There’s nothing quite like the smell of bacon in the morning. It’s the kind of smell that will wake you up if your tired and will make your tummy start to rumble before you even realize you’re hungry. Bacon is a staple in our household, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner. To celebrate International Bacon Day, we were happy to cook up some bacon and enjoy each and every crispy bite.
More than Just a Breakfast Meat
If you’ve watched any episodes of Top Chef or Chopped, you’ll soon notice that bacon seems to be one of those ingredients that chefs love to add. Whether it’s to some leafy salad or a fancy saute, bacon makes everything better. We use bacon with our hot dogs, on top of burgers, and on top of salads.
For International Bacon Day, we cooked up some Smithfield Hometown Original bacon for breakfast. If you just want to cook up a few pieces of bacon at a time, the Smithfield Pouch Pack makes it very convenient. It has 2 individual pouches that each have 6 slices of bacon. We go through quite a bit of bacon so the regular pack works for us too.
Now there are quite a few ways you can cook bacon. I suspect most people use a frying pan to cook their bacon. When you’re short on time, you might nuke a couple of strips in the microwave, and for those who are a little more patient, the oven is the way to go. While I cook bacon using any one of the methods mentioned, I think I prefer oven-baking. This seems to be the easiest way to cook a lot of bacon and have them all come out perfectly.
I use two wire racks inside a cookie sheet so that all the bacon fat can drip off the bacon. Simply lay the bacon across the wire racks and then bake them for 17-20 minutes in a 400F degree oven. Some people say that you can start the oven cold and put the bacon in, letting it cook as the oven heats up; I have not tried that technique yet.
As I mentioned, the oven-baking method is for those who can wait the extra time to allow the bacon to cook, but I assure you it is well worth the wait. The bacon comes out just right – crispy but not over cooked and with great bacon flavor without cooking in it’s own fat. Add some scrambled eggs and some tater tots and you have yourself an awesome breakfast.
I hope you’ll join Smithfield and me in raising a strip of bacon in honor of International Bacon Day! You can find Smithfield bacon in the breakfast meats section in grocery stores nationwide.
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