Beer…it’s what’s for Breakfast!

I was catching up on my nerd sites tonight when I came across this…

It may not be pretty now…but in a few weeks it’s going to become a oatmeal, coffee, bacon stout! 

Sean Fallon at Nerd Approved is an avid home brewer with a dream.  That dream, to take three of his favorite things – bacon, coffee and beer – and put them all together in one tasty beverage.

He is chronicalling his brewing experience over the next few weeks over on the site!  TDB wishes you well Sean (and any chance I could get you to send a bottle this way???)

What a week this has been for bacon inginuity.  Colored bacon yesterday, homemade bacon beer today…what glorious idea will come next???

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Originally posted 2010-05-27 20:50:30.

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Originally posted 2013-12-15 01:55:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2732. CHOCOLATE BEER BATTER CUPCAKES with MAPLE BACON FROSTING

makes approximately 24 cupcakes

Cupcakes1 cup Guinness1 stick butter1/2 cup cocoa powder1 cup chocolate chips2 cups flour1-1/2 cups sugar1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda1 teaspoon salt2 eggs2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt1 teaspoon vanilla extract?

Maple-Glazed Bacon?
3 strips bacon
1/3 cup maple syrup?
Frosting?8 oz. block cream cheese, softened1 stick butter, softened1 cup powdered sugar1 tablespoons maple syrup1 teaspoon candied bacon drippings
Preheat oven to 350. Line two muffin tins with cupcake liners and set aside. In a pot or large sauce pan, simmer the beer and butter on medium until butter is completely melted. Add cocoa powder and chocolate chips and stir until your mixture smooth. Take off heat and set aside to cool. In a large bowl, stir eggs and yogurt together until smooth. Slowly add chocolate mixture and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Turn oven up to 375, and line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay your bacon strips across a baking rack and place the rack on the foil-lined baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, brush each strip of bacon with a layer of maple syrup. Bake for 10 minutes, basting strips again about half way into that time. Flip your strips over, baste, and bake for another 10 minutes. Baste your bacon one last time, and stick them back in the oven for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. While your cupcakes and bacon strips are cooling, start making your frosting. In a large bowl, beat together butter and cream cheese until smooth and well-incorporated. Add powdered sugar, maple syrup and bacon grease. Mix until smooth. Spoon frosting ?into a piping bag, and frost each cupcake. Slice one piece of bacon into 1-inch strips and press one piece into each frosted cupcake. Crumble the rest of the candied bacon and sprinkle them on top of the cupcakes. Enjoy immediately, with a big glass of milk.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Tina, Just Putzing Around the Kitchen, June 11, 2012

Originally posted 2012-10-31 08:13:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Better with Bacon – Chocolate Stout Bacon Cake…

This recipe courtesy of FoTDB Chris (SHOUT OUT)!  Link popped up in my Facebook feed and just reading it made my mouth water.  How could this NOT be absolutely delicious??

A little more complicated than the recipes we usually post, but it’s worth it!  Check it after the jump…

Chocolate Stout Bacon Cake

Ingredients (for cake):

2 cups stout (I used Guinness)
2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)
4 cups all purpose flour
4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 large eggs
1 1/3 cups sour cream
1/2 pound cooked bacon, crumbled

Directions (for cake):

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter three 8-inch round cake pans with 2-inch-high sides. Line with parchment paper. Butter paper. OR butter a large bundt pan and line 12 cupcake tins with cupcake papers (I did the bundt cake, came out great)
Bring 2 cups stout and 2 cups butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.
Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in large bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend. Add stout-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed. Add bacon bits. Using rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined. Divide batter equally among prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, about 35 minutes (bundt cake will take longer, maybe 45-50 mins; use the tester). Transfer cakes to rack; cool 10 minutes. Turn cakes out onto rack and cool completely

Ingredients (for stout frosting):

2 cups confectioners’ sugar
6 large marshmallows
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1/3 cup stout
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions (for stout frosting):

Sift the sugar into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
Place the marshmallows, butter, and beer in a medium-size heavy saucepan over low heat. Stir until the marshmallows are melted, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Pour the confectioners’ sugar over the marshmallow mixture. Add the vanilla and stir until the frosting is smooth and satiny. You may need to add extra sugar to get the consistency you want – this comes out more like icing than frosting.
Use at once to frost the top of the cake.

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Originally posted 2011-02-07 21:12:55.

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Better with Bacon – Bacon Beer Cornbread…

That’s right…you heard me correctly…BACON…BEER…CORNBREAD!

Hmmmmm…

I like beer…

I like bacon…

I like cornbread…

WIN!

Bacon Beer Cornbread

Ingredients:

6 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
1 1/2 cups finely ground cornmeal
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 cup of your favorite beer
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup sour cream
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

More photos and directions over at How Sweet It Is. Go visit!

Originally posted 2012-05-17 21:15:48.

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Bacon Lovers Unite For The Big Bite Bacon Fest

Got Porked

The San Diego County Fair welcomes back the 2nd annual Big Bite Bacon Fest for a day of indulgent cuisine, craft beer, and entertainment on July 5.

[San Diego, Calif.] – The Big Bite Bacon Fest returns to The San Diego County Fair on Saturday, July 5 for a deliciously unforgettable day of tastings and entertainment. The scent of sweet and savory bacon delicacies will fill the Del Mar Arena, where guests can indulge in innovative cuisine complimented by an impressive selection of local San Diego craft beer. Bacon-inspired games and pageants will set the tone for the highly anticipated Bacon Dream Wedding and Big Bite Bacon Dish cook-off competition.

Two tasting sessions are available beginning at 11 a.m., and will kick off with opening ceremonies featuring the “Pardoning of The Pig” and “The Bacon Anthem.” Fans of the World Cup can kick back and watch the quarterfinals on the arena jumbotron while sampling lagers and ales from stand out breweries including Ballast Point, Green Flash, Intergalatic, and Pizza Port. Stone Brewery, Coronado Brewery, and several others will also offer tastings to wash down the addictively salty bacon cuisine.

Culinary boundaries are pushed to bacon extremes and allow chefs from across San Diego County to showcase their skills to bacon lovers of all ages. Chef Jesse Lopez will reveal a handful of dishes including Bacon Cheese Balls in Phillo Cups and Bacon Wrapped Siracha Shrimp. Moink Balls (moo + oink) are quickly becoming a staple for bacon lovers and Meat Inc. will be sampling the mouth-watering bacon wrapped meatballs to attendees. Mexico City Cuisine will be dishing up Drunk Chicken & Bacon BBQ, and burger lovers can sample the BBB’ Bacon Burger courtesy of Slater’s 50/50.

Savory delights aren’t the only tasty bites at this year’s BBBF, tantalizing sweet treats are creating quite a buzz. Farrell’s Ice Cream pays homage to The King with their Hunka Hunka Bacon Love Sundae made with butter pecan ice cream, peanut butter, bananas, bacon, chocolate, and caramel sauce. For breakfast lovers, San Diego’s Donut Bar will be serving Vermont Maple Bacon Donuts, echoed by more breakfast inspired cuisine from Yummy Cupcakes who will be sampling Bacon & Pancake Cupcakes.

Guests attending the lunchtime session will swoon over the dream bacon wedding, which will be held during half time of the World Cup quarterfinals. Bride to be Rachel Elkin will say “I do” to her groom Ryan Peters amidst bacon décor and a bacon clad wedding party, with a special guest appearance from a live teacup pig. Onlookers sporting pig noses will cheer on the newlyweds as they head out of the arena in a shower of bacon bits.

The scrumptious bacon tastings will have dinner session guests primed and ready for the Big Bite Bacon Dish live cook-off competition. Three pro finalists, all chefs hailing from San Diego, include Leo Garcia of Mexico City Café, Derek Jaeger of The Cravory, and Matt Ham of La Jolla Brewery. The amateur finalists include San Diego locals Tore Trupiano, Tammy Zeigler, and Juli Hull. Each of the three pro chefs will be paired with one of the amateur chefs and a child chef to compete in the annual Dish contest. Guests can cheer their favorite team to victory for their stake in a prize package that includes $1,500 and automatic entry to the World Food Championship in Las Vegas.

Tickets include unlimited bacon tastings and access to The San Diego County Fair and range from $45 for Sober Pig/Piglets to $75 for 21+ VIP. Prices will increase day of the event. Kids ages 5 and under can attend for free. Ten 3 oz beer samples are included in 21 + ticket prices. VIP’s receive access to the event one hour prior to the general public and can enjoy the exclusive VIP lounge with seating and a private bar. VIP’s will also leave with an exclusive “Swine Swag Bag.”

The Big Bite Bacon Fest continues to earn global attention for irresistible food and outrageous entertainment. Stay tuned for more information on the Big Bite Bacon Fest August 2 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach! For more information about this one-of-a-kind “Foodtainment” event visit www.bigbiteevents.com.

About Big Bite Events
Big Bite Events (BBE) brings a new style of culinary events to “Foodie” communities nationally. BBE is a division of Absolute Event Solutions Inc. (AES) and together have more than 20 years of experience in the event planning industry, developing and managing some of the largest festivals and events in North America. http://bigbiteevents.com

About the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Here comes the FUN! “The Fab Fair” is the theme for the 2014 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons/Sav-on, paying tribute to the British Invasion that revolutionized the music industry 50 years ago in the United States and around the world. The 2014 Fair will feature British Pop Culture, music and exhibitions NEVER BEFORE seen in California. The summer starts with Food, Fun and Frolic at the 2014 San Diego County Fair!
The Fair will open on Saturday June 7 and run through Sunday, July 6; closed on Mondays and the first two Tuesdays. The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County and one of the top 10 Fairs in the United States and Canada, drawing more than 1.4 million visitors annually. Admission is $14 for adults; $8 for ages 6-12 and 62 and older; free for ages 5 and younger. For more information visit, www.sdfair.com

About the Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 14 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

Better with Bacon – Beer & Bacon Deep Fried Doritos…

And we’re back…and on this first day back in civilization (and first day I’ve even bothered to get on the internets) I was blessed with this…

God bless you Dude Foods!

I would totally make these in an instant but unfortunately Better Half is (and has been) pretty adamant about us not having a deep fryer in the house. I’ll just have to admire from afar until I can convince someone else to make these for me. But please, don’t let that stop you from heading over and getting the recipe for this wonderful new marriage of bacon and goodness.

Make it so.

Originally posted 2012-12-11 20:55:20.

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Bacon LIVE: The Crav-O-Meter

On season 5 episode 15 we talked about the Crav-O-Meter test you can take to see how much you crave bacon, we also covered bacon prices, talking bakken, the dangers of cooking bacon, a bacon contest, and a few bacon products like the 1000 bacon strip whopper, Breakfast Cocktails, and Maple bacon Cheesecake.

Go to BaconLIVE.com to learn how to subscribe and/or watch us live Wednesdays at 7pm ET!

Originally posted 2012-06-22 10:33:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter