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March 1, 2013 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Bacon Bat Signal: toasting the piggies

The crowds are shoving and hogging it all.

Good the Academy Awards are over.

Don’t need to be reminded of those slim actresses elegantly dressed.

Time to step up to the trough here.

Do these shoes make my ankles look fat?(Pig faced Lady of Manchester Square.Print given away, 1882. Public Domain:expired cpoyright/ life of artist +70, photo repprod/ Commons.wikimedia.org)

Do these shoes make my ankles look fat?
(Pig faced Lady of Manchester Square.Free print.1882.Public Domain: expired copyright/artist life+70,photo reprod/ Commons.wikimedia.org)

Time to git some of that 2013 Rodeo Houston food.

Hoof it over to this year’s winner: bacon.

Swine dining and cuisine:

Bacon cinnamon rolls (Two yummy reasons to add another roll around the waist line?)

Bacon wrapped turkey legs (It’s two – two – two meats in one.)

Bacon battered corn dogs (Bacon plus hot dogs. If one doesn’t get you…)

Chicken fried bacon (Not for the chicken-hearted)

Bacon and cheese smothered chips (New trend for nachos wrapped up?)

Bacon on baked potatoes for the timid gourmet (Oh, shovel more on. It’s gonna be a long day.)

Bacon cooked with eggs on a Texas size griddle (Nothing unique except that giant skillet. Choose treats you can’t get at home. It’s rodeo. Throw caution to the wind.)

Pulled Pork sundae (Dessert is always a must.)

Chocolate covered bacon (Entrée or dessert? Anyway, chocolate is good for blood pressure.)

Bacon (by Comet for Nat. Cancer Instit./US public domain: fed employee/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Wait! There it is. The ultimate. Bacon Nirvana: Bacon Flavored Cotton Candy! 

The fluffy sticky mess actually tastes like bacon. (Gooooooaaaaaaaalllllll!)

Created by a rodeo gourmet and Gold Medal company which owns the patent for 1904 Fairy Floss/cotton candy.

Only took 9 batches to pulverize, blend, and spin the flossine and bacon into the perfect fluff.

Drooling, right?

Salt? Sugar? Fat? And protein!

So go ahead and pig out!

There’s a bunch of healthy walking at the rodeo.

Not just between food and beer stands.

Lots of rides, exhibits, contests, events, and activities.

Need to run fast to catch the Pig Races or Swifty, the Swimming Pig.

The pigs get plenty of exercise. (The porker performers. How rude to think otherwise.)

Of course, humans trot off to quite a workout stampeding to their seats for the rodeo performance and concerts.

(Punch cartoon/London Charivari, Vol 102, 1892.Project Gutenberg.US Public domain. Expired copyright/ Commons.wikimedia.org)

Shall we wander over and laugh at the hefty Herefords?
(Punch cartoon/London Charivari, Vol 102,1892.Project Gutenberg.US Public domain:Expired copyright/ Commons.wikimedia.org)

So heart attacks? No worries.

Medical tent near-by. Ambulances parked. renowned Texas Medical Center just down the block

Relax. Enjoy. It’s Rodeo.

Only once a year – like the Thanksgiving feast!

Rodeo Houston 2012. (Public domain released by US MArine Corps. Work of US military/ Dept of Defense employee/ commons.wikimedia.org)

Rodeo Houston 2012.
(Public domain.US Marine Corps release.US military/Dept of Defense employee/Commons.wikimedia.org)

It may be due to a bacon induce haze, but here’s an idea:

What if we turn this sequester thing and budget stalemate over to the rodeo cooks?

Small business owners who create such original fare, might be able to get the country out of this current mess.

They know about planning, predicting, and preparing for the unexpected.

They deal with budgets, supply and demand – and know markets.

They can stand the heat.

A little worried these guys might be a little too familiar with pork barrels.

They also are experienced in bringing home the bacon.

Hey, just pay them what a first year teacher makes and give them the same insurance.

This the line for the Congressional Spa?(2005.by titanium22/ flickr. nagarazoku:20867122/Commons.wikimedia.org)

This the line for the Congressional Spa?
(2005.by titanium22/ flickr. nagarazoku:20867122/Commons.wikimedia.org)

That’ll keep them from getting too piggy.

Won’t need term limits.

That salary would get them squealing.

And they would go “wee wee wee all the way home” pretty quickly.

What are you looking at? The Romans soaked in public baths. They fiddled, too. Sophisticated, no?(Booher.FEMA employee. US public domain/ Commons.wikimedia.org)

What are you looking at? The Romans soaked in public baths. They fiddled, too. Sophisticated, no?
(Booher.FEMA employee. US public domain/ Commons.wikimedia.org)

Don’t want to boar you, so off you trot, now.

Go, hog wild.

Roasting and chewing the fat just a little,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Read more?

KHOU Video: “Rodeo Food: Chow down Bacon Cotton Candy”  And more!

KHOU Video: “Rodeo Food: Bacon-covered cinnamon roll. Texas size griddle”

ABC video: “Kids’ pigs get the spotlight” Cute kids and pigs! Kids raising pigs since last fall show off hard work.

Interested in wild hog hunting or cooking? Click “Wild Hogs” tag in the sidebar.

Blogger Peg-o-Leg’s Ramblings chomps bacon: “When Bacon Goes Horribly Wrong”.

Kitty Canutt probably didn't wear turquoise boots - or eat bacon flavored Cotton candy. (1919. Library of Congress. US public domain/ Commons.wikimedia.org)

Kitty Canutt didn’t wear turquoise boots or eat bacon flavored cotton candy.
(1919. Library of Congress. US public domain/ Commons.wikimedia.org)

33 Comments

  1. Beth / Mar 1 2013 2:03 pm

    DELICIOUS! I can’t think of a better reason to mosey down to Houston for the Rodeo if not to sample all the bacon concoctions!

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  2. roughseasinthemed / Mar 1 2013 2:22 pm

    Don’t think this vegetarian will be hoofing over there in a hurry.

    I can talk about bacon till the cows pigscome home.

    http://wp.me/s22GQH-bacon

    As I said in my post, no idea what the American love affair is with bacon. And I have probably eaten/cooked/sliced/sold more of it than most.

    Snorting off.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 1 2013 3:40 pm

      It’s just too piggy funny. (Will check out that bacon talk)
      There is actual gourmet foods, healthy food, and vegetarian fare – but it would be salt in the wounds to write of that – not so much snorting fun.
      The rodeo is all about raising money for scholarships – and has been a big deal for a long time. Now you can just visit the livestock exhibits/carnival/food areas without going in to the concerts (rodeo tickets prices are low from the actual association – but re-sellers buy them cheap and re-sell very high….which sadly doesn’t build the scholarship fund, just middle men’s pockets)
      They do have invite families to bring in coolers with food and allow picnics….so if you can just stay away from the food booths, it’s not too fattening.
      It’s quite an event with high fashion bling visitors next to blue jeans with actual dirt.
      Thanks for slopping a comment into the trough

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  3. rumpydog / Mar 1 2013 2:32 pm

    It’s sad that so many people eat bacon without considering the plight of the animals that make it possible. 😦

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 1 2013 3:46 pm

      The 4H and FFA animals don’t make me fret as much as the giant animal farm productions – those are disgusting. Every animal deserves to walk around in the sunshine and be among animal friends. Stress and things they feed and inject those poor animals with could possibly be the reason for immune system issues and diseases in the humans that consume all that, too?
      One thing the rodeo and livestock show does is bus children in to touch and see animals so maybe they will understand it’s a live creature before it’s food. Many of these kids live in concrete boxes…you have to start somewhere.
      You are right Rumpy, people need to think. Thanks for roping that idea and tying it up here

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  4. Long Life Cats and Dogs / Mar 1 2013 3:28 pm

    Bacon flavoured candyfloss – my word – what next. Ok, got to go now, you’ve made me terribly hungry

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  5. Ally Bean / Mar 1 2013 3:43 pm

    A little bit of bacon goes a long way for me. I fear that this event would be too much for me. But for all of you bacon fiends, have fun!

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  6. pegoleg / Mar 1 2013 4:39 pm

    Did you really try all that stuff? Most of it sounds delightful, but bacon cotton candy just seems…wrong.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 1 2013 5:26 pm

      Oh, no way. Maybe if I had a daily pass and could try one a day? Still, probably not. Meat candy does sound iffy. Thanks for spinning a comment over here

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  7. Carrie Rubin / Mar 1 2013 5:38 pm

    I almost hate to admit it in this bacon-obsessed culture, but I don’t understand the appeal of it. Aside from the health hazards, I don’t think the taste is that great. Never eat the stuff. Now, hopefully no one will throw stuff at me…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 1 2013 6:22 pm

      I think you’ve hit the perfect phrase “bacon-obsessed”. It’s just funny. In the search for unique fare, bacon wins this year. Maybe it’s the novelty – and the weirdness. Can’t wait to see what’s the big “new” item next year. (Don’t worry. No one till tan your hide for thoughts) Thanks for snuffling over a comment

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  8. dogear6 / Mar 1 2013 7:22 pm

    I loved the twist at the end – the politicians would certainly squeal if they had to live by the same rules they impose on the rest of us.

    Nancy

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 2 2013 3:18 pm

      Bacon treats and politics have a lot in common: both can give heart attacks? Oh, well carpe diem. Thanks for sending a sizzling comment

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  9. The Hook / Mar 1 2013 7:38 pm

    This certainly appears to be The Golden Age of Bacon, doesn’t it?

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  10. jmmcdowell / Mar 1 2013 7:38 pm

    I like bacon and love chocolate, but I don’t think I’d enjoy the two together. 😉 And just the thought of eating cotton candy makes my teeth hurt, no matter what its flavor!

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  11. PiedType / Mar 1 2013 8:38 pm

    I luv me some crispy bacon! But I draw the line at chocolate-covered bacon and bacon cotton candy. Funny P.S: My granddaughter, now 7, went through several years of wanting bacon on her birthday cake — nice crispy strips stuck vertically into the top of the cake like candles. And you’d better believe she got it, too!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 2 2013 3:59 pm

      Bacon decorated birthday cake is possibly the next trend? Hope you got a picture of one of those cakes – that’s hysterical. (and of course she got her wish!) Thanks for decorating with bacon!

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  12. robincoyle / Mar 1 2013 9:16 pm

    The Houston Rodeo gives new meaning to “pork belly spending,” doesn’t it?

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  13. shoreacres / Mar 2 2013 3:26 am

    For those who don’t want chocolate bacon, there’s always bacon rolled in brown sugar and then done in the oven. I just recently discovered the joy of doing a pound at a time in the oven – it comes out so nice and flat, with no mess at all. And it freezes beautifully. It also increases my bacon intake substantially. Not so good.

    But bacon candy? You betcha. I found the recipe in Jill Browne’s “The Sweet Potato Queen’s Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner)”. Surely you know the Sweet Potato Queens? No?
    Here!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 2 2013 4:02 pm

      HA! Were the Rolling Stones talking about cookin’ bacon with that Brown Sugar song?
      Gotta love anything with sweet potatoes. Thanks for the link. Bacon on!

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  14. EllaDee / Mar 2 2013 7:55 am

    There’s nothing like a rodeo to being everyone & everything to town… for a little taste of bacon and a lot of fun… yeeeeehaaaaaaahhh 😉

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 2 2013 4:18 pm

      It’s great fun and certainly something for all.
      I love the jumbo sized cattle, and all the different bunnies. There’s lots of events in the side arenas like the Arabian horses (some in costume), cutting horse competition, obstacle type courses with typical stuff ranch horses have to do everyday, and even a horseback breakneck speed pistol/rifle race with multiple targets to be shot (think Middle Ages jousting of grabbing rings with a lance – but guns instead…it’s rodeo version)
      Mary J. Blige sang last night. Brantley Gilbert tonight.Tim McGraw, Pit Bull, Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon, and George Strait later on.
      It’s all about raising scholarship money for kids…and for one loooong party. And it’s sunny!
      Thanks for riding over to toss a thought in the comment corral.

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  15. cecilia / Mar 2 2013 7:55 pm

    I love bacon and i have never been to a rodeo. That is a smiley pig in the first pig shot, i love smiling pigs too!! c

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 2 2013 8:01 pm

      Any excuse for smiling piggies – simply can’t resist! (Hope it’s warmer there – cool here, but sunny…must zip over to see the latest on the lambies!) Thanks for poking around here

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  16. Kourtney Heintz / Mar 4 2013 12:50 am

    Sounds like a great once a year experience. All that baconny yumminess. LOL. Very true necessity is the mother of invention–small business sink or swim on their own merit and abilities.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 4 2013 5:47 pm

      Can’t get a break around here: always some excuse to eat. Thanks for serving up a comment

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  17. pnwauthor / Mar 12 2013 11:42 pm

    People are obsessed with bacon these days, not sure why. My apartment often smells like bacon because we have no ventilation and someone on the bottom floor fries this stuff up on a daily basis. I recently read an article about how eating bacon, sausages etc increases premature death by 44%. This was based on a worldwide study. Not that this news will stop your Texans for heading to heart attack city, but I actually care more about the welfare of the pigs.

    Oddly, on Valentine’s Day this year, a trend of bacon-related Valentine greetings were all over Google+. Should we rename the holiday Heart Attack day?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 13 2013 3:31 pm

      Bacon cotton candy is pushing it. Have no doubt all these bacon treats will be national across state fairs, circus performances, rodeo events,and for seekers of novelty items. (As illustrated by the bacon Valentine offerings)
      THe FFA and 4-H kids do a humane and great job of raising their hogs – but the commercial farms are disgusting (if you’ve been anywhere near one, you know).
      People have been concerned about the preservatives and salt content in bacon since the 60’s – probably bacon frequently gets a revival of popularity because people have shot memories ( and getting shorter, it seems). Pork must be cooked well, or there’s the worm issue. Wild hogs also carry additional diseases and even greater care must be used in the field dressing them out as well as cooking. But it is abundant good meat from free range animals. (A delicacy in parts of Europe)
      Valentines Day – bacon is the least worry there – all the sugar and chemicals used to make things taste sweet. Happy Obesity/ Diabetes Day?
      Thanks for frying up a comment and serving it here!

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