If there’s something that can beat the aroma of freshly brewed coffee in the morning, then it has to be the smell of bacon sizzling on the pan. Bacon has been around for as long as man has started salting meats to preserve them. As a testament to bacon’s popularity, there is even vegetarian bacon, so that vegetarians can enjoy bacon without consuming meat. Aside from vegetarian bacon, there’s bacon ice cream, bacon chocolate, bacon bits, turkey bacon, Baconnaise, and even bacon salt! Proving once and for all that everything tastes better with bacon.
- The Chinese were the first ones to eat bacon more than 3,500 years ago.
- The average American eats 18 pounds of bacon every year.
- Different places in the world use different parts as bacon. In the United States, bacon is usually pork belly. In Canada, the loin is used. In the UK, shoulder and ham are used.
- Oscar Mayer patented the first packed, sliced bacon in 1924.