100 Ways to Use a Strip of Bacon
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.
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:
I love these posts. This is like a heart attack on a page.
I hope you guys keep doing these 100 Ways posts…. very awesome.
holy bacon feast! all of those photos look so tantalizing
I can’t believe there are no bacon cocktails in this list. I don’t have a photo, alas, but I once attended a pork-themed party at which the hosts provided a bowl of coarsely ground real bacon bits to use to rim martini glasses.
Love all of the ideas! Thanks for the linky love 🙂
gross. or in the words of my favorite 1 and 1/2 year old, “Dirty, dirty.”
now i know i was raised jewish, but what does a stick of bacon mean?
lol – I don’t know why I had the word “stick” in my head. I guess they are called strips, huh? worst bacon lover ever.
so yeah, this was like the BEST post I’ve read in a while lol I would marry bacon if I could lol
lol @ gansie I was thinking the same thing but went with it. next up: 100 ways to use a stick of butter? *shrug*
Bacon fried rice. My photos don’t do it justice, but it is the most awesome bacon-related thing I have ever made, and I make a lot of bacon.
It’s funnier if you pretend I wrote “100 ways to use a strip of butter” whoops
Oh. My. Goodness.
p.s. thanks for the mention!!
Holy cow, or is that holy pig. Awesome. I think we need someone to cook each of these bacon dishes and then report back on each one. 100 bacon meals in 100 days.
One of my favourite bacon dishes is to saute with Brussels sprouts. But now I have a new 100 favourite meals.
100 bacon meals in 100 days? Yes. I call the bacon cinnamon buns.
@Peggy- you might be able to marry bacon…did you hear about the woman marrying the roller coaster? Bacon is much more delicious.
Thanks for the link!!
updated to “strip.” Although I stand by the fact that a bacon-wrapped stick would still be pretty tasty.
I took a shot at bacon beer for you, similar in execution to the BLTini you linked a while back. It didn’t quite come off right, the bacon flavor came across more as the burned bits from crispy bacon, not the sweet fatty flavor I was hoping for.
Oh well, guess I’ll have to drink the first batch to empty enough bottles for the second.
Great idea for a post. Thanks for the link too. I had almost forgotten I topped bean soup with crumbled bacon. Now I’m very hungry! I recently heard about bacon stuff brown sugar french toast. That’s my next bacon recipe.
a strip? stack lots of strips and you’ll get a stick, a block, a slab, a truckload? the more, the better 🙂
Now in rapturous swoon on floor, smelling imaginary bacon. http://crankycakes.com/?p=1380
ok i thought you were joking bs, but i really tried to hump my phone when i saw this post. why would you make me suffer knowing that these things are out there and the chances of me eating them are slim? you need to have a bacon party and make a lot of these and invite some of us over..thanks
I just made a bacon martini that would fit well in this list…go bacon!
Bacon. Will. Never. Die. Why some people hate it goes beyond me. If you are watching what you eat or wanna lose weight, just eat less of it, big deal!
Yay my picture made it. Thanks guys for the mention 😀
Thanks for the plug – mmmmMMMMM Bacon! It’s everyone’s FAVORITE!
Has anyone else ever had David Hasselhoff appear on their bacon-wrapped jalapeno? http://www.averagebetty.com/?p=124
For me, the simplest thing on that list may be the most intriguing. The popcorn with bacon might well be the perfect combination. Porky, buttery, salty, crunchy.
I have this post link as my Gchat status, a friend writes me asking: “if i click on your status message, is it going to be work friendly?”
Who knew bacon would have NSFW connotations to it.
I second the bacon party idea. And invite myself to attend.
Thank you for saving the bacon-sushi, aka the best, for last! How high-end!
Yum! Here are some more –> http://listsgalore.blogspot.com/2009/02/11-ways-to-get-more-bacon-into-your.html
Thanks for including me in your list! I must agree, bacon should be in everything. Speaking of which, I didn’t see potato salad in your list: http://icookstuff.blogspot.com/2009/08/red-potato-salad-with-bacon-and-duck.html
Or bread stick things: http://icookstuff.blogspot.com/2009/03/something-to-do-with-leftover-pizza.html
Or tomato sauce: http://icookstuff.blogspot.com/2009/04/spaghetti-al-amatraciana.html
Not that I make a lot of stuff with bacon, mind you…
Just a bit of self-promotion, but we’d love to have you all come browse the Bacon Mat Gallery!
how about Kevin?
After staying up until much too late bookmarking a dozen of these recipes, I’m giving up to go dream of bacon. Fabulous collection!
I love love love bacon too!!! This is an awesome round up! And thanks for including my bacon and egg pies…I’m thrilled! 🙂
Bacon + soap = bacon soap. http://bit.ly/QjvMu
Bacon does not make you fat or cause heart attacks! The whole high carb/low fat nonsense is based on very poor science and is dead wrong. Read Good Calories Bad Calories by Gary Taubes to open your eyes to what utter crap the current diet recommendations are.
All hail BACON!!!!
Man Thanks so Much for the BACON tips I can’t wait to try the Corn on the Cob with Bacon . it probably will taste like Heaven !
I remember reading an article in GQ magazine where this New York restaurant serves bacon tempura. The article said: “What’s better than bacon? Deep fried bacon”, I’ll search for it and post it here.
Linguine with clams, bacon, and parsley: http://www.adinnerparty.net/2009/08/sunday-supper-for-three.html
(It contains more than one strip, though…)
I love dipping my bacon in a mix of ketchup and maple syrup!
Also, bacon in the Cuban rice & bean mix called “Congri” (this can use thick parts of the pork used to make bacon, or pork grinds – but bacon works great too!).
And finally, my grandma used to wrap pitted prunes in bacon and fry them in a little bit of oil until the bacon was cooked – served with a toothpick – delicious!
I just heard that the Brooklyn Brewery is trying to add bacon to beer….
Bacon. Will. Never. Die.
Greater words were never spoken.
Slight mod on the Bacon Explosion…the bacon cheeseburger explosion -> http://burgatory.wordpress.com/2009/05/23/home-cookin-the-burger-explosion/
I can’t believe bacon and cabbage isn’t on here! I’m thoroughly upset that it’s not in the 100! There are so many add-ons to the basic bacon and cabbage recipe that the possibilities are endless. (My latest favorite is bacon and cabbage mixed with buttered extra wide egg noodles. I’ve eaten every week for about 2 months!)
Mmmmm bacon. Now I’m hungry for some. Will have to make a batch in the morning! :o)
Your website made me hungry for bacon! Bacon is good food.
Deep fried bacon? That is something that I could get into.
Bacon Bacon everywhere not a strip to eat,….
all the day we saw this bacon and hearts sink
doesnt rhyme.. but seeing so much bacon enough for a person’s week or maybe months diet, make me mad….. aaaahhh! but its good! crispy bacon doesnt need anything else just keep munching and munching with good friend(to steal her share of bacon as well)
I just today made my daughter’s favorite: Cabbage fried with bacon. Fry 1/2 lb. chopped bacon, drain if you like, add about 1 chopped onion, and fry until onion is nicely carmelized, then add about 1/2 head of chopped cabbage. Our ultimate indulgence!
You are my hero! There’s some darn good stuff in there (and way to go on the hard work)!
Bacon should be considered Currency!
Thanks for the wrap up! Here’s another great one, Top Chef Stephanie Izard’s mac and cheese with apples and bacon: http://www.savory.tv/2009/03/08/stephanie-izard-recipe/
Almond Stuffed Dates with Bacon
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!
Bacon Wrapped Roasted Peaches and Arugula salad
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.
But I see no drinks, only pumpkin soup in cups!
Don’t forget the bacon maple bar from Voodoo Doughnuts (that apparently inspired the french toast and bacon cupcakes above)
Oh God, this is some awesome food porn! Thank you for posting this…
i can feel my arteries closing and my heart atrophying as i type…
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.
Not much of a picture, but I recently made bacon-cheese rolls: http://www.aclearbluesky.net/pivot/entry.php?id=149.
Just posted the photos and recipe for Bacon Salted Caramel Pecan Bars.
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…
Peanut butter and jelly and banana and bacon sandwiches. That’s a PB&J&B&B. Best sandwich I’ve ever had.
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.
Sweet Jesus, I’m drooling uncontrolably now.
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.
Check out my bacon ice cream recipe!
F the shark. Bacon rules. Thanks for this site. Have you ever tried Alton Brown’s recipe for making your own bacon?
Bacon FLow Chart
Move over Jesus, bacon is our saviour now.
Seriously, the smell of cooking bacon is what turned my wife into a carnivore again.
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!
Gotta love bacon!
Does pancetta count? http://thecookmobile.com/pancetta-wrapped-scallops/.
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.
Came here via Stumbled Upon. You are a genius.
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…
Thanks for sharing.. Heres my recipe for chocolate covered bacon. Enjoy!http://www.stonedchef.com/2009/11/chocolate-covered-bacon/
You guys shoulda shown some of the stuff Epic Meal Time does with bacon. Hahaha
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.
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”.
I just wrote a post about Bacon-Wrapped Dates, they are amazingly delicious. Like, almost started a fight over the last one delicious!
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!
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!”
Holy smoked pork product Batman!
these recipes taste like POO
I throw an annual Bacon Festival every September and this article may have just won me the grand prize! Thank you!
“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
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. http://www.carothersoliveoil.com/store.
WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for bacon recipes
I’m gonna try those 😀