview of the cars and they gave us some impressive stats on gas mileage, horse power, and leg room. Now I have to make a little confession, before doing this I wasn’t really a GM supporter but after it was all said and done I was impressed with all the little extras Chevy puts in their cars and the days after the event I even found myself defending Chevy against naysayers.

All the bloggers involved seemed to have a really good time. The afternoon was filled with good food and good people. I for one had a blast and over the next week I’m going to take a more in-depth look at the cars, burgers, and shakes. Some of the things we tried were amazing and blew me away and others were kind of disappointing. So check back through out the week for full coverage.

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Bacon LIVE: The Bacon Hotline is Back!

Last week I had to do the show solo again since Sean was on vacation. Luckily, I finally got the Bacon Hotline back up so he was able to call in and give us updates from the road. We also had a few fans from New Jersey call in.

Everything with the phone line seemed to work ok. The only problem that came up was after the show was over. I noticed that there was a slight delay that caused me to sound like I was talking over the callers. I will have to remember to wait a second after someone is talking before I start to talk. I am also looking in to why this is happening in the first place.

Now that we have a flashy into and a phone line. What else do you think we can add to the show to make it better? Should eve have more signature segments, recipes, reviews, or guests? Let us know. Thanks!

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Bacon LIVE: Last Weeks Show

Talk about dropping the ball. I am just now getting to posting last weeks show notes up.

Last week was a great show and it was the first time we used both a fan created intro and outro. I feel the show has just entered a new level of professionalism. If we keep it up soon you will find up on basic cable.

Sean will be out-of-town for the show tonight but he may call with tails of bacon from the road. So you will not want to miss a second of the show.

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The Great Sugardale Bac-On Travels to the Ohio State Fair

The Bac-On is back! Sugardale is once again looking for the Grand Bacon Master. All you have to do is enter you recipe for a chance to cook in front of thousands of people at the Ohio State Fair! Then if you wow the judgers you could win $3,000!

Last year I was a guest judge at the Bac-On event in Pittsburgh. I had a great time and I was really impressed with the level of cooking that went on at the event. I was also impressed that Sugardale ran it like a real TV show. If I didn’t know better I would have thought it was a show for the Food Network.

Check out the press release bellow for all the details. You still have some time to submit a recipe.

Full Press Release

Sugardale Foods announces plan to hold The Great Sugardale BAC-ON at the Ohio State Fair in 2011. This year the best bacon dishes will cook-off in front of thousands of people on Saturday, July 30th in Columbus, Ohio.

Bacon-lovers are invited to enter their original bacon recipes in one of three categories: Appetizer/Sides/Entertaining, Ready Bacon®, and Main Dish. Visit to enter your recipe in the contest and view last year’s winning recipes. Each category will be narrowed down to three finalists that will compete live at the Ohio State Fair. Category winners will receive $500 and a year’s supply of Sugardale bacon. The category winners will then compete in a final round for the chance to win $3,000 and the title of “Grand BAC-ON Champion”.

The Ohio State Fair will host The Great Sugardale BAC-ON at the Main Street Stage starting at 10:00 a.m. with the final round competition beginning at 1:00 p.m. Sugardale Foods will also showcase the new Taste of Sugardale mobile kitchen at the event. The Taste of Sugardale will feature cooking demonstrations, distribute coupons and provide free samples of Sugardale products throughout the day.

Last year the title of “Grand BAC-ON Champion” went to Olga Watkins, a Pittsburgh native. Her Bacon and Blueberry Salad wowed the judges, which included TopChef contestant Spike Mendelsohn and Food Network’s Claire Robinson. Ready Bacon® finalist from the 2010 Great Sugardale BAC-ON, Dee G., reflected on her experience. “I had a blast! That was my first cook-off and it was a wonderful experience. Everyone there was just so nice! I am glad I came, it was great! …I am already creating new dishes for next year, hoping to make it to the finals again!”

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Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour at Keystone Resort, Colorado

Coloradans Lick Their Lips in Anticipation of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour at Keystone Resort, Colorado.
“100 Days of Summer at Keystone, Colorado” will kick off on June 24th with the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour

Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival (BRBF), the nation’s premier bacon festival, announced a new partnership with the Keystone Neighbourhood Company (KNC). As part of the agreement, the KNC will host Colorado’s first Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour event in River Run Village on Friday, June 24-26. In exchange, BRBF will provide over 3,000 lbs of bacon from a variety of bacon purveyors along with its famous bacon lectures series delivered by some of nation’s most brilliant bacon minds.

Mark Mathews, Executive Director of KNC, explains, “The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is highly regarded as the leader in providing bacon enthusiasts with the opportunity to explore and express their love for bacon in a fun, imaginative and supportive atmosphere. We’re excited about this new partnership and can’t wait to play host to thousands of bacon lovers from across the mountain states.”

Brooks Reynolds, co-founder of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, adds, “As far as I’m concerned, if you haven’t sampled a variety of bacon at 9,000 feet over sea level, you haven’t lived. The Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour couldn’t dream of a better location for our event. With KNC’s help, we look forward to transforming River Run Village into a bacon lover’s paradise. OHHHH, BACON!”

In response to the announcement, bacon aficionado, Neil Pederson of Golden, CO was overwhelmed with emotion, “If words could only describe how I’m feeling right now. As a native Iowan, I miss the many different types of bacon available at local meat lockers and pig farms. At times, I long for an applewood smoked bacon from a pure bred Duroc pig. Or a few slices of dry-cured bacon from a true Berkshire breed. A tear comes to my eye, just thinking about the opportunity that lies before me. OHHHH, BACON!”

A limited number of Blue Ribbon Bacon Packages are available for $30 online through The package entitles the holder admission to the three-day event, a commemorative hat, a beer koozie, unlimited bacon samples at the Bacon Showcase, live music, bacon educational lectures and one free beer. Bacon enthusiasts unable to secure the Blue Ribbon Bacon Package in advance may purchase general tickets at the door for $30. The general ticket does not include a commemorative hat.
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Bacon LIVE: We Have a New Ending Song!

Thanks to Aaron Tucker we now have a new ending song for the show. I guess everyone hated our Mickey Mouse Club rip off. Not sure how long this new ending will last but we encourage everyone to help make content for the show.

I also announced the date of this years Bacon Bash at the Harris Grill. You will have to watch/listen to the show to find out when it is. In a few weeks, once I get a few more things figured out I will announce it on the blog.

Speaking about blog updates you might of notice I have been slacking. The main reason for this is, I have been updating my portfolio and trying to wrap up a few other freelance projects. I should be back on track next week. I have a lot of bacon posts to catch up on.

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