Archive for February, 2010

Bacon Lombardi Trophy

February 23, 2010

There’s been a lot of press about this so I gotta get this post up.  Thank you to Andrew Loos and BBQ Addicts for introducing the world to the Bacon Lombardi and for putting up the first post.

It all started when Chris Martin, my roommate and VFX compositor extraordinairre made a rockin flyer for Bacon Bowl II.  Once I saw it, I knew it had to be made a reality.

Bacon Bowl II: Electric Boogaloo

I couldn’t figure out how to do it though.  I thought about the Bacon explosion but I didn’t think I could get enough structural integrity to make it in 3D.  Come on now, Avatar in 3D has changed the game.  I couldn’t just make a trophy on a sheet pan.  It had to stand.

So, I grabbed a big hunk of ham.  IT was actually hard to find something unsliced but I found what I needed and started slicing away.

And for the ball, the only thing that goes great with ham and bacon and resembles a football to boot.  A pineapple!

And then…  Apply Bacon!  I just kept using as many toothpicks as I could to try and avoid dreaded shrinkage.

I would have smoked it, but I knew I was going to be smoking some salmon (thank you Alton Brown.  The ladies always love it!) and possibly Allan’s stuffed mushrooms, and who knows what else.  I was just never going to have room in my smoker.  Maybe that just means it’s time to step it up and get a bigger one.

A little while after throwing it in the oven, I heard a dreaded thump.  The Bacombardi had fallen over.  Time to get into grip mode and shore that thing up for the slow cook I was planning on.

And finally I had a finished product!

And here are the pics that are already all over the interwebs thanks to BBQaddicts.com and Intentional Foul.

AND, I just found out today, we made the evening news on WKRC in Cincinnati.  Check it out!

Bacon Bowl II

February 23, 2010

So I’ve obviously been slacking on this blog.  I continue making bacon dishes.  I even keep photographing them.  I just get lazy about posting them.  I have too many food shows and blogs that I’d rather catch up on rather than creating my own.

But I have to post about the Bacon Bowl II.  We did a small version for our annual Super Bowl party last year but this years was way better.  Let’s take a look…

People brought over all sorts of stuff but Bacon and chocolate were out in force.

Jared (of "Year of the Cow" fame) made straight up Bacon Chocolate

Jared (of "Year of the Cow" fame) made straight up Bacon Chocolate

Alex

Alex Theurer made some chocolate dipped bacom with a side of bacon wrapped breadsticks

The one, the only Paul Lambiase made a bunch of chocolate covered bacon. That was all that was left by the time I got the shot.

Paul also made us a fine desert. Bacon weave apple pie with rosemary. Awesome!

There were of course Bacon Explosions. Made a little lighter with ground turkey instead of the ground sausage. But still delicious!

Chris Martin made a crawfish gumbo with some homemade duck stock in honor of the soon to be champion Saints. The trinity and sausage was of course sauteed in bacon fat.

I didn’t get any pictures of my breaded pork tenderloin sliders in honor of the Colts.  They just went too fast.  I also didn’t get any pictures of my bacon cheesecakes.  Seriously, if anyone has more pics, send them my way.

One of the spreads of food. I think that's Allan Holt's Muffaletta for the Saints in the bottom right. Some mini Bacon cheese corn muffins top tight.

And of course, there was the Bacon Lombardi!  But you’ll have to check out the next post to find out more about that.