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.

Bacon-n-booze

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. overyonder

    Bacon Fest....you mean Heart Attack Fest?

    February 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in SA

      Everybody dies...some will die eating a delicious BLT while others will die eating grass...I'll stick with bacon.

      February 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Robert

    I am really surprised there is not more Veggie breathed tree huggers on hear trying to save the pigs. I guess they know not to mess with Bacon users.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • imsorrysir

      Not only you are a troll, you lack empathy. If it wasn't for these "tree huggers" there won't be any rain forests left. But what do you care? I can almost see you chuckling over this response rather than being ashamed.

      February 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Izbagun

      Like there's any trees left to hug, we cut them all down to smoke the bacon.

      February 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruAmerikan

      That's true. We need the tree huggers to grow trees so we can cut them down to smoke...you guessed it....BACON!!!!

      February 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick

      Robert: I am a veggie, and I do not care about the pigs.

      February 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. melvinslizard

    Infidel Food. mmmmmmmmmmmmm : P

    February 21, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Interestingly all the three major Middle Eastern religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam forbid eating pork. Bible is very clear on this issue, Leviticus 11, Deut 14, Isaiah 65, 66-17.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon1

      Christianity does not forbid the consumption of pork. The debate over whether or not Christians had to follow the dietary laws of Judaism was settled shortly after Christianity took root in the region. Christianity is actually the only one of those three that doesn't have a strict dietary code aside from certain times of the year.

      February 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      Acts Chapter 10, verses 9-16

      February 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      It's funny how people pick and choose which parts of the Bible they follow.

      February 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aletheya

      Parasites were a problem in pork until modern times. They no longer are, so the biblical proscription has lost its meaning.

      February 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      @ saywhat, Leviticus is full of dont's which very few if not all can obey, thus Jesus being the only one who could follow all those rules.

      @ Jim, sad isn't it that people follow only what they are will to.

      February 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      If Jewish people would follow the Bible exactly, the world would be in a better place. They definitely do pick and choose what parts of the "Bible they follow. Like that law about usury!

      February 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Jesus ate Canadian bacon at the last supper. Look it up. It's right there in the King James Bible, Canadian version.

      February 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      @toadears. Right. Only Jews charge interest. Only Jews work in banks. Right.

      February 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      Can't have it both ways, Bomobo. If they are going to slam Christians, the truth will slap them right back. All the gay laws in the old testament....disregarded. Usury laws.....disregarded. Adultery laws....disregarded. But hey! Good on ya for obeyng those food laws!

      February 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Then...Leveticus is irrelevant to our every day lives?
      Then why use it to back up an argument?
      I'm serious...I want to know....

      February 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I loved the joke, BOMBO.

      February 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • name

      No one cares, this article is not about religion, it's about bacon. go pray.

      February 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike in SA

    You all at CNN are just wrong! Do you know how many Muslims and Jews you have just upset???

    You are correct, though, pretty much everything goes better with bacon!

    February 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • name

      no one cares. this article isn't about religion, it's about bacon. go pray.

      February 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Logic-Minded

    Mmmm, high blood pressure, weight gain, and cancer mania

    February 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aletheya

      Pork causes high blood pressure? That's a new one. Bet you're a ton of fun at restaurants.

      February 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lanfear

      @Aletheya, I bet you are overweight.

      February 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      Lanfear, a bossy white one.

      February 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Live it up

      Much better than the depression and despair brought on by an onslaught of tofu and bean sprouts.

      February 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Christianity in essence does forbid eating pork. Its another thing that we chose & discard what we like and what we don't from Biblical edicts.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @saywhat, re: 2:23:
      Word.

      February 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bacon lover

    MmmmMMMm MMMMMM...
    I bet it semlled Guuuuud up in THERE!!!

    February 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob Lieberman

    Parents tried to raise an orthodox Jew. However my first taste of bacon at summer camp changed life. I love pork in every form, including scrapple. I'll deal with god when the time comes. Meanwhile, pass the bacon please!

    February 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      I am a Christian who doesn't eat pork. Bacon was the only pork I liked anyway and I watch fat content in food. But good for you in realizing that it is less important what we put in our mouths than what comes out of them.

      February 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Phil

    Well, here is one topic I'm no expert on. As a Jewish consumer I do not eat any non-kosher products. And as bacon is from a pig, I have no interest in eating or discussing the issue on how the rest of the world eats the product. But since you asked for a comment I thought I'd throw my six cents worth in.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • David M

      Well Phil, you just lost money. We only pay a penny for your thoughts, but you just chipped in six cents worth!

      February 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • HNNNNNG

      @David M Must resist borderline racist joke.........

      February 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. YouDon'tKnowJack

    You may now eat the bride.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BOMBO ©

    Grab yourself a can of pork soda
    You'll be feelin just fine
    Ain't nothin quite like sitting round the house
    Swigging down them cans of swine

    February 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      You and Lanfare should wed.

      February 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      It's a Primus song.

      February 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Did you gloss over the fact that it is a song by the band Primus?

      February 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      When the going gets tough
      And the stomach acids flow
      The cold wind of conformity
      Is nipping at your nose
      When some trendy new atrocity
      Has brought you to your knees
      Come with us we'll sail the
      Seas of Cheese

      February 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Richk

    Amazing that people still consume things like bacon with all the knowledge we have today. Hope you're saving up for that angioplasty...

    February 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruAmerikan

      And people still smoke things like tobacco...what's your point?

      February 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoMore

      Now Richk...really...moderation is the key to happiness. You can have your bacon and eat it too. Maybe your just jealous?

      February 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fluff-Bunny

    If christianity forbids bacon, why do so many churches include bacon with their pancake breakfasts? In fact I believe it was St. Anselm (circa 1100AD) who created the bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich while serving as Archbishop of Canterbury. If there is no bacon in Heaven, I don't want to go in.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      Christianity does not follow the food laws in Leviticus. For that matter, a lot of people who claim to be Jewish don't either. The laws are not there to punish but to help. Especially when they were written, due to bacteria. In the new testament there is a story about Peter who had a vision where he was told to eat 'unclean' foods and he protested. All in the vision. Then the voice from heaven told him all things were clean if G-d has blessed them. The biggest sin, according to their faith, that Christians commit when eating is to NOT pray first and ask the food to be blessed, i.e. cleansed.

      February 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Good Book says...

      Christianity doesn't forbid the consumption of pork. That was an easy one. Next...

      February 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. David M

    Bacon goes with everything. Well, almost everything!

    And what's up with the over-used phrase "reached out"? It's not good enough anymore to just say we contacted someone? Take a lesson from Churchill and keep it simple.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
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