A true bacon fan lives by the motto that “Bacon makes everything better.” But there are some bacon lovers that draw the line at certain things, assuming that there are actually some things that bacon could never improve. Take kangaroo, for example. Does bacon have it in its power to make kangaroo better?
The California restaurant chain Slater’s 50/50 has been pushing the “bacon makes everything better” boundary for a while now. Their burgers are innovative and creative. Their latest is the ‘Roo Burger. It’s a 50% bacon, 50% kangaroo patty topped with brie, thick-cut bacon, huckleberry ketchup, crushed macadamia ricotta, and pickled radishes served up on a honey-wheat but. Such a description was worth making a 2.5 hour drive to discover if bacon could make ‘roo truly better.
I’m happy to report that bacon doesn’t make kangaroo better; it makes it phenomenal. The ground bacon fattened up the lean ‘roo meat, combining to make a burger patty that was tasty, juicy, meaty, and nearly fork-tender. It was one of the moistest burgers I’ve ever eaten. The additional ingredients added layers of richness, sweetness, tartness, creaminess, and savoryness to create a combo of flavors designed with the foodie in mind.
A burger like this gives me a sense of pride about the direction that bacon fans like Slater’s 50/50 are takin’ bacon. Bacon doesn’t just make everything better, but it does so in different ways and on different levels, depending on the person. My dining companion, more of a traditionalist, inhaled his B’ B’ B’ Bacon Burger, made with a 50% bacon, 50% beef patty, a sunny-side-up egg, thick-cut bacon and bacon island dressing on a bacon pretzel bun. We were both in agreement that bacon always makes dessert better; hence we had to order both the Bacon Brownie and the Bacon Blondie.
Here at Bacon Today, we continue to watch bacon’s evolution with the expectation that no bacon boundary will be reached. What about you, bacon fans? Have you discovered your own limit yet? Leave a comment if you are of the opinion that there are some things bacon can’t make better.