Gotta Watch: Bacon Mania
Bacon isn't just for breakfast anymore, as proven by today's Gotta Watch.
February 21st, 2012
11:51 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Bacon Mania

What food could you see being added to just about anything and making it better? If your answer is bacon, you are not alone. Wondering why bacon has become so popular, we reached out to Kat Kinsman, managing editor of CNN’s Eatocracy blog.

“Bacon, the food, is, full-stop delicious, but so are plenty of other foods. Bacon, the concept, has taken on a life of its own.” It's shorthand, Kinsman said, for, “Hey, I’m a food freak, but I don’t take myself too seriously.”

"Pork, fat and salt are pretty much the antithesis of what any nutritionist would counsel you to eat" Kinsman said.

But, as Pete Wells quoted a bacon maker’s wife as saying in his 2003 James Beard Award-winning essay, "Captain Bacon," “And if I can't have bacon on my salad, I just don't care about it."

From a bacon-wrapped pork dish to the fan-favorite Bakon Vodka, we’ve got your craving covered with today’s Gotta Watch.

Baconpocalypse Now

“Where else does a walking slab of bacon fit right in? The annual event known as “Baconpocalypse Now”, now in its fifth year, is a bacon festival for bacon lovers, by bacon lovers. If you think Bacon and Butterscotch cupcakes sound amazing, this video is for you.


It’s tough to say what the oddest taste to pair with bacon would be but we’re pretty sure this would top most people’s list. The brain child of Seattle-based Black Rock Spirits, Bakon Vodka has recently become a hit.

Bacon explosion

What do you get when you wrap a layer of bacon around a chunk of spicy sausage and crumbled bacon? A precursor to an angioplasty? Maybe. Or, a 5,000-calorie dish called the Bacon Explosion. Interested in creating this meat-lovers lunacy for yourself? This video will show you how.

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  1. RickE

    Hmmm....a CNN article about the glories of bacon....right before the start of a Christian fast. Not surprising.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CJ

    Bacon is good enough tasting and bad enough for you that I'm almost willing to believe in the devil.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Primewonk

    A BLT on rustic sourdough toast slathered with a chipotle mayo. Including thin slices of a Walla Walla sweet onion, ripe avacdo, and thin slices of sharp cheddar – preferably Tillamook.

    I'm a bit verklept – discuss amongst yourselves.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      I don't get the comment in the story saying pork would be on any list of things a nutritionist would suggest avoiding. Pork is actually the healthiest meat you can eat in the modern world. Less pathogens and lower incidence of food poisoning than beef or poultry. It has equal ratios of omega fats, it is raised in cleaner conditions etc.

      February 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MMM

    I actually found Bacon has its own twitter page. @PieceOfBacon

    February 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |

    EPIC_MEAL_TIME would destroy the tiny 5,000 calorie bacon log. Try for 150,000 Calories next time otherwise you failed.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harley


      February 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jimbo

    Bacon, tomato and avocada sandwich, yummy!

    February 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pmk1953

    Grilled pepperjack cheese and bacon on rye. Yyyyyuuuummmm.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JamesBenson

    Hey, CNN, could you find a less appetizing picture of bacon? Usually the sight of bacon makes me hungry; now I just feel ill.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Myto Senseworth

    I want Kate Upton in a bacon bathing suit.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • add a penny

      OH! OH! OH!

      February 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jj

    And the commercial showing the guy marrying bacon. Completely asinine.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      What about the commercial showing the guy marrying gum?

      February 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Superman

    Crunchy bacon on creamy peanut butter with chedder cheese

    February 21, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Superman

    Crunchy bacon on creamy peanut butter with chedder cheese. OMG so damm good

    February 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Superman

    As for me i can wipe out an entire pound of bacon.just for starters , who out there can beat that?

    February 21, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
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