Smoked bacon, as the name implies, is bacon that has been smoked after the curing process. Smoking the meat destroys Trichinella, a parasitic roundworm that causes trichinosis. Advances in modern processing and storage have more or less eliminated the need for smoking to kill the parasite, but smoking bacon is still very popular to this day due to the unique flavor it imparts to the bacon. In fact, a lot of bacon purists identify the smoky taste to that of bacon and will refuse to consider unsmoked bacon as real bacon.
Smoked Bacon Trivia
- One of the earliest cookbooks, The Virginia Housewife (1824), does not indicate that bacon is ever not smoked. In other words, bacon has always been smoked.
- Bacon grease was used to make explosives during the second world war.
- There is an annual ‘Camp Bacon’ event in Michigan that celebrates all things bacon.
- Bacon in pop culture has given rise to strange products like bacon soap, bacon body wash, bacon toothpaste, and bacon floss.