Despite the health concerns, bacon has reclaimed its spot as a popular ingredient in any restaurant chef's kitchen. It can be said that bacon makes any dish more delectable; however, could this be taking it too far?
This dish, lovingly coined The Bacon Explosion, has stopped bacon lovers in their tracks to cock their heads and say, "Huh, imagine that." Two heaping pounds of bacon basket woven around two pounds of ground sausage make up "The BBQ Sausage Recipe of all Recipes." The recipe has been linked to more than 16,000 various sites since its premier on a Kansas City BBQ competition site.
Here is the recipe for those who are daring enough to try.
From NY Times
Adapted from Jason Day and Aaron Chronister
Cooking time: 3 hours
2 pounds thick cut sliced bacon
1 1/2 pounds Italian sausage with casings removed
3 tablespoons barbecue rub
3/4 cup barbecue sauce
1. Use 10 slices of bacon to weave a square lattice by placing 5 slices side-by-side on a large sheet of aluminum foil. Use the remaining 5 to weave into the others.
2. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees or you could use an outdoor smoker.
3. Place the remaining bacon in a frying pan and cook until crisp.
4. As it is cooking, sprinkle the weaved bacon with barbecue rub. Evenly spread the sausage over the weave entirely to the outer edges.
5. Cut the fried bacon into bite sized pieces and then spread over the sausage. Drizzle with 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce and then sprinkle with another tablespoon of the barbecue rub.
6. Carefully lift the edge of the sausage, leaving the bacon flat, and begin to roll the sausage over itself away from you. Press the sausage roll to to remove any air pockets and push together seams at the end.
7. Roll the sausage back toward you, this time with the bacon weave, until it is completely wrapped. Place roll seam down. Sprinkle the roll with the remaining barbecue rub.
8. Place the roll on a baking sheet and into the oven or smoker. Cook until the internal temperature is 165 degrees, about 1 hour per inch of thickness. When done, glaze the roll with more barbecue sauce. Serve by slicing into 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch.
So, would you?
Pictures by Don Ipock for the New York Timeshttp://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/28/dining/28bacon.html?em