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.

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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 thoughts on “100 Ways to Use a Strip of Bacon

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. gross. or in the words of my favorite 1 and 1/2 year old, “Dirty, dirty.”

  4. 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.

  5. so yeah, this was like the BEST post I’ve read in a while lol I would marry bacon if I could lol

  6. 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.

  7. It’s funnier if you pretend I wrote “100 ways to use a strip of butter” whoops

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. updated to “strip.” Although I stand by the fact that a bacon-wrapped stick would still be pretty tasty.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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 😀

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. After staying up until much too late bookmarking a dozen of these recipes, I’m giving up to go dream of bacon. Fabulous collection!

  18. I love love love bacon too!!! This is an awesome round up! And thanks for including my bacon and egg pies…I’m thrilled! :)

  19. 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!!!!

  20. 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 !

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. I just heard that the Brooklyn Brewery is trying to add bacon to beer….

  24. 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)

  25. 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)

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