Bacon has been raging across not only the BBQ world but the culinary world for some time. There’s pretty much bacon EVERYTHING. Bacon burgers, bacon donuts, bacon jam, bacon wrapped anything edible, and yes I’ve even had a caramel bacon Sunday (it was quite good by the way). In the other sphere there’s Buffalo everything. Buffalo wings, Buffalo shrimp, Buffalo hamburgers, Buffalo beef jerky….. Well you get the idea. But, what if? Is it possible? Am I crazy? Dare I take two great worlds and join them together? Who am I to play culinary god? Then I realized the Harry Burnete, the chap who came up with the Reese cup must have had the same questions. I’m sure some called him crazy. But ol’ Harry dared to do it. Dared to step outside the box and push the limits. Because of that the world is a slightly better place. So tongs in hand, sidekick at my side, I stepped out. Thus I give to you a union of two amazing worlds…… (enter Space Odyssey 2001 music) BUFFALO BACON!!!!
What to expect: A slight burn, with that wonderful Buffalo tang, mingled with hickory smoke and the deep rich savory flavor that only bacon can bring. The blue cheese dressing will elevate the flavors of the bacon and the buffalo sauce.
Yield: 6 nice size sandwiches.
What you will need:
15 minutes to make the sauce, plus additional time to let it cool.
20-30 minutes total cooking time for the bacon.
- 2/3 C Tabasco
- 6 Tbls white vinegar
- 1 tsp Worcester sauce
- 1 lb butter
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbls chipotle pepper (cayenne pepper works well too)
- 2 lbs bacon
- Blue cheese or ranch dressing
- 6 Nice hoagie rolls
How we did it.
First make the Buffalo sauce.
Combine the 2/3 cup Tabasco, 6 Tbls white vinegar, and 1 tsp Worcester sauce in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
Add the 1 pound of butter.
After the butter is melted, stir in the ½ tsp garlic powder and Tbls chili powder.
Set sauce aside and let it cool to room temperature.
Once the sauce is cooled to room temperature, divide in half.
Place bacon in freezer bag or large non reactive bowl.
Stir the sauce very well because it will have separated by this time.
Pour half the sauce over the bacon. DO NOT REFRIGERATE! If you do your butter will solidify and you will end up with a massive chunk of butter and bacon. Assuming you let your sauce come down to room temperature, your bacon will be safe for the 30-40 minutes it takes to light your grill and start cooking.
Set your grill up for INDIRECT cooking.
Cook bacon covered, in the void between the coals checking after 5 minutes.
Just a note here, if you try to cook your bacon over direct coals you will end up with bacon flambe’. Butter and bacon drippings falling onto hot coals could make for a very interesting cook, tasty no, but definitely interesting.
Once the bacon is done, add what you HAVEN’T ate to a large bowl and toss with the reserve sauce.
All that’s left to do now is build those BLTs. It just doesn’t get much better on a warm summers evening than BLTs with home grown tomatoes (matters around this house) and lettuce. Top it with a little blue cheese dressing and you’ve got yourself some foot stomping good eats.
Remember what you cook isn’t nearly as important as who you cook it with!