August 31st, 2013
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

It may technically be a Saturday, but it sure feels like Fry-day to us - August 31 is National Bacon Day.

While the bacon craze may have reached peak sizzle in the last decade, with dedicated festivals, bacon-based couture, and appearances in non-breakfast courses from sundaes to cocktails, America's fixation with delicious strips of cured pork is nothing new.

Click through the gallery about for a small taste of some vintage bacon recipes and propaganda from our managing editor's personal cookbook collection.

Eatocracy's best bacon recipes:
Bacon candy
Boar bacon brownies
Boozy, nutty, buttermilk bacon ice cream
Barbecue bacon pig

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  1. GuyJeb

    This Site is wrong.

    National bacon Day is Dec 30th.

    International Bacon Day is What this site is referring to.

    December 31, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
  2. joe

    I love BACON

    December 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
  3. JellyBean

    "Bacon-Prune Sandwich Spread." Never heard of such a thing. Thank you.

    September 9, 2013 at 11:19 am |
  4. Bob

    I was vegan for a decade. It ruined my health. I was tired. Yes, I took supplements. My doctor eventually ordered me to being "eating properly."

    Now that I am back to eating bacon, cheese, eggs, and other meats, I am healthier than I have ever been.

    I am concerned however about our culture's disconnection from the meat we eat, so I've now taken up hunting and fishing. There is nothing quite like killing, cleaning, and cooking the meat that you harvested with your own hands.

    September 2, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      I also like my Soylent Green fresh! Helps to keep the homeless off the streets, too.

      September 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
  5. KODAK

    A nice BLT can get me going. Fresh off the vine tomatoes, outta the garden romaine lettuce, lightly toasted fresh homemade bread, just a smear of mayonnaise on inside of both top and bottom, topped with thick cut barely crisp cooked bacon.....salivating......almost, but not quite, better than sex. :-)

    August 31, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
  6. Primal 4 Life

    I pick the first 5 choices on the list. In fact, I even eat some uncooked on the way home from the butcher. Bacon from properly raised hogs and then cured without chemicals is absolutely healthy. I go through a side a week. I am in the best health of my life.

    I am lucky, I have access to a local butcher who smokes their own bacon in house.

    August 31, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
    • oceanluvver2

      until you fall over from a massive heart attack or colon cancer. go ahead, eat up. then there will be more space for me to live in peace from a world of meat eaters.

      August 31, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
      • bob

        if you arent eating bacon you are living life you are just passing the time till you die.

        August 31, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
      • paul

        everyone in my family is an omnivore and everyone has lived past 85, so you're going to be waiting a long time.

        in the meanwhile we'll be giving you weird, pretentious tree-hugging acid-dropping holier-than-thou freaks a hard time. enjoy! :)

        August 31, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
  7. rswon

    And not one mention of "Bacon Explosion". The bacon wrapped sausage with bacon delight that always leaves you wanting more.

    August 31, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
  8. Ryan

    Bacon causes cancer! Thats why its so good!

    August 31, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
  9. Holly

    These opinions are so funny and so wrong as well. Get a medical book and find out how the body makes cholesterol
    and while you're all at it hit on how much genetics plays on how long your life will be and what kills you. Your ancestors
    have a role in how your life will play out. Go eat all the bacon you want it wont shorten your life one day Bacon is delicious so dont deprive yourself of the pleasure As for swine eating all the stuff mentioned here is so pathetic. Gluttoney is what kills you so shut your mouth at the table. My father died at the ripe old age of 94 and ate whatever he wanted so go enjoy the food you like and have a happy life. You have but one life dont shorten it with negativeness.

    August 31, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • Galaxy Prime

      You either make your money butchering pigs or own a funeral home to suggest people eat all the bacon they want. You're the one who should study medical books and learn that everybody metabolizes fat differently.
      Also, from the Harvard School of Public Health website: "....And the biggest influence on blood cholesterol level is the mix of fats and carbohydrates in your diet—not the amount of cholesterol you eat from food."
      Bacon has a LOT of fat!

      August 31, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
      • Texasmike

        Time for a little psychotherapy, hmm?

        August 31, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • Dan

      Kevin Bacon?

      August 31, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
      • padeic2

        Both the food and the actor can cause chest pains.

        August 31, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
    • Dan

      Almost forgot. Roger Bacon?

      August 31, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • Sandra Taylor

      I agree with Holly! My grandmother and her sisters LOVED bacon. They cooked a whole pound of it and made red beans and rice - fat and all. We made Split Pea Soup with a pound of bacon. Rendering the fat from chopped bacon, then adding chopped onions, bay leaf, garlice, red means, etc., is the BEST meal ever. It was the base for most cooking. I remember having baked potatoes stuffed with bacon and onions. My grandmother was the youngest to die at 98 - her 4 sisters went on to live past 102. They were all in good health. What's killing isn't fat. It's not what's IN the food, it's what "they" ADD to the foods that are killing us. But it keeps the pharmaceutical companies rich and happy so nothing gets done about it. My granny literally had an ice box. She walked to market every single day - it was her daily routine. Her breakfast did not consist of bacon, but a small glass of whiskey with 2 raw eggs.

      August 31, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
      • Carol

        I wish I'd had the opportunity to meet your grandmother and her sisters!

        August 31, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
      • RC

        Damn-talk about breakfast of champions!

        September 3, 2013 at 11:45 am |
  10. Rosstrex

    I used to LOVE Bacon..... until I went Vegan. Now when I see any flesh at all on a plate I can only see dead flesh in a grave. Think about it the meat you are eating is dead flesh and you are part of the decomposition process to that dead body.

    Many of you will say "So what that is your problem buddy"..... Yes, that is exactly what I used to say. I stopped eating meat almost a year ago now... and it is the best thing to happen to me in years. My health has improved beyond what I would have believed. Your health is far more important, please think about it prior to eating meat (dead flesh).

    August 31, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • Edwin

      LOL vegan. I'll respond with the classic "For every animal you don't eat, I'll eat three."

      August 31, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
      • Primal 4 Life

        OH HELL YEAH!!!!!

        August 31, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
      • Tune a fish

        My sentiments. And you sure don't want to be in a public restroom when a vegan's in there...phew

        August 31, 2013 at 6:48 pm |
    • Milton

      I tend towards vegetarianism, but will stray now and then for a nice steak or seafood. Vegan certainly is a healthy way to eat, provided you watch the things you eat and get all the nutrients you need.

      However, the remarks about decomposition are reactionary. All digestion involves decomposition of what you eat by the bacteria in your gut. The same is true for eating plants as for animals.

      August 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
      • Silverwolfy

        Actually vegetarians have one major issue no one mentions, toxic accumulation of pesticides is a real issue and can have effects on not just you but your children and grand children as well due to DNA damage. If the you go vegetarian at least make sure you eat all organic.

        August 31, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
        • Milton

          I don't have a dog in the fight one way or the other, but I do want to point out that your pesticide argument is not negated by eating meat. The animals eat the same grains, etc. and they concentrate the toxins, as well as metabolize them into a number of chemicals that have not been tested for toxicity.

          August 31, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
        • Silverwolfy

          You are correct in a way milton pesticide residue does carry over to the meats you eat as well, though it is at a lower concentration then what is found on fruits vegetables ect. I'm not sure about your comment about changing them into something else as no studies have been done on that. My point is that you shouldn't be vegetarian to be healthy because it can be just as harmful as eating meat. Though nothing is more harmful then processed foods.

          August 31, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
    • CessnaDriver

      Vegetarian: Ancient tribal slang for the village idiot who can't hunt, fish, or ride.

      August 31, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
      • Kumar

        Vegetarian : Village wise man who patiently grows rice & vegetables , sows them , nurtures and them eats them.

        Bacon eater – village idiot who is uncivilized, lazy, lays a trap to an animal , tortures it, and eats its dead flesh.

        August 31, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
        • Edwin

          The torture is what gives it its flavor!

          August 31, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
        • Dan

          I find that if you pummel the pig, with a baseball bat, before butchering it, it gets an extra-juicy texture.

          August 31, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
        • Primal 4 Life

          Typical, ignorant, vegetarian. Only that way to assuage his/her feelings of guilt and no other reason.

          August 31, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
        • Tune a fish

          Happy man: grows the veggies and throws the over ripe stuff to his piggies...then sits down and enjoys both.

          August 31, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
    • Phillip Keenan

      Correct. Eating bacon is wrong, and anyone who eats it should be in prison or executed.

      August 31, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
      • zach

        you should be put in jail or executed for not allowing someone to have an opinion

        August 31, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
        • Phillip Keenan

          No one's not allowing you to have an opinion. You can have an opinion, but once you commit murder, or support it, you should be jailed or executed.

          August 31, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
        • NonVegann

          Posting hysterical hyperbole should be a crime, and you should be in prison or executed.

          September 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
      • Edwin

        Come at me bro

        August 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
      • Milton

        Demonstrate how it is wrong. Don't just give your opinion.....

        August 31, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
        • Phillip Keenan

          It is wrong because it supports taking away innocent lives. Eating bacon is no different from eating a human. If you think that murdering a human is wrong, then you'll know why eating bacon is wrong...that is, unless you are evil. Are you evil?

          August 31, 2013 at 6:35 pm |
        • Edwin

          Am I evil? Yes I am.
          Am I evil? I am man, yes I am.

          September 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
      • Tune a fish

        Not correct. Eating plant material is wrong. It is a living thing that would like to stay that way. Besides, we all know what vegans do...they fart and poop a lot.

        August 31, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
    • Silverwolfy

      All food is dead flesh I hate to burst your bubble, my question is though is why a animal is more important to you then a plant or fungi? When you eating broccoli it's the dead flesh of the plant slowly decomposing that's why it's goes bad, why is meat decomposing any worse? Why is taking a plants life more acceptable? I mean you even eat plant fetuses without even a second thought when you eat seeds. So why exactly do you hate plants so much that it's okay to murder them in mass but not animals?

      August 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
    • maxp0wer

      To each, his own. Humans are omnivores, and we have always eaten meat, or dead flesh as you call it. We are made to eat meat. What bothers me about vegans is not how they choose to live their own life, it's how they look down on others, and judge other people who do eat meat.

      August 31, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
      • Phillip Keenan

        Sorry, but you're incorrect. Humans are not omnivores; we're herbivores. We're not meant to eat meat. If we were meant to eat meat, we would have bodies built for that, and we'd live longer with higher quality lives eating meat. Since that isn't the case, clearly we are herbivores. Murder is wrong. It's that simple.

        August 31, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
        • Milton

          We have the equivalent of canines and we have forward facing eyes with stereoscopic vision (depth perception) both indicative of a predatory nature.

          August 31, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
        • Milton

          Like the hard-core carnivores, we have fairly simple digestive systems well suited to the consumption of animal protein, which breaks down quickly. Contrary to what your magazine article says, the human small intestine, at 23 feet, is a little under eight times body length (assuming a mouth-to-anus "body length" of three feet). This is about midway between cats (three times body length), dogs (3-1/2 times), and other well-known meat eaters on the one hand and plant eaters such as cattle (20 to 1) and horses (12 to 1) on the other. This tends to support the idea that we are omnivores.

          Herbivores also have a variety of specialized digestive organs capable of breaking down cellulose, the main component of plant tissue. Humans find cellulose totally indigestible, and even plant eaters have to take their time with it. If you were a ruminant (cud eater), for instance, you might have a stomach with four compartments, enabling you to cough up last night's alfalfa and chew on it all over again.

          Or you might have an enlarged cecum, a sac attached to the intestines, where rabbits and such store food until their intestinal bacteria have time to do their stuff. Digestion in such cases takes place by a process of fermentation — bacteria actually "eat" the cellulose and the host animal consumes what results, namely bacteria dung.

          The story is roughly the same with teeth. We're equipped with an all-purpose set of ivories equally suited to liver and onions.

          Good thing, too. I won't claim meat is the ideal source of protein, but on the whole it's better than plants. Sure, soybeans and other products of modern agriculture are pretty nutritious. But in the wild, much of the plant menu consists of leaves and stems, which are low in food value. True herbivores have to spend much of the day scrounging for snacks just to keep their strength up.

          August 31, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
    • Ajit

      I do not eat any meat, it is sooo yikeee...
      People who eat meat must begiven a tour of slaughter house ... Besides being so bad for your body..
      Be smart, be vegetarian your heart will thank you..

      August 31, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • Texasmike

      You are describing a clinically psychotic reaction. What's next? Other human beings?

      August 31, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
    • That Bald Dude

      I suggest you seek help for your psychosis. You might also want to take acting classes if you're going to play the drama queen.

      August 31, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
    • unretired05

      You're just are eating a compost pile and accelerating the rot factor.

      August 31, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
  11. hal

    Thick sliced, nitrates free, well dried on paper towels, to remove excess fat.

    August 31, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
    • bill

      wish the rest of america knew of scrapple – bacon is a big joke next to scrapple.

      August 31, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
      • Hoffenheim

        Pon Haus.

        August 31, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
  12. Edwin

    Steak bacon. Try it.

    August 31, 2013 at 11:54 am |
  13. Jack

    Have you ever noticed that bacon is never the wrong answer? Let's face it, bacon is just a meat candy bar.

    August 31, 2013 at 11:45 am |
  14. That's just crazy talk

    mmmmm today is national congestive heart failure day, death has never tested so good.

    August 31, 2013 at 11:36 am |
  15. Mohammed

    Quran merely suggests not eating bacon only at certain restaurants.

    August 31, 2013 at 10:50 am |
  16. James Bacon from the James Bacon Band

    Love me some bacon and we all know that bacon ROCKS! Few know that bacon can JAM!

    The Bacon Jams! A spreadable bacon, FINALLY!

    August 31, 2013 at 10:06 am |
    • Canine


      August 31, 2013 at 10:13 am |
  17. Michael

    I like bacon there is nothing like it. I eat it in moderation if that kills me then so let it be somethings gonna kill me.

    August 31, 2013 at 10:04 am |
  18. lcb

    Amazing – the tone and rhythm of all these entries/comments? sounds similar – – – same author of ALL? Trolls rule ...

    August 31, 2013 at 9:57 am |
    • Canine

      'Trolls rule ...'



      August 31, 2013 at 10:09 am |
      • Horehound

        Bacon-wrapped trolls? Over an open fire ... hmmm. This has potential.

        September 3, 2013 at 6:56 am |
  19. Miked

    Pigs eat the filth of the land, even their own feces and vomit. But people I high places have lots of money invested in these pig farm stock. So, who care about your cholesterol? They are getting rich as you get fat, so eat it up!

    August 31, 2013 at 9:25 am |
    • tom LI

      Actually its sugars, and cheap carbs that raise peoples cholesterol. Humans do not absorb cholesterol thru the blood/digestive system. You eat propaganda – too bad for you.

      August 31, 2013 at 9:50 am |
      • Rosstrex

        Tom do you have a scientific study to back up what you just said?

        August 31, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
    • Canine

      In your honor, I am going to get some Spam, wrap it in bacon, fry it up in a pan and scarf it down! And in 100 yrs I'll be dead, just like you!

      August 31, 2013 at 9:56 am |
      • Phillip Keenan

        You'll actually be dead much sooner than 100 years, and rightfully so.

        August 31, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
    • maxp0wer

      Pigs are magical animals that can turn garbage, like apples, into bacon!

      August 31, 2013 at 10:03 am |
    • Billrich2

      Shrimp are bottom feeders. They eat their own feces, and anything else disgusting that makes it to the bottom of the ocean or river floor (or tank for the farm raised variety). So, how are you on shrimp? I love bacon, I love shrimp. I eat it in moderation and it is just fine. Try some. It might just take away your sour attitude.

      August 31, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
  20. Miked

    Pigs eat the filth of the land, even their own feces and vomit. But people I high places have lots of investments in this far stock. Who care about your cholesterol, they are getting rich, so eat it up!

    August 31, 2013 at 9:24 am |
    • Dissapointed

      You have never swallowed your own vomit before? Get off your high horse and stop trying to make an article about bacon sound like some sort of agenda...Bacon is delicious and the fact that someone like you refuses to eat It makes me ecstatic because thats more for me. P.S. There are way worse things in the food you do eat get over it and enjoy something for what it is for once.

      August 31, 2013 at 9:29 am |
    • Mohammed

      Mohammed always ate bacon if it was prepared in a certain ways. First he used to waive his hands over it to make it holy before he ate it. After eating it he cursed all infidels. Then he went on to violate underage Aisha. Mohammed enjoyed bacon so much that he wanted to have it all - so he prohibited everyone else to eat it.

      August 31, 2013 at 10:56 am |
    • Mohammed

      Mohammed loved bacon so much that he wanted to eat all of it - so he prohibited everyone else from eating it to eliminate any possible competition. Mohammed died a long time ago. So, you can eat some bacon now.

      August 31, 2013 at 10:58 am |
  21. W.

    I am not a vegan or anti-carnivor but I find that bacon is disgusting. Eating pig flesh is just too close to eating, well, just too close... I suppose that bacon has financed many cardiologists opulent lifestyles, so go for it. Since humans are omnivorous we will eat anything akin to garbage so this does not surprise me.

    August 31, 2013 at 9:23 am |
    • Dissapointed

      Oh go eat some brocolli or something stop commenting on a such an amazing article...I think I will go enjoy some delicious bacon now MMMmmMMM

      August 31, 2013 at 9:30 am |
      • Mike

        ... you're ridiculous.

        August 31, 2013 at 9:40 am |
    • tom LI

      I repeat, humans do not absorb cholesterol thru the blood/digestive system. Go get re-educated as to how the Human body truly works. This lie of eat fat makes you fat is a lie! Its all the corn, sugars, and cheap carbs, plus too many calories – PLUS little to no real exercise making Americans fat and a cardiologists dreams.

      August 31, 2013 at 9:54 am |
      • Milton

        According to the American heart association website, which I just checked, humans absorb cholesterol in the Intestines from both the food they eat and their own bile. Which sources are you using to claim the opposite?

        August 31, 2013 at 11:56 am |
  22. snowboarder

    a jewish friend of mine once said "bacon is a gift from god". true story.

    August 31, 2013 at 9:02 am |
  23. chris73044

    Happy National Bacon Day!!! I like my bacon __________________________ . Anyway but raw.

    August 31, 2013 at 8:30 am |
  24. SixDegrees

    OK, look – bacon is great and all, but the whole bacon thing jumped the shark a long time ago, and it's well past time to stop obsessively fixating on bacon as though it were some sort of mystical uber-food. Bacon tastes good, but it has its place – and the misbegotten 50s era recipes, along with today's bacon-wrapped turkeys – and Ford Focus – speak only to abuse and wretched excess.

    August 31, 2013 at 8:16 am |
    • Dissapointed

      How dare you besmirch the good name that is Bacon...It can never be overhyped, It deserves all your love and devotion no matter how It is prepared. You should be ashamed of yourself for such slanderous comments. Disgusting.

      August 31, 2013 at 9:24 am |
    • Koby

      How dare you mock "nature's candy!" I will not fall victim to your trap and I will continue to stand tall on a mountain of bacon with my hand held high(holding bacon) in a triumphant pose of "winning." I hereby take away your man card and kick you to the curb...and I will make you take turkey bacon with you because that stuff is unholy.

      August 31, 2013 at 9:29 am |
    • HickorySmokedFord

      OK, you've gone too far. I alternate: bacon one day, Focus the next, and both are delicious.

      August 31, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • wanfuforever

      Ah, but eating it pisses the shit out of the sanctimonious and anointed who feel they know what's best for the rest of us. Not only does it taste great but is a great litmus test to see whose sphincter has swallowed their underwear.

      August 31, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
  25. AleeD®

    Ever since our honeymoon on Maui, I like my bacon thick, unpeppered & crisp. Seriously, a bacon-prune sandwich spread (slide 14)? Urp. ^_^

    August 31, 2013 at 7:32 am |
    • Carol

      Yeah – that bacon/prune spread did not speak to me.

      August 31, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
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