Yeee HAWWW!!! Austin Bacon Takedown = perfect.

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:

People’s Choice:

#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

Judge’s Choice

#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

Christy Horton  from epicuriosities.com Bacon Pecan Toffee with Candied Bacon – and check out her recipe!!!

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

Alex LaRoche

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

Adrienne Lowenstein

Lucky 13 Mixology – Bacon Bloody Marys!!!

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