Who’s the Bacon King?

September 9, 2010 5:05 am Published by Leave your thoughts

With numerous bacon-oriented events popping up around the country, we raise the question “Who is the Bacon King?”  There seem to be two cities battling for the illustrious title of Bacon King: Pittsburgh VS. Columbus.

Here’s why we think Pittsburgh may be in the lead…

Pittsburgh events:

Earlier in August Mr. Baconpants presented Bacon Bash in Pittsburgh, PA.  Mr. Baconpants, a bacon blogger who actually wears bacon printed pants, encouraged “baco-holics” of all ages to celebrate their favorite food.  Bacon fanatics gathered at Bacon Bash to enjoy unique bacon dishes and observe or partake in a bacon-eating competition.  The shocking contender in the bacon-eating competition was a 12 year-old girl.  Covered head to toe in bacon tattoos, she must have intimidated the competition.  She took third place only two ounces short of the champion!  The winner, AJ Doyle, consumed over 2.5 lbs of bacon in 3 minutes.  He ended up giving his prize, a year’s supply of Sugardale bacon, to the impressive 12-year old challenger for her remarkable showing.

Bacon Bash offers samples of Sugardale’s Bacon and Blue Dip

Have a unique bacon recipe?  Later in the fall Sugardale Foods is holding The Great Sugardale BAC-ON, a bacon cooking competition.  You can enter your original bacon recipe now in one of three categories:

  • Appetizer/Sides/Entertaining
  • Main Dish
  • Ready Bacon®

Recipe entry closes on September 26th, so make sure to get your recipes in soon!  Judges will consider first impression, taste, overall impression, originality, and presentation.  If your recipe is selected you can cook your unique bacon dish on stage at GoodTaste! Pittsburgh on November 6th.  Second and third place runner-ups in the final contest will receive $500 and a year’s supply of Sugardale bacon.  The overall winner receives $3,000 and the title of the Grand BAC-ON Champion!

Pittsburgh’s Harris Grill is embracing America’s love affair with bacon too.  The Grill hosts “Tuesday is Bacon Night” where bacon is free at the bar from the end of happy hour ‘til the pigs go home.  They even sell t-shirts that say “I’ve got 99 problems, but bacon ain’t one”.

Columbus events:

On International Bacon Day, this past Saturday, Columbus hosted Bacon Camp at the North Market.  It featured a bacon culinary contest with dishes such as Bacon Apple Pie, Bacon Logs, Bacon Baklava, and the winner, Bacon Fried Rice.  The event also had a bacon arts and crafts competition with entries like “Bacon and Legs” and homemade bacon cufflinks.

“Bacon and Legs” by Kellie Godart

Bacon Camp was so popular that it sold out within an hour of its start time, attracting numerous foodies from the Columbus area. The event was undoubtedly a proper way to celebrate the day.

Bacon Apple Pie Samples

Dirty Frank’s is reason enough to visit Ohio.  At this hot dog palace, they love to wrap bacon around their hotdogs.  They have an entire section on the menu entitled “Viva Baconia!” which includes “The Doginator”.  The Doginator is a bacon-wrapped hot dog with beef brisket, barbeque sauce, cheddar and onion rings.  Unreal.

Who do you think deserves the title of Bacon King?

For more bacon events check out the Bacon Events Page.


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