The Bacon Tornado

Looking for a recipe for Super Bowl Sunday? Consider the Bacon Tornado, a close relation to the ever-popular Bacon Explosion. Paul Sidoriak’s Bacon Tornado is a whirlwind of bacony flavor that picks up porky goodness in its path. Thinly-pounded pork tenderloin gets rolled around a stuffing of bacon, Pepper Jack cheese, and sautéed onions. The pillow of pork is wrapped tightly in bacon and slowly roasted with smoke on the Big Green Egg until the bacon is crispy. After about 25 minutes, you should notice a line of hungry football fans forming. These make an excellent main course, or as appetizers when sliced. Be sure to make several if you’ve got a hungry crowd!

Paul Sidoriak is a longtime foodie who will try to cook just about anything outside, and on the grill. His website showcases some of his culinary successes and failures, often from the grill. If he is not cooking on the Big Green Egg, you can probably find him fly-fishing near his home in Western Montana. He would be honored if you would follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @GrillingMontana.



1 8-ounce pork tenderloin medallion pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
7 slices bacon
1/4 cup sweet onion
1/4 cup pepper jack cheese grated

1. Mix the four dry spices, and season both sides of flattened medallion. Dice three slices of bacon, cook in a nonstick skillet, remove, and let cool. DO NOT BURN. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon grease to sauté onions over low heat until translucent, and then allow to cool. Mix onions, bacon and Pepper Jack cheese in a bowl.

2. Lay remaining four slices of bacon side-by-side on a clean surface. Lay the pork medallion flat on top of the bacon strips. Smear the bacon-onion-cheese mixture down the center of the cutlet. Roll the cutlet and outer bacon strips tightly over the mixture. As you roll, the bacon strips come along to wrap the Tornado, leaving nothing but bacon exposed.

3. Roast on your grill over indirect heat at 375 degrees F for 45 to 60 minutes until bacon looks irresistible and internal temperature of pork is at least 155 degrees F. For greater flavor, use applewood chips. Let Tornado rest 10 minutes under loose foil tent. Slice and enjoy.




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Originally posted 2014-01-31 01:21:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Please Stop Referring To Betty Whites As This Years Meat Candy Bacon

OK, I understand how trends work, especially in the media and news industry. One TV news pundit or talk show Guru says something that is moderately clever, or momentarily interesting, and the next thing you know, it’s spreading like wild-fire, wherever you turn.

This sort of thing “sheep following the leader” conformity happens all the time on network news programs, where one commentator coins an off the cuff term to use on air, and suddenly everyone is spouting it as if it were gospel truth.

What really is beginning to bug the heck out of me is this latest “pet proposition” and proud public proclamation, that actress Betty White is this year’s bacon!

Hey, come on now, I eat bacon. Let’s not soil & spoil one of the true “por-ktastic” pleasures still remaining for those of us who earn less than a million dollars a year and leave the bacon comparisons alone.

I get it, bacon is a huge and progressively more and more popular, trending food item that is quickly making its way into the spotlight as the featured, favored, flavored flesh that is now staring either in or on practically every single restaurant menu and meal recipe on Planet Earth …

Meanwhile … yes …Betty White does seem to be almost everywhere we look these days, from television shows to movies and from commercial advertisements to late night, mid day and early morning news, variety and talk shows. It’s completely true, I totally get it! I myself have even joked around that soon they will be announcing the launching of the 24 hour a day Betty White television / radio simulcast.

But let’s not equate this 88 year old television veteran with over 70 years of TV stardom under her belt, from Password to the Mary Tyler More Show and from The Golden Girls to Hot In Cleveland with my all-time favorite food.

One of my favorite T-shirts is the amazingly popular Bacon Freak logo with the words, “Bacon is Meat Candy!”  Now I’m sorry if this offends or hurts the feelings of Ms. White, because I certainly don’t mean to, and I think she is a phenomenally talented, comedic star in her own right, but the thought of Betty White being “Meat Candy” just opens up images in my mind that, much like “Pandora’s Proverbial Box, simply shouldn’t be opened, ever.

So, yeah, I love Betty White as much as the next guy, but let’s not get carried away and start equated her with the most sizzling hot and decadently delicious piece of meat on the planet … OK? Thanks!

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Originally posted 2010-11-26 10:00:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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How To Celebrate International Bacon Day

Instead of us giving you ideas on how to celebrate International Bacon Day, we thought we’d let our fans give their ideas instead! For a recent contest on our Facebook page, we received over 200 awesome entries from our fans about how they will be celebrating IBD. We’ve selected our favorite comments and are sharing them with you. We hope they will inspire your creativity about IBD. Or perhaps you already know how you’ll be celebrating International Bacon Day? Add your own ideas to the comments section!

“We are throwing another bacon party. This year is the 3rd. About 20 people attend bringing any dish with bacon. Last year I made the chicken bacon wraps and chocolate dipped candy bacon strips. Mmmm Bacon!”



“Since it is also my birthday, I plan to have some Bacon chocolate chip cookies made with a shot of Maker’s Mark!”



“By smoking some bacon in my smoker and adding it to almost everything I cook that day! Maybe even put some in ice cream!”



“We are having a cookout. I’m making bacon wrapped pork tenderloin and bacon wrapped scallops and jalapeños. We will have about 20-30 people and they are to bring a side that MUST HAVE BACON IN IT!”

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“I work for a public radio station, so I’m celebrating Bacon Day with eight on-air announcements encouraging people to put a little more meat candy in their lives with a link to the Bacon Today blog!”

“Wake up to a bacon-featured breakfast, followed by Facebooking my latest bacon finds, followed by a BBBLT, because a single portion of bacon is ludicrous. Then maybe a nap so I can dream of bacon, followed by a bacon-wrapped something with a bacon-infused sauce. Dessert will have bacon mixed in and sprinkled on top. At that point, all I’ll be able to do is pass out due to my self-induced bacon-o-thon, but I’m not complaining. And since my doctor may read this, I will follow this day with a mega workout so I may eat more bacon at will.”



“I will be celebrating International Bacon Day by attending San Diego’s 2nd annual Bacon Fest. I will be introducing my boyfriend to this wonderful event as well. My plan so far is to wear my specially-selected apparel (a t-shirt that reads ‘this girl loves bacon’) and to eat and/or drink all the bacon delicacies that are available to me. I can honestly say that International Bacon Day is my favorite holiday!”



“I will recite all the lyrics to “Rappers Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang, but instead of the normal lyrics, “I don’t mean to brag, I don’t mean to boast, but we’re like hot butter on your breakfast toast…” I will substitute the lyrics, “I am sick with gout, my doctor’s not fakin’, my LDL’s so high because I’m crazy for bacon.”

Giant Pile of Bacon


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Originally posted 2014-08-25 02:33:58. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bacon is a Dad’s Best Friend

oscar-mayer-bacon-boxOscar Mayer has launched a new “Say It With Bacon” ad campaign targeted at Father’s Day shoppers. The campaign features a YouTube video where a couple goes “bacon shopping” at the “bacon store.” The bacon is displayed in jewelry boxes, and bacon is described in terminology similar to that used to describe diamonds (you know, a girl’s best friend).

The message they’re sending is one that Bacon Freak has always known: Bacon is a dad’s best friend. Umm, no duh! There’s really no need to explain how great bacon is—it’s bacon!

Oscar Mayer is building hype by making their “gift sets” limited editions, and they’re selling out on a daily basis. The idea of having a “limited edition” bacon gift that is readily available at any grocery store is kinda crazy. If you’re going to give dad bacon, go all out and give him some high quality, artisan bacon that’s unlike anything he can get at the grocery store. Bacon Freak gift bundles are always in stock and the only thing exclusive about their bacon is that you won’t find bacon this amazing anywhere else. Maybe their bacon should be “limited edition,” but it never will be.

There’s really no comparison. Which one would you rather get?

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lame oscar mayer gift

Unlike Oscar Mayer’s selection, Bacon Freak has dozens of unique, subtle flavors of bacon for the true “bacon connoisseur.” In other words, every dude you know. Whether you prefer nitrite-free bacon, pepper-free bacon, sweet bacon or savory bacon flavors, Bacon Freak has it. And then some. And their gift bundles come in a sturdy, recyclable, awesomely decorated box that you would actually want to use for something else. Bacon Freak puts a lot of thought into their gift bundles and fills ‘em with only quality bacon products that dads will love.

Bacon truly is a dad’s best friend. And Bacon Freak works hard to make sure they stay best friends for life.

Originally posted 2013-06-05 16:20:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Pub 1842 Peanut Butter Bacon Crunch Burger


This recipe is from Chef Anthony Schutz, Executive Chef at Pub 1842 located in the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. This playful riff on the cheeseburger combines creamy peanut butter, salty bacon and crunchy potato chips to pack a surprising one-two crunch that is hard to forget! PUB 1842 is an American pub featuring a wide selection of global beers, unique cocktails and hand-crafted provisions. This is a place to have fun, smile and toast the everyday with a full beer in hand-and preferably a shot of whiskey too.

Chef Anthon Schutz’s exceptional management skills and passion for quality and service led him to his current role as executive chef of Michael Mina’s casual concept, PUB 1842 at MGM Grand where he continues to demonstrate his love of cooking nightly. “I am lucky to be surrounded by very talented people who all have the same goal. We want to be the best and know we can make our restaurant one of the best in Las Vegas.” Follow Pub 1842 and the MGM Grand on Twitter.

MGM Grand - Pub 1842 - Peanut  Butter Crunch Burger (square) - Credit Gary FX LaMorte
Serves: 4


For the Bacon Marmalade (Makes 1 lb. enough for 10 Burgers)

1 lb. Bacon
3 Tbsp. Brandy
6 Tbsp. Sherry Vinegar
1 Cup Yellow Onions, Sweet, diced
½ Cup Shallot
4 sprigs Thyme leaves
½ Cup Light Brown Sugar
4 Tbsp. Coleman’s Dry Yellow Mustard Powder
½ Tbsp. Salt
1 tsp. Black Pepper

For the Pimiento Cheese Spread (Makes 1 lb. enough for 10 Burgers)

½ cup canned Piquillo peppers, drained and chopped
½ cup roasted garlic
1/4 Tbsp. Paprika
1 Tbsp. Hot Sauce, such as Crystal’s or Frank’s
1 ½ Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
½ Cup Heavyweight Mayonnaise
1 Cup Cheddar Cheese

For the Burger

Four 8 oz. Burger patty
3 cups Ridged Potato Chips
4 Burger Buns, Sliced
8 Tbsp. Crunchy Peanut Butter, room temperature
2 Dill Pickles, cut in half
4 Pepperoncinis
12 Tbsp. Pimiento cheese spread (see included recipe)
12 Tbsp. Bacon Marmalade (see included recipe)


To make the Pimiento Cheese Spread

Shred cheese and rough chop pimientos
Smash and rough chop garlic
Combine mixture with paprika, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and mayonnaise.
Let the flavors combine overnight.

To Make the Bacon Marmalade

1. Dice the bacon well and add to a large shallow saucepan. Simmer the bacon in 5 ½ cups of water. Cook until all the water has been evaporated and the bacon is rendering in its own Fat.
2. Once the bacon has rendered 80% of the way pull 75% of the bacon out of the pan and spread it out on a sheet pan with parchment underneath. Cook the 75% of the bacon in a convection oven at 350? for 7 minutes until the bacon starts to become crispy. Pull the bacon out and let rest at room temperature to bring to a full crisp.
3. Add the shallots and onions to the saucepan and cook until translucent. Add the brandy and sherry vinegar and de-glaze the pan.
4. Add the brown sugar, salt, black pepper, and mustard powder. Mix it thoroughly and bring the liquid down to au reduce. Add the thyme leaves and set aside.
5. Take the shallot, onion and bacon mixture and put it into a food processor and blend thoroughly into a pulp. Place the pulp into a large bowl and fold in the crispy bacon.
6. Spread on a sheet tray to cool.

To assemble the burger
1. Season your patties with salt and cracked black pepper, grill, and rest.
2. Spread tempered butter on your buns and toast.
3. Spread 3 tablespoons of bacon marmalade on bottom bun, and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on top bun.
4. Top burger with 3 tablespoons of pimiento cheese.
5. Assembly Sequence: bottom bun with bacon jam, burger patty with pimento cheese, ridged chips, top bun with peanut butter.

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International Bacon Day


I’m sorry, I don’t mean to shout, but I can’t help it… International Bacon Day is coming up!! I’m excited. Are you excited? You should be excited! It comes but once a year, folks. Like Christmas. Or Super Bowl Sunday. Or Thanksgiving. Only this holiday is ALL ABOUT THE BACON. One day a year to truly celebrate your love for bacon. Think of all the turkey you eat on Thanksgiving–and you don’t even really like turkey!

But you love bacon, and you need to do right by bacon on bacon’s special day. Don’t hold back on bacon’s holiday. Break out of your usual bacon routine. Give everything you can to bacon on this day of all days, and make bacon proud. Fryin’ up some store-bought bacon and eating it with your eggs isn’t gonna cut it. Not this time. Not on Bacon’s Day!

If you’re wondering how you can do right by bacon, I’ll tell you how. I’ll give you 10 glorious ways to indulge your bacon love and spread the bacon joy this International Bacon Day!

10. Cure Your Own Bacon
9. Eat Bacon With Every Meal
8. Join a Bacon of the Month Club
7. Introduce a vegetarian to vegetarian “bacon” products
6. Make Bacon-Infused Bourbon
5. Cook a Recipe from “Bacon Nation”
4. Make a Bacon Dessert
3. Throw a Bacon Tasting Party
2. Create Your Own Bacon Recipe
1. Attend the Bacon Festival in San Diego.

10. Cure your own bacon

It’s not hard to make your own bacon. Really, it’s not. Imagine being able to determine exactly how your bacon tastes, and exactly how thick each slice is. It all starts with an uncured slab of bacon. You can get one at your grocery store or from your local butcher. He or she will probably be so happy that you’re asking for a slab of bacon, they’ll probably strike up a conversation with you about it and offer their advice on how to cure it. Or you can read this previous post about how to cure bacon.


9. Eat Bacon With Every Meal

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Start off the morning by cookin’ up a pound (or 2 or 3 or 7) of bacon and add it to your meals throughout the day. Bacon and eggs for breakfast. A BBBBBLT for lunch. Candied bacon for a snack and some bacon-wrapped filet for dinner. See how easy it is? Want someone else to cook for you on Bacon Day? Use the new Wordmap on Yelp to find the bacon in your neighborhood!

8. Join a Bacon of the Month Club

Is there anything better than getting bacon delivered to you every month? There’s really nothing better that I can think of. Unless magical bacon elves could also show up at your door and cook the bacon for you… Get your hooves on a Bacon of the Month Club!

bacon of the month club

7. Introduce a vegetarian to vegetarian “bacon” products

Did you know there are lots of “bacon” products that have no actual bacon in them? Here’s a list of non-meatatarian products that your vegetarian friends would love to know about. Bacon hot sauce, bacon flavored syrup, bacon seasoning, bacon popcorn, bacon cheese straws, bacon soda, bacon pretzels, bacon lip balm, bacon dental floss, bacon cologne, bacon soda and bacon soap!

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6. Make Bacon-Infused Bourbon

If you’re a bacon fan and a cocktail drinker, you’ve gotta try making bacon-infused bourbon. Read our previous post on the process here. Not a bourbon fan? Just use your favorite type of alcohol and create your own bacon cocktail concoctions.


Bacon Manhattan

Credit: Toasted Oak Restaurant – Novi, MI

5. Cook a Recipe from “Bacon Nation”

Are all of your bacon ideas dried up in the recipe department? Order a copy of “Bacon Nation” and find 125 new bacony good recipes to inspire you in the kitchen! Like Bacon Peanut Toffee, or Bacon Swizzle Sticks.

Chocolate Peanut Bacon Toffee pg 278  Bacon Swizzle Stick pg 19

Credit: Bacon Nation Cook Book

4. Make a Bacon Dessert

If you’ve never tried a bacon dessert, what are you waiting for? If you think that bacon and sweets don’t go together, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Because savory salty bacon just loves some sweet sugar accompaniment. For those who love dark chocolate and nuts in their dessert, try our Bacon Almond Fudge recipe. Need a gluten-free recipe? Try our Peanut Butter & Bacon Cookies! Or go All-American with our Bacon Weave Apple Pie. Or try Maple Bacon Caramels.

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3. Throw a Bacon Tasting Party

When the theme is Bacon, there’s no limit to the types of parties that you can throw. Have a bacon tasting party! Buy several different types of bacon, cook them up, and sample all the different flavors of bacon. Pair each one with a specific dish or appetizer. Or pair bacon and wine. Or bacon and beer! Or bacon and cocktails, utilizing some of that bacon infused-booze you created in #6 (see above). Here are some appetizers we made at our last Tasting Party.

2. Create Your Own Bacon Recipe

What’s your second favorite food? You know, the one that comes right after bacon? Okay, whatever that food is, imagine how much better it would be with your first favorite food. If you answered “chocolate,” make some chocolate covered bacon. If you said “cheese,” make some cheesy bacon bombs. If you said PB&J, make a PBB&J. Heck, make a PBBBBBB&J! On Bacon’s holiday, it’s okay to go crazy! Here are a couple of favorite recent recipes from other blogs to help inspire you.


Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf “Cupcakes” from



Bacon Chocolate Mocha Ice Cream Cake from

1.Attend the Bacon Festival in San Diego

Is there any better place to be on International Bacon Day than a Bacon Festival? None that we can think of. If you’re lucky enough to live in the San Diego area, the San Diego Bacon Fest is THE place to be on Bacon Day. Or if you’re on the east coast, you can head to the BaconFest VA in Roanoke, Virginia.

We want to hear how YOU will be celebrating International Bacon Day this year. Leave your ideas and photos in the comments section.

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Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball


Yep, that’s right. This recipe is a giant ball of bacon and cheese. What’s not to love? And if you’re a bacon-loving turophile (a cheese fancier), like I am, then you’re probably already planning out your next party just so you can make one of these tasty cheese balls and celebrate it’s deliciousness with your friends and family. I mean, it’s a wonderful cheese ball, but it’s not like I’m going to eat the whole thing in one sitting… *checks to make sure no one is looking, eats a chunk of cheese ball* Actually, never mind. you don’t even need to throw a party. Go on, make one for yourself! There’s no shame in eating the whole ball of cheese, right? Right…?! *eats another chunk of cheese* Mmm.



Two 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
One 1 oz. package Ranch dressing mix
2 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 ½ cups chopped pecans
1 cup cooked, finely chopped bacon
6 Ritz crackers (crushed)


In a medium-sized bowl, mash cream cheese. Add the Ranch dressing mix, cheddar cheese, and bacon bits to the cream cheese and stir.

Crush the 6 Ritz crackers and mix them with the chopped pecans in a small bowl. Shape the cream cheese mixture into a ball, and roll the ball in the chopped nut mixture until it’s evenly covered.

Cover and refrigerate until the ball is firm, about 1 hour. Serve with more Ritz crackers. Enjoy!


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