This past Saturday I went to the most glorious, best smelling food competition ever. The first annual Bacon Bowl was presented by Petit Jean Meats in Fayetteville, AR. And the star of the show was bacon in all sorts of different forms.
This cooking competition had both entrée and dessert categories – but all dishes had to feature Petit Jean bacon. And I can truthfully say that they were all really, really good!
I invited my Dad along because he’s as big a bacon lover as I am, and we had a great time eating our way through the different entries.
Adam Poch, known as the “Heavy Metal Teddy Bear” on season 13 of Big Brother was one of the food judges – and seemed to be having a good time around all the bacon-lovin’ Arkansans!
Also, world champion grill master Randy Lann and the Dallas Cowboys Grill Team gave cooking demonstrations throughout the day and doled out samples of such surprisingly tasty morsels as skewers of grilled pineapple and bacon, chocolate covered bacon strips, and bacon-bananas foster.
That last one was my favorite of theirs and featured sliced bananas, brown sugar, butter, and maple syrup cooked up in a frying pan plus fried crispy bacon. The whole thing gave a wonderful spicy-sweet quality to the bananas. Who knew??
Here’s a 5 minute video featuring the day’s highlights – plus shots of some very sophisticated dishes, including 2 that used truffle oil. Enjoy! You’re about to get very hungry for bacon…
The overall grand champion award went to the bacon wrapped meatloaf, which is shown in the video and was really, really good. It was my Dad’s favorite and featured truffle and parmesan whipped mashed potatoes and bacon-infused gravy.
Yum! These winners will now get a chance to represent Northwest Arkansas in a March 2014 competition in New Orleans.
By the way, the bacon-wrapped chicken and white truffle sauce I mentioned in the video did well too, receiving the People’s Choice Entrée award.
If you missed this event, be sure to come out next year for Bacon Bowl 2014. We’ll definitely be there again. And my Dad says he’ll be entering the bacon eating contest. Or cooking. Or just going around sampling again. No matter what, it’ll be another good time!