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Bacon makes everything better, and this is the ultimate bacon book for the ultimate bacon enthusiast! Rocco Loosbrock, owner of the number-one online bacon store and top bacon blogger, and his team serve up 50 mouthwatering recipes. Bacon for breakfast? You bet. Indulge in the Bacon Weave Chorizo Breakfast Burrito or Mocha Latte Bacon Pancakes. Then feast on Bacon Citrus Salad, Bourbon and Bacon Sweet Potatoes, Bacon-Wrapped Fried Ravioli, and Bacon-Wrapped BBQ Meatballs. Don’t forget dessert! Savor the Maple Bacon Macarons or Bourbon Bacon Pecan Bars. Any home cook can make these delicious dishes, ranked on a scale of 1 to 5 bacon strips, from easy to more challenging. Filled with fun infographics, Bacon Freak also suggests the best booze pairings, offers information on curing your own bacon and cooking it perfectly, and includes a handy reference section covering must-visit bacon festivals, food trucks, and restaurants. Here’s everything you need to get your bacon freak on!

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  • 50 SavoryRecipes forthe UltimateEnthusiast

    Rocco Loosbrock, Sara Lewis & Dawn Hubbard

  • ContentsCHAPTER 1Why Bacon? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . viiiWho We Are . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

    CHAPTER 2Bacon 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6Makin Bacon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7Bacon Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13Bacon and Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

    CHAPTER 3Bacon: Its Whats For Brunch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28Bacon Apple Cider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30Bacon Strawberry Hazelnut Spread Crepes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31Bacon Weave Chorizo Breakfast Burrito . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33Bacon Pancake Sausage Stackers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34Mocha Latte Bacon Pancakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36Bacon Bloody Mary Biscuits and Gravy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38Elvis Waffles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40Bacon Orange Marmalade Champagne Muffins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41Boozy Candied Bacon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42Cornish Bacon Pasties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

    CHAPTER 4Comfort Food Mains and Sides. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46Bacon-Wrapped Fried Ravioli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48Bacon is Gouda Scalloped Potatoes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50Fennel Black Pepper Bacon Spread and Sausage Stuffing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51Apple Bacon Chicken Pies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52Bacon Gorgonzola Green Bean Casserole. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54Burger Cheesebacon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57Bacon Shepherds Pie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58Bacon Chili Verde Pulled Pork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60Bacon Beer Stew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61Bourbon and Bacon Sweet Potatoes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62Bacon Citrus Salad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64Bacon Basil Chicken Spiedini . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67Chipotle Bacon Meat Loaf Sandwich . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68Creamy Bacon Lasagna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

    CHAPTER 5Party Hardy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74Bacon Bacon Truck Chili . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76Fully Loaded Bacon Beer Cheese Fries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77Bacon Blackberry Goat Cheese Sliders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

  • ContentsCHAPTER 1Why Bacon? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . viiiWho We Are . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

    CHAPTER 2Bacon 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6Makin Bacon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7Bacon Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13Bacon and Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

    CHAPTER 3Bacon: Its Whats For Brunch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28Bacon Apple Cider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30Bacon Strawberry Hazelnut Spread Crepes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31Bacon Weave Chorizo Breakfast Burrito . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33Bacon Pancake Sausage Stackers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34Mocha Latte Bacon Pancakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36Bacon Bloody Mary Biscuits and Gravy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38Elvis Waffles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40Bacon Orange Marmalade Champagne Muffins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41Boozy Candied Bacon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42Cornish Bacon Pasties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

    CHAPTER 4Comfort Food Mains and Sides. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46Bacon-Wrapped Fried Ravioli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48Bacon is Gouda Scalloped Potatoes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50Fennel Black Pepper Bacon Spread and Sausage Stuffing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51Apple Bacon Chicken Pies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52Bacon Gorgonzola Green Bean Casserole. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54Burger Cheesebacon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57Bacon Shepherds Pie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58Bacon Chili Verde Pulled Pork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60Bacon Beer Stew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61Bourbon and Bacon Sweet Potatoes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62Bacon Citrus Salad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64Bacon Basil Chicken Spiedini . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67Chipotle Bacon Meat Loaf Sandwich . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68Creamy Bacon Lasagna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

    CHAPTER 5Party Hardy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74Bacon Bacon Truck Chili . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76Fully Loaded Bacon Beer Cheese Fries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77Bacon Blackberry Goat Cheese Sliders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

    Bacon Apple Pie Nachos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80Pretzel Bacon Grilled Cheese with Honey Mustard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82Chipotle Bacon Street Tacos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87Mango Mascarpone Bacon Quesadilla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88Bacon-Wrapped BBQ Meatballs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89Bacon-Wrapped Jam Pretzel Bombs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90Juicy Lucy Bacon Fireballs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92The Ultimate Porker Bacon Weave Taco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94Bacon-Wrapped Chili Mango and Pineapple Spears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97Bacon-Wrapped Maple Brie Cheese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

    CHAPTER 6Bacony Deserts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100Deep-Fried, Bacon-Wrapped Brownie Bites. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102Maple Bacon Macarons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104Angry Orchard Crisp Bacon Truffles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108Bourbon Bacon Pecan Bars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110Please, Sir, I Want Smores! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112Bacon Chocolate Challah Bread Pudding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117Bacon Peanut Butter Cup Melt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118Three-Cheese Bacon Peach Cobbler. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120Peanut Butter Candied Bacon Ice Cream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124Maple Bacon Gingerbread Roulade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127After-Dinner Doughnut Holes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130Bacon Mocha Martini . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131Salted Caramel Bacon Pie Bites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

    CHAPTER 7Swine and Wine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136Pork: The Other Bubbly Wine Meat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138Nonsparkling Red and White Wines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139Swine and Suds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139Cider and Swine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

    CHAPTER 8Putting Bacon on the Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146On the Move with Bacon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147Bacon Festivals: The Communal Congress of Carnal Consumption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152The Bacon Takedowns: Master Chef Meets Bacon Fest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154Around the World with Bacon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162

    Metric Conversions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166About the Authors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

  • 32 BACON FREAK

    LEVEL OFDIFFICULTYBacon Weave

    Chorizo Breakfast Burrito

    This breakfast burrito is a carnivores dream come true. The tomato and avocado salsa balances out the heavy, meaty flavors and tones down the spiciness of the chorizo. For those who want

    even more spiciness, add some liberal doses of your favorite bacon-flavored hot sauce.

    WE RECOMMENDBourbon Street Cajun BaconDRINK PAIRINGWho says you cant have beer for breakfast? Pair this with your favorite Mexican pilsner or lager, like Negra Modelo or Pacifico. MAKES1 burritoPREP TIME10 minutesCOOK TIME3540 minutesTOTAL TIME4550 minutes

    1 1012-strip bacon weave, cooked(see page 18)

    avocado, diced tomato, diced 2 tablespoons onion, diced 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro salt and pepper cup chorizo 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup jack cheese, shredded 1 12" tortilla

    1 Prepare the bacon weave by weaving 1012 strips of bacon together. Carefully place the weave on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 375F for 2530 minutes until bacon starts to crisp. Remove from oven and drain on paper towels.

    2 In a small bowl, combine avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro, salt, and pepper to taste. Stir until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.

    3 Cook the chorizo in a skillet over medium heat. When the chorizo is cooked, add the beaten eggs and scramble together. Cook until eggs are cooked through. Add cheese to skillet and remove from heat.

    4 To assemble, lay the bacon weave on top of the tortilla. Spoon the egg mixture in a line in the center of the bacon weave, then top with avocado/tomato mixture and roll into the shape of a burrito. Serve immediately with hot sauce or your favorite salsa.

    33BACON: ItS WHAtS FOR BRUNCH

  • LEVEL OFDIFFICULTYJuicy Lucy

    Bacon Fireballs

    These fireballs have a spicy kick to them! Stuffed with pepper jack cheese and jalapeos, you can make them even spicier by substituting hotter chiles or peppers. Be careful cooking these on the barbecue, though, because bacon grease can easily catch fire.

    WE RECOMMENDCoastal Caliente Jalapeo BaconDRINK PAIRINGTequila shots. Nuff said.MAKES12 fireballsPREP TIME15 minutesCOOK TIME1520 minutesTOTAL TIME3035 minutes

    2 pounds bacon, divided 1 pound ground beef 4 ounces pepper jack cheese,

    shredded 2 jalapeos, seeded and chopped 1 large onion wooden skewers, soaked in water BBQ sauce

    1 Reserve 12 raw strips of bacon and cook the rest until the fat starts to render out, but does not start to crisp. Chop the cooked bacon finely, then combine with ground beef. Form into 12 uniform patties. Spoon some pepper jack cheese and jalapeos onto each patty, then form into a ball, sealing the cheese and jalapeos inside.

    2 Cut off both ends of the onion and cut it in half. Using the smaller layers of onion, cup each fireball in 2 onion halves. Cut the larger layers into 4 pieces and use 2 of these pieces to cup a fireball. Wrap each fireball in 1 strip of uncooked bacon and secure with a wooden skewer.

    3 Brush each of the fireballs with your favorite barbecue sauce, then grill them until the internal temperature reaches 145F, about 1520 minutes. Let them rest for 5 minutes, then serve warm.

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    LEVEL OFDIFFICULTYJuicy Lucy

    Bacon Fireballs

    These fireballs have a spicy kick to them! Stuffed with pepper jack cheese and jalapeos, you can make them even spicier by substituting hotter chiles or peppers. Be careful cooking these on the barbecue, though, because bacon grease can easily catch fire.

    WE RECOMMENDCoastal Caliente Jalapeo BaconDRINK PAIRINGTequila shots. Nuff said.MAKES12 fireballsPREP TIME15 minutesCOOK TIME1520 minutesTOTAL TIME3035 minutes

    2 pounds bacon, divided 1 pound ground beef 4 ounces pepper jack cheese,

    shredded 2 jalapeos, seeded and chopped 1 large onion wooden skewers, soaked in water BBQ sauce

    1 Reserve 12 raw strips of bacon and cook the rest until the fat starts to render out, but does not start to crisp. Chop the cooked bacon finely, then combine with ground beef. Form into 12 uniform patties. Spoon some pepper jack cheese and jalapeos onto each patty, then form into a ball, sealing the cheese and jalapeos inside.

    2 Cut off both ends of the onion and cut it in half. Using the smaller layers of onion, cup each fireball in 2 onion halves. Cut the larger layers into 4 pieces and use 2 of these pieces to cup a fireball. Wrap each fireball in 1 strip of uncooked bacon and secure with a wooden skewer.

    3 Brush each of the fireballs with your favorite barbecue sauce, then grill them until the internal temperature reaches 145F, about 1520 minutes. Let them rest for 5 minutes, then serve warm.

    92 BACON FREAK

    LEVEL OFDIFFICULTYJuicy Lucy

    Bacon Fireballs

    These fireballs have a spicy kick to them! Stuffed with pepper jack cheese and jalapeos, you can make them even spicier by substituting hotter chiles or peppers. Be careful cooking these on the barbecue, though, because bacon grease can easily catch fire.

    WE RECOMMENDCoastal Caliente Jalapeo BaconDRINK PAIRINGTequila shots. Nuff said.MAKES12 fireballsPREP TIME15 minutesCOOK TIME1520 minutesTOTAL TIME3035 minutes

    2 pounds bacon, divided 1 pound ground beef 4 ounces pepper jack cheese,

    shredded 2 jalapeos, seeded and chopped 1 large onion wooden skewers, soaked in water BBQ sauce

    1 Reserve 12 raw strips of bacon and cook the rest until the fat starts to render out, but does not start to crisp. Chop the cooked bacon finely, then combine with ground beef. Form into 12 uniform patties. Spoon some pepper jack cheese and jalapeos onto each patty, then form into a ball, sealing the cheese and jalapeos inside.

    2 Cut off both ends of the onion and cut it in half. Using the smaller layers of onion, cup each fireball in 2 onion halves. Cut the larger layers into 4 pieces and use 2 of these pieces to cup a fireball. Wrap each fireball in 1 strip of uncooked bacon and secure with a wooden skewer.

    3 Brush each of the fireballs with your favorite barbecue sauce, then grill them until the internal temperature reaches 145F, about 1520 minutes. Let them rest for 5 minutes, then serve warm.

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    LEVEL OFDIFFICULTYBacon Weave

    Chorizo Breakfast Burrito

    This breakfast burrito is a carnivores dream come true. The tomato and avocado salsa balances out the heavy, meaty flavors and tones down the spiciness of the chorizo. For those who want

    even more spiciness, add some liberal doses of your favorite bacon-flavored hot sauce.

    WE RECOMMENDBourbon Street Cajun BaconDRINK PAIRINGWho says you cant have beer for breakfast? Pair this with your favorite Mexican pilsner or lager, like Negra Modelo or Pacifico. MAKES1 burritoPREP TIME10 minutesCOOK TIME3540 minutesTOTAL TIME4550 minutes

    1 1012-strip bacon weave, cooked(see page 18)

    avocado, diced tomato, diced 2 tablespoons onion, diced 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro salt and pepper cup chorizo 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup jack cheese, shredded 1 12" tortilla

    1 Prepare the bacon weave by weaving 1012 strips of bacon together. Carefully place the weave on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 375F for 2530 minutes until bacon starts to crisp. Remove from oven and drain on paper towels.

    2 In a small bowl, combine avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro, salt, and pepper to taste. Stir until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.

    3 Cook the chorizo in a skillet over medium heat. When the chorizo is cooked, add the beaten eggs and scramble together. Cook until eggs are cooked through. Add cheese to skillet and remove from heat.

    4 To assemble, lay the bacon weave on top of the tortilla. Spoon the egg mixture in a line in the center of the bacon weave, then top with avocado/tomato mixture and roll into the shape of a burrito. Serve immediately with hot sauce or your favorite salsa.

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    LEVEL OFDIFFICULTYBacon Basil

    Chicken Spiedini

    This recipe is Steven Raichlens. Steven is the author of the Barbecue Biblecookbook series and the host of Project Smoke and Primal Grill on publictelevision. For more awesome barbecue recipes and helpful cooking tips,

    visit his website, Barbecuebible.com.

    WE RECOMMENDPan-Fried Pier Summer Herb BaconDRINK PAIRINGLook for a cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley in France, or New Zealand. Its grassy, smoky, herbal notes complement the basil and the smoked cheese.MAKES12 skewersPREP TIME1520 minutesCOOK TIME15 minutesTOTAL TIME3035 minutes

    1 pounds chicken tenders or boneless skinless chicken breasts

    Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    12 ounces smoked mozzarella 12 wooden skewers, soaked in water 12 large fresh basil leaves 12 strips thin-sliced bacon butchers string 1 12" x 18" piece of aluminum foil,

    folded into thirds, like a business letter

    1 If youre using chicken tenders, remove the sinews. If youre using chicken breasts, cut them into 12 strips of roughly equal size and length. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Slice the cheese into 12 finger-length strips. Skewer each chicken strip lengthwise, starting at one end and running lengthwise to the opposite end. Leave very little of the skewers pointed tip exposed, as it will burn.

    2 Lay a strip of cheese on each chicken skewer. Top with a basil leaf. Secure the basil leaf and cheese to the chicken by wrapping the piece of bacon around each chicken skewer. To keep the bacon from uncoiling as it cooks, tuck the top end of the bacon under the first winding and secure with butchers string.

    3 Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to medium-high.

    4 When youre ready to cook, brush and oil the grill grate. Place the folded aluminum foil grill shield toward the front of the grill grate. Arrange the spiedini on the grill grate, using the grill shield to protect the exposed ends of the skewers. Rotate the skewers every 23 minutes so the bacon browns evenly. If flare-ups occur, pull the spiedini forward so theyre protected by the grill shield. When the fire dies down, return them to their original positions.

    5 Transfer the cooked spiedini to a platter or plates. Serve immediately.

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  • LEVEL OFDIFFICULTYJuicy Lucy

    Bacon Fireballs

    These fireballs have a spicy kick to them! Stuffed with pepper jack cheese and jalapeos, you can make them even spicier by substituting hotter chiles or peppers. Be careful cooking these on the barbecue, though, because bacon grease can easily catch fire.

    WE RECOMMENDCoastal Caliente Jalapeo BaconDRINK PAIRINGTequila shots. Nuff said.MAKES12 fireballsPREP TIME15 minutesCOOK TIME1520 minutesTOTAL TIME3035 minutes

    2 pounds bacon, divided 1 pound ground beef 4 ounces pepper jack cheese,

    shredded 2 jalapeos, seeded and chopped 1 large onion wooden skewers, soaked in water BBQ sauce

    1 Reserve 12 raw strips of bacon and cook the rest until the fat starts to render out, but does not start to crisp. Chop the cooked bacon finely, then combine with ground beef. Form into 12 uniform patties. Spoon some pepper jack cheese and jalapeos onto each patty, then form into a ball, sealing the cheese and jalapeos inside.

    2 Cut off both ends of the onion and cut it in half. Using the smaller layers of onion, cup each fireball in 2 onion halves. Cut the larger layers into 4 pieces and use 2 of these pieces to cup a fireball. Wrap each fireball in 1 strip of uncooked bacon and secure with a wooden skewer.

    3 Brush each of the fireballs with your favorite barbecue sauce, then grill them until the internal temperature reaches 145F, about 1520 minutes. Let them rest for 5 minutes, then serve warm.

    92 BACON FREAK

  • LEVEL OFDIFFICULTYJuicy Lucy

    Bacon Fireballs

    These fireballs have a spicy kick to them! Stuffed with pepper jack cheese and jalapeos, you can make them even spicier by substituting hotter chiles or peppers. Be careful cooking these on the barbecue, though, because bacon grease can easily catch fire.

    WE RECOMMENDCoastal Caliente Jalapeo BaconDRINK PAIRINGTequila shots. Nuff said.MAKES12 fireballsPREP TIME15 minutesCOOK TIME1520 minutesTOTAL TIME3035 minutes

    2 pounds bacon, divided 1 pound ground beef 4 ounces pepper jack cheese,

    shredded 2 jalapeos, seeded and chopped 1 large onion wooden skewers, soaked in water BBQ sauce

    1 Reserve 12 raw strips of bacon and cook the rest until the fat starts to render out, but does not start to crisp. Chop the cooked bacon finely, then combine with ground beef. Form into 12 uniform patties. Spoon some pepper jack cheese and jalapeos onto each patty, then form into a ball, sealing the cheese and jalapeos inside.

    2 Cut off both ends of the onion and cut it in half. Using the smaller layers of onion, cup each fireball in 2 onion halves. Cut the larger layers into 4 pieces and use 2 of these pieces to cup a fireball. Wrap each fireball in 1 strip of uncooked bacon and secure with a wooden skewer.

    3 Brush each of the fireballs with your favorite barbecue sauce, then grill them until the internal temperature reaches 145F, about 1520 minutes. Let them rest for 5 minutes, then serve warm.

    92 BACON FREAK 93PARty HARdy

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    LEVEL OFDIFFICULTYBacon Chocolate

    Challah Bread Pudding

    This recipe is for our Jewish fans who still partake of bacon every now and then. Challahs thick, chewy texture is the ideal vehicle for bread pudding since it doesnt

    get soggy. This recipe is incredibly easy to make and incredibly delicious to eat. Let the dairy come to room temperature so the butter wont solidify when its added.

    WE RECOMMENDBourbon Street Vanilla Bourbon BaconDRINK PAIRINGA smooth nitro stout or milk stout complements the chocolate flavors and richness of the bread pudding. MAKES12 servingsPREP TIME20 minutesCOOK TIME1 hourCOOLING TIME15 minutesTOTAL TIME1 hour, 35 minutes

    1 loaf challah 4 eggs 2 cups 2 percent milk 2 cups half-and-half 1 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract teaspoon salt cup unsalted butter, melted 10 ounces dark chocolate chips 1 pound candied bacon (see

    page 16)

    1 Heat oven to 250F. Cut or tear the challah into 11" chunks. Place pieces of challah in a single layer on baking sheets and toast in the oven for 57 minutes until slightly toasted. Remove from oven and let cool.

    2 In a large bowl, beat the eggs then add the milk, half-and-half, sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and butter, and mix. Add the toasted bread to the liquid and mix until all the bread is wet. Add the chocolate and half the candied bacon until combined. Butter a9" x 13" casserole or baking dish and then add the bread mixture.

    3 Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes before cutting. Top each piece with a dollop of whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate syrup if desired. Sprinkle remaining bacon on top and serve warm.

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  • LEVEL OFDIFFICULTYBacon Weave

    Chorizo Breakfast Burrito

    This breakfast burrito is a carnivores dream come true. The tomato and avocado salsa balances out the heavy, meaty flavors and tones down the spiciness of the chorizo. For those who want

    even more spiciness, add some liberal doses of your favorite bacon-flavored hot sauce.

    WE RECOMMENDBourbon Street Cajun BaconDRINK PAIRINGWho says you cant have beer for breakfast? Pair this with your favorite Mexican pilsner or lager, like Negra Modelo or Pacifico. MAKES1 burritoPREP TIME10 minutesCOOK TIME3540 minutesTOTAL TIME4550 minutes

    1 1012-strip bacon weave, cooked(see page 18)

    avocado, diced tomato, diced 2 tablespoons onion, diced 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro salt and pepper cup chorizo 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup jack cheese, shredded 1 12" tortilla

    1 Prepare the bacon weave by weaving 1012 strips of bacon together. Carefully place the weave on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 375F for 2530 minutes until bacon starts to crisp. Remove from oven and drain on paper towels.

    2 In a small bowl, combine avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro, salt, and pepper to taste. Stir until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.

    3 Cook the chorizo in a skillet over medium heat. When the chorizo is cooked, add the beaten eggs and scramble together. Cook until eggs are cooked through. Add cheese to skillet and remove from heat.

    4 To assemble, lay the bacon weave on top of the tortilla. Spoon the egg mixture in a line in the center of the bacon weave, then top with avocado/tomato mixture and roll into the shape of a burrito. Serve immediately with hot sauce or your favorite salsa.

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    LEVEL OFDIFFICULTYBacon Weave

    Chorizo Breakfast Burrito

    This breakfast burrito is a carnivores dream come true. The tomato and avocado salsa balances out the heavy, meaty flavors and tones down the spiciness of the chorizo. For those who want

    even more spiciness, add some liberal doses of your favorite bacon-flavored hot sauce.

    WE RECOMMENDBourbon Street Cajun BaconDRINK PAIRINGWho says you cant have beer for breakfast? Pair this with your favorite Mexican pilsner or lager, like Negra Modelo or Pacifico. MAKES1 burritoPREP TIME10 minutesCOOK TIME3540 minutesTOTAL TIME4550 minutes

    1 1012-strip bacon weave, cooked(see page 18)

    avocado, diced tomato, diced 2 tablespoons onion, diced 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro salt and pepper cup chorizo 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup jack cheese, shredded 1 12" tortilla

    1 Prepare the bacon weave by weaving 1012 strips of bacon together. Carefully place the weave on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 375F for 2530 minutes until bacon starts to crisp. Remove from oven and drain on paper towels.

    2 In a small bowl, combine avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro, salt, and pepper to taste. Stir until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.

    3 Cook the chorizo in a skillet over medium heat. When the chorizo is cooked, add the beaten eggs and scramble together. Cook until eggs are cooked through. Add cheese to skillet and remove from heat.

    4 To assemble, lay the bacon weave on top of the tortilla. Spoon the egg mixture in a line in the center of the bacon weave, then top with avocado/tomato mixture and roll into the shape of a burrito. Serve immediately with hot sauce or your favorite salsa.

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    November 2016

    Bacon makes everything better, and this is the ultimate bacon book for the ultimate bacon enthusiast! Rocco Loosbrock, owner of the number-one online bacon store and top bacon blogger, and his team serve up 50 mouthwatering recipes. Bacon for breakfast? You bet. Indulge in the Bacon Weave Chorizo Breakfast Burrito or Mocha Latte Bacon Pancakes. Then feast on Bacon Citrus Salad, Bourbon and Bacon Sweet Potatoes, Bacon-Wrapped Fried Ravioli, and Bacon-Wrapped BBQ Meatballs. Dont forget dessert! Savor the Maple Bacon Macarons or Bourbon Bacon Pecan Bars. Any home cook can make these delicious dishes, ranked on a scale of 1 to 5 bacon strips, from easy to more challenging. Filled with fun infographics, Bacon Freak also suggests the best booze pairings, offers information on curing your own bacon and cooking it perfectly, and includes a handy reference section covering must-visit bacon festivals, food trucks, and restaurants. Heres everything you need to get your bacon freak on!

    National print and online publicity campaign Local TV and radio show outreach Digital focus on culinary blogs and websites Heavy promotion on baconfreak.com and authors social media platforms

    Rocco Loosbrock is the owner of Bacon Freak, the number-one online bacon store (baconfreak.com), as well as Bacon Today, one of the top bacon blogs (bacontoday.com). His bacon products have appeared on ABC, the Travel Channels Destination America, Food Network, Fox, NBC, People.com and in Mens Health and Sports Illustrated and numerous other publications. Sara Lewis and Dawn Hubbard work closely with Rocco to sustain Bacon Freaks high standards. They all live in Los Angeles.

    For publicity inquiries, contact Blanca Oliviery at (646) 688-2548 or [email protected]

    DISCLAIMER Reviewers are reminded that changes may be made in this uncorrected proof before books are printed. If any material from the book is to be quoted in a review, the quotation should be checked against the final bound book. Dates, prices, and manufacturing details are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

    November 2016Culinary / Specialty Cookbook $19.95 ($22.95 Canada)Hardcover7 " 8 " 180 pagesISBN 9781454918516