Featured Cookingbites Recipe Challenge: Bacon

Discussion in 'Competitions & Challenges, Questions & Quizzes' started by morning glory, Mar 2, 2019.

  1. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Welcome to the CookingBites Recipe Challenge. Our judge @TodayInTheKitchen who won the previous challenge has chosen Bacon as the next ingredient. This includes Bacon, Pancetta, Back bacon, Turkey bacon, and Vegan bacon.

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    To enter, all you need to do is post a recipe featuring bacon as a new thread, tag it "CookingBites Recipe Challenge" and post a link to it in this thread. The challenge will run for three weeks, ending at 12:00 GMT on 24th March.

    Challenge rules and a list of previous winners and ingredients can be found here.
     
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2019
  2. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    Does the "gammon" that I cured, braised and smoked count as bacon?
     
  3. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    SatNavSaysStraightOn (Site Owner) Staff Member

    Location:
    NSW, Australia
    Personally I don't think it does counts as bacon but that is up to @TodayInTheKitchen to confirm .
     
  4. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

  5. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    It was called braised bacon on the menu where I had it, has a bacon cure, was smoked like bacon, and gets crisped in a hot skillet before use, so that's why I asked.
     
  6. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    We could be in for an interesting debate because I think the definitions of 'bacon' vary across different cultures/countries. @MypinchofItaly also asked regarding pigs' cheeks which I think is the Italian cured Guanciale (not raw pigs' cheeks):

    Hey ho... we will leave it to @TodayInTheKitchen to decide. :D
     
  7. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    I also made a German/Austrian speck (different from Italian) with hog jowl. It was also cured and smoked very similar to bacon.

    Just as an FYI, pancetta and guanciale are very, very, very similar, just a matter of using a different part of the pig.
     
  8. TodayInTheKitchen

    TodayInTheKitchen Active Member Recipe Challenge Judge

    Location:
    Detroit, MI
    @medtran49, I did a little research (mainly Google) and I will accept guanciale
     
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  9. TodayInTheKitchen

    TodayInTheKitchen Active Member Recipe Challenge Judge

    Location:
    Detroit, MI
    The pictures look awesome. The articles I read indicate "gammon" comes from the area of the pig more associated to "ham" than "bacon". The so-called experts (...with Google, everyone thinks they are experts. :D ) are not in agreement on whether to classify gammon as cured "ham" or as bacon.

    So here is my judgement...For the month of March in 2019 on the CookingBites forum only, gammon will be officially classified as "bacon".
     
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2019
  10. TodayInTheKitchen

    TodayInTheKitchen Active Member Recipe Challenge Judge

    Location:
    Detroit, MI
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2019
  11. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    It was a coincidence I happen to be making that yesterday!
     
  12. epicuric

    epicuric Über Member Staff Member

    Location:
    Shropshire, UK
    Good choice @TodayInTheKitchen. Nearing the top of my 'to do' list is investigating curing bacon without using nitrites. A while ago I did some bacon chops using traditional Prague powder (I still have loads left over) but recent health warnings on the effects of nitrites has got me slightly concerned as I probably eat too much bacon and sausage. By strange coincidence I was offered a place on a pork butchery course last Friday which included a charcuterie element. Sadly, I couldn't make time at short notice.
     
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  13. detroitdad

    detroitdad Senior Member

    Location:
    Ypsilanti, MI.
    it's not recipe worthy. I fried up bacon pieces, then added it to the venison that I'm grilling up later.

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  14. TodayInTheKitchen

    TodayInTheKitchen Active Member Recipe Challenge Judge

    Location:
    Detroit, MI
    I see that you did add it to the Dish of the Month - Burgers post. Excellent job.
     
  15. detroitdad

    detroitdad Senior Member

    Location:
    Ypsilanti, MI.
    I will as soon as I cook it.
     
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