The brilliance of some minds simply astounds us occasionally.  When we ran across "bacon relish" it one such moment.  Sweet pickle relish, sure, ate tons of it growing up.  Bacon relish?  Never heard of it.  A search of the internet turned up an array of recipes with a spectrum of flavors.  Wow!

The Heavy Table had a very straightforward and easy version:

Half Cup Recipe:

  • 4 strips bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 c onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp low sodium chicken broth
  •  salt

Crisp bacon in skillet, then remove and drain on paper towels. Discard all but 1 tbsp bacon grease in pan then add onion and cook until soft and translucent. Add white wine vinegar, chicken broth, and bacon; cook until liquid has evaporated. Salt according to taste.

While Simply Recipes went tropical with their Pineapple Bacon Relish.  Yummm!

For 8 hotdogs:

  • 1/4 pound thick cut bacon
  • 1/2 large red onion, chopped, about 1 cup
  • 2 cups finely chopped fresh pineapple (about 10 oz)
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet pickles
  • 1 Tbsp sweet pickle juice

Their instructions are to cook over low heat the bacon until the fat renders, remove the bacon, pour off all but a teaspoon of fat (save the discard for cooking!), turn heat up to medium and sautee the onion in it for 5 minutes. Chop the bacon up into bits, then combine in a bowl the bacon bits, the sauteed onion bits, the chopped pineapple and the sweet pickles.  We cheat here and simply buy sweet pickle relish at the market.  Also include a tablespoon of the sweet pickle juice if you have it.  

Doesn't that sound amazing?  Either recipe would go on a hotdog or burger and really wow your friends and family!  We just started making our own hotdogs.  Why?  Well, because they don't sell really big, plump, beefy hotdogs here.  Which is too bad.  A hotdog can make a great sandwich!  But like all outstanding foods, it starts with the ingredients and that means a great hotdog.  Enter the meat grinder and sausage stuffer. 

Here is our most recent hotdog, topped with Kuya's secret chili sauce.  It was excellent, but the next time we make them, we will definitely have bacon relish to top them! 

 
The Chili Dog
Bacon Relish would improve any hotdog!
The original Heavy Table Recipe is found -> Here

The original Simply Recipes Recipe is found -> Here


Whichever you try, or better yet ... try them both, the best bacon for them is the bacon you make yourself!

Love, Peace, & Bacon Grease!




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    We love bacon! Here we talk about different approaches, flavorings, and both success and failures we have as we make bacon at home. 

    We make it twice a month at a minimum.  It finds its way into lots of dishes. 

    We love food in general, bacon, burgers, hotdogs, pizza, and ice cream are all high on our list of comfort foods.

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