the Bacon Explosion — I must try this!
Speaking of bacon weaves, I recently heard about a dish called the Bacon Explosion. It uses two pounds of bacon and two pounds of sausage, plus barbecue seasonings. Some have called it a monster of meat. I’m not scared of it, although the after-effects might be strong (more on that later). This food item is football-sized, and it contains at least 5,000 calories and 500 grams of fat. Needless to say, you shouldn’t eat it all in one sitting. (Although Michael Phelps could consume two of these in one day on his extreme workout diet! But imagine the effect it would have on his swimming…)
At the BBQ Addicts site, there is a full recipe with pictures. Here’s a quick summary. Create a 5×5 bacon weave; coat it with a barbecue pork rub; spread out two pounds of sausage; cover with crumbled up bacon that’s already cooked; cover with barbecue sauce; roll up; add more barbecue seasoning; then slow-cook in a smoker with hickory smoke; after cooking, cover with more BBQ sauce. (That site used Italian sausage, but I would prefer pork sausage / breakfast sausage, which others have used.)
Here at Buffet o’ Blog, we’ve had our own Buffet o’ Bacon a few months ago, which was awesome. Well, one experimental item created what we called a “gut-bomb”, which I suspect would happen with this Bacon Explosion dish. See, the problem arises when the bacon grease isn’t able to escape. But with the Bacon Explosion, not only would you have trapped bacon grease, but also trapped sausage grease. So it might be doubly as potent. Nonetheless, I would like to try it someday. (Guys, I think this calls for a Buffet o’ Bacon 2! Although everyone might be required to sign a release form stating we’re not liable for the after-effects!)
You can read more about the dish here. One excerpt I want to highlight from that article is this review:
After preparing a version of the dish, Andrew Vennari of the San Francisco Food Examiner said the dish tasted better than expected, “but I didn’t learn the true meaning of the bacon explosion until the next day.”
That’s what is meant by the term “gut-bomb”. (FYI, if you eat this, you might want to equip your bathroom with a fan and some magazines. I’m just sayin’…)
When we perform our research* on this, you’ll get a full review.
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I’ve been thinking about what we could serve with it, besides plenty of sweet tea. I know, it might seem like culinary perfection already, but I don’t think our bodies are accustomed to such awesomeness anymore. Our modern diet just doesn’t prepare the body for that. All the “health foods” we eat now have weakened our digestive system, which can make dishes like the Bacon Explosion dangerous, because we aren’t used to such awesomeness.
Anyway, back to side-item ideas. Perhaps some bread (biscuits or rolls), and maybe some cheese dip to dip it in. 🙂 Actually, I’m thinking of adding some cheese before and after cooking. Surely it would be better with cheese! (Just be prepared for the “sudden dramatic weight loss” mentioned in the infamous bacon and cheese diet!)
In closing, I realize some health experts or registered dieticians might be frowning upon this discussion. I’ll let them take that up with the “Important Doctor”, one of the regular readers here. But I will add this nugget of wisdom for you to contemplate:
Would a longer life be worthwhile if it had to be lived as prescribed — without French-fried onion rings, pizza with double cheese, chocolate? (Remember, living right doesn’t really make you live longer, it just seems like longer.)
All that said, who wants to join me in a taste-testing session of the Bacon Explosion with cheese dip? 🙂