National Bacon Day

National Bacon Day

December 30, 2023

Celebrate National Bacon Day in style - get creative with your recipes and create the perfect bacon dish for you and your loved ones!

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United States
Get your bacon ready to celebrate National Bacon Day on December 30! This day is dedicated to the delicious and flavorful salted pork belly dish that has been around since ancient times. From breakfast dishes, sandwiches and salads, to desserts like ice cream and chocolate-covered bacon - it doesn't matter how you eat it, just as long as you enjoy every bite of this heavenly food!

History

Though the holiday was created in 1997 as a way to take a break from celebrating the traditional winter holidays, the consumption of pork dates back thousands of years to 4900 B.C. where the Chinese domesticated pigs and preserved pork bellies with salt. This practice is believed to have made its way to the Romans and Greeks through conquests in the Middle East and by 1500 B.C. had largely impacted both production and preservation of pork in the Roman Empire. Ancient Roman’s early form of bacon, or “petaso,” was pig shoulder broiled with dried figs, browned and served with wine.

The word “bacon” can be traced back to various languages from before the 12th century. Most notably from the French word “bako,” the Germanic “bakkon” and the Old Teutonic word “backe,” all of which specifically refer to the rear of the pig. During the 16th Century, the word “bacoun” was used to refer to any kind of pork. And it wasn’t until the 17th Century that “bacon” was used solely to refer to the salted and smoked pork belly that we know today.

Considering how easy and cheap it was to own pigs, its no wonder during Medieval Times bacon was very common among Anglo-Saxon peasants. Each family and butcher had their own recipe for curing and smoking bacon. The sheer variety of bacon, sausage, and black pudding that you could buy in Victorian England created an almost golden age of pork.

The popular phrase “bring home the bacon” can be traced to the 12 century, in the English town of Dunmow. The church promised to reward a side of bacon to any married man who swore before God and the congregation that he would not quarrel with his wife for a year and a day.

Ways to Celebrate

<div id="" class="celebrate-item"><h3 id="" class="celebrate-title"><span class="celebrate-number">1. </span>Create bacon recipes</h3><p id="" class="celebrate-text">Bacon is a versatile ingredient that can be used in many dishes. Get creative and try out new recipes, such as bacon wrapped shrimp, or bacon mac & cheese.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="celebrate-item"><h3 id="" class="celebrate-title"><span class="celebrate-number">2. </span>Host a bacon tasting</h3><p id="" class="celebrate-text">Invite some friends over for a bacon tasting party. Have them sample different types of bacon from around the world and see who can guess the country of origin for each one.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="celebrate-item"><h3 id="" class="celebrate-title"><span class="celebrate-number">3. </span>Visit a farm</h3><p id="" class="celebrate-text">Take a trip to a local farm that raises pigs and learn about how they're raised and what goes into producing quality bacon. You'll gain an appreciation of the hard work that goes into raising pigs to create delicious bacon.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="celebrate-item"><h3 id="" class="celebrate-title"><span class="celebrate-number">4. </span>Try out novelties</h3><p id="" class="celebrate-text">There are many novelty items that feature bacon, such as bacon flavored toothpaste, lip balm, and even soap! Try out some of these unique products to get your fix.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="celebrate-item"><h3 id="" class="celebrate-title"><span class="celebrate-number">5. </span>Go on a Bacon Crawl</h3><p id="" class="celebrate-text">Take a tour of all the best places in town that serve up delicious dishes featuring bacon. From breakfast spots to dinner restaurants, you'll get to sample some of the best dishes around.</p></div>

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