January 28th, 2015

Top 10 Tailgate Foods


We’re gearing up for the ultimate professional football game this weekend. And we’ve got to fuel up with some incredible tailgate foods.

After all, what good is watching a game without something delicious to eat?

Here are my TOP 10 TAILGATE FOODS to give you some inspiration!

  1. Steakburgers
  2. Baby Back Ribs
  3. Brisket
  4. All-Beef Hot Dogs
  5. Steaks
  6. Tenderloin Tips in Kabobs
  7. Steak Sandwiches
  8. Bacon and Cheddar Sliders
  9. BBQ Beef Burnt Ends
  10. Skirt Steak Fajitas

What’s your personal list of favorite tailgate foods?

August 20th, 2014

Campfire Cuisine



Hot dogs, kabobs, burgers, baked beans — even s’mores! These are all campfire food favorites.

But have you ever thought maybe you’d like to step outside of the box on your next campfire excursion?

Here are some great campfire recipes that’ll help you do just that!

Heavenly Fish – this one uses the foil method and works perfectly with trout or any fish you choose.

Campers Stewground beef is used in this camping recipe, along with veggies and potatoes. Yum!

Cowboy Casserolehamburger, beans and bacon over biscuits conjures up images of the Old West!

Fajita Marinade – put your flank steak or skirt steak in this and your campers will scream, “Yahoo!”

What do all these camping recipes have in common? They’re all incredibly simple and easy to cook over hot coals. Have fun!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

May 7th, 2014

Best Burger Toppings


Oooooohhhh! It’s National Hamburger Month! There’s a MONTH dedicated to our precious burgers, people! Shall we rejoice?

And what makes a burger YOUR burger are the toppings, of course. But what do other people like to use to dress up their burgers?

This list of the best burger toppings gives you the most popular ones as dictated by popular vote. What, no electoral college? I kid, I kid.

And the number one burger topping is …………… BACON!

I’ll bet you guessed that one.

Check out that list here and add your own votes! Happy National Hamburger Month!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

April 30th, 2014

Special Treat for Bacon Lovers


Will they stop at nothing, these bacon-crazed chefs?

I’m not saying I WANT them to, just WOW!

This tasty treat is smoked bacon wrapped onion rings with a sriracha mayo dipping sauce.

In my mind this is either a killer appetizer or a scrumptious side to accompany, say, a bacon-wrapped filet mignon?

This recipe comes to us from our friends at Grilling24x7.com. Geniuses!

For an even bigger taste explosion, you can try applewood double smoked bacon or maple hickory smoked bacon to wrap those rings.

Now that’s just good eatin’! Will YOU try these?

Photo courtesy of Grilling24x7.com.

April 10th, 2014

Schwarzenegger Steak Sandwich


Have you ever seen such a monstrosity?

This steak sandwich has 80,583 calories and contains cheese, steak, bacon and ostrich eggs!

Now WHO would attempt to eat a sandwich like this?

None other than Arnold Schwarzenegger – THE TERMINATOR.

“This sandwich will be so meaty,” Arnie says, “it will make a weak man cry.”

I’m crying already and I haven’t even attempted it.

Not that I will.

I LOVE beef but this amount is too powerful for me.

How about you? Wanna see more of this “Steak & Egger Sandwich?” Click here – if you dare!

Photo courtesy of YouTube/Epic Meal Time via DailyMail.co.uk.

April 2nd, 2014

Baseball’s Craziest Hot Dogs


Not only is it basketball time, it’s BASEBALL time, too! I love this time of year!

Part of the experience of going to the ballpark to watch some baseball is the food, right?

Ya gotta get into the spirit of America’s pastime by eating a good ‘ol American hot dog.

BUT, some major league ballparks are taking their dogs, well, to the extreme.

Take Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. They’ve got The Beast (see above), a grilled bratwurst cut in half and stuffed with a HOT DOG, then wrapped in bacon and topped off with sauerkraut and grilled onions on a pretzel roll.

WOW. That took some real thought — and calories.

Click here to see more crazy hot dog concoctions. Would you eat all of these? Not in one sitting, of course.

Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Brewers via People.com.

March 26th, 2014

Why Bacon is Called Bacon


Bacon. It’s delicious. It’s flavorful. It’s what obsessions are made of.

But have you ever stopped to think why we call bacon BACON?

These are the things that keep me up late at night. But, luckily, this particular mystery has been solved.

The word “bacon” has Old French origins and means “back.” Back bacon is common in England and is made up of the loin and some belly.

Want to know more food name origins? Click here to learn fascinating tidbits about pasta, cheese and more!

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

March 10th, 2014

Wake Up and Smell the Bacon App


Glorious, glorious bacon. As a meat eater, it’s high on the priority list.

And in case you missed this, there’s now an app for your smartphone that will wake you up to the sounds and SMELLS of sizzling bacon.

The app is free but you have to get a device for your phone that emits the smell. But, it might be worth it if you’re jonesing every morning for the smell of bacon.

You can read more about this delicious app here. So will YOU download the app? Or is it just plain torture if you can’t have the real thing?

Photo courtesy of Oscar Mayer/YouTube via DailyMail.co.uk.

February 14th, 2014

Ahhh, Bacon Love…


Perhaps you can relate???

Happy Bacon, er, Valentine’s Day, everybody!!!

Photo courtesy of Xaxor.com.

February 3rd, 2014

What’s a Wedding Without Bacon?


Is this your idea of a dream wedding?

When you were little and dreamt of your wedding day did it include bacon?

I can’t say my thoughts were ever pork related. But, really, that’s just because I didn’t know it was possible!

This couple has been described as “pork obsessed” and chose to tie the knot at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Des Moines, Iowa.

And when asked about his bride, the groom lovingly replied, “She’s second only to bacon.”

Now that’s true love.

Read more about bacon weddings here – and maybe you can gather some ideas for your own ceremony!

Photo courtesy of DailyMail.co.uk.

November 11th, 2013

Bacon Deodorant?


Just when I think I’ve seen it all … they come out with bacon-scented deodorant.

DEODORANT! I adore bacon, but I want to walk around smelling like flowers, not a PIG.

What do you think about this new bacon craze? This same company that makes the deodorant apparently makes bacon shaving cream, bacon sunscreen (can you imagine lying on the beach smelling like bacon frying?) and other health and beauty bacon-scented products.

Have we gone too far? Or is it all in good fun? Tell me what you think!

Photo courtesy of J&D’s Foods via 5newsonline.com.

November 5th, 2013

Dessert Burger!


This beautiful creation is a masterpiece of ingenuity – bacon burger PLUS dessert in one!

Called the “Deep-Fried Twinkies Burger,” it’s got a pork and beef patty with bacon and American cheese, squeezed in between 2 deep-fried Twinkies which act as buns.

Of course, let’s not forget the oozy filling inside those buns.

One lady who was lucky (?) enough to taste it remarked, “It tasted like magic in my mouth.”

Enough said.

Read more about this amazing burger here. Might I suggest trying it at home?

If you dare!

Photo courtesy of PYT via DailyMail.co.uk.

October 29th, 2013

News Flash: People Love Bacon!


A study was recently done by Wired magazine and The Food Network and the results were astounding — stuff tastes better when you add bacon!

I know, I know. Close your mouth. The shock is overwhelming. But it’s true, it has been scientifically proven.

These guys studied sandwiches and comments people made about them. Their conclusion? People liked it better when it had bacon on it.

Now you and I have known this for years. But now we have science to back us up. Bacon makes it better.

Read more about these bacony findings here. Just please try not to drool all over your keyboard while you’re doing it.

Oh, by the way, that drooling is called the Maillard reaction. It’s scientific, too! :)

Photo courtesy of KansasCitySteaks.com.

October 18th, 2013

Bacon Milkshake, Anyone?


The Texas Motor Speedway is getting in on the bacon action – again.

They already offer bacon cotton candy (really?) but now, for your dining pleasure, they are introducing the Shake’n Bacon … a milkshake made with bacon.

I’m wondering (like many of you, I’m sure) if the whole thing didn’t come from the racing movie icon Ricky Bobby and his famous “shake and bake” mantra.

This concoction has been created by a chef, though, and I think they’re pretty serious about it. Ricky Bobby may be a little too low brow for these folks.

What do you think? Is a bacon milkshake at the racetrack a solid idea or a recipe for disaster?

Photo courtesy of Texas Motor Speedway via wfaa.com


September 25th, 2013

Bacon Adventures: Sweet Potato Fries + Marshmallow Sauce + Bacon


I love bacon and everything, but this is a bit . . . gastronomically challenging.

This monstrosity was found at Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco. It consists of sweet potato fries topped with an airy marshmallow sauce, then sprinkled with bacon.

Five dollars and this beaut could be all yours.

Listen, I have a love affair with bacon. But this is downright blasphemous to me. It takes away from the purity of the bacon experience.

Am I right?

You tell me! Would you eat it?

Photo courtesy of Rusty Blazenhoff/Flickr via PerezHilton.com.


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