Bacon Has Jumped the Shark

Yeah, yeah, we get it: You love bacon.Photo courtesy Bacon Salt

The nations infatuation with bacon gets stronger every year, but now it may have gone too far. We were members of the Bacon of the Month club from way back. We too fell in love with the bacon-flavored chocolate promoted at the Fancy Food Show recently. We even hosted occasional bacon tastings, and just for good measure included everyones favorite breakfast meat in our recent Grub Street grilling video. But to say everything should taste like bacon, like the zealous producers of Bacon Salt do, is perhaps taking the obsession too far.

The products entertaining Website tells the story of Justin and Dave, two bacontrepeneurs, who earlier this year had a eureka moment in which they conceived of the seasoning. And from that point forward, a partnership was struck to turn this bacon-flavored dream into a reality. They recommend putting it on steak, soup, mashed potatoes, corn, and French fries: everything, that is, but bacon. Why? Because bacon doesnt need bacon seasoning. It doesnt need chocolate. It doesnt need to be wrapped around scallops. It doesnt need to be made from boutique pigs, although the citys best version, the house-smoked product at RUB, is. At the end of the day, as at the beginning, all we want from bacon is more of it. We can live without the accessories entirely.