I used to eat it. In fact, I liked it quite a bit. It had to be cooked extra crispy - not burnt - but extra crispy so that it would crunch each time my teeth bit into the extra salty bits. At some point it touched the sweetness of maple syrup when they both mingled on a plate years ago, and then I took my bacon with a touch a sweetness. However, as time went on, I lost my taste for bacon. And bacon was really the only pork item I ever really liked, so I now stay away from all pork products. The texture, the smell, the taste... there is really nothing about this particular food item that I find appealing.
Shocking - I know. Perhaps I am an anomoly. A one of a kind. People love this cut of meat - there is truly an obsession around bacon, and I just for the life of me cannot understand it. I fully understand the allure of all things pork - I mean I do not think that there is any other animal that can offer so many different kinds of cuts. However recently, there has been a disturbingly high amount of buzz around what can be "done" with bacon, and I know for a fact that I am not the only one who finds this buzz bizarre (Steevy...)
Take, for example, chocolate. Pure, rich, and smooth. OK, so someone somewhere thought it would be a good idea to throw in some bacon. Add a little smokey flavor, a little crunch, and I am all for the sweet/savory thing. But it has not stopped there.
Next came the cupcake. There is an obsession with cupcakes, and with it comes the growing need to improve on an already great thing. So why not add bacon? Well, because it just sounds wrong. OK - no, I have not tried it and I have no intention of trying it. I have already had one open heart surgery and have no plans for another. Bacon, butter, oil, sugar, more butter, flour, more sugar, chocolate, more bacon. No, there is just something truly wrong with this concept.
(photo from Mr. Baconpants http://www.mrbaconpants.com/about/)
If sweet is not your thing, I came across a heart stopping (literally) artery clogging dish called "Bacon Explosion". Essentially it is bacon and sausage all rolled up (or "weaved together - and here I thought weaving was only for baskets and hair) and rubbed down with your favorite BBQ sauce (make sure that you use your favorite, because it could very well be your last meal). And then it is bake in the oven or cooked on a BBQ. Not sure why it is baked. At this point, the whole thing should just be deep fried...
If people love bacon so much, why can't you just eat it as is? The taste is complex enough that it does not need to be "weaved" into a sausage roll up. Yes, a good BLT is something to write home about, but why add all this extra stuff with it? My husband loves the stuff, he loves pork, and I often hear the phrase "Bacon makes it better..." but I really do not buy it.
But don't be upset with me - think about it - it only means that there is just that much more bacon for the rest of you.