The recent so-called bacon shortage outcry gave everyone a serious scare. At one point it was deemed unavoidable, but, thankfully, the heart palpitations suffered across the country were all for naught. There is no bacon shortage looming. We’ll just have to pay a little more for it at the store.
So in honor of this good news, Tailgate Fan is celebrating bacon by looking at the best and biggest it has to offer and the people who take advantage of its salty goodness. Enjoy.
Fastest Trek Across Antarctica
You’re probably wondering what this particular record has to do with bacon. Well, I’m glad you asked. Back in 2009, three Canadian gentlemen broke a world record for trekking across Antarctica to the South Pole, finishing the 100-mile journey in 33 days, 23 hours and 30 minutes. More impressive still is that they did so by eating a 7,000-calorie-per-day diet, which included deep-fried bacon, cheese and butter. Yet another huge victory for bacon.
Bacon World Record Holder
Most people probably aren’t too shocked to learn that the bacon world recorder holder’s name is “The Human Vacuum.” Of course it is. Mark Lye, known for his ability to take in large amounts of food in a Hoover-like fashion, currently holds the record, consuming 54 slices of bacon in five minutes.
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Biggest Bacon Explosion
It’s not what you think. A “bacon explosion” isn’t, in fact, an actual explosion; it’s two pounds of Italian sausage wrapped in bacon and covered in barbecue sauce. It’s an explosion of flavor, if you will. The world record for biggest bacon explosion belongs to Matthew Willer, who decided to create a 120-pound explosion, twice the size of the original record holder. Willer, with the help of friends, constructed an explosion that included 60 pounds of sausage, 60 pounds of bacon and 10 pounds of barbecue sauce. It took the team nine hours to cook and totaled about 150,000 calories. That’s impressive.
World’s Biggest Bacon Cheeseburger
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Created by the chefs at Black Bear Casino in Minnesota, this monster of a bacon cheeseburger weighs in at over 2,000 pounds and exceeds 10 feet in a total diameter. Atop this giant burger is 60 pounds of bacon and a whole host of other toppings, bringing the calorie count to over four million.
Nothing like merging two of man’s best friends into one amazingly brilliant product. The team over at Rogue Ales brings you the Bacon Maple Ale, which also includes maple syrup. All of these ingredients separately are magnificent, so one can only imagine what it tastes like when they’re all merged into one. Probably something close to heaven in a bottle.
The Bacon Coffin
For the bacon lovers out there who just can’t live, or die, without their bacon, J&D’s Foods gives you the bacon coffin. No, it’s not made out of bacon, but it is designed with giant bacon strips, and sells for about $3,000. If that isn’t in your budget, you can always opt for their bacon lip balm or maybe some bacon popcorn instead.
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Tom Lorenzo is a freelance sports, entertainment and pop culture writer from New York City. You can follow him on Twitter @TomLorenzo.