It’s no secret that our blog has been awkwardly quiet for the last couple of months. It pained us to do so, but we took some time off from writing on the internet to spend some extra time fine-tuning our upcoming book. Yes, that’s right…the cookbook that made headlines on Entertainment Weekly has been officially sent to the printers! We’ll keep you posted on all the smoky details as we get closer to the release of BBQ Makes Everything Better, but in the meantime we’re celebrating our return to the blogosphere the only way we know how….with FREE BACON!!!
Recently Oscar Mayer was kind enough to tip us off about their new line of bacon designed specifically for the porkaholic. A one pound package of their new Super Thick Cut Applewood Smoked Bacon contains 9 strips of 1/4 inch thick pork belly, which is twice as thick as regular Oscar Mayer bacon. Besides just telling us about their new product, they also sent over a couple sample packages to run through our test kitchen. The goodie bag also came with six bacon filled recipes courtesy of Chef John Li, Senior Executive Chef of Kraft Foodservice. We opted for the tried and true BLT for our bench-test.
1 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 1/2 tbsp thick and spicy barbecue sauce
4 slices cracked wheat bread, toasted
2 lettuce leaves
2 slices sweet onion
1 tomato, cut into 4 slices
4 slices Oscar Mayer Super Thick Cut Applewood Smoked Bacon, cooked
1. Mix mayo and barbecue sauce; spread onto toast slices.
2. Fill Toast slices with remaining ingredients to make 2 sandwiches.
My first instinct was that 2 slices of bacon could never be enough for a BLT, but the Super Thick Cut Bacon was hearty enough to stand up against a hefty dose of lettuce, tomato, and onion…although I wouldn’t hesitate to add a couple more strips. The bacon was designed to deliver restaurant quality bacon to the comfort of your home, and we definitely think they hit the mark. The thick slices fried crispy on the outside, while the inside had a just the right amount of chewiness. The strips are pulled from high quality cuts of pork, so you can expect a perfect rectangular shape on every piece.
Now that the Super Thick Cut Bacon has passed the kitchen test, it’s time to see how it does in the barbecue pit, and that’s where we need your help. Do you consider yourself a Bacon Explosion expert? Have you perfected your own version of the recipe by adding cheese, peppers, and/or caramelized onions? Have your friends and family come to the realization that Bacon Explosion will be present at EVERY social gathering in which you’re responsible for bringing food? If so, then you’re the exact person we’re looking for. We’re enlisting the help of 4 lucky people to document the Bacon Explosion construction process using Oscar Mayer’s Super Thick Cut Applewood Smoked Bacon. Just post a comment below letting us know why we should mail you coupons for TWO POUNDS OF FREE BACON provided free to us from Oscar Mayer! We’ll select four deserving people with the expectation that they’ll return stories, pictures, and videos that we can share with our readers in an upcoming post.
In completely unrelated (but equally bacon filled) news, Symatec recently launched their “Save Your Bacon with Norton” contest. The anti-virus company is unveiling their new online backup product by asking readers to submit their data-loss horror stories in exchange for a chance to win a year supply of gourmet bacon. We’re pretty sure we’ve got this contest in the bag since we recently fell victim to a hard drive crash and lost ALL of our personal photos, videos, and screenshots from last January’s Bacon Explosion media boom. Best of luck to everyone who chooses to duke it out for the remaining 11 spots!