How to Throw a Bacon Party + a Recipe for Candied Bacon

Yes you heard that right. A bacon party. Genius isn't it? If you want to throw the most epic party then it should probably be centered around the most epic food on the planet. And that's bacon. Everybody loves bacon. And if you don't love bacon, you must not be from this planet. Name one thing that doesn't go with bacon. Go ahead. Try. Anything? I didn't think so.

My cousins throw an annual bacon party at their home in Napa and this was the first year I could make it. And I'm so glad I did! They truly go ALL OUT. The entire house is done up with bacon decorations and everyone brings a bacon dish. Lucky for me, my cousins are also paleo so there were a ton of paleo options! I decided to make these candied bacon skewers and they were so delicious. You can find the recipe below.

I can't even begin to list all of the different dishes that were at the party. From chocolate coated bacon trail mix, to bacon stuffed bloomin' onions, creativity was abundant.

Pictured above are just a few of the dishes I captured. My candied bacon skewers, bacon guacamole, pig shaped cookies (which were actually baconless, because the party was also vegetarian friendly), bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers, bacon popcorn, bacon salsa, bacon empanadas, bacon stuffed cheesy potatoes, and bacon chocolate chip cashew milk ice cream. Obviously it wasn't a paleo party so there were a huge variety of dishes, but everyone grabbed a card and labeled their dish when they arrived with ingredients and allergens. That was really cool. I knew exactly what I could eat without making myself too sick (from the gluten and dairy at least). Stuffing myself until I felt sick on the other hand was a given. Some of the other dishes I enjoyed included a bacon vodka cocktail, bacon baklava, bacon and sweet potato salad, bacon wrapped dates and bacon chocolate chip cookies. 

And then of course you must have a bacon theme throughout your house. I couldn't capture close to everything they'd put out but this gives you a general idea. In addition to bacon cookbooks, bacon quotes, bacon soap, bacon plates, baconopoly and bacon flavored drinks, they also had photos along the mantel and in the bathrooms of people with the last name Bacon (Francis Bacon, Kevin Bacon, etc.) like you were a guest at the Bacon family home. It was cute and clever and I loved every bacon bit of it.

Things you need to throw a bacon party:

  1. Send an Evite - or a Facebook invite, or a cute snail mail card letting your friends know that you're throwing an epic Bacon Party. Include the address of the party, date, time and a phone number to call. Request that guests RSVP by a certain date.
  2. Ask guests to bring a bacon/pig themed potluck dish - and thanks to Pinterest the possibilities are truly endless. Just look at all of the things that come up when you search Bacon on Pinterest.
  3. Buy all of the bacon things - America loves bacon. A quick google search and you can find bacon flavored and scented everything and shirts and socks and ties with bacon on them. I just found this Bacon Addicts website and they've nearly thought of everything. You can also print out photos and quotes of pigs and bacon and place them over the photos in your home. That's another thing Pinterest is great for. Just search Bacon Quotes or Pigs on Pinterest and you'll find funny and cute things to decorate your house with.

My top 5 favorite recipes from the party:

  1. Bacon Empanadas - these were by far my favorite thing at the party. And they were PALEO! Made with homemade bacon jam stuffed in Cappello's lasagna sheets, they were delicious and addicting. And I'm going to have to work on getting the recipe because I need them in my life always.
  2. Bacon Guacamole - I love guacamole and I know how I like it. So it's rare these days that I find one that's over the top good. But this one was just that. Maybe it was because it had bacon in it, and bacon has that effect on things, but I don't think that's all that it was. Every time I walked by it I had to grab a chip and take a very generous scoop. There was no holding back for me at this party.
  3. Chocolate Bacon Trail Mix Bites - when I see mounds of dark chocolate you can bet I'm going to try them. And these were so good. I tried to take some photos but they just turned out looking like poop on a plate and I thought that image might ruin it for you. Did my description of the photo just ruin it for you? Probably. You're just going to have to trust me on this one. These bites were like sweet and salty chocolate bits of heaven.
  4. Bacon Chocolate Chip Cashew Milk Ice Cream - this ones a given because I LOVE ice cream. It's literally my biggest weakness. It was served in cute little individual jars and somehow I managed to only eat one. I guess I didn't want to be the person who took two and then someone didn't get one.
  5. Candied Bacon - obviously this was one of my favorites, that's why I made it! And I mean who doesn't love fat covered in sugar?

Candied Bacon
Prep 5 min
Cooking 25 min
Servings 16 skewers

INGREDIENTS

  • 16 slices of bacon
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 16 wooden skewers

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Place a bakers cooling rack on a foil lined baking sheet
  3. Combine the coconut sugar and maple syrup in a shallow bowl
  4. Coat each piece of bacon in the sugar
  5. Thread each slice of bacon onto a wooden skewer and lay them on the bakers cooling rack
  6. Bake them for 25 minutes, flipping them over after 15 minutes (if you have thick bacon they may need to cook longer, you want them to be crispy, but be careful not to burn them)
  7. As soon as you remove them from the oven sprinkle then with sea salt and then let them cool

Thanks to these awesome hosts for throwing such an epic bacon party. I'm inspired and now I want to plan one of my own!