What is the Difference between Thick and Thin Bacon? January 27 2019, 0 Comments


According to Iowa State University professor, and meat expert, Joe Sebranek, dove into the question about why thicker slices of bacon seem to have more flavor than a thinner slice. His answer was simple. Sebranek describes that the “smokey” flavor that we all love in a piece of bacon has a lot to do with the surface area that bacon encompasses. A team of cooks over at Cook’s Illustrated, decided to freeze slices of bacon ranging from widths of 1/15 of an inch to ⅕. The team found evidence to back professor Sebranek’s claim, as the slice of bacon with 1/15 of an inch width was found to have very little “smokey flavor”. While we don’t suggest one type of bacon over another, we do suggest that if you’re looking for a lot of smokehouse punch in your bacon, thicker bacon is what you’re looking for. For more, visit https://www.cooksillustrated.com/features/8154-bacon-does-thicker-always-mean-better.

What Can I Do with Thin Bacon?

Below are a variety of recipes you can make with bacon, thin or thick. Visit keyingredient.com for more:

  • BLT Pasta: Cook 8 slices bacon; drain and chop. Cook 1 chopped red onion, 3 sliced garlic cloves, some red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon salt in 3 tablespoons drippings. Add 5 cups grape tomatoes; cook 12 minutes. Add 1/3 cup cream; cook 2 minutes. Toss with 12 ounces cooked penne, 4 cups arugula, the bacon, some basil and a splash of pasta water. Top with Parmesan.
  • Bacon Meatballs Pulse 6 ounces pancetta in a food processor. Add 1 cup breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup each chopped onion, chopped parsley and grated Parmesan, 4 garlic cloves, 2 eggs, and salt and pepper; pulse to combine. Form into small balls. Brown in a skillet with olive oil, then simmer in tomato sauce until cooked through.
  • Bacon-Wrapped Steak: Rub 1 1/2 pounds beef tenderloin with minced garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Wrap with bacon. Sear on all sides in an ovenproof skillet, then roast in a 400 degrees F oven until the meat registers 125 degrees F, 20 minutes. Goes great with Catullo’s steak!

For more recipes like these, visit https://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/915625097/50-things-to-make-with-bacon/