Jan 29, 2009

That's A Lot Of Meat

That's what Hotness said after having a bite of some home made Bacon Explosion.

Let me back up a bit.

Today at work, somebody was reading about this on Yahoo news and we all got to talking about it.

The more I read about it, the more I wanted to try and make it. But that's a lot of food, despite being so unhealthy, and Hotness and I could never eat one of these as a meal.

So I gave it some thought and figured I'd scale it down a bit and make a smaller version of it.

On my way home I stopped at the grocery store and picked up:
* bacon
* mild Italian sausage
* cinnamon chipotle rub
* hickory flavored BBQ sauce

I took out four strips of bacon and sprinkled them liberally with the cinnamon chipotle rub.
Then I made a 'sausage log' about 1-1/2 inches thick and 8 inches long.
I wrapped the bacon (with the sprinkled rub on the inside) around the sausage in a spiral.
Like so:

Here's Hotness for size comparison:

(objects near the front appear larger than her head)

Then I slathered them with a nice coating of Western Family's finest Hickory flavored BBQ sauce. (It was cheap and I'm on a budget... otherwise I'd have gotten something more exotic)

The original recipe called for the meat to be cooked at 225F for about an hour for every inch of thickness. I didn't want to spend all night waiting for it to finsh, so I put it in the toaster oven and cooked it at 350F. It still took about an hour until it was done. (About a half-hour into cooking, I took it out and slapped on some more BBQ sauce).

DING! Went the timer.
I took it out and checked it with a meat thermometer. It read 160F internally, so let it cool for a couple of minutes before slicing it up into bite-size pieces.

I stuck a toothpick in a couple of them and Hotness and I each had a bite.

"That's a lot of meat!" was her first reaction.
I had a couple and said, "Whoa. That's IS a lot of meat."

It's good but I certainly wouldn't want it as a main course meal item.
It would be better as an hors d'ourve or appetizer.
Also, I think it needed more BBQ sauce. The stuff I basted on and let cook was okay but you really couldn't taste it. I think maybe a side of sauce for dipping would be good. Then you could get as much or as little as you feel inclined to have.

Overall, I liked it.
Much more than when I made "chicken fried bacon" a while back. The chicken fried bacon was okay, but after about three pieces it became overwhelming and stopped tasting good. Then it sat in my stomache like a grease-flavored brick.

This sausage and bacon "expolsion" is much better, although I have a feeling it would wear out it's welcome quickly if it were a meal.

1 things people had to say:

Elwood said...

Looks yummy, though!