The Bacon explosion came to be in 2008 on a BBQ blog. It quickly gained world wide notoriety receiving more than 500,000 hits and 16,000 links to the blog. It is at its core Primal and at its grandest, a finely tuned carnivorous Masterpiece. My friend Scott Cowley @scottcowley first got me interested in it with his passion for Bacon. I wanted to do it but was kind of nervous…. Who would eat it? Who would enjoy what I was doing and smoking this manly piece of Heaven? Well I found 2 buddies and we did it for New Years Eve 2010.
I started by buying thick cut Bacon and Italian sausage. I read up on what needed to be done and how to prepare it. It quickly amazed me how well the lattice looked on the web and then I realized that this was the hardest thing for me to master. I had to constantly adjust the spacing and still could not get it right! After the lattice of bacon; I sliced bacon into small pieces and cooked them. Getting the sausage spread over the lattice I had created, was the easy part. After the bacon was done I was ready. I put some Rub on the sausage and some incredible sauce and got it rolled. I found it was easier to just roll the whole thing together.
I then went to the smoker and put it on after the friends had come over, I smoked it for about 3 ½ hours (it took that long because it was 5 degrees outside) I put my meat thermometer into it and set it to 160 degrees. At 150 I put this on it (Brian’s BBQ Sauce) and let it glaze for the last 10 degrees.
I took it out and we laughed and smirked at what we were about to partake. I cut into it and was amazed at the incredible aroma that sneaked up on me! I took about a ¾ inch slice and dove in….. Guys (and gals) this was amazing. It blew me away that there was such depth in flavor. I had used an Italian sausage with a little bit of kick. And the bacon I cooked for the inside I did until really brown so I could have the charred flavor… It was absolutely outta this world… More than I had anticipated. Everyone loved it (except for my wife, she doesn’t do spicy) It was a great way to taste the different layers and the rolled aspect of it only magnified the profiles.
My grade for myself on this project B- (I just couldn’t get the lattice right)
My grade for the Bacon Explosion…. SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTOUS!!!!!