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Bacon is a meat product prepared from cured pork. It is first cured using large quantities of salt, either a brine or a dry packing. Fresh bacon may then be dried for weeks or months in cold air, or it may be boiled or smoked. Fresh and dried bacon are typically cooked before eating, often by frying. Boiled bacon is ready to eat, as is some smoked bacon, but they may be cooked further before eating. Bacon is prepared from several different cuts of meat. It can be made from the pork belly or from back cuts, which has less fat than the belly.

Bacon may be eaten smoked, boiled, fried, baked, or grilled. It is eaten on its own, as a side dish (particularly in breakfasts), or used as a minor ingredient to flavour dishes (e.g., the club sandwich). Bacon is also used for barding and larding roasts, especially game, including venison and pheasant. The word is derived from the Old High German bacho, meaning "buttock", "ham" or "side of bacon", and is cognate with the Old French bacon.

Meat from other animals, such as beef, lamb, chicken, goat, or turkey, may also be cut, cured, or otherwise prepared to resemble bacon, and may even be referred to as "bacon".

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BLT sandwich
The BLT Cookbook was written by Michele Anna Jordan about the preparation of various types of BLT sandwich. The cookbook was published by William Morrow Cookbooks in the United States in June 2003. Jordan is a food writer and has written for The Press Democrat; The BLT Cookbook is her 14th published book. She researched the book for ten years, and taste-tested hundreds of variations on the sandwich in the process. Jordan writes of her passion for the BLT sandwich in the book, describing it as America's most beloved sandwich. She instructs the reader on how to acquire and prepare the best ingredients for the sandwich. The book includes recipes with varying types of ingredients, though each recipe includes tomatoes. Many recipes in the book are not sandwiches, and include appetizers, soups, and salads. The author includes recipes for desserts and suggests wines to have with the sandwich. The book was positively received, and the National Pork Board highly recommended it. A review in The Detroit News commented that the book includes "mouthwatering recipes", and the San Francisco Chronicle called it a "neat little book" on the subject. The food editor for the Daily Herald noted that recipes in the book "will surely shake up your next toasted meal". The Anchorage Daily News called it the "definitive book" on the BLT sandwich.

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Zeeuws spek
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Panfried, wrapped with Zeeuws spek. Infused with Sichuan Chili Oil.

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Chocolate covered bacon from the Minnesota State Fair

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Bacon Explosion
A Bacon Explosion is a pork dish that consists of bacon wrapped around a filling of spiced sausage and crumbled bacon. The American football-sized dish is smoked or baked. It caused an internet sensation after being posted on the BBQ Addicts blog, and quickly spread to the mainstream press with numerous stories discussing the porcine feast. In time, the articles began to discuss the Internet "buzz" itself. The phenomenon is international, with popularity in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Daily Telegraph noted that the "recipe is most popular on the web" and that the "5,000 calorie barbeque dish has become one of the most popular meal ideas in the world."

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They fried the fish with bacon and were astonished, for no fish had ever seemed so delicious before.

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