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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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  1. August 18, 2009

    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. August 18, 2009

    holy bacon feast! all of those photos look so tantalizing

  3. August 18, 2009

    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.

  4. August 18, 2009

    Love all of the ideas! Thanks for the linky love :)

  5. Maids permalink*
    August 18, 2009

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

  6. August 18, 2009

    now i know i was raised jewish, but what does a stick of bacon mean?

  7. August 18, 2009

    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.

  8. August 18, 2009

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

  9. August 18, 2009

    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.

  10. August 18, 2009

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

  11. August 18, 2009

    Oh. My. Goodness.



    p.s. thanks for the mention!!

  12. August 18, 2009

    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.

  13. August 18, 2009

    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.

  14. August 18, 2009

    Thanks for the link!!

  15. August 18, 2009

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

  16. MonkeyBoy permalink
    August 18, 2009

    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.

  17. August 18, 2009

    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.

  18. August 18, 2009

    a strip? stack lots of strips and you’ll get a stick, a block, a slab, a truckload? the more, the better :)

  19. August 18, 2009

    Now in rapturous swoon on floor, smelling imaginary bacon.

  20. August 19, 2009

    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

  21. August 19, 2009

    I just made a bacon martini that would fit well in this list…go bacon!

  22. August 19, 2009

    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 :D

  23. August 19, 2009

    Thanks for the plug – mmmmMMMMM Bacon! It’s everyone’s FAVORITE!

  24. August 19, 2009

    Has anyone else ever had David Hasselhoff appear on their bacon-wrapped jalapeno?

  25. tvff permalink*
    August 19, 2009

    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.

  26. August 19, 2009

    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.

  27. August 19, 2009

    I second the bacon party idea. And invite myself to attend.

  28. August 19, 2009

    Thank you for saving the bacon-sushi, aka the best, for last! How high-end!

  29. August 19, 2009

    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:

    Or bread stick things:

    Or tomato sauce:

    Not that I make a lot of stuff with bacon, mind you…

  30. August 19, 2009

    Just a bit of self-promotion, but we’d love to have you all come browse the Bacon Mat Gallery!

  31. anonymous permalink
    August 19, 2009

    how about Kevin?

  32. August 20, 2009

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

  33. August 20, 2009

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

  34. August 20, 2009

    Bacon + soap = bacon soap.

  35. Barry permalink
    August 20, 2009

    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!!!!

  36. Roland Higginbotham permalink
    August 20, 2009

    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 !

  37. August 20, 2009

    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.

  38. August 21, 2009

    Linguine with clams, bacon, and parsley:

    (It contains more than one strip, though…)

  39. Alexandra permalink
    August 21, 2009

    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!

  40. Melissa permalink
    August 21, 2009

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

  41. August 21, 2009

    Bacon. Will. Never. Die.

    Greater words were never spoken.

  42. August 21, 2009

    Slight mod on the Bacon Explosion…the bacon cheeseburger explosion ->

  43. August 22, 2009

    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)

  44. August 26, 2009

    Your website made me hungry for bacon! Bacon is good food.

  45. August 26, 2009


    Deep fried bacon? That is something that I could get into.

  46. August 26, 2009

    very good!

  47. Leonk permalink
    August 28, 2009

    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)

  48. Ronda permalink
    August 28, 2009

    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!

  49. August 28, 2009

    You are my hero! There’s some darn good stuff in there (and way to go on the hard work)!


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