5 ways to get your bacon fix on National Bacon Day

From oysters to milkshakes, here’s how to celebrate on Dec. 30

8 , Mouthwatering Facts , About Bacon.Whether you fry it up in the morning orprefer it as a candle scent, bacon is universallyloved for its delicious taste and smell. .In honor of National Bacon Day on Dec. 30,here are eight mouthwatering facts about bacon.1. , Bacon is one of the world’s oldest processed meats, dating back to 1500 BCE.2. , In ancient Rome, bacon was called “petaso” and was traditionally eaten with figs, pepper sauce and wine. .3. , John Harris opened the first bacon factory in 1770 in Wiltshire, England. .4. , The phrase “bringing home the bacon” originated in 12th century England, when churches rewarded husbands with bacon for having an argument-free marriage. .5. , During Word War II, rendered bacon fat was used to create glycerin, which in turn was used to create bombs and gunpowder.6. , The 1992 Hardee’s Frisco Burger revitalized the popularity of bacon and set the stage for future bacon-ized burgers.7. , The average American consumes upwards of 18 pounds of bacon annually. .8. , Camp Bacon is a five-day camp held every year in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It features speakers, cooking classes and other bacon-related activities.

Dec. 30 is National Bacon Day. We must be a little cliché and celebrate the smoky, salty, savory side of pork (or well, not always pork).

We decided this would be an opportune moment to share some of those bacon dishes that always make us gasp when they appear on menus.

Grindhouse Blue Cheese Bacon Fries (Photo Credit Grindhouse)

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1. Bacon fries

Where: Grindhouse Killer Burgers

Dish: blue cheese bacon fries.

2. Oysters with bacon

Where: Ray's Restaurants

Dish: Oysters Rockefeller, with Pernod, spinach, Zoe’s applewood bacon and hollandaise

3. Bacon-topped fried green tomatoes

Where: Nana G's Chicken and Waffles

Dish: Fried green tomatoes topped with warm pimento cheese and applewood bacon

Red Pepper's Michelada (Photo Credit Caren West PR)

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4. Bacon cocktail

Where: Red Pepper Taqueria

Dish: Michelada with homemade sangrita, Tecate, Partida Blanco Tequila, chipotle salt and candied bacon.

5. Bacon-topped milkshake

Where: The Rookery

Dish: Jimmy Carter Shake, made with banana ice cream, peanut butter and a crumbled slice of bacon