How to Make Homemade Bacon

How to Make Homemade Bacon

Happy 2011!  I hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year’s!

If you came here today to see Mountain Mondays, low-fat recipes or tips on healthier living in the New Year…I am sorry, no can do today.

Instead, we are makin’ bacon!  Now, I know that may not be the healthiest of options as we are at the very beginning of the New Year, however, I have had so many requests for this recipe, I wanted to respond to incessant begging those requests and share this recipe with you.

Do you remember this guy?  This is Chef Kevin Rathbun, of Rathbun’s in Atlanta (also Rathbun’s Steak and Krog Bar).  He is the Chef that provided our cooking demo at The Viking Store for the kick-off event at Food Blog Forum Atlanta in September.  He and his brother, Kent, also kicked Bobby Flay’s butt won on Iron Chef America a few years ago.

I was feeling like a midget that day!

He is also the Chef that had something to do with this obsession that many of the food bloggers who attended Food Blog Forum Atlanta now have with pork belly and bacon!  Too many hours on Twitter and too many glasses of Cava later…I decided that I must do this post!  Gotta meet the the demands of the screaming masses on this one! 😉

It seems that many people get weak-kneed and totally turn to mush at the mention of pork belly.  If you don’t know what pork belly is, it is basically uncured bacon and Chef Rathbun sure knows how to cook up some pork belly!  People are still talking about those Pork Belly Tacos that he prepared for us in September!  When I googled “Pork Belly Tacos”, I found many of the bloggers posts from this event!  Obsessed is right!

Makin' fancy bacon - Pork Belly Tacos! (photo courtesy of Food Blog Forum)

The recipe for Chef Rathbun’s “Thick Cut” Grilled Bacon and Sweet and Spicy Sticky Sauce was given to the attendees at The Viking party, but many people missed picking it up, so I am going to share it with you here.  The rest of you are going to be so excited that you have this recipe, too!

In fact, I saw Chef Rathbun New Year’s Eve and I secured his blessing to blast it all over the internet go ahead and use it on my site.  Just wanted to be sure…you wouldn’t want to have a guy this size on your bad side, now would you? 😮

SO good...Pork Belly right out of the oven (photo courtesy of Food Blog Forum)

Since making bacon takes between four to eight weeks (and it’s better the longer you wait), you will have some time to eat salads and run around the block a few times to lose those extra pounds and get back into shape after the holiday gorging.  Your bacon will be ready for you right after you do all of that and it will be sooo worth the calories and the weight wait!

Just think of all the things you can make with your homemade bacon!  In fact, if you are a bit creative in the kitchen, you might even be able to figure out how to make some of these decadent Pork Belly Tacos.  In the meantime, I am working on getting that recipe, too! :)

Pork Belly Tacos - We are all obsessed! (photo courtesy of Food Blog Forum)

Here is the recipe!