Smoky Goodness

I’m revisiting a very savory subject matter and a bacon post from 2014.

Natasha and I used to have a hearty appetite for the flat, crispy strips of pork.

We would drive over an hour north to buy the good stuff on sale, as if we were rendezvousing with a nefarious swine dealer.

But then our eating habits changed in the name of better health and we both cut back on red meats.

Fast forward to April 4, 2020.

Natasha made bacon. The good stuff. Neuske’s bacon purchased from a local grocer.

She found a recipe for healthier pecan pie with a bacon crust. How could she resist?

When Natasha opened the bacon package, we had to smell it. Much like sniffing a glass of wine and praising its oaky, fruity bouquet.

Except bacon is smoky.


The bacon went in the oven to bake to its crispy state and we waited.

And waited.

The smells, oh gawd we forgot about the smells!

From around the corner, I hear Natasha ask,

“I wonder if they make bacon bath bombs?”

I laughed and snorted.

Then I Googled it.

Yes, they do make bacon bath bombs, but with essential oils, not bacon bits.

Sorry, we’d rather have the real thing and eat it.

Eat it like it was good.

So, how did the bacon-crusted pecan pie turn out?

Ummm…what bacon-crusted pecan pie?

I don’t see any on the counter.

Nothing on the table or in the fridge.

It must have been a dream.

Or good enough that there is no evidence to be found. Anywhere.

In reality, Natasha saw a need for some adjustments.

More egg, more moisture.

Uh-huh. Whatever you need to do, girlfriend.

Because the next package of Neuske’s is on me.

Finally, for those of you who do not eat meat and winced through this post, there is always opportunity for revenge.

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25 responses to Smoky Goodness

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The vegans and vegetarians of the world would be glad to answer your question. Or the person from many years ago who said she didn’t like chocolate chip cookies. *gasp*

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Mmmmmmmm, I know that smell. The pie sounds great, but eating bacon is better…then pie. Do your cats get a nibble? We had one cat who loved bacon.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      No bacon nibbles for Gibbs, he’s on zn undetermined time-out since he tried to eat my breakfast last week. Can’t turn my back on him for two seconds. Ziva only seems to like smoked salmon outside of her kibble. Very discriminating…

  2. Bacon crusted pecan pie? Why not?!

    But I’m in the crowd for whom you inserted the cartoon – so, thanks for the chortles!

  3. loisajay says:

    I am an (almost) lifelong vegetarian, but I do like the smell of bacon. I have bought Fakin’ Bacon….it’s not bad. I loved the comic!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Good for you, Lois! I don’t know that I could totally give up meat, but I imagine it’s my lifelong eating habits that play a part, just as they are with you. Enjoy your faux bacon!

  4. Laurie says:

    Ha! You would probably love a restaurant near me that specializes in bacon. You cna order the bacon sampler or the deluxe bacon sampler! 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      BACON SAMPLER? Where is this restaurant and how do I get there when we’re done with social distancing?

  5. marianallen says:

    If anyone could make a fake bacon that actually tasted like the real thing, I would totally go for it. As it is, I’ve cut back to bacon bits (the real ones, not the fake ones) and sometimes replacing all baconishness with smoked paprika.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Fake bacon is like fake cheese, Marian. There really is no substitution, only a brand that you might settle for. I’ve only found one fake cheese that comes close, so I thank my gut and lucky stars that I’m still able to digest bacon.

  6. dweezer19 says:

    My husband is the Baconator. I love it too but can do without in the name of saving my heart. So we have some, once or twice a month. And it tastes sooooo….good. I love that cartoon! Lol

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Baconator…I love that! I don’t know when we’ll have bacon again, but I do have a few frozen slices that might be good in spaghetti sauce.

  7. J-Dub says:

    LOL! This right here is devilishly delightful “We would drive over an hour north to buy the good stuff on sale, as if we were rendezvousing with a nefarious swine dealer.” I can picture it . Only in today’s world, you’d have a bandanna face mask like Dan’s. 😉

    I’d love to get that pie recipe.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      We would need face masks with little piggies on them. Or is that a bit much? I’ll ask about the recipe, but it’s still a work in progress.

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