Minneapolis Bacon Takedown: May 11th @ 2pm

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 Review by Brian

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Hormel® Black Label® has been in a state of bacon mania for over 100 years, and this year, it’s bringing back the Bacon Takedown Series to Minneapolis to inspire local chefs to compete for bacon glory and display their love for the delectable dish. Recognizing that consumers are using bacon in more and different ways than ever before, Hormel® Black Label® will takes its innovative flavor profiles and smoke combinations and arm amateur chef competitors with 15 pounds of its bacon. Competitors will go belly to belly to show-off their cooking talents and demonstrate what Black Label knows best: they’re serious about bacon.

Tasters will Experience

  • Fun in the photobooth with bacon moustaches, pig snouts and the opportunity to turn into a life-sized bacon strip, all made sharable on Facebook!
  • Up to 20 delicious and diverse Hormel® Black Label® inspired bacon dishes ranging from classic favorites to wonderfully bizarre.
  • Prizes for contestants and randomly selected audience members include cooking-related items and of course, Black Label bacon.
  • The event is all-ages and family friendly.

Matt Timms, producer and food competition extraordinaire, will lead the bacon charge for the fourth annual Bacon Takedown series. This is the Takedown’s first trip back to Minneapolis since the inaugural 2010 Series. Top rated bacon dishes from Minnesotans in the last go-round included:

  • Brown Butter Cereal Bars with Candied Bacon
  • Bacon S’Mores with Cherry Wrapped Bacon
  • Curry Sweet Potato Bacon Fritters

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Minneapolis Bacon Takedown > May 11th

Friday, May 3, 2013 Review by Brian

Minneapolis Bacon Take Down 2013

It’s back! The Minneapolis Bacon Take Down comes to to The Fine Line Music Cafe on May 11 @ 2pm. Try 20 local bacon recipes and VOTE at The Minneapolis Bacon Take Down!

 Tickets can be purchase online here:


If you’re interesting in competing, email: chilitakedown@gmail.com for more information. You’ll be provided with 15lbs of sponsor Hormel Black Label Bacon as a base for your bacon recipe  You could win a year’s supply of bacon! Cookware from Analon, Wusthof and Microplane! And more!!!!

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Kristen Olson - Winner of the 2010 - Twin Cities Bacon Takedown

Kristen Olson – Winner of the 2010 – Twin Cities Bacon Takedown

Minneapolis Guest & Matt Timms- July2010 - Hormel Foods

Minneapolis Guest & Matt Timms- July2010 – Hormel Foods

More information about the Take Down:

The Takedown blasted into existence in the winter of 2003 – in a little hovel somewhere in Brooklyn NYC. Everyone loves us, so the Takedown has quickly grown into an adult-sized event. The press is insane, and in it’s wake, other cooking events across the country were more recently spawned, but the Takedown will always be the first and awesomest! Self-taught cooks bring in their brilliant creations and compete for money, prizes, and self respect. The TD is NATIONWIDE now- and happening in a city near you! Austin, Houston, Chicago, New Orleans, Nashville, Boston, St. Paul, Seattle, San Francisco… and MORE!!! But that’s not all! Takedowns are nutzos, and not necessarily chili: Bacon, Fondue, Salsa, Lamb, Curry and even Cookie Takedowns!!!! Oo! And we have several really bad ideas coming up- also not chili related. Actor/filmmaker Matt Timms produces the events and MCs the night. God he’s beautiful.

Bacon Wrapped Embutido

Thursday, May 2, 2013 Review by Brian


This looks amazing, but I had to ask myself what the heck is “Embutido”. Well, here  you go:  “It generally contains hashed meat, generally pork, seasoned with aromatic herbs or spices (black pepper, red pepper, paprika, garlic, rosemary, thyme, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, or others) that is served wrapped in the skin of the pig’s intestines.” – Wikipedia

At least to me, this doesn’t sounds uber appetizing, however I’d give it a try.

VIA: http://www.adorasbox.net/2012/12/bacon-wrapped-embutido.html


1 onion, chopped (about 3/4 c.)
2 tbsps. butter plus extra for greasing
1/3 c. grated processed cheese
500 gms. minced pork
3 fresh sausages (I used English sausages), 225 gms.
3/4 c. chopped chorizos
2 eggs
1/2 c. fresh breadcrumbs
1 tbsp. sherry
1 tsp. fine salt
1 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsps. sweet pickle relish
1/2 c. sultanas or raisins
16 rashers of smoked streaky bacon

For additional photos, cooking and assemble instructions, please visit:  http://www.adorasbox.net/2012/12/bacon-wrapped-embutido.html

Loaded Bacon Cheddar Bread

Thursday, April 25, 2013 Review by Brian
Loaded Bacon Cheddar Bread

Loaded Bacon Cheddar Bread

In my spare time, I love to make bread. I’m lazy, so I use a bread maker which just mashes everything into a pulp. There’s something to be said about making bread from scratch, by hand and savoring the real taste of bacon and cheeeeeeeeeeeese. Yum.

VIA: http://abeautifulbite.com/loaded-bacon-cheddar-bread/


  • 6 cups all purpose flour
  • 3ÂĽ cups warm water
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2Âľ cup cheddar cheese, fresh grated not bagged
  • 10 strips cooked thick cut bacon, chopped and divided
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

For additional photos and baking instructions, please visit:  http://abeautifulbite.com/loaded-bacon-cheddar-bread/

Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken Kebabs

Thursday, April 18, 2013 Review by Brian
Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken Kebabs

Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken Kebabs

Again, this is exactly what BaconScotch is all about. Bacon, bourbon (which is similar to scotch) and chicken. Can it get any better? Love it!

VIA: http://leaandjay.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/bacon-bourbon-bbq-chicken-kebabs/


  • 16 ounces barbeque sauce
  • 1/4 cup bourbon whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4-5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1”x1” pieces
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • ÂĽ cup sweet paprika
  • 3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 6 slices bacon , cut into small pieces
  • 8-10 12-inch wooden skewers (soaked in water for an hour)

For additional cooking and assembly instructions, please visit: http://leaandjay.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/bacon-bourbon-bbq-chicken-kebabs/