I love bacon. I mean I really love it. Good American bacon — the crunchy kind, not that flabby stuff you get in other countries. At the risk of offending entire religions and regions, I think much of the unrest in the world is because too many people don't know the joy of bacon. Almost no one who has tasted bacon would willingly blow themselves up or start shooting at someone else. Bacon is worth living for.
There are many addictive foods, like chocolate, cheese and deep-fried foods, but when it comes to meat, the pig seems to reign supreme, especially when it comes to those special strips of heaven: bacon.
Bacon isn't healthy, unless you count the cheap substitutes like soy bacon, turkey bacon or — (shudder) — Canadian baconnote Which is more like ham.. The odor of cooking bacon can drive some people to strange behavior with its amazingly addictive qualities.
While ham and pork chops also qualify under the trope, only bacon tips the three chief sensors of note Eagle Land gustatory pleasure: fattiness, saltiness and sweetness. So bow ye down before bacon, the perfect meat. (Unless you'reMuslim, kosher-keeping Jewish, Seventh-day Adventist or — God help you — vegetarian.)
In Britain and Canada, feelings towards bacon are similar, except Brits and Canadians get their bacon from the back of the animal, and it features one piece of loin and one piece of belly combined in the same cut. Ironically, given the page quote, it is actually leaner and healthier than American "streaky" bacon, though not as crunchy (unless you give it a longer fry, which you should). In Europe, bacon is generally cut into cubes and fried as lardons or pancetta.
NOTE: Turkey bacon, while not made from its succulent cousin, is still delicious and a nice alternative for the groups above... except those damn hippie celery chompers. The same holds true for certain types of beef bacon, particularly when made from plate steak,note The equivalent cut of beef to the pork belly used for pork bacon which is even more like the porcine equivalent (having lots of streaky fat that melts and fries the meat, plus anything else you care to put in the pan afterward), although it's rather harder to find (only a few halal meatpackers make the stuff).
And no, this does not mean addiction to Kevin Bacon (although who would debate it?), nor is it related to Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon.
As usual, there's a wiki for bacon.
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TV commercials for Beggin Strips brand of dog treats.
KFC added bacon to their famous bowl. The infamous Double Down is a bacon and cheese sandwich using fried chicken instead of bread.
The commercial for Denny's Baconalia (now with more bacon!) features two guys sitting in Dennys and reminiscing about the last time they "celebrated" Baconalia. Their female friend tells them that that was breakfast, prompting replies of, "That doesn't make it any less special" and, "Of course we were here for breakfast."
Baconalia's desserts like the Maple Bacon Sundae got mocked by Stephen Colbert, who said this was the answer to the long-asked question of "What if we scraped the breakfast dishes into the freezer instead of the garbage?"
The Bacon Bowl is a thing that allows you to make bowls out of bacon in the oven, microwave or toaster oven. The bowls can be filled with whatever you please, & they can be eaten to!
Jim Gaffigan bases an entire routine upon his love for bacon.
Zits: "Dad seems a lot happier since they started making bacon-flavoured cholesterol medication."
In the Discworld novels, Sam Vimes' Trademark Favorite Food is a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. Preferably with as much bacon and as little lettuce and tomato as he can get away with. There's also a brief mention in Unseen Academicals of the perfect bacon sandwich being found in the Cabinet of Curiosity.
In A Song of Ice and Fire, although not technically an addiction, what the Rat Cook does with bacon in one of the most well-known tales of Westeros is definitely something worth noting. Prince and Bacon Pie, anyone? Well, it's kind of an addiction... the tale breeds a noted repeat of the experiment in the shape of three Frey Pies. Revenge: epically brought to you by the power of bacon.
There's an entire program on the Destination America TV channel (part of the Discovery slate of channels) called "United States of Bacon", hosted by a chef who's extremely enthusiastic about bacon and discovering places throughout the country that specialize in bacon dishes/offerings, e.g. one place that offers up a hot dog made with bacon and a duck variety of bacon and another place that makes a bacon-filled, bacon infused meat loaf and an appetizer made with bacon-wrapped "burnt ends" (which are the more well-cooked portions of smoked and barbecued brisket).
On The Office (US), Michael Scott loves bacon so much it even lead to him cooking his foot on a George Forman Grill.
Martin Crane from Frasier is also addicted to bacon. He is less than pleased by the all-veggie substitution after his heart attack, "Fake-on".
Top Chef: If a "cheftestant" uses bacon in a dish, some judge is bound to say, "Bacon is always a good idea," or the like. Makes you wonder why they don't use it more often.
In Smart Guy, one of the characters will always wake up if there is bacon cooking. Always.
In one episode of the French comedy show Palace, the restaurant of the eponymous Palace runs out of bacon, and the patrons are growing restless (one would say, in withdrawal). The whole thing is played up as a parody of Disaster Movies, with the experienced cordon bleu chef giving advices by phone, the kitchen exploding at one point for some reason and the heroic former-army-cook saving the day.
All to frequently inverted on Chopped when one of the contestants incorporates bacon into a dish but commits the sin of undercooking it. This also happens on the numerous occasions when various international versions of bacon appear in the mystery basket (Chopped has an odd obsession with all forms of cured, fatty pork). There's also a chance the contestant will cook the bacon perfectly but be reprimanded for using the bacon to cover for their lack of finesse with other ingredients.
In an episode of Will and Grace, while Will is cooking breakfast he tries to wake up Grace, when he fails to do so he just says: "I'm making bacon" she quickly got up half-asleep muttering "I want it crispy!"
In another episode Grace complaints to Will that there is no bacon, he replies saying that he just bought bacon, then Grace responds yelling "TURKEY BACON IS NOT REAL BACON!"
In No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain often sings the praises of bacon, as well as every other conceivable part of a pig or way of cooking it.
So far, there have been three battles with bacon as the theme ingredient in the Iron Chef franchise, once in the original series, and twice in Iron Chef America (once as a standalone ingredient, once as part of a 'breakfast' theme). That the original series didn't do it more is understandable, bacon's not as popular in Japan as it is in America, but it's surprising that it hasn't been used more often in Iron Chef America. (In case you're wondering, Phillipe Batton defeated Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai, Susur Lee fought Iron Chef Bobby Flay to a tie, and Flay beat the challenger Marc Murphy in the breakfast battle.)
Gears of War 2: It has a storyline-related achievement parodying this: Better Wrapped in Beacon.
In 3, a stranded survivor offers to trade a side of bacon for Samantha. Baird urges Cole to take the deal. While that may be Baird being his usual smartass self (he has something of a snarking rivalry with Samantha) Clayton Carmine in the same scene demonstrates a longing for bacon that is referenced later in the game. This actually makes sense in a sad sort of way as humanity's lot has gotten so bad because of the Locust War that simple food products are now a delicacy.
There's also "Helboar Bacon" a made-from-demon-swine reward from one of the Outland quests, and in the new Mists of Pandaria expansion, one of the Horde sanctuaries has a troll selling Thick-Cut Bacon - which has the label "Extra fresh"... did we mention the troll is standing beside a huge pile of dead pigs?
In Dragon Fable, Bacon is one of the Elements and it saves the world in the chapter 1 finale.
Referenced in Kid Icarus: Uprising, where Hades offhandedly says that Souls are like bacon; they taste good with anything.
Noka: Found loves his bacon. To the point where he will become extremely depressed and anti-social whenever the fridge is void of all signs of bacon.
All three main riffers from Rifftrax love bacon, although Mike Nelson is absolutely obsessed with it. Two of their best shorts are "Three Magic Words" (about selling pork) and "Behavior of Domestic Pigs" (about pigs nesting), the latter of which involves all three of them shouting "Be bacon already!" Mike turned his obsession Up to Eleven in February of 2009, when he vowed to eat nothing but baconfor the whole month. He stuck with this self-imposed challenge, only stopping a few days short of the 28th because his family was getting a little annoyed by the whole thing (and so he could stage a satirical "press conference").
Goku's new character trait in Dragon Ball Z Abridged. He at one point congratulates himself on the invention of the "Double Baconwich" (A sandwich with bacon instead of bread) his favourite food is the Double Baconator burger and his death via viral heart disease in the original canon is changed to heart failure by high cholesterol from eating too much bacon (Goku isn't too happy about that.) Trunks has to convince Goku to take the medicine when he needs to by saying its bacon-flavoured.
Homer Simpson loves bacon with everything, including Dagwood-like sandwiches with it.
Homer: Mmmmmmm... unexplained bacon.
When Homer wanted to get fatter to work at home, Dr. Nick Riviera advised: "Instead of using bread, use PopTarts! Instead of chewing gum, chew bacon!"
Homer: Now you listen here. You live in my house; you'll do what I tell you and you'll believe what I believe in. Now you butter up your bacon, boy! Bart: But my heart hurts. Homer: Bacon up that sausage!
Homer went ballistic after his local Krusty Burger stopped selling Ribwiches.
Homer: First you took away my Philly Fudgesteak. And then my Bacon Balls. Then my Whatchamachicken. You monster!
In "I Love Lisa", apparently, bacon has its own day.
Homer: Is it Bacon Day?
And one time at the Kwik-E-Mart
Apu: Okay, Farmer Billy's slow killed bacon, Farmer Billy's bacon fed bacon, Farmer Billys travel bacon. Mr Simpson, if you really want to kill yourself I also sell hand guns.
Invader Zim: "GIR! Why is there BACON IN THE SOAP?" "I made it myself!"
Back when food resources weren't as reliably available, bacon was an important food staple because it has lots of fat, salt and protein, and could keep for a long time without spoiling thanks to the curing process used to make it.
Supposedly the single food most likely to defeat attempted vegetarians. Like Janeane Garofalo.
Bacon sandwiches can cure hangovers since some of the major causes of hangovers are dehydration, alcohol attacking the stomach, and certain protein deficits. The protein and fat (especially the grease, which slows digestion), with a glass of orange juice or water, may not be as fast-acting as the Hideous Hangover Cure, but it's a lot more enjoyable than drinking a glass of raw eggs, Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce, and goodness-knows-what-else.
In 2011, restaurant franchise Denny's held Baconalia, a ten-week event in which they find increasingly creative ways to incorporate bacon into dishes.
If you can't or won't eat bacon, try eating chipotle peppers mixed with sour cream. The smoking process used to make jalapeno peppers into chipotle peppers makes them taste a bit like smoky, spicy bacon.
The website Neatorama.com has a whole section of their store devoted to bacon-related products.
Think Geek has a whole section of their website dedicated to bacon. Geeks love bacon.
Korea has Samgyeopsal, which is the same cut of pork belly meat, but uncured, and customizable to your liking.
M.F.K. Fisher gives a recipe from her childhood during WWI for a cake that could be made with bacon grease, to spare a household's butter or margarine ration.
The Kilroy was here pre-Internet Meme had a Memetic Mutation of saying "Wot, no bacon?" (reflecting the rationing in World War II), instead of "Kilroy was here".
In 2012, Burger King introduced a bacon sundae. Really.
Exploited with Beggin' Strips dog treats.
The only publicly-known components of Bush's Baked Beans are beans and bacon.
There are bacon-wrapped hotdogs, bacon-wrapped cheezedogs, bacon-wrapped corndogs... essentially, if it is in weiner-form, it has been wrapped in bacon. Yes, even tofudogs—because it's healthy!
Two entrepreneurs by the name of Justin and Dave are this trope. (Seriously. Their company's slogan is literally "Everything should taste like bacon".)
Their latest effortnote Effective November 2013? BaconDeodorant.
The worst thing about soap is that it doesn't leave you smelling like you've been rolling around in an offal gutter all day. Well, no more! For every guy who wanted to go on a date with the refreshing zest that accompanies pig-slaughtering while simultaneously defeating the entire purpose of washing, there is now Bacon Soap!
You can send your invitation in a bacon-flavoured envelope. You can lick it while your lips are protected by bacon-flavoured lip-balm. If she says yes, you can wear Bacon Shaving Cream and Bacon Cologne and oh, just in case you do get lucky enough to find the perfect woman while on that date - the one who wants to inhale the invigorating scent of freshly prepared pork when fornicating - Bacon Lubricant!
Elvis Presley is the world's most famous bacon aficionado. He was taken not only by the tastiness of bacon, but was deprived of it as a child due to his family's poverty. All his favorite foods contained bacon in some form—most famously, the peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwich; the Fool's Gold Loaf (peanut butter, jelly, and bacon); and the Monte Cristo (which does not require bacon but inevitably included it when made for the King). He also used to eat bacon on its own as a mid-practice snack.
Against all logic, there exists bacon-flavored toothpaste.
Once upon a time, in Tokyo, Japan, a man walked into a Burger King and ordered a cheeseburger with 1050 strips of bacon on it. And they fucking made it for him. The result is a mountain of bacon 2X larger than a mobile phone on a bun. The real kicker? He eats it in one sitting!