Bacon Explosion Recipe Sweeps The Internet

Have you heard of the bacon explosion? The New York Times dining section reports on the recipe that is taking the Internet by storm:

This recipe is the Bacon Explosion, modestly called by its inventors "the BBQ Sausage Recipe of all Recipes." The instructions for constructing this massive torpedo-shaped amalgamation of two pounds of bacon woven through and around two pounds of sausage and slathered in barbecue sauce first appeared last month on the Web site of a team of Kansas City competition barbecuers. They say a diverse collection of well over 16,000 Web sites have linked to the recipe, celebrating, or sometimes scolding, its excessiveness. A fresh audience could be ready to discover it on Super Bowl Sunday.

Where once homegrown recipes were disseminated in Ann Landers columns or Junior League cookbooks, new media have changed -- and greatly accelerated -- the path to popularity. Few recipes have cruised down this path as fast or as far as the Bacon Explosion, and this turns out to be no accident. One of its inventors works as an Internet marketer, and had a sophisticated understanding of how the latest tools of promotion could be applied to a four-pound roll of pork.

Read more from the Times on the story of the recipe's creation.

The ingredients, via BBQaddicts:

2 pounds thick cut bacon

2 pounds Italian sausage

1 jar of your favorite barbeque sauce

1 jar of your favorite barbeque rub

For photos and detailed cooking instruction, check out the BBQaddicts website.

The Bacon Explosion posting has been viewed nearly 400,000 times, the Times notes, and has ignited extensive Internet discussion about the dish. Over at Chowhound one conversation thread began with the question: "Bacon lovers--Is this Nirvana, or total excess?"