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The Bacon Takedown Series sponsored by Hormel® Black Label®

Friday, March 9, 2012 Review by Brian

The Bacon Takedown Series sponsored by Hormel® Black Label® bacon is kicking off its third annual tour around the country to find the most delicious and unconventional bacon recipes.

Minneapolis Guest & Matt Timms- July2010 - Hormel Foods

Minneapolis Guest & Matt Timms- July2010 - Hormel Foods

Hosted by Matt Timms (thetakedowns.com), the event is hitting six cities this year:

  • Austin, TX—March 11th
  • Denver, CO—April 22nd
  • Boston, MA—June 24th
  • San Francisco, CA—July 15th
  • Chicago, IL—September 16th
  • Brooklyn, NY –October 14th

Each event features 20 local amateur chefs who accept the challenge of cooking recipes with bacon for 200-300 people who then taste and vote on their favorite. Die-hard bacon-clad fans including those dressed as walking strips of bacon, donning bacon beards, and others with curly-q tails pined to their behinds can be seen at the events, and teams of participants have also been known to create theme tables and dress up for the part—past tables have had Girl Scouts and Kentucky Derby themes, to name a few.

The participating cooks receive 15 pounds of Hormel® Black Label® bacon to create their bacon dish —in the past entries have included new takes on classic favorites and wonderfully bizarre concoctions, including:

  • An entire meal out of Bacon including Bacon Wonton, Watermelon Salad & Coconut Soup w/ Praline Bacon
  • Bacon Wrapped Pork Belly on a Stick
  • Nacho Bacon
  • Pineapple Bacon Bombs & Bunches of Bacon Bar
  • Bacon Maple Caramel
  • Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese Bites Wrapped in Bacon

Then it’s up to the judges and the crowd to pick their favorites! The winner receives a one-year supply of Hormel® Black Label® bacon and other cooking related-items. A random audience member and taster at each event will also be selected to receive a one-year supply of Hormel® Black Label® bacon.

Many of the Bacon Takedown events sell out in advance with bacon fans eager to taste creations from their hometown cooks. Tickets to the events in each city are very low-priced (between $10- $15) so make sure to get tickets early! Anyone can sign-up to be a contestant, so watch out for the “call for contestants” on www.thetakedowns.com to enter as a cheftestant!

Fans should visit www.facebook.com/HormelBacon to stay up to date on events and get in on the bacon goodness. The page will feature the best recipes and photos from each of the events and original bacon films—think bacon as the subject of dramas, comedies and film noire! A polling application is also available for fans to share all of the ways that they enjoy bacon.

 

Portland Bacon Takedown Serving  May 2011 - Hormel Foods

Portland Bacon Takedown Serving May 2011 - Hormel Foods

SF Bacon Takedown Line - July 2011 - Hormel Foods

SF Bacon Takedown Line - July 2011 - Hormel Foods