Bacon Basics


The cut used to make bacon comes from the side – or belly – of the pig. When it is cured and smoked, it becomes bacon. An abundance of fat gives bacon its sweet flavor and tender crispiness.Bacon is typically sold in slices. Bacon may be packaged in thin slices (about 35 strips per pound), regular slices (about 16-20 strips per pound), or thick slices (about 12-16 strips per pound). Bacon also may be available in slab form, which is one solid piece. Slab bacon usually comes with a rind that is meant to be removed before slicing. Fried, diced bacon rind is known as cracklings.


How to Cook Bacon

Broiling: Place bacon on a jelly-roll pan and cook three inches from the broiler, turning slices at least once. Drain the slices on absorbent paper towels before serving.

Pan-fry: Place bacon slices in an ungreased or lightly greased frying pan over medium heat, turning often to achieve uniform crispness. Drain the slices on absorbent paper towels before serving.

Baking: This is a great way to cook bacon for a large gathering. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lay slices on a roasting rack in a shallow pan to catch the drippings. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

Microwave: Place up to eight slices on a microwaveable rack or plate and cover loosely with absorbent paper towels. Cook on HIGH for six to eight minutes, re-positioning the rack every two minutes.

bigstock-Cooked-Bacon-2696382Though the name may be a bit misleading, Canadian-style bacon, is closer kin to ham than to regular bacon. Canadian-style bacon is fully-cooked, smoked pork loin.

For reference, pancetta is also cut from the belly – like bacon – but is cured and unsmoked. Pancetta is born when pork belly is rubbed with salt or immersed in a brine until the salt completely penetrates the meat. Then the meat is rubbed with aromatic herbs and spices. It is eaten thinly sliced as a cold cut or used to enhance flavor. -See more here.

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Eat Bacon! You Could Live Longer!

A study conducted by researchers at ETH Zurich has concluded that the high levels of Vitamin B3 (known as niacin) in this meat could help you live longer.

To test this, Energy Metabolism Professor Michael Ristow fed roundworms a dose of niacin, discovering that they lived one-tenth longer than those who went without. The vitamin is also rich in the likes of Marmite, paprika, peanuts and sun-dried tomatoes. This is surprisingly contrary to what scientists believed. The standard assumption has been that niacin promotes the formation of “free radicals,” causing faster ageing.

An antioxidant-rich diet has been contradicted by Ristow’s findings, which shows that niacin “tricks the body into believing that it is exercising,” perfect for any particularly lazy individual. (Credit:


Test your skills and cook up your own bacon bites with these recipes. This is just a glimpse of some of the ingenious creations that you’ll be able to taste at the event.

Appetizers/ Sides:

cinnamon rollIKEA’s Bite Size Bacon Cinnamon Roll with Bourbon Glaze
– 6 Cinnamon Rolls – unbaked
– 10 Strips Bacon – cooked through but not crispy
– 3 cups powdered sugar
– ¼ cup Heavy cream
– ¼ to ½ cup Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
– 4TBSP butter
– ½ cup brown sugar
– ½ cup Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
– 1 cup heavy cream
– 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions: Thaw 1 package ready-to-bake cinnamon rolls. Once thawed unroll each roll and cut dough in to five sections. Place cooked bacon on unrolled cinnamon rolls pieces. Re-roll in to small bit size rolls and bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Remove from oven.

Frosting- Mix powered sugar, heavy cream and Fireball. This will make quite a bit of glaze, use for more cinnamon rolls.

Glaze- In a medium pot heat brown sugar, butter, and Fireball until lightly bubbling and all sugar and butter is melted. Wisk in the heavy cream and powdered sugar. Cook for about 10 minutes at a very light simmer until it has a nice caramel consistency. Dip the cinnamon rolls in the glaze and drizzle the frosting over warm rolls and sprinkle with bacon bits and serve.

IKEA’s Bacon Wrapped Meatballs with a Buffalo Trace Lingonberry Glaze

1 bag IKEA Meatballs
1 lb bacon
1 cup strained Lingonberry jam (3 jars)
½ cup Buffalo Trace Bourbon
¼ cup butter
¼ cup brown sugar
½ TBSP cinnamon

Directions: Wrap the bacon around the meatballs and secure with toothpicks. Cook in the oven at 350 for 12 minutes.
– In a medium size pot mix together the strained Lingonberry, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Bring to a light simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
– Put the glaze on the pan of meatballs and return to the oven for 3 minutes.

Bacon Butter Cook 2 slices bacon in a skillet; drain and chop. Blend 1 stick softened butter with the drippings and 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Stir in the chopped bacon.

Bacon Guacamole Mash 2 avocados with 1/2 cup each chopped tomato and cilantro, 1/4 cup each chopped onion and crumbled cooked bacon, 1/2 minced jalapeño, some lime juice and salt.

Cheesy Bacon Popcorn Drizzle 4 cups hot popcorn with 1 tablespoon bacon drippings. Toss with 3 tablespoons crumbled cooked bacon and 1/4 cup each grated parmesan and cheddar.

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Warm Bacon Slaw Cook 6 slices thick-cut bacon in 1 tablespoon olive oil; drain and crumble. Add 1/2 sliced red onion, 1/4 cup each cider vinegar and water, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds to the drippings. Toss with 6 cups shredded cabbage and the bacon.

Bacon Kraut Cook 8 ounces diced Canadian bacon and 1 chopped onion in olive oil. Add 3/4 cup each beer and water, and 1 pound rinsed drained sauerkraut. Simmer 20 minutes.

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Bacon Reuben Spread Russian dressing on rye toast. Top with Bacon Kraut (No. 4) and Swiss cheese. Broil until melted.

Bacon-Apple Sandwiches Spread a split baguette with honey mustard. Fill with cooked bacon, sliced brie and apple, and lettuce; add salt and pepper. Slice.

Cobb Club Spread 3 slices toast with soft blue cheese and mayonnaise. Layer with grilled chicken, cooked bacon, avocado, tomato, romaine and hard-boiled egg to make a double-decker sandwich.

PB&B Sandwich peanut butter, banana and cooked bacon with white bread. Cook in a buttered skillet.