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what's with the bacon?

Post by mooserider » Sat Jun 13, 2015 5:11 am

I've been reading these posts for a while, and I just can't figure out what the crazed nearly-religious fervor about bacon is about. Yeah, it's tasty, but I can get by without it. So why is bacon so important to Burning Man?

Note that I have a brother-in-law who's a member of the Bacon of the Month Club, so I know a few bacon fanatics off-playa. But it seems that there is almost a cult of bacon on the playa. So could someone please explain this devotion to bacon to this not-yet-dusted burgin? :-)

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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by ygmir » Sat Jun 13, 2015 5:28 am

it is my feeling this one is either crazy or stupid. At minimum a heretic.
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Post by tamarakay » Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:31 am

What I had for supper last night:

Grill six scallions (only the white and light green parts), coat with oil, salt and pepper, grill till slightly charred.
Cut four peaches in half (freestone peaches are best). Cut up the scallions and place evenly in the peaches (where the pits were removed)
Wrap each peach half with two pieced of bacon, secure the bacon with toothpicks that have been soaked in water for about thirty minutes.
Grill the peaches cut side down for 2-3 minutes, then turn and grill another 2-3 minutes, then keep turning to avoid burnage but allow the bacon to cook all over.

I know that doesn't answer your question, but it sure is yummy lol

We precook bacon before we get to the playa and then just heat it up on the grill when we want to eat it. Two or three pieces usually fill me up since my appetite is so diminished out there. And it just tastes better on the playa than anywhere else in the world.
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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by GreyCoyote » Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:45 am

OP: Go to Burningman. Sweat your balls off. Invert your schedule. Party like a rock star. Eat nothing but camp food on-the-fly. Dehydrate.

Now, somewhere around Friday, film your reaction to bacon being offered. Then you'll get it.
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Post by FIGJAM » Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:46 am

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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by Doctor VonBacon » Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:59 am

Bacon is simply the solid form of love, goodness, and all that is right in the universe.
I like eggs.

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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by Captain Goddammit » Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:41 am

In 2013 the First Mate and I crashed out on our M/V on the inner playa near just off the Esplanade not far from Center Camp on Thursday night.
When we woke up Friday morning and started to go, we heard someone yelling "Bacon!! I'm serious, bacon going in the frying pan right now!!"
You KNOW I immediately swung around and headed over. Turns out his camp stove was broken; he was with the Hawaii core burn crew, and was frying bacon in the pan right on the still-smouldering ashes of his art burn the prior night.
I fired up my coffeemaker and brought him hot coffee with Bailey's (he hadn't had any coffee since he'd left home) and we hung out, talked about Hawaii and other awesome things, and had about the best morning on the playa ever.

All because of bacon.
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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by A-RockLeFrench » Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:08 am

apavlin wrote: Note that I have a brother-in-law who's a member of the Bacon of the Month Club, so I know a few bacon fanatics off-playa. But it seems that there is almost a cult of bacon on the playa.

For the real bacon fanatics.

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Re: what's with the bacon?

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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by Eric » Sat Jun 13, 2015 10:47 am

apavlin wrote:I've been reading these posts for a while, and I just can't figure out what the crazed nearly-religious fervor about bacon is about. Yeah, it's tasty, but I can get by without it. So why is bacon so important to Burning Man?
Honest answer - it's an intense burst of salt & flavor when you're run down & tired. This said, I'm a vegetarian & don't touch the stuff (pickles are my go-to - real brined pickles, not nasty vinegar shit).

It's also become a Pavlovian meme at this point, where someone says "bacon" and everyone has to bark about it (just like the barking that follows the word "DJ").
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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by Doctor VonBacon » Sat Jun 13, 2015 10:54 am

Eric wrote:where someone says "bacon" and everyone has to bark about it (just like the barking that follows the word "DJ").
If DJs gave out bacon, maybe we would be nicer to them.
I like eggs.

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Post by MyDearFriend » Sat Jun 13, 2015 11:58 am

Doctor VonBacon wrote:
Eric wrote:where someone says "bacon" and everyone has to bark about it (just like the barking that follows the word "DJ").
If DJs gave out bacon, maybe we would be nicer to them.

No, we wouldn't.
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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by mgb327 » Sat Jun 13, 2015 12:03 pm

Whilst at BM, I have one piece of bacon each morning....with a side of 16 more pieces. I don't eat bacon off-playa often.
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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by Elliot » Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:48 pm

In other words, apavlin, bacon is kind'a like PBR, a tradition and running joke. People will joke about the "major food groups of Burning Man" and the first two will be PBR and bacon. But yeah, bacon just happens to taste just right out there, and I cannot explain why -- but I think Eric nails it with "burst of salt and flavor". We tend to crave electrolytes out there (salt), and with much bland "survival food", flavor.
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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by Jovankat » Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:40 pm

A-RockLeFrench wrote:For the real bacon fanatics.
*Salivates* I'm tempted to give this a go but unbaconified pork belly is freaking awesome too. It doesn't seem to be as ubiquitous here in the US as back home. Damn now I want pork belly!
Eric wrote: I'm a vegetarian & don't touch the stuff (pickles are my go-to - real brined pickles, not nasty vinegar shit).
Have you ever had grilled or fried halloumi? It's a very salty and entirely delicious cheese that is even better once cooked. I think of it as vegetarian bacon. It's another thing that doesn't seem as common here, but maybe I just haven't noticed it.

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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by maladroit » Sat Jun 13, 2015 10:14 pm

Bacon is a cured meat, it keeps better in your cooler than plain raw meat. It's easy to cook on a camp stove or campfire with minimal cooking utensils. Once cooked, bacon is finger food...great for sharing. Bacon is a welcome addition to almost any other type of meal. Bacon is ready as soon as it's cooked, it doesn't need to be marinated, sauced, or seasoned in order to taste great. Frying bacon smells great and the smell carries pretty far, so it's easy to identify what someone is cooking. Bacon grease can be used for cooking other things. Bacon doesn't need to be peeled, sliced, trimmed, marinated, or tenderized before cooking, the only preparations are heating up the pan and opening the package. A strip of bacon is eaten completely, it doesn't leave a wrapper, core, seeds, skin, or bones behind to pose a garbage / moop problem.

The main reason you run into it all over the playa is because, for the above reasons, it's just a really practical food for a week of camping. Couple that with the fact that for many, it'll be the first "real" cooked food they eat after a couple days of Clif bars, and it was bound to obtain mythical status.

Here's a hint...hot dogs also taste really, really good out there, and many people bring them. Still, they're messier and more inconvenient than bacon.

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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by trilobyte » Sat Jun 13, 2015 11:36 pm

There's an old adage about Burning Man that I think also applies here.

To those who've never been, no words can describe it.
To those who have, no words are necessary.

Some aspects of the event are difficult, if not impossible to really convey through the medium of text on the screen. You'll figure it out soon enough.

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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by Elliot » Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:30 am

:D
What Trilo said.

By the way.... A few years ago at Burning man... I ate a product called Spam for the first time. And I liked it. Should I seek professional help? :wink:
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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by AntiM » Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:46 am

No, but you should seek a second opinion once you encounter Spam-flavored macadamia nuts.

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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by Captain Goddammit » Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:30 am

How could a discussion about yummy bacon have gotten down to Spam-flavored macadamia nuts ... ?
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Re: what's with the bacon?

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Post by pink » Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:39 pm

It is my opinion that the current defaultia cult of bacon arose from burners and is a cultural dissemination much like what The Hat is trying to do with all of his 'transformational' speeches/talks/nonprofit/etc.

You don't need a nonprofit, donations, etc. all you need is bacon!
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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by Captain Goddammit » Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:51 pm

Moderators! Can we get a sticky?!
New playa rations list:
1. Bacon.
2. PBR
3. Shade, cooler, camp stove.
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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by A-RockLeFrench » Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:52 pm

Captain Goddammit wrote: playa rations list:
1. Bacon.
2. PBR
3. Shade, cooler, camp stove.
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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by maladroit » Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:14 pm

Add pickles and we're good. You can use the bacon to lure in someone carrying a bottle of Jameson, and then you have picklebacks.

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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by Captain Goddammit » Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:10 pm

Oh shit you're right,

4. Picklebacks.

You've gotta try a pickleback with good tequila and sweet-pickle juice.
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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by GreyCoyote » Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:53 am

Captain Goddammit wrote:Oh shit you're right,

4. Picklebacks.

You've gotta try a pickleback with good tequila and sweet-pickle juice.
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Post by FaeTora » Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:26 pm

apavlin wrote:I've been reading these posts for a while, and I just can't figure out what the crazed nearly-religious fervor about bacon is about. Yeah, it's tasty, but I can get by without it. So why is bacon so important to Burning Man?

Note that I have a brother-in-law who's a member of the Bacon of the Month Club, so I know a few bacon fanatics off-playa. But it seems that there is almost a cult of bacon on the playa. So could someone please explain this devotion to bacon to this not-yet-dusted burgin? :-)
Honestly, for me, it came down to need. Fat for calories (as you burn a lot on the playa) and salt to help me retain water. I never thought it would taste so good until three days in the dust.
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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by tatonka » Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:14 pm

just made some bacon jam , very good on toast in the morning :)
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Re: what's with the bacon?

Post by Molotov » Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:44 pm

For the vegetarian that craves junk food-- soy doggies!..... (These probably taste like deep fried ass)
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