A complete bacon explosion dish
|Place of origin||United States|
|Region or state||Kansas City|
|Creator(s)||Aaron Chronister and Jason Day|
|Main ingredient(s)||Sausage, bacon|
|At least 5,000 calories and 500 grams of fat per roll. The calories per serving depend on how thickly one slices the roll, which is typically 20-30 cm long.|
It caused an Internet sensation after being posted on the BBQ Addicts blog, and quickly spread to the mainstream press with numerous stories discussing the porcine feast. In time, the articles began to discuss the Internet "buzz" itself.
The phenomenon is international, with popularity in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Daily Telegraph noted that the "recipe is most popular on the web" and that the "5,000 calorie barbeque dish has become one of the most popular meal ideas in the world."
History and origin 
Jason Day and Aaron Chronister posted the dish in December 2008 on their "BBQ Addicts" blog. It quickly became an Internet phenomenon, generating more than 500,000 hits and 16,000 links to the blog, and was even included on political blogs because "Republicans like meat." There are fan clubs and follow-up videos of various attempts to create the dish.
The inventors are experienced barbecue competition participants from Kansas City, and compete in cook-offs as the Burnt Finger BBQ team. According to the Telegraph, "They came up with the delicacy after being challenged on Twitter to create the ultimate bacon recipe." They christened their innovation the "Bacon Explosion: The BBQ Sausage Recipe of all Recipes."
The bacon explosion is similar to a number of previously published recipes, and Day and Chronister do not claim to have invented the concept.
Widespread popularity 
The huge popularity of the recipe has led to international coverage; besides the US and the UK, German and Dutch media are paying attention to the rage. Some controversy has arisen about the high calorie, high fat dish. Commentary in major publications about the health/obesity of Americans quickly suggested dishes like bacon explosion as the reason for "Why Americans are fat"; another paper noted that it isn't something a doctor would recommend. It has also been cited as an example of the use of Web 2.0 technology (Chronister is an Internet marketer).
Preparing a bacon explosion "requires the minimum of culinary talent" and the ingredient list is short. It is made from 2 pounds (910 g) of thick cut bacon, 2 pounds (910 g) of Italian sausage, one jar of barbecue sauce, and one jar of barbecue rub/seasoning.
It is constructed by weaving the bacon together to serve as a base which is then seasoned, followed by the layering of sausage meat on top, with crumbled bacon sprinkled on top of the mass. Barbecue sauce is added, more barbecue seasoning is added, and it is rolled into a giant "sausage-shaped monster." It takes about an hour per inch of thickness to cook and is then basted with more barbecue sauce, sliced into rounds, and served.
See also 
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- Darlin, Damon (27 January 2009). "Take Bacon. Add Sausage. Blog.". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2009.
- Singh, Anita (30 January 2009). "Bacon Explosion recipe is most popular on the web". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2009.
- Day, Jason (23 December 2008). "Bacon Explosion: The BBQ Sausage Recipe of all Recipes". BBQ Addicts. Archived from the original on 1 February 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2009.
- See Jonah Goldberg's comment on his own blog, at Bacon Explosion.
- "'Bacon Explosion': Dieses Grill-Monster erobert das Internet". Express. 2009-01-30. Archived from the original on 8 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
- Plas, Caroline van der (2009-01-31). "Bacon Explosion dé hit op internet". Meat & Meal. Retrieved 2009-02-03.[dead link]
- Abouhalkah, Yael T. (29 January 2009). "The 'Bacon Explosion': Why Americans are fat". Kansas City Star. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2009.
- Nista, Monica; Lauren Cox (30 January 2009). "Super Bowl Foods the Doc Won't Recommend". ABC News. Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2009.
- Bandyk, Matthew (29 January 2009). "Bacon Explosion: An Artery-Clogging Example Of Web 2.0 Strategies". US News and World Report. Archived from the original on 1 February 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
- "Bacon Explosion by Weight - Nutrition Facts - Heads Up Eating".