Turns out, Austin Texas is the epicenter of all things fun. Not just because SXSW was destroying the convention center next door, but because the locals are maybe probably definitely the most funnest people. 22 Austiners showed their true colors that day: pink and red. Thank you to all the beautiful contestants for their hard work and wicked yummers bacon dishes!!!!!
Check out all photos at my Facebook Fan Page “The Takedown”!!!
The good people at Hormel gave each contestant 15lbs of Black Label Bacon to play with, and a chance to win a year’s supply of this fine-ass candy meat. And then guess what else? This dude in the audience named Doug won the raffle- for a whole year’s supply of bacon!!! GO DOUG!!! And Le Creuset was awesome enough to donate 5 griddles to give as insano prizes at this brilliant thang!
After the jump, check out all the contestants recipes, the winners, and our illustrious judges…
The judges were super dope! Addie Broyles from the Austin Statesman teamed up with Emily Fleischaker from Bon Appetit to offer a shrewd expert opinion of the contestants. They are both super sweet and true.
Emo’s, the hugest punk club on Red River gave us a huge and pretty venue, indoors and out to play in!
TO BE UPDATED SOON!!!! LOTS OF PICS – AND ALL THE CONTESTANTS DISHES! LOTS OF PIC AND MEDIA LINKS TOO!!!
Here’s the winners for you news hounds:
#1 Hilah Johnson’s Bacon Chocolate Strips! WINS A YEAR’S SUPPLY OF HORMEL BACON
#2 Dustin Bozarth led Tacortown.org with Crack Bacon Tacos – Wins a LE CREUSET GRIDDLE
#3 Josh White made an Avocado Bacon Salad on Toast – wins a LE CREUSET GRIDDLE
#1 Dustin Bozarth and Tacotown.org with Crack Bacon Tacos LE CREUSET GRIDDLE
#2 Vanessa and Lisa Blackwell with Bourbon Bacon Pecan Pie LE CREUSET GRIDDLE
#3 Amanda Joyner – Bacon Jam LE CREUSET GRIDDLE
HONORABLE MENTION: Josh White’s Avocado Bacon Salad – WINS A HALF YEAR’S SUPPLY OF HORMEL BACON
And here’s all the contestants and their dishes that killed:
Amanda and Michael Joyner from retrobizzaro.com Porky: Bacon Jam (Pastry Version) on a Smoked sea salt, cocal nib, coffee ground shortbread cookie then dipped in chocolate retrobizzaro.com
Hilah Johnson has her own cooking show! – Bacon Candy Strips
José Ralat Maldonado – Bacon Quesadillas
Frank Mancuso - (the Austin beer rep for Saint Arnold Brewing!) – Bacon Explosion
Jenna (Gruhala) Oltersdorf at snackbox.us - Bacon-Vanilla-Almond Cupcakes
Kate Seideman – Bacon Sticky Tofee Pudding with Bacon Caramel Cake
Phillip Laramore and Josh White - Bacon Avocado Salad served with mixed greens on Russian Rye
Ryan M Garcia - Bacon Cheddar Risotto
Vanessa and Lisa Blackwell - Girls Gone Hog Wild – Bourbon Bacon Pecan Pie
Jen Bell – TEAM MASTER BACON – Bacon Brulee
Chappy Sinclaire TacoTown.org‘s Crack Bacon Tacos – blueberry male glazed bacon, wrapped in a bacon fat flour tortilla, sprinkled with queso fresco, and finished witha bleuberry habanero drizzle
Laura Finger - Desert fit for a King Bacon Cups filled with peanut butter chocolate pudding, topped with a banana and maple glaze
Aaron Rainbolt - Rainbolts Maple Bacon Jalepenos
Phillip Terry - Birthday Barbeque Brisket Bacon Baked Beans
Amber gulley - Pearls in Swine – Bacon wrapped water chestnuts with her secret sweet and tangy glaze
Matt Chalker - Savory bacon custard above mustard greens, topped with candied bacon bits and bacon-infused caramel
Lucky 13 Mixology – Bacon Bloody Marys!!!