Bacon Cupcakes, Bacon Cake? Why Not?

1 4- to 5-pound pork belly
Cure, as needed
1 pounds applewood chunks
2 pounds cherrywood chunks
2 cups agave nectar
½ cup ground Szechuan Buttons

Directions for the Cure:

Combine salt, sugars, bay leaves, pepper, thyme, allspice and chili flakes.

Directions for the Pork:

Submerge the pork belly in the cure for 3.5-4 days. Remove from the cure. Rinse thoroughly twice. Let the bacon air-dry uncovered in the refirgerator for 24 hours. In a smoker of grill over indirect heat, smoke the bacon using a mix of cherry and applewood chips or chunks for 6 hours. Remove from smoker and reserve in a chilled place.

Directions to Serve:

Using a meat slicer, slice bacon. Preheat a hot grill using hardwood lump charcoal. Brush or drizzle agave nectar onto slices. Grill the bacon slices for 1 minute per side or until crispy. Sprinkle evenly with Szechuan buttons and serve.

Kevin Bacon's Last Meal: Bacon Sloppy Joe's With Tangy Mexican Crema on Baguette

By Nick Suarez; tied for Second Place in the Audience Award at the Bacon Takedown

Ingredients:

12 pounds ground pork, beef and veal
8 pounds slab bacon
1 large (28 ounce) can crushed New Jersey tomatoes
2 Cans tomato Paste
8 large carrots
5 large onions
6 large shallots
4 large red bell peppers
2 cups ketchup
1 cup white wine
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup Piri-Piri Pepper Sauce
⅛ cup cilantro
⅛ cup peanut bButter
Sprinkling cayenne
Sprinkling Old Bay
Sprinkling salt
Sprinkling Pepper
5 cups Mexican Crema
14 baguettes, sliced into thin slices

Directions:

1. Sear beef, pork and veal in large stock pot.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 10 hours (Yes, it takes a long time!!).

3. Slice 14 Baguetttes into thin slices.

4. Put Crema in Squeeze Bottle.

5. Serve 1 Tablespoon of Sloppy Joe Mix with squirt of Crema on individual piece of Baguette.

6. Enjoy.

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 7207632. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 7207632. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 7207632. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 7207632. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 7207632. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 7207632. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 7207632. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 7207632.
Page
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...