WTH have we been?!?!

Bacon Jason has been keeping the bacon candles burning over on Facebook; hit us up at the link on the right. I have been spending my time in the service of the small island nation of Reduxia. But my sentence…err, I mean that job is over so hopefully we will be back in the swing of things.

Holidays are coming up, be sure to hit up the store link and get some bacon gifts.

Originally posted 2010-11-10 15:06:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

A sad day for bacon candy…

OK so… we have been suuuuuper lazy at posting, and it sucks that it takes a bit of bad news to awaken us from our bacon induced coma. But it is what it is.

I got a marketing email from Jason over at Lolyphile! and in his words it may be the worst marketing email ever written in the history of the internet. (Jason, while it is sad news and may be counter intuitive to business, it at least reads coherently and is not telling me how my manhood could be HUGE in some form of broken English.) For those of you that may not know, Lolyphile! was the first and I think one of the best bacon lollipops you could order online. The sad news, they are discontinuing their bacon products. 🙁

Rather than paraphrase, here is the email:

Dear All: We are discontinuing all of our bacon products as of the moment we run out of stock in same. Please bear with. Everything will be fine. It’s not about health, no pork recall, no salmonella, nothing like that. It’s just that in the wake of the whole horrible BP thing we’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the value of making money vs. the value of avoiding creating more damage in the world, and even in the face of our only using organic & sustainably-farmed bacon, and we’ve decided that we’re not really comfortable with the latter. Please keep in mind that we very much don’t want to come across as being judge-y or preachy. This isn’t about you, your appetites, or your choices. It’s about ours. If you’re interested in more details about this decision, please see the postscript, in which Yours Truly will drop from second person to first and get very personal and maybe a little bit insecure. We will be selling all of them off in four packs so that we can track stock levels and not oversell our inventory, and so everyone who wants a last crack at them can get it. Here are the bacon flavors we have and the number of available four packs of each as of this writing:
Maple Bacon: 133 Caffeinated Maple Bacon: 117 Chocolate Bacon: 140 We’ll keep selling & making new flavors, we may even make a limited edition fake-bacon version of the above if there’s any expressed interest, but once these guys are gone, they’re all the way gone. Forever. Feel free to use discount code somepig for 15% off your order. Much love & xo. //jason www.lollyphile.com Long-winded First-person Postscript: Seriously, I’m not being preachy. I grew up on a ranch in Texas. I know from eating meat. I’ve eaten lots and lots and lots of it. It tastes really, really good. But here’s the thing- in January I went vegan for a month, mainly for vanity reasons, but at the beginning of February I kept with it, because it felt really nice in ways I hadn’t expected: I had more energy, I looked healthier, I spent more time cooking and learning new ways of cooking… and as I was rereading my favorite book of essays, Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace, I decided to follow up on a book he’d referenced in the title essay- Animal Liberation by Peter Singer. It’s a really amazing book. And it made me start taking veganism seriously as opposed to being a smart-ass about it when asked.
(I have no idea how interesting this is, by the way. I’m just aware that a) people tend to take decisions like this personally, b) that our bacon lollies are our best sellers, our most publicity-generating, and c) that if you remove the personal and ethical ramifications of this decision then the combination of a & b make me sound crazy. I’m not [I don’t think]. I’ve talked this through with a lot of people and thought about it a lot before following through. And I’m concerned that those of you who are actually reading this footnote are either annoyed that I’m removing a product that many of you love or you’re worried about my mental health. So I feel like I owe you an explanation.)
Anyhow, reading A.L. was, for me, kind of an important thing. And then this hideous BP thing happened and I realized that one thing that really bugged me about it was that while I was able to talk about the facts and work myself up into a self-righteous rage, I couldn’t internalize it- it was too far away, too abstract, huge but not affecting me in any obvious direct way that made my day-to-day life any different. Like, the Gulf of Mexico is dying and I’m throwing frisbee for my dog. It seems so crazy.
So I started thinking about the things that I do that help the systems that make these kinds of things happen. And I’m working on changing a bunch of them- it’s the least I can do, right? And I realized that one of the things I can do is stop supporting industrial farming. So this is it. I’m never going to write another check to a meat company. Or at least I’ll be trying not to.

(I am also aware that this is literally the worst marketing email ever written in the history of the internet.)
Anyhow, that’s more or less my reasoning. The other point I really want to make is that this isn’t about you. I don’t think it’s wrong or bad to eat meat in general. I just feel like it’s wrong for me to do so, and even worse for me not not eat it for philosophical reasons and then to make money off of it.
That’s all. Thanks for reading.

I have a ton of respect for them, some people would take the money and separate their personal beliefs from the business. Hats off to you sir.

Originally posted 2010-06-19 12:10:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bacon Geeks

I love bacon and I am a geek, or is it a nerd, I am one of those people that can’t tell the difference. I think one is cool and one is not…. I am the cool one, yeah that’s it.
Anyway, a couple of geeky things today, but not just geeky, geeky with a taste o’ bacon.
There was the iPhone bacon case, now there is a matching case for your shuffle.Not sure if a shuffle needs a case, but everything deserves to be wrapped in bacon. (Note to self, do not eat shuffle even when wrapped in bacon.)
I love Woot! I am not afraid to admit it, I got my first BoC in the last woot off, and I also like some of the shirts. Today’s shirt is a glorious 8-bit bacon extravaganza. Go buy it now, as the price goes up at midnight and if it doesn’t sell well its a one week only sort of thing!

Originally posted 2009-06-22 18:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Selling out never tasted so good…

We were recently contacted by Oscar Mayer‘s PR people and asked if we would like to try some free bacon. We thought to ourselves, a large corporation offering up a free sample, isn’t that selling out, what about our “independent integrity”? We wrestled with this for all of about 8.3 seconds (only reason it took that long was we were speechless for 5) and realized “independent integrity”? We don’t even know what that is, pretty sure its made up. We would love to try some free bacon please!
So we received a “bacon care package” from the folks at Oscar Mayer including product samples of the new Super Thick Cut Applewood Smoked Bacon, some coupons so we can share some with the readers, a skillet, and a hot pad to cook up the bacon. We also got some recipes we will be trying and sharing and a grocery gift card for supplies.

It was like “Bacon Christmas”, or Festivus if that’s your thing. Pretty sure neither of us had been this excited since unwrapping an Atari 2600 way back in the day. Bacon Jason will be posting his thoughts soon and my review follows here in this post. If you get all the way through that at the end I will tell you how you can win a coupon for a free package of the new Oscar Mayer Super Thick Cut Applewood Smoked Bacon to try for yourself.

The first thing I noticed when I picked up the bacon was it is THICK, they are not kidding with the word Super here. We love our STP Ratio© here at LoB. The label on this new bacon comes says it has 9 strips in a package that is a whopping 9: 1 STP Ratio©!!!!!! I counted and my package had ten, so it is an approximation but even at 10:1 this stuff is thick!

I decided to be fair I should do a side by side comparison, I chose Oscar Mayer’s 12oz package of Center Cut Bacon. Now I am not sure but I think figuring an STP Ratio© with a 12oz package of bacon requires some algebraic formula that only physicists or possibly a super computer could figure out. I took a couple of pictures with a quarter on top so you can get a good idea of the difference between these two bacons.
OK so I am no photographer, and heck it was my iPhone, but you get the idea.

Time to open these up and give em a sniff. The new bacon reeked (in the good way) of smokiness, the center cut, not so much, well, after the applewood smoked, you could say not at all. I asked my daughter to give them an impartial sniff, she didn’t like either, but remember she is a vegetarian (whoo hoo I get all the bacon!).

So I have the bacon out and am getting it onto the tray, and I have to be honest it is reminiscent of some of the gourmet bacon’s we have tried, the pieces have a “slice of pork belly” shape to them. This is looking up for a widely available super market bacon. The Center cut are all very uniform and have the squared off shape.

This is a full pound, 10 slices. It will be interesting to see what sort of shrinkage we get. As you might know, good gourmet bacon does not shrink much when cooked.

This is the center cut that is 20 slices in 12oz. Twice the slices in 3/4ths of the weight….carry the 9….solve for x…. hell I am no physicist.

Well I would love to show you pictures after it was cooked, but the house was full of the smell of bacon and my child wasn’t going to eat any, I got distracted. The center cut had some shrinkage as expected, it was thin, it was “OK” bacon, I am a thick man myself.

The Super Thick Cut Applewood Smoked Bacon takes a while to cook, if you are in a hurry this is not the bacon you want. But trust me its worth the wait, it was thick, it was meaty, very little shrinkage. The folks at Oscar Mayer did thier homework and have put out the best bacon I have ever had from them. The package says “Bacon Lovers”, and if that is you, I think you will enjoy this bacon, thats not to say all you “Bacon Likers”, “Flirts with Bacon but doesn’t go all the way” or “Bacon Friends With Benefits” folks are left out, this is the good stuff. If you only do bacon once a week for Sunday breakfast (all I can say is huh?!?), then this is the stuff you want. Sure you can get the prescription bacon mail order from the specialty places online, and it is great stuff. But this is over the counter, at your local supermarket bacon. If you are shopping the Von’s, Ralph’s uber chain type store, you know your options can be limited. I can tell you things just got simple, get this and you can’t go wrong.

Now how do we get this bacon as an option at Carl’s Jr? That would rock my world!

We had a chance to talk with John Li, an executive chef at Kraft that has been coming up with recipes for this new bacon (best job ever b.t.w.) and we will have more on that once we can get our hands on some more of this bacon at our local market (more on that later today). There are some great things you can do with a quality meat and this bacon qualifies.

I don’t know if this our longest post ever, but its got to be close, I am sure we lost a few of the friends after the first paragraph, ooh pictures…soo many words.. huh what? drool McRib! Zzzzz. And if that’s the case they will miss this part. Oscar Mayer gave us some coupons for FREE Super Thick Cut Bacon that we get to share with you. That’s right FREE BACON! Bacon Jason and I have a couple of ideas on how to give out the coupons, maybe something on the facebox page, maybe a twatter contest, but I think we can do something simple right now. Email us at lordsofbacon (at) gmail (dot) com with the subject FREE BACON by lets say 7:06 pm PST this coming Monday 12/21/09. Once is enough, and I will select someone at random from those emails and they win. We do not want to collect your addresses for nefarious purposes, and I am going to delete the mails after the contest, so don’t worry about getting spam from us, but someone will get BACON.. get it? spam.. pork product.. bacon.. meat of the gods?? I thought it was funny. OK Go!

Originally posted 2009-12-17 15:06:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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International Bacon Day!

Shame on us! We could give a lot of excuses as to why we have been so remiss in this year’s preparation for IBD. (This Saturday the 5th) But really, there is no excuse, its bacon’s big day! We could blame work and home life and the fact that Darren is a quitter. But no! We are bad and should be punished (as long as said punishment is not a withholding of bacon, that’s just cruel, whats the number for Amnesty International?).

That being said, I do intend to have a small celebration, 3 meals, all with bacon, and maybe some snacking bacon in between. I wonder if this kid will be celebrating?

Originally posted 2009-09-03 20:06:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter