National Bacon Day … Who Knew?

I was working on a more serious post this evening, but by the end of ‘family time’, I was feeling tired and out of sorts, so I was fairly certain there would be no a.m. post today.  But then, my daily digest from the National Day Calendar people hit my inbox and when I saw that today is National Bacon Day and thinking about some of my readers — Larry, David, the other Larry, and Emily — who are serious bacon lovers, I decided to have a bit of fun with it!

According to the National Day Calendar website

On December 30th each year, bacon lovers celebrate one of nature’s favored gifts on Bacon Day! The day reminds us that bacon is not just for breakfast and encourages us to test out various ways to enjoy this culinary marvel. 

Everything is better with bacon, so someone said once. And our research shows very little to dispute this assertion.

The United States and Canada make bacon from the pork belly. Other countries around the world use the side and back cuts of pork. The meat is cured in either a salt brine or a salt pack. It is then either dried, boiled, or smoked.

Bacon is a very popular food in the USA. In 2020, over half of the U.S. population said they used a pound or more bacon that year. You can also find many items flavored or scented with bacon, including popcorn, soap, candles, air fresheners, and much more. While these uses fit right into the day, we suggest cooking with bacon.

It’s not just for breakfast anymore, either. Bacon improves everything from beverages to dessert. Some cocktails such as the Bloody Mary and Caesar add bacon to the olives, pickles, and other assorted ingredients. Bacon improves the flavor of many appetizers, sandwiches, and soups. Incorporate bacon into salads as a topping or mix it into the dressing. For dessert, bacon pairs well with maple frosting or maple ice cream. Thanks to bacon’s salty, smoky flavor, it compliments sweet quite well. The possibilities are endless. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #BaconDay

The founders of Bacon Day encourage us to eat a variety of bacon while watching Kevin Bacon movies or movies with bacon in the title. Other suggested traditions such as bacon toasts and kissing under pork fat mistletoe are mentioned as well. We make these recommendations for celebrating the day:

    • Try a new recipe.
    • Test the best way to cook bacon.
    • Top your salad, soup, or eggs with this delicious ingredient.
    • Give the gift of bacon.
    • Sample different varieties and determine your favorite.
    • Host of cookoff and post your favorite recipes.
    • Write a song about bacon.
    • Make a smiley face using bacon.
    • Visit your favorite butcher and give them a shout-out!

BACON DAY HISTORY

Danya “D” Goodman and Meff “Human Cannonball” Leonard founded Bacon Day in 1997 as the one great day to bond everyone together.   

Bacon FAQ

Q. Is bacon a dessert?
A. Bacon can be eaten at every meal of the day. For dessert, try Bacon Apple Pie or Bacon Maple Ice Cream.

Q. Can I cook bacon in the microwave?
A. Yes. Bacon can be cooked in the microwave, a conventional oven, on the stove or griddle, or in a convection oven.

Q. How many calories are in one slice of bacon?
A. One slice of bacon contains approximately 43 calories. It also has 9 mg of cholesterol and 1.1 gram of saturated fat (that’s the not-so-good fat). If you’re trying to watch what you eat, limit your portion size or substitute pork bacon for turkey or chicken bacon.

Now, as far as the best way to cook bacon, you place the slices in a single layer on a wire rack on a baking sheet with edges, sprinkle liberally with ground pepper, then bake at about 425° until it reaches the desired level of crispness.  Personally, I like mine ultra-crispy, nearly blackened!

Now go forth and try some new bacon recipes!  Be sure to let me know how they turn out.  Here’s one I use sometimes for Candied Bacon … it’s really simple, just three ingredients!  Happy Bacon Day!!!

45 thoughts on “National Bacon Day … Who Knew?

  1. To answer the question, National Bacon Day…Who Knew?…my dear friend, it was you circa 2019 in a post which might have been for a Jolly Monday! Sadly, as there are no archives, it is impossible for me to possibly find that post and my memory regarding it is unreliable at best. Be that as it may, I do recall at some point in the not so distant past sending you a rather lengthy email about my family celebrations of this notable date. I specifically recall telling you about “Lester’s Fixins Bacon Soda”! At any rate, might I suggest to you and your bacon loving followers to become members of the “BENSA Bacon Lovers Society” – Bacon Enthusiasts ‘N Swine Aficionados”. You will be amazed! Over the years we have purchased, amongst there other available treasures, the three books by founder Eliza Cross : 1) July 2011 – 101 Things To Do With Bacon; 2) Sept. 2016 – 101 More Things To Do With Bacon; 3) July 2018 – Bacon, Beans and Beer. I end, of course, with a quote : “Nothing is quite as intoxicating as the smell of bacon frying in the morning, save perhaps the smell of coffee brewing.” – James Beard. A postscript must be added here : In the interest of weight control and healthier eating habits each of us have limited the indulgence in bacon to just this one day…though, sadly, the celebration was missed in 2020 and now again in 2021! WHAK!! Thank-you!

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    • OOPS!!! The post you’re referring to was indeed on Bacon Day 2019 https://jilldennison.com/2019/12/30/jolly-monday-6/ . Annnnnnd … there was another in September 2020 about International Bacon Day https://jilldennison.com/2020/09/07/jolly-monday-international-%f0%9f%a5%93-day/ . My memory seems to have left along with my physical energy!!! And … I had forgotten all about the archive until you mentioned it! Please keep reminding me and I will do my best to get to work on it right after I recuperate from the holidays!

      I had also forgotten about your email about your family traditions on Bacon Day! I tell you, I’m losing my mind! I shall search my archives for it, as I save most all of your emails! And I shall mention BENSA to those who are bacon-obsessed, such as rg, Larry, Emily and others! Love you, Miss Ellen! WHAK!!!

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  3. Dear Jill

    Hello from the UK. Thank you for this post. Bacon is delicious. However, there is one problem; not all bacon is created equal.

    I only found this out when I suffered a facial palsy in mid-2018. It too until august 2020 for me to works out what was actually going on, despite the intervention of the NHS with a misdiagnosis of cancer and unnecessary treatment which may have increased the issues.

    Bacon is largely nowadays in the UK and I believe in the USA prepared using sodium nitrite (E250). This used as a preservative/colour enhancer. It is however, neuro-toxic. Under certain circumstances, particularly when heated to high temperatures, it forms nitro-samines, a much more toxic molecule.

    This has been known about for at least 40 years, and regarding sodium nitrite for over 100 years!

    Sodium nitrite is used as an industrial chemical to inhibit corrosion. This means it blocks electrolytic action. In the body it blocks the nerve impulses.

    So sadly, bacon and other processed meats should be treated with extreme caution. I believe the fat probably contains most of the nasties, but this may not necessarily be the case.

    My wife and I buoy bacon where sodium nitrite is not used. It was never necessary, but has been used to cover up poor hygiene practices, poor quality meat etc in the manufacturing process.

    There is a very good book which my father bought me called ‘Who Poisoned Your Bacon Sandwich? (Icon Books, 2021) by Guillaume Coudray. I can strongly recommend it as well researched for further reading.

    Kind regards

    Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson

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    • Hmmmm … I had no idea! I just buy whatever is on sale! Thanks for the information, though! I will definitely check out that book … after our New Year’s Eve dinner which will include bacon in at least two recipes!

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      • Thanks Jill. My mum’s name was Jill by the way (she is no longer with us in this world sadly). As I say bacon is great. I think you probably are best advised not to eat the fat and rind until you check.

        Vitamin C is great as an antioxidant to clear out neuro-toxins and vitamin D excellent as an all round protection for the body, so boosting these will be sensible.

        So oranges (unsprayed organic if possible), good red wine etc. for C. Proper butter, egg yolks, olive oil etc. for D. Lots of good things.

        Have a great dinner and Happy New Year when it comes!

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  4. I don’t know what “More on Word Press” articles your other readers found at the bottom of this post, Jill, but mine sent me to Monica’s Scratch Kitchen, where on Sept. 20/21 she was cooking bacon-wrapped asparagus with potato wedges (and ribs). They sound fantastic. Will be trying them soon. Never in our food lives had we ever heard of bacon-wrapped sparrowgrass.

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    • When I edit my posts, I don’t see those “More on WordPress” articles, so I never know where my readers are being directed. Actually, since mine is a paid business account, there should be no directives to other blogs, but apparently they are. Anyway, I’m glad you found a recipe that sounds good … let me know how it turns out! I don’t much care for asparagus, so it’s not likely I will be making it any time soon.

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      • You must be the first adult wo an I have ever met who does not like asparagus. I wasn’t a fan, but I have grown to like it a bit. Cooked wrapped in bacon, sounds delicious.
        Your posts have no advertisements, but I thinks all blogs have the “”related posts” thingies. But how or by whom, no ideas. Sometimes the suggestions are good, some I wonder where the relationship is hiding.

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  5. Ooh I need bacon now before I collapse in bed this morning! My mouth is watering. I am not one though that wants to try bacon as a dessert. That just has never seemed right to me. Happy Thursday, my friend! 🙂

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    • I take it, by you saying “before I collapse in bed this morning”, that you are still working night shift? I do not envy you! So, here’s some extra bacon for your bedtime snack 🥓🥓🥓. One recipe I love is very simple … it’s not dessert, exactly, but is sweet: wrap little smokies in half slices of bacon, sprinkle with brown sugar, and bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes, turning halfway through. Yummy! Happy Friday to you, dearest Carolyn!

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