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This week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast focused solely on the beloved last component of our podcast name: bacon. With Greg Nibler hosting; Editor-in-Chief Cator Sparks joining from South Carolina; Spirits Editor Sam Slaughter calling in from New York; and Associate Editor Chase McPeak coming together to discuss all things bacon, you should definitely not listen to this episode on an empty stomach.
First up, Chase McPeak talks the culinary side of bacon and first offers up three different ways to cook bacon, how each method differs, and what kind of a bacon situation lends itself to which cooking style. From there, he goes on to discuss the wild and wonderful world of bacon subscription boxes.
Following that, Cator Sparks talks sustainable and humane farming, mentioning the Darling farm in South Carolina, and its yearly Lowcountry Boucherie “Blood on the River,” a traditional communal hog-slaughter and roast.
Finally, spirits afficionado Sam Slaughter inform our audience about fat-washed spirits: what the hell they are exactly, how you make them, and some of the different drinks that can be created from them.
How to Cook bacon the Right Way: Learn the three best methods for cooking bacon. From oven-baked, to skillet cooked, to microwaved, we give you the step-by-step for how to make perfect bacon every time. No exceptions, no excuses.
Bring Home the Bacon with these Bacon Subscription Boxes: These days, you don’t even have to go to the store to get your bacon fix. We cover the top bacon subscription boxes, their frequency, types of bacon included, and price.
Darling Farm: Meet Your Farmer: Meet a local South Carolina farmer and Veteran who uses farming as a force for good. Darling Farm raises heritage hogs, meat chickens, turkeys and are certified to forage and cultivate 20 species of mushrooms.
What are Fat Washed Spirits and What are They Good For?: Two words: Bacon Bourbon. Enough said.