Today’s post is all about the bacon. Sweet, crispy, salty delicious bacon. If you’re at all familiar with the paleo diet than you know that paleo folks are crazy for bacon. It’s a (mostly) healthy protein source and God’s gift to our taste buds. I truly look forward to our lazy weekend mornings because I know that there’s usually bacon involved. Bacon and coffee are the two main reasons why I even roll out of bed on a Sunday morning.
Luckily, you can find pretty decent bacon at most any grocery store. Read this post, tell your friends about it and then go get some! Just please, whatever you do, do NOT buy turkey bacon. Turkey bacon is usually full of junk and fillers. Turkeys don’t make bacon! Strange chopped up turkey parts + strange additives = strange turkey bacon. Eww!
But I thought nitrates/nitrites are going to end the world! Not really. Its extremely difficult to produce bacon without some added nitrates or nitrites. If I’m at a Whole Foods or ordering online where I can get bacon without nitrates/nitrites I’ll do so. If not, I’ll just but the cleanest of what’s available. I encourage you to read this post by Chris Kresser on the nitrates/nitrites bacon debate. Don’t stress over it.
Do check the label for any strange ingredients. Sugar in bacon is used during the curing process and is okay. If you look at the percentage of sugar on the nutrient label you’ll find that its about 0% sugar. That’s a negligible amount. Don’t stress over it.
My main concern when I buy bacon is how the pig was raised and what it ate. Buying pastured bacon (i.e. the pigs got to roll around in the mud and eat some real food) is important. High quality meat yields healthier meat and healthier fat with a higher nutritional value. And bacon is full of fat. But if you can only find regular ol’ bacon at your grocery store that’s okay. Don’t stress over it.
I’ve outlined below what I have come to realize is the absolute best way to cook bacon. Forget splattering your kitchen with grease. There’s zero clean-up with this method and the bacon turns out perfectly cooked every time. Please pin, post, share and yell this on the roof tops. I think everyone deserves to know how to perfectly cook bacon!
Give it a go today and let me know what you think!
BEST BACON EVER!
I actually ended up cooking my bacon for about 16 minutes to get it perfectly crisp on the edge but still a bit chewy. That’s just how I like it. If you like it super crispy just keep going!
Here’s a shot of what it looked like during the baking process. Drooling yet? Click the image to get bacon in yo’ face!
Did I mention that this is the BEST way to cook bacon? You can do a lot of it at once. Just use another baking sheet! Whilst the bacon was baking I was busy frying up some farm fresh eggs to go along with it. Nothing in the world beats bacon and eggs! If you ever need a quick week-night dinner cook up some bacon and eggs. I bet no one would complain!
If you were lucky enough to obtain some clean bacon go ahead and save the bacon grease! I simply lifted the foil and funneled it into my little “pork fat” jar. I keep this in the pantry and use it to cook eggs. It’s good stuff y’all!
In case you’re wondering, Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon is that bacon that I purchase from Whole Foods. It’s SO good. I’m looking to find a local farmer who can hook me up with a whole heap of bacon.
Let me know how this turns out for you! I’m sure you’ll love it!