Southern Style Pulled Pork!

I’ll dedicate this video to bacon’s first cousin, pork loin. I love good barbecue, and this slow cook  method is super easy to do. Slow cookers are great because you can “set it and forget it” — the units are foolproof. It’s a versatile, inexpensive appliance to have in your kitchen, so consider buying one if you don’t already have one on hand.

A key for these pulled pork sandwiches is to use a bun that can stand up to the BBQ sauce, pork and cole slaw, because it’s downright frustrating to have your bun disintegrate two bites into the meal! Adjust the brown sugar, the hot sauce and red pepper flakes to your liking, and…don’t forget to add smoked bacon to your beans to finish off this dish!


I May Have To Hide This…

A pretty cool bacon fat strainer/grease keeper that I just picked up. Wife will not approve — shhhhhhhhh, let’s just keep this to ourselves for now, shall we? You may learn more about it here.

These strainers/grease keepers are popular, replacing the old coffee can as the repository for bacon grease and meat drippings. People routinely kept bacon grease and drippings through the 60′s  — although the die-hards never gave up the practice, bless ‘em.  For most folks, more advanced cooking choices and healthier eating habits eventually relegated those old Folger’s cans to the landfill. Now, with meat candy’s resurgence, the need for such containers is growing!

Here’s an interesting aside… Did you know that during World War II, the government requested that citizens save their bacon grease and meat drippings for contribution to the war effort? The drippings and grease make  glycerine,  which makes dynamite. One pound of grease/drippings equals one pound of explosive. Who knew that extra strip of bacon or two made you a patriot!

Check out this 1940′s Disney cartoon — even Pluto understood the sacrifice…






Huevos Rancheros with Bacon!

Huevos Rancheros. One of my all time favorites, and I will eat it any time, anywhere — breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Back in the Pleistocene Epoch, it was my traditional breakfast after a sunrise surf session. Now, waking up on a lazy Sunday morning and re-creating this all-time classic reminds me of my youth, and those times when I didn’t have a care in the world. It still is a great way to start the day. And bacon makes it better!


Chinese BBQ Sauce Glazed Salmon… and bacon!

I’ve served this dish many times, and it is always well received. The salmon and bacon really complement each other, and the sweet Chinese BBQ sauce brings it all together. You may have difficulty finding an acceptable store-bought Chinese BBQ sauce in your area — not all grocery stores stock them — so check out an Asian food market if there is one near you. I found this recipe in the cook book, Seduced by Bacon: Recipes & Lore About America’s Favorite Indulgence and I’ve included the author’s recipe for a homemade BBQ sauce that you may try instead of a packaged sauce on the recipe page.

Let’s Cook Some Bacon!

Cooking bacon is not rocket science, but it is an art. I created this video to show you three different ways that I like to cook bacon — and sorry, nuking bacon in the microwave doesn’t do it for me. Petrified bacon is nasty, but if that’s your thing…well, it’s cool. Please check out the video and tell me your favorite way to cook bacon!