When I was asked if bacon was a trend that is fading my first reaction was, “could bacon ever fade into the background of all things delicious?”
I realized that bacon is a tradition. For as long as I can remember, the scent of freshly cooked bacon when I walk into school or work was second nature. As soon as that smell hit your senses you felt “at home” or confident that the day was starting off well. As a kid, who didn’t sneak a piece of bacon off the plate in the kitchen before it got to the table? Its presence is much more visible in our daily lives than the other American staple – apple pie.
Bacon has taken on an all-star status lately, which I attribute to the “Artisan” movement. Thick cut, house-cured, homemade and flavored bacon have become the norm. I credit the ease of making your own bacon as reason for its initiation into the Artisan world. Very few can resist that salty, crispy and super flavorful crunch when it comes to the table. It can be very versatile; traditional bacon strips are everywhere. But when you take the time to make it special – such as slicing it a bit thicker, peppering it or creating Lardoons (Long Thick Matchsticks) – that bacon becomes something more. Slicing a slab of freshly roasted bacon for your customers can be an epic moment for many people.
So, is it a bacon trend? Bacon has been in the spotlight for sure; it might come back down to earth soon but it will never fade. I guess you know where I stand when it comes to bacon. It is a strong tradition for me and will be passed on as such.