The great bacon debate lives on. Never has such a thin strip of meat caused so much debate. Bacon should be a food group all on its own. Crispy, limp, baked, fried, microwaved, which is the best way to cook bacon? Everyone has their preference, what’s yours?
Some Fun Facts
We can thank the Chinese for Bacon. They first started cooking bacon 3000 years ago, making this the first processed meat.
John Harris opened the first bacon factory in Wiltshire county, England, in 1700. He developed a special curing method called “The Wiltshire Cure,” which is still used today. It gives the bacon a sweeter, less salty taste.
Click Here to see other methods for curing bacon, sure to bring even more fire to the great bacon debate.
The phrase, “Bring home the bacon,” did not start out referring to money. In the 12th century, churches would hand out a “Flitch.” A side of bacon for any married man who could swear before God that he had not fought with his wife for a year. Men who “brought home the bacon” were seen as exceptional husbands.
There is even a church of bacon. Here is their prayer.
Hail, bacon. Full of grease. The Lard is with thee. Blessed are thou amounts piggies. And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Bacon God. Holy Baconess, mother of Bacon God. Pray for our Gluttoness. Now and at the hour of our premature death. Amen! Praise the Lard.
And of course, we can’t have an article about bacon without mentioning the most famous bacon of all.
Bacon, Bacon, Bacon
What’s the best way to cook bacon? Stove-top, microwaved, baked? Let’s find out.
- One of the fastest ways to cook bacon and great tasting. I was skeptical at first, and while you don’t have grease splattering, the paper towels soak up all of the grease, and it can be messy. Two pieces of bacon at 2 1/2 minutes came out very crispy. This is a great way to cook bacon if you want to crumble it up and don’t want the added grease.
- At 400 degrees, it will take 15-25 minutes, depending on how crispy you want it. Place some foil on a baking sheet and lay the bacon directly on it if you like your bacon soft. For crispy bacon, use a cooling rack and lay the bacon on top of that. Depending on how crispy you like, it will determine your cooking time.
- Most people cook their bacon this way, enduring the occasional grease pops.
So what’s the verdict for the great bacon debate? For me, it’s never been a question. The crispier, the better! But I’m just one voice. It’s totally up to you what you like. Hell, I may have even just made up The Great Bacon Debate! Really I just wanted to talk about Bacon!!