Bacon Cupcakes, Bacon Cake? Why Not?

The Billion Dollar Business of Bacon

When it comes to bringing home the bacon, literally, that is, Americans are near-professionals. Last year Americans ate more than $2 billion worth of bacon.

Lisa Haas, a "baconographer," told "Good Morning America" the pig product's popularity should not come as a surprise.

"It's inexpensive, it tastes great and you can put it in anything," she said. "People just love it."

But the fact that someone would proudly identify themselves as a baconographer is more telling of the food's current popularity than most anything Haas could say.

As a 2008 report from Salon.com found, popular cookbooks are dedicated just to bacon. People have made clothes dedicated to the fried delight. There's even bacon toilet paper.

VIDEO: Bringing home the bacon has a whole new meaning with these different recipes.
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Matt Timms is one bacon-lover well aware of the trend. He is the founder of a Brooklyn-based competition called Bacon Takedown in which contestants enter their favorite homemade bacon recipes.

"I just wanted people to enjoy food, to get together and to fight about it," Timms said.

Some of the entries are odd, to say the least. He has seen bacon ice cream, a bacon cake and bacon tamalies.

"Good Morning America" asked its viewers to send in their own homemade bacon concotions. Check them out on the next page, then head here for some more of our delicious recipes.

Caramel Apple Bacon Cookies

By Kimberly Wadsworth

Ingredients for Cookies:

¼ pound bacon, chopped into ½ inch pieces
About ¼ to ½ cup brown sugar, or to taste
1½ cups sugar
1½ tablespoons molasses
½ cup vegetable shortening
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2¼ cups flour
½ cup apple juice
½ to 1 cup pecans, or to taste

Directions for Cookies:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the chopped bacon with enough brown sugar to coat, then spread it in a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, stirring once or twice during baking. Remove from oven and spread on paper towels to cool and drain. When cooled, whirl them briefly in a food processor along with the pecans to chop fine.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 again. Cream together the sugar, molasses, shortening , and egg, and then sift in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and flour. Stir in the apple juice until the batter is well blended. Then fold in the chopped bacon bits and pecans.

3. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Let cool, and then frost with caramel glaze (recipe below). Yields 7 to 8 dozen.

Ingredients for Caramel Glaze:

¼ cup butter*
¼ cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons milk or cream
Pinch of salt
1 cup powdered sugar

Directions for Caramel Glaze:

1. Melt together butter and brown sugar over medium heat, stirring until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in milk or cream, salt, and powdered sugar. Thin with more milk if desired.

*For extra bacon flavor, add just a little reserved bacon drippings to taste.

Electric Bacon

By J.J. Proville of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Yield: 40 to 50 slices of bacon

Ingredients for Cure:

3 pounds salt
1 pound sugar
1 pound brown sugar
5 bay leaves, ground
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dried thyme
½ tablespoon freshly ground allspice
1 tablespoon red chili flakes

Ingredients for Pork:

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