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100 Ways to Use a Strip of Bacon

Posted by on August 18 2009 in Bacon, Featured, Personal, Pig

Long-time readers know that, like most of the western world, I’m obsessed with bacon. There’s just something about this salty, smoky, crispy, fatty, forbidden treat that elicits a drool factor no other food can equal. In recent years, food bloggers have taken bacon to new heights, helping us see how this beloved breakfast meat can be incorporated into nearly every dish imaginable. It’s been bacon for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks.

However, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend creeping up in the blogosphere: the bacon backlash. “Bacon has jumped the shark” opines Grub Street. “Bacon is Dead,” says J-Walk. “BLAME BACON,” yells So Good. I have four words for all you bacon haters: Bacon. Will. Never. Die. Fine, the bacon lube and bacon bras are a little creepy. Maybe we’ve gone too far when we’re literally trying to screw bacon. But I steadfastly refuse to stop eating it in every form imaginable.

So to celebrate the endless survival of bacon, I’ve compiled this handy chart of 100 Ways to Use a Strip of Bacon. From bacon apple pie to bacon guacamole, bacon pickles, bacon marshmallows, and yes, even bacon-wrapped tofu, here are the 100 most glorious ways to enjoy god’s greatest gift to tastebuds. But please, folks — try not to hump the computer screen. The bacon haters are watching.

Click on the photos for full recipes.

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PS – What did we miss? Have a recipe that does right by bacon? Drop your link in the comments. If your photo makes us drool, we’ll add it to the list.

Also on ES: 100 Ways to Cook an Egg
100 Ways to Cook with Guinness
100 Ways to Cook with Sriracha

More Bacon: Recipes, raves and other bacon bits in Endless Bacon.

Update! Thanks for all your tips – even more ways to love your bacon:






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109 Responses leave one →
  1. August 29, 2009

    Bacon should be considered Currency!

  2. August 29, 2009

    Thanks for the wrap up! Here’s another great one, Top Chef Stephanie Izard’s mac and cheese with apples and bacon:

  3. August 31, 2009

    Ha ha – actually “bacon on a stick” is something of an inside joke in our family. Goes back to a very old traditional way of cooking bacon over a campfire. Try it sometime – you’ll love it!

  4. August 31, 2009

    Bacon Wrapped Roasted Peaches and Arugula salad

  5. September 2, 2009

    I’ll have to take a picture the next time I make it.
    Mash garlic/salt/pepper together. Rub [raw] bacon with it, as well as a nice bottom round roast. Stab roast all over like it owes you a dollar. Stuff stab wounds with pieces of bacon. Sear all over. Put in a pot with potatoes, carrots, and a quarter of an onion. Cook until tender, slice, serve. It’s called a lit rocket in Mexican cuisine and it’s amazing.

  6. Kacie S permalink
    September 4, 2009


    But I see no drinks, only pumpkin soup in cups!

  7. Andy F permalink
    September 5, 2009

    Don’t forget the bacon maple bar from Voodoo Doughnuts (that apparently inspired the french toast and bacon cupcakes above)

  8. Diane permalink
    September 5, 2009

    Oh God, this is some awesome food porn! Thank you for posting this…

  9. gilcarvr permalink
    September 5, 2009

    i can feel my arteries closing and my heart atrophying as i type…

  10. yumm permalink
    September 5, 2009

    I made some bacon after reading this wit honey, brown sugar, and cinnamon. It was weird, I never had bacon like that but it was pretty good.

  11. September 6, 2009

    Not much of a picture, but I recently made bacon-cheese rolls:

  12. September 8, 2009

    Just posted the photos and recipe for Bacon Salted Caramel Pecan Bars.

  13. Lora permalink
    September 14, 2009

    Just wondering, is there something wrong with a good old fashioned BLT? Nothing, but nothing, is better than a few crispy strips of bacon layered on lightly toasted white bread with crunchy lettuce and juicy tomato, sprinkled with salt and pepper and slathered with mayo….excuse me, I’m drooling…

  14. Harlequin permalink
    September 17, 2009

    Peanut butter and jelly and banana and bacon sandwiches. That’s a PB&J&B&B. Best sandwich I’ve ever had.

  15. Emily permalink
    September 18, 2009

    At my house, I drape bacon all over a chicken or turkey bound to be roasted. In the heat of the oven, the bacon fat melts and bastes the chicken/turkey. Take the bacon off 2/3 through cooking time, and you end up with chickenbacon (delish), and a perfectly moist chicken. MMM-mmm.

  16. September 18, 2009

    Sweet Jesus, I’m drooling uncontrolably now.

  17. Alex permalink
    September 19, 2009

    I have to say, I’m a vegetarian, and all these look AMAZING. I hate vegetarians that judge others for still eating meat, it took me so long to give it up, and bacon was a primary reason for that. My point is, if bacon is your only reason for continuing consumption of meat, I understand. It’s delicious.

  18. September 22, 2009

    Check out my bacon ice cream recipe!

  19. vstoklosa permalink
    October 11, 2009

    F the shark. Bacon rules. Thanks for this site. Have you ever tried Alton Brown’s recipe for making your own bacon?

  20. Jimbob permalink
    October 25, 2009

    Move over Jesus, bacon is our saviour now.

    Seriously, the smell of cooking bacon is what turned my wife into a carnivore again.

  21. November 10, 2009

    well well well, my little one – I had to share this on FB – the photos and recipes are oinky great! mm mm mm I can smell them from here…. this little piggy went to the market…. this little piggy stayed home, this little piggy wish they had all these recipes, and this little piggy had none, but this little piggy screamed all the heck way to home – since he saw both his father and aunt in the fabulous photos!

  22. January 22, 2010

    Gotta love bacon!

  23. Tagg Gnostic permalink
    June 5, 2010

    Grilled peanut butter, brown sugar and bacon sandwich on whole wheat.
    the only trick is to lightly toast the bread first so it doesn’t get soggy.

  24. August 15, 2010

    Came here via Stumbled Upon. You are a genius.

  25. rizmec permalink
    January 25, 2011

    I have a repertoire of around a hundred appetizers I serve at parties, but by far the most admired, and simplest is “African Rumaki” – or chunks of banana wrapped in bacon, sprinkled with Cayenne pepper and broiled. I first tasted this in the Ivory Coast 20 years ago, and my children now serve it to their thrilled teenage friends…

  26. September 17, 2011

    Thanks for sharing.. Heres my recipe for chocolate covered bacon. Enjoy!

  27. Bacoonnn. :D permalink
    February 12, 2012

    You guys shoulda shown some of the stuff Epic Meal Time does with bacon. Hahaha

  28. February 28, 2012

    How about adding the “scotch egg” with a bacon layer. bacon wrapped egg that is then wrapped with a ground sausage and deep fried. Serve with some HP and delicious.

  29. John permalink
    March 18, 2012

    Google “Benton’s smoky bacon”. Order 4 pounds. When it arrives, fry some. Experience real bacon. Harrington’s Vermont corn cob smoked bacon is also amazing. “Thall shalt have no other bacons before me”.

  30. April 15, 2012

    I just wrote a post about Bacon-Wrapped Dates, they are amazingly delicious. Like, almost started a fight over the last one delicious!

  31. May 3, 2012

    Well bacon isn’t the healthiest food but I have to admit that it boosts flavor in any dish. A scrambled eggs with bacon is so simple but so delicious. And how about scallops, shrimps or asparagus wrapped in bacon. I simply cannot resist bacon!

  32. June 4, 2012

    makes this sketch from the ’90s sketch comedy show The State seem prescient:

    “Bacon, bacon, bacon, I’m makin’ the moves on yooouuuuuuuu! you’re BACOOOOOOOOOONNNN!”

  33. July 4, 2012

    Holy smoked pork product Batman!

  34. August 28, 2012

    these recipes taste like POO

  35. Wesley Mcgraw permalink
    November 2, 2012

    pig candy

  36. November 19, 2012

    I throw an annual Bacon Festival every September and this article may have just won me the grand prize! Thank you!

  37. January 9, 2013

    “100 Ways to Use a Strip of Bacon” was indeed a extremely awesome posting, .
    I hope you keep publishing and I’ll continue reading through! Regards ,Sonya

  38. February 12, 2013

    I am totally loving the bacon bowl filled with salad!!! Now drizzle Carothers’ Olive Oil all over it and YUM! Carothers’ Olive Oil-the best olive oil. REAL olive oil.

  39. June 5, 2014

    WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for bacon recipes

  40. November 24, 2014

    I’m gonna try those :D

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