Chocolate Bacon Pecan Pie with Chocolate Whipped Cream

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Did you know that August 20th is National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day? Having National Pecan Pie Day just wasn’t enough. ‘Merica had to come up with CHOCOLATE Pecan Pie Day… Heck yeah we did! I wonder how long we’ll have to wait until National Bacon Chocolate Pecan Pie Day is declared?

Because believe it or not, bacon, chocolate, and pecan pie go together like peas, carrots and Forrest Gump. This pie is filled with layer upon layer of wonderful, sweet and savory flavors. All this nutty, bacon-y, chocolate-y goodness starts with a flaky, buttery crust. Next comes our variation on a traditional pecan pie filling. Adding semi-sweet chocolates, candied bacon, AND smooth bourbon to our toast pecans gives this pie a “Yeah, baby!” flavor explosion. Top this dreamy pie with a dollop of Chocolate Whipped Cream for a pie that is perfection on a plate.

Basic Pie Crust:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 – 4 tablespoons chilled water

Chocolate Bacon-Pecan filling:
3 large eggs
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2/3 cup light or dark corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons melted butter, salted or unsalted
2 tablespoons bourbon
1 1/3 cups toasted pecans, lightly chopped
1/2 cup chopped, candied bacon
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Whipped Cream:
1/2 teaspoon bourbon vanilla extract
3 – 4 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar (or more to taste)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup cold heavy whipping cream

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1. Using a food processor or pastry blender, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add in butter and combine until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsps. water and continue mixing until the dough is crumbly, but holds together. (Add 1 Tbsp. additional water if necessary).

2. Flatten dough into 1″ thick disk and refrigerate for about an hour. You can prepare your other pie filling and whipped cream while you wait.

3. Preheat the oven to 375ºF and position the oven rack in the center of the oven.

4. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, syrup, vanilla, salt, melted butter, and bourbon.

5. Stir in the pecans, candied bacon bits (learn how to make candied bacon HERE), and the chocolate chips. Set aside.

6. Using a chilled whisk, stir together vanilla, sugar, cocoa powder, and 2 Tbsps. of cream in a chilled mixing bowl to form a thick paste.

7. When the cocoa powder is dissolved, add the remaining heavy cream and beat until stiff peaks form. You may also use a hand mixer (be sure the beaters are chilled).

8. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve.

9. Place your pastry dough on a floured surface and roll dough into a 14-inch circle with a floured rolling pin. Place your dough into a 9″ pie plate and gently fit into the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate.

10. Scrape the pie filling into the pie shell and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the filling puffs up slightly but still feels slightly jiggly and moist in the center.

11. Let pie cool completely before slicing. Serve with a dollop of chocolate whipped cream and a sprinkling of chopped candied bacon.

A pie complete with bacon and booze. Alas, a pie that the great Dean Winchester would go to hell and back for.

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Originally posted 2013-08-19 00:55:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How To Celebrate International Bacon Day

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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!”

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

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

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“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.”

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“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!”

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“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.”

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

Welcome to the Relaunch of Mr. Baconpants & Bacon LIVE

Mini Bacon PantsIt’s almost been a year since I last updated this website and it feels good to be back. I had a lot going, like starting my freelance career and getting ready for another announcement coming near the end of this post.

Even with lack of blog updates Sean and I have been still doing Bacon LIVE weekly for our fans. You can find all the shows on uStream.tv. But dont worry about bookmarking that link, because we are now using Google Hangouts to record the show. So make sure you subscribe to my Youtube Channel to get the new shows.

How we record Bacon LIVE is not the only thing has changed. I also made some small changes to the design of the site and removed some pages that where never getting updated.

Sean and I have a lot of new content planned and are excited for the new Google Hangout Bacon LIVE.

Lastly, the biggest change to the site will not be happening till the end of July. Beth and I will be bring a Mr. Baconpants Jr. in to the world. The photo attached to this post are little bacon pants made my Sean’s wife Molly.

I will try not to turn this website in to a daddy blog, but please be ready for a few posts that may feature my new baby. Especially once he can fit in to those pants.

Originally posted 2013-06-14 07:01:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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I ended up in Greek town today and I stopped for lunch at my favourite souvlaki place. Without a doubt, their souvlaki is way better than mine. One of my favourite parts is the tzatziki that they slather all over their perfectly grilled pita. Is so fresh tasting – a wonderful combination with the grilled […]

Originally posted 2012-05-22 15:24:15. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Top 10 2012 Republic of Bacon Recipes

As you know, we here at Republic of Bacon love our bacon recipes, so much that in fact we have our very own Chef Rob creating beautiful recipes full of bacon. With over 100 recipes at our disposal, we have thought it was time to make a list of our top 5 recipes for 2012. […]

Originally posted 2012-11-19 20:12:18. 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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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

Sausages and Baconized Sauerkraut Recipes

It’s 3am. You’ve just got out of your local bar, club or favourite watering hole. You’re staggering clumsily to find some sort of public transportation to take you to your humble abode (because we’re responsible citizens here at the Republic of Bacon, aren’t we?). But something hits you. It hits you right down deep in […]

Originally posted 2012-04-03 16:44:08. Republished by Blog Post Promoter