Bacon LIVE: A Bar Called Two Bucks

Last week’s show was a random show where we talked about anything and everything. Most of it was not bacon related. I blame Aaron Tucker for not being in the Chat room.

One of the more interesting conversations had been Sean’s idea for a bar called “Two Bucks”. Everything in the bar would be two bucks, no more or no less. He felt this is a great idea but I warned him about liability issues with people getting DUIs. When you can get a shot for two bucks why would you ever get a beer.

Next week should be a good show and back on topic. I guess we will have to wait and see.

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Bacon LIVE: Review of Squittle, Bacon Brittle.

Two weeks ago on Bacon LIVE Sean and I got a chance to review Squittle from Sugar Daddy Desserts. If you don’t know Squittle is the name they gave to maple, pecan, and bacon brittle. I have had bacon brittle but this was the first time I seen it made with maple and pecans.

We both thought it was amazing and you could really taste the bacon. The maple and pecans really added a lot of the brittle and I felt they enhanced the smokiness. The box the Squittle came in was cool too. Watch the show or head on over to their site to check it out.

We would like to thank Sugar Daddy Desserts for sending us some Squittle to reviews. Before to watch the show for your full review. I think Sean and I almost ate the whole box.

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Part 1: The Button Buster, The King, and The Tahoe

Pittsburgh Chevy Burger and Shake Crawl 2011

The first place we went to was BrGr. The restaurant isn’t even a year old, yet has gained a reputation for having some of the best burgers in the burgh. This was my first time eating here and I wasn’t all that sure what to expect. I knew we would be getting burgers but what kind?

We went up to the top floor that has was a nice open rooftop dinning area. We all took our seats and in front of us were small cards giving the description of the food we were about to eat. I thought that was a nice touch. Instead of having someone stand there and explain what we were eating we could just look at the card. It made the tasting go along a little smoother. It turned out we would be trying three burgers and three milk shakes!

The first thing they brought out to wet our appetites were the classic burger accompaniment French fries and the growing in popularity fried pickles. The fries were good but the pickles were amazing. They had a nice crisp outside and that warm dill goodness in the middle. I would have been happy just eating them all day.

Then they brought out the first burger. Since their burgers are so big they decided to cut them in quarters for us to try. This was good because we did have a lot of food to try but also kind of sad because I’m not the type of man that likes only eating a quarter of a burger.

The burger was called the Button Buster. It was topped with braised beef short ribs, white cheddar cheese, and crispy onions. It came cooked medium and in my option that is the most you should cook a good burger. If you’re one of those people that like your burgers cooked well done then you’re in luck because McDonalds is always right down the street.

The burger was almost perfect. The beef flavor popped and the onions added that extra kick needed to make this one of the best burgers of the day. My only complaint was, where’s the bacon? This thing is crying out to be dawned with crispy swine but sadly I guess not everything can have bacon on it but I’m sure if you wanted to add some they would gladly do it for you.

To wash down the Button Buster we were giving a spiked milk shake called, The King. The King is the type of milk shake Elvis would have drank and that’s where it gets its namesake. It was made with banana liquor, rum, home made peanut butter sauce, local vanilla bean ice cream, and a small peanut butter cookie floating in the middle.

This was my first time ever drinking a spiked milk shake and let me tell you this thing is dangerous. The ice cream covers up any harsh burn you would get from the alcohol and if you didn’t tell me there was booze in there I would have never known. I thought about trying to recreate this treat at my house but with my lack of self control I’m not sure I would survive. Once again I think bacon would have made a nice addition to the shake in true gluttonous Elvis fashion.

We were then giving the opportunity to ride in some of Chevy’s new whips, as the kids call them. I’m a big guy so I immediately took a seat in the largest vehicle they brought, the Tahoe. Just sitting in this jet black SUV made me feel like some kind of drug kingpin. I kept wanting to roll down the window and stair at people on the street then give them a little “that’s right” head nod and slowly put the window back up.

The Tahoe was pretty big on the inside and I had plenty of leg space but one of the cooler features of the SUV was that it was a hybrid. It was powered by electric and gas to give it an average miles per gallon of 21 and that’s pretty good for this size of vehicle.

It was also tricked out with some cool features like GPS, XM Radio, Onstar, back up camera, DVD player, and a display showing you exactly when it’s powering the car by gas or battery. It had a very smooth and quite ride and this is just the type of SUV that would be good for a soccer mom or an outdoorsman.

Check back for Part 2 when I get the second round of burgers and shakes at BrGr and we take a look at the Chevy Equinox.

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.

Listen to this episode of Bacon LIVE if you don’t want to wait for all the details!

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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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