I am so excited because this weekend the husband and I bought a smoker. We don’t get it until sometime later this week, because we asked the hardware store where we got it from to put it together for us and there’s a waiting list. That is ok though, because that will give me some time to defrost a pork butt I have in my freezer. I want to smoke so many things. The sales person who sold it to us said that he had smoked some macaroni and cheese and I never would have thought about making that in the smoker. I really want to try making my own bacon now. That is the number one thing on my list to smoke.
Speaking of bacon, have you bought my cook book 50 Shades of Bacon yet? You should. This recipe isn’t a recipe that was featured in the cook book but I had to go ahead and make it anyway. Why? Because it had bacon in it, and the recipe only called for 3 ingredients. I love recipes that only have 3 ingredients. Ben really liked this too and he’s not much of a bacon fan as I am.
I’ve seen people put a lot of different types of food in waffle irons. Cinnamon rolls, tator tots, etc… Since I am a bacon fanatic, I thought why not try cooking bacon inside a waffle iron? Sure enough it worked! I placed a sheet tray beneath the waffle iron, just in case any grease had dripped down from the sides of the waffle iron. It was pretty sweet.
Start off with your favorite bacon. I like Oscar Meyer.
Place enough bacon to cover the waffle iron completely and a couple strips on top. Close the waffle iron. Let the waffle iron do it’s thing until the bacon is crispy like this picture below.
I really like those breakfast sandwiches that have egg, sausage, and cheese in them for breakfast. The only bad thing about the frozen ones like Jimmy Dean is all the sodium in just one sandwich. I recently forgot my breakfast one morning, so I went to the gas station across the street from work and grabbed and egg, sausage, and breakfast biscuit. Holy crap! One of those sandwiches a lone had 1100 mg of sodium in it. That is insane for breakfast and pretty much half your days worth of sodium right there.
The thing I like most about being able to make your own breakfast burritos/sandwiches at home is being able to control the sodium content and being able to add in healthier options like veggies and lower sodium products. Those companies that make them sandwiches probably add salt to their eggs and to pretty much everything. I like the addition of avocado to this breakfast burrito. It was really good and satisfying and kept me full for 5 hours!
I normally don’t post any Thanksgiving recipes on my blog because I don’t cook Thanksgiving at all. I normally go over to the in-laws or to my Mom’s house. Usually, I’m asked to bring something with and that is Strawberry Pretzel salad recipe from Paula Deen. Everybody loves it. I decided this year, to do a little bacon inspired Thanksgiving post in honor of 50 Shades of Bacon coming out this year. So far this month we’ve sold over 200 copies of the book!! Thank you to everyone that has been buying it.
This picture has been going around a lot lately. I have no idea where the original source is from. Here’s bacon wrapped turkey. Doesn’t it look delicious?
Many of you may have been wondering why I’ve had so many recipes about bacon lately. Well, I can finally tell every one today. A friend of mine named Ben, sent me a message one day asking me if I’d help him write a cook book called 50 Shades of Bacon. I loved the title of it, and I love bacon, so I said sure why not?! Let’s do this thing. It took a lot of work coming up with 50 different recipes that had bacon in it. There was plenty of bacon cooked and bacon grease used. I had so much in the end, I decided to make a bacon scented candle. Some of the recipes in the book I already have on my website: Bacon Pesto, Bacon and Egg Breakfast Tacos, and Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato sandwich.
This is another recipe from the book: Bacon S’mores. It’s fairly easy to make to. Just dip some bacon in melted chocolate. Wait for it to cool. Make a s’mores like you normally do and use the chocolate covered bacon in place of the chocolate. Mix it up. Use chocolate graham crackers and different flavored marshmallows.
Nutrition info for 1 S’more: Calories: 216.7, Fat 4.7g, Carbs: 41.0g, Fiber: 0.6g, Protein: 2.7g
Here is your chance to win a copy of the book.
1. Leave a comment on my blog with your name and email address and tell me why you love bacon.
I’ve accumulated a lot of bacon fat lately. It’s for a good cause though…. I looked up how to make your own bacon fat scented candle to use some of up. A lot of websites just called for bacon fat. For some reason, I didn’t find that safe though. Melting bacon grease in a jar? That sounds like a fire waiting to happen. Did another search for making your own wax candles and combined the 2 together. The jar ends up smelling like bacon fat in the end. I wanted to make the wax brown, but didn’t want to go out and purchase some of those colored blocks.
Here’s all you do to make your own bacon scented candle.If you go to Michael’s, they have a whole entire section on candle making. I found my beeswax and candle wicks there. Most people have jars and pencils lying around their house already.
1. Melt some wax over a double boiler until the wax is completely melted.
2. While the wax is melting, tie the candle wick to a pencil and let it hang in the jar.
3. Stir in some bacon grease to the candle wax. I used about 2 tablespoons.
4. Slowly add in the wax to the jars.
And there you have it folks. Your own bacon scented candle. Another way to save on all those un-wanted extra calories.
Some of you may know this, but I used to work at at a fast food restaurant called Taco John’s for awhile. That was way back when I was a teenager, and didn’t really care about food then. My taste buds have changed a lot. Back then, I didn’t like re-fried beans at all and I love just about any kind of bean.
Anyways…. these breakfast tacos are a replica of the breakfast tacos that are served there. Taco John’s is famous for their potato oles, and I think Lawry’s seasoning salt is pretty darn close to the seasoning Taco John’s use. Plus, who cares if the tator tots aren’t a circular shape like the potato oles. Nothing has to be perfect, ya know.
This quiche was so yummy. The second day it was better because all the flavors melded together. Not that it wasn’t any good the first day. I’ve tried many other quiche recipes before this one, and I think so … Continue reading →
Bacon Pesto, sounds pretty nuts doesn’t it? In fact it’s not! I thought Bacon Jam was nuts, until I tried it, and it was fantastic. I have come to the conclusion that you can take pretty much any kind of cooking method like say making jam and or a pesto and add in some bacon to it. It will be good no matter what.
This bacon pesto would be good over pasta or just on top of a bagel with cream cheese. It’s kind of rich, cause I used some of the bacon fat that was still dripping from the bacon and a little bit of olive oil to it. The bacon, peanuts, and chives could be blended up together just by themselves, and be used in dips. Yum! So many different things you can make with bacon. The sky is the limit!
I always hate cooking bacon on the stove top. The grease splurts out at you and spatters everywhere on your clothes. There have been times that I’ve had to use Dawn in order to get the bacon grease stains out. All you do is let the Dawn soak on your stained clothes for a couple of days and then throw your clothes item in the laundry.
Cooking bacon in the oven is a lot better way to save all that time trying to save your clothes and the clean up! Oh, the clean up is so much better. Sometimes, I’d just let the bacon grease sit in the pan for a day so that the fat hardens up and the grease is a lot easier to take out of the pan. Oh yah, I have a bacon fat jar…. I’m one of THOSE people.
Here’s how you cook bacon in the oven. Set your oven to 400. 425 if you like your bacon extra crispy. Put some heavy duty tinfoil on a baking sheet. This helps it so that there’s easy clean up in the end. Lay the bacon down on the baking sheet right next to each other.
They can be overlapping too. I’ve done this before and all of the bacon still ends up cooking the same. Bake the bacon, at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. That’s it, and it’s super easy! No more grease splatters or grease stained clothes. You and your wardrobe will be happy!
Homemade bacon bits are so easy to make, if you have certain kitchen tools to make it with. A knife just takes to long to cut up into smaller pieces. I think every home by now has a food processor. If you don’t, go out and buy one. The nicer ones run anywhere from 100 to 150.00 for good brands. I’ve seen them at Wal-Mart for about $20.00 a food processor. The one I have is a 9 quart food processor from Cuisan Art, and I love it. In fact, it just happens to be my favorite tool in the kitchen.
Making your own bacon bits, only works with crispy bacon. If you’re one of those people that don’t like crispy bacon, then I guess you’re out of luck. All you do is cook the bacon until it’s very crispy. Place the bacon, preferably grease drained, in the food processor, and pulse it until the bacon is the size of sea salt. It’s that easy! Store the bacon bits somewhere in your fridge.
Bacon Taco Pizza. It’s a BLT and Taco combined together in pizza form. I made Taco Pasta Bake earlier this week and Taco Pizza today, so I thought I’d continue the Mexican theme for the rest of the week. Who doesn’t like Mexican food?! I was going to use ranch seasoning instead of Taco seasoning, but my husband doesn’t like ranch flavoring at all (weird huh?). You could almost use whatever kind of seasoning packet you like for this pizza. It’s a pretty versatile recipe.