Hog Wild!!!

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  1. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    If you're like most Americans, you're hog wild about bacon. There's bacon-flavored bourbon, bacon-flavored vodka, chocolate-covered bacon, chicken-fried bacon, bacon-flavored toothpaste, bacon-flavored gumballs and cupcakes, chocolate bars and donuts and ... you know this list is infinite, right?

    Yes, Americans love bacon so much that they'll even continue reading an article about bacon that starts out with the phrase "hog wild." In fact, when asked if they'd support a petition declaring bacon the national food, 65% of Americans surveyed told pork supplier Smithfield they would indeed. And Americans' love of bacon hasn't declined. The amount of bacon sold in the U.S. increased 5.4% year-over-year in 2015, with sales totaling $4.21 billion, according to data from the North American Meat Institute. At more than 908 million pounds sold, and a U.S. population of roughly 321 million people, that's closing in on an average of three pounds of bacon for every American.

    Breakfast:

    Blueberry, Corn and Bacon Pancakes

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    Brunch:

    Brunch Salad with Caramelized Bacon and Poached Egg

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    Lunch:

    Strawberry Bacon Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese

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    Lunch:

    Creamy Mushroom Chicken Pizza Bacon Basil

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    Lunch:

    Iceberg Wedge Salads with Grilled Bacon

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    Lunch:

    Slow Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

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    Lunch:

    Sweet and Smoky Bacon Taco With Mexican Crema

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    Sides / Starters:

    Canadian Bacon Cheese Straws

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    Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños

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    Sides / Starters:

    Carrot Hummus with Bacon and Cashews

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    Tricolor Grilled Potato Salad with Bacon Spring Onions and Mustard Vinaigrette

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    Sides / Starters:

    Bacon and Brussels Sprout Risotto

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    Sides / Starters:

    Warm Yogurt Bacon Dip

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    Dinner:

    Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Bake with Bacon

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    Dinner:

    One Pot Pea & Bacon Pasta

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    Dinner:

    Mozzarella Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

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    Dinner:

    Easy Creamy Italian Pasta

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    Dinner:

    Cheesy Grits and Spinach Casserole

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    Dinner:

    Grilled Cotija-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Wrapped in Bacon

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    Dinner:

    Grilled Chicken Bacon Mac & Cheese

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    Dessert:

    Candied Bacon and Caramel Swirl Ice Cream

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    Dessert:

    Pecan Sticky Buns Caramelized Bacon

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    Dessert:

    Maple Bacon Popcorn

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    Dessert:

    Candied Bacon Chocolate Dipped Rice Crispy Treats

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    And, of course, it's not just Americans who love their bacon. Canadians apparently have quite the, um, appetite for "meat candy" as well. When asked to choose between bacon and sex, 43% of Canadians chose bacon, according to a light-hearted survey conducted by Maple Leaf Foods back in 2010.

    Bacon, it seems, is beloved in many parts of the world, so it just makes sense that the Saturday before Labor Day was declared International Bacon Day back in 2009 (that's Saturday, Sept. 3 this year).

    If that sounds like a reason to celebrate to you, on International Bacon Day or any other day, the folks over at BaconToday.com, a site dedicated to "bacony goodness," have put together some recipes to help you get your bacon on, including this bacon-infused Bloody Mary recipe.

    The Bloody Mary Sue-eee

    1 oz. Vodka
    3 oz. Tomato Juice
    2 oz. Bacon Hot Sauce
    A couple dashes of peppered bacon salt
    A couple dashes of lemon juice
    Garnish with a couple of strips (or more if you'd like!) of Coastal Caliente Jalapeno Bacon (cooked)

    Grab a cocktail shaker and add ice. Combine ingredients into the shaker. Shake and pour into a glass. Add the bacon in place of a celery stick. You can add olives if you wish.

    BaconToday suggests pairing this drink "with some bacon-wrapped hot dogs and you're good to go! For an appetizer, wrap up some garlic stuffed olives with a half slice of bacon, place a toothpick in the center to hold the bacon and olive together, and bake until crisp."

    How much are Americans spending on bacon each year?
     
  2. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    Looks good...except that nasty hummus crap. Too bad this is after the fact...I guess I'll have a year to get ready for next year's event, though :)
     
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  3. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    And Smithfield (the largest pork producer) is a Chinese company owned by the Chinese government.

    Buy local from your butcher, farmer or farmers market .. there is a difference. Plus the $$s stay local and don't go to communists. ;)
     
  4. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Monkey

    Hormel, Sunny Valley or Oscar Meyer for me.... Safeway is full of Smithfield products. I have no idea where the meat comes from.
     
  5. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    If you try a farm raise pork product .. you'll not want to eat any of the plastic wrapped bacon or meat case pork chops ever again.
     
  6. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Monkey

    That is my fear..... That I will become a Hog Farmer. :D
     
  7. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    I only buy from my two local butcher's..... they both have the best thick cut bacon!! I can not even stand the crap at the local grocery anymore....it really does not taste the same...so much stuff in the meats...GMO's, steroids and so on.
     
  8. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    If you are in Gainesville Florida buy your best meat at Ward"s Supermarket. and your best seafood at Northwest Seafood. Both buy local only ditto on much of their produce. Prices competitive with other local grocery stores.
     
  9. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    recipes? started cookin?
     
  10. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey Site Supporter+

    Yeah well, they are handy to have around when the democrats come calling:whistle:
     
  11. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    add bacon. It'll turn out great no matter what it is.
     
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  12. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Most of those Smithfield hogs are grown in eastern NC and a portion of that $$ goes to help those farmers and my neighbors... They would appreciate it and their families would too
     
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  13. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    For you folks still up in northern OryGun, South west Wa, Walts Meats up in Woodland Wa has the very best Smoked Baccon you can find! They do Pepper baccon as well! They sell it in 30 pound boxes thick sliced and wax paper wrapped! Walts is also known for really good beef!
     
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  14. Legion489

    Legion489 Shining the Light of Truth

    Actually not true. MOST things are improved with bacon, cheese, sage, onions, EXCEPT most cakes. Bacon cake sounds good, but in reality? Not so much. Not white or yellow cake mixes anyway.
     
  15. DarkLight

    DarkLight I self identify as a Blackhawk Attack Helicopter! Site Supporter

    Perhaps you didn't add enough bacon? :D
     
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  16. Meat

    Meat Monkey+

    Bacon is the best even if it's murder. [afro]
     
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  17. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    I know I'm going to get slammed for this by the females, but I can't resist.

    Thought this was what you were posting about??? What Monkey do you think that is riding? Not me, don't even start.

    Hog Riding.
     
  18. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

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  19. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Lotsa cracklins there!
     
  20. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    :eek::eek::eek:
     
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