WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – No matter how solid your recipe is, it is difficult to impress the inventor of the Turbaconducken, a chicken stuffed in duck stuffed in a turkey, all wrapped in bacon.
I found this out at the recent inaugural “BaconCamp, San Francisco,” a meeting and bacon recipe judging competition populated by the strangest and most vocal bacon lovers.
These are not your ho-hum “Let’s have some bacon for breakfast” types of guys and gals. These are the people who buy pillows that look like bacon and who spend hours in the kitchen dreaming up something new to do with bacon. They were wearing stickers with pigs on them, and so many of them wanted silk-screened shirts with a slice of bacon printed on them that the T-shirt maker broke his gear mid-event.
They are part of an increasing number of people who think of bacon as more than a source of protein – it’s a lifestyle.