Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mmmmmm.... Bacon....

Last Saturday we had some people over whose company we really enjoy, to visit with us and our dogs, enjoy some delicious food, exterminate some balloons with extreme prejudice (and some paper targets) and just enjoy each others company. We decided to try our hand at making some Bacon Explosions for the occasion. We used some thick sliced hickory bacon and made the bacon weave as described by the recipe. We made two of them with some store bought mild Italian sausage and two of them with one of our homemade sausage recipes.












They took about twice as long to get done as what we expected from the recipe, which in retrospect is pretty standard with our smoker, so everybody was good and hungry once they came off the smoker. We served them with baked beans, homemade biscuits, cole slaw and plenty of homemade barbecue sauce and sweet tea. They were very tasty. For desert, my wife had made us a funfetti cake that was also delicious. Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves and the dogs certainly had a full day, they were wiped out that evening, as were we.

5 comments:

Bell said...

Did you do a basket weave with bacon? Is that what I was seeing? Oh my goodness! That is so unusual and, I have to admit, very appealing. I think I need this recipe.

YD said...

Bacon, YUM! That looks so delicious! It does look like it would stop your heart after eating it but who cares? Only live once in life, enjoy it while you can, right?
How long did it take? I may try this but I would use hot sausages.

Mrs. JP said...

The bacon explosions were great. It's a heart attack on a plate but why not go out with a greasy smile? Actually, it wasn't that greasy because they were smoked. It was fun making them because after you do the weave (sounds like a dance move) you get to fry the leftover bacon. Of course you must try the bacon to make sure it's just right. They were so good (how good were they?) that we're making them for our family Easter dinner. I think JP's making one with hamburger and cheese inside so it'll be a bacon cheeseburger explosion!

JP said...

@Bell: Yes, that is a bacon weave. The original recipe is linked if you click on "Bacon Explosions" above.

@YD: The creator of the Bacon Explosion (linked in the entry above) recommends smoking it at 225° until it reaches an internal temp of 165°, and states that it takes his about 2 and a half hours. Mine took about twice that long, and I was aiming for an internal temp of 175°, just because I want to make sure the sausage is well cooked.

Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh my goodness... those pictures made my mouth water!