• 1 pound of bacon chunks or ends
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbl sugar
  • 1 tbl ginger grated
  • 1 chili pepper

i’ve had bacon for the last 4 days…i might have a problem. a serious problem.

it all started on monday (that was my birthday). my favorite shop in town was serving braised bacon sandwiches which they called BLAC (bacon (which was braised), lettuce, savory apples and cheddar). so far this week i have had two and had to stop myself yesterday from running  sprinting dashing to grab another. seriously, the craving was that bad. if it weren’t for company (no offense friend) i would of been there.

how much bacon is to much bacon?

is that a serious question?

you can never have to much bacon. never. especially if you are me. or my friend sheri, she loves bacon too.

so what do i do with tons of bacon in my house and a craving that wont go away? you figure out how to make it yourself.

especially because i proclaim it date night and on date night you have to go a little crazy…and them make a fabulous dessert just because (wait to you see that!)

braised bacon with steamed buns

what you need: store bought steamed buns, because lets face it, i’m just not there yet. if you can’t find steamed buns naan would be an excellent choice (you can find it pre-made in most groceries now) or even pita bread. hey a tortilla would work too! some pickles…because i have to self promote, these would work. instead of making sticks, cut circles (i used mini cucumbers).

just a note: check out picture above, trader joe’s makes an excellent product called bacon ends and pieces. you can also ask your butcher for ends (if they sell bacon). I have also found bacon chunks like this at my local farmers market. they are not only great for this but great to use chopped up in sauces and salads. for the beer i used a brooklyn lager.

  1. in a dutch oven, add 1 tbl oil (i use canola to fry or saute) and heat up. add bacon and brown, not cook or burn, just brown.
  2. while the bacon is cooking, to a measuring cup add: sake, soy sauce, sugar, ginger, and a chili pepper. whisk up.
  3. when bacon is browned, but not cooked, add a bottle of beer and what you just mixed together in your measuring cup. bring to a boil.
  4. turn off heat and in a preheated oven, 275, cover and braise for 4 hours. don’t touch it, even if your house smells awesome and you just can’t stand it. go entertain yourself, go, do not touch the oven.
  5. after 4 hours take out of oven and let cool.
  6. stuff buns or pita or tortillas with pickles and eat. come back for more.

this is my braised bacon stuffed bun with pickled cucumbers and hoisin sauce. i think between me and the man, we polished off about 8 of these babies. no leftovers from this meal.


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