I figure that if you can't beat them, at least try their recipe. So for Super Bowl Sunday I decided to try the Bacon Explosion recipe myself.
I meticulously followed the online instructions. However, I will not reveal the identity of the widely used competition rub and sauce that I used. I don't want a defamation suit from associating those fine products with the monstrosity that results from this recipe.
What? Someone dares to criticize the renowned Bacon Explosion? Yup, get over the hype and consider what's in it.
First the choice of ingredients: Italian sausage, smoked bacon, barbecue sauce & rub, enhanced with the flavor of hickory smoke. On what planet are those combined into a recipe? Nowhere in Italian cooking will you find American bacon and Italian sausage combined, or God forbid hickory smoke applied to the sausage. That is not by accident.
The barbecue sauce does work well with the smoky bacon, but it has a conflicting flavor profile with the Italian sausage. Maybe kielbasa or andouille would work, but Italian sausage in this combination is a gross culinary mistake. The salt in the barbecue rub that I applied also made the bacon overwhelmingly salty.
The next problem with the recipe is the concept of putting "crispy" bacon in the middle of sausage and covering it with barbecue sauce. Soaking "crispy" bacon in liquid and then stewing it in rendered pork fat for 2-1/2 hours results in mushy bacon. That is an abuse of bacon in my opinion.
But more significantly, the bacon in the weave does not completely cook. If you look closely at the picture on the left, all of the bacon beneath the outermost weave is uncooked. This layer of raw bacon is absolutely disgusting. That is an advantage of the Redneck Sushi technique of precooking the bacon weave - all of your bacon is cooked.
Overall the Bacon Explosion is a culinary atrocity. The flavor combination and bacon texture are awful. Aaron and Jason are master marketers and came up with a first class way to cash in on the current bacon craze. But their recipe sucks.
The Bacon Explosion is a Crime Against Humanity.
I hereby renounce any previous claims or innuendo that the BBQ Addicts copied my Redneck Sushi recipe in creating the Bacon Explosion. I would not want that stain on my culinary reputation. The blame belongs solely with Aaron and Jason.
4 years ago