For bacon lovers, it’s been an exciting year. Bacon is everywhere — on donuts, cooked into pancakes, in cocktails, and even in candy bars. Some high-end restaurants feature bacon in creative ways, offering flights of bacon paired with specially selected beers. Other restaurants follow suit pairing their bacon flights with wine. It should come as no surprise that the bacon craze has made its way onto our calendars with International Bacon Day (observed the Saturday before Labor Day) and National Bacon Lover’s Day (August 25.) Bacon festivals are popping up all over — you can find one in nearly every US state. There is no shortage of ways to celebrate your love of bacon!
For home cooks who also love to bring home some bacon, the costs can add up. Coupons.com has calculated and ranked cities across the U.S. to see which communities are saving the most money on their bacon purchases by using coupons. See if your city made the list**!
Topping the charts with their big savings and impressive love of bacon is Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Home of a brewery that makes a very special maple syrup and bacon beer, you can be sure their hearts are in the right place here!
Nashville, Tennessee ranked second most frugal city for bacon lovers, but has an emphatic love of all things bacon and bourbon. For an alcohol-based indulgence, The Patterson House serves a well-known and appreciated Bacon Old Fashioned.
If all this talk of bacon has you craving a snack, try one of these recipes:
Bacon-wrapped fruits and vegetables — perfect for parties or after school snacks.
1 lb. bacon
Choose any of the following:
- Place bacon on a flat cookie sheet with a raised edge (very important, a flat baking sheet without sides will be a fire hazard.) Bake bacon at 400℉ until some of the fat is rendered and the bacon is about halfway cooked.
- Wrap bacon around slices of avocado, asparagus, or peach slices. For pineapple cubes, wrap in bacon and secure with a toothpick. Return your bacon-wrapped produce to the oven and roast at 400℉ until bacon is crispy.
For more ideas, check out more Bacon Wrapped Recipes.
Bacon Breakfast Hash
Perfect breakfast (or lunch, or dinner) for fall — serves 2.
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
(or 4-5 chopped red potatoes or 1 peeled and cubed Russet potato)
1-2 Tbsp. olive oil or fat of your choice (for roasting potatoes)
2 medium size apples, peeled and chopped
4-6 slices of bacon, chopped
1/2 onion, minced
1 C. Brussels sprouts, halved (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Red pepper flakes (optional)
- Toss cubed potatoes in 1-2 Tbsp. oil and roast at 375℉ for 20-25 minutes.
- While potatoes are cooking, fry chopped bacon until crispy.
- Remove bacon from pan and reserve a small amount of rendered bacon fat in the skillet.
- Cook onion until soft, then add apples.
- After 2-3 minutes, add halved Brussels sprouts and cook until sprouts are crisp on the outside. Be careful not to overcook — the sprouts can get mushy if left in the pan too long.
- Finally, add roasted potatoes and bacon to the pan and toss to combine.
***Coupons.com’s “Most Frugal Cities for Bacon Lovers” list was calculated by using the possible savings and coupon transactions of frequent coupons users in U.S. cities from July 1, 2014-July 1, 2015. Frequent coupons users are defined as people who use at least one coupon per month for 6 months – consecutive or nonconsecutive. Cities are ranked with overall savings determined by both population (over 1 million) and savings per person on bacon in each market.