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Kansas City – Bacon Fest

There are only a handful of festivals across the nation totally dedicated to the love of bacon. As we all know, Kansas City has the best barbecue, but what you might not know is that it also has the best Bacon Fest! This is one of the most fun annual events in Kansas City! And not only is it great fun, but is also supports a great cause. Bacon Fest: The Other Fundraiser is a fundraiser for The Rehabilitation Institute of KC. This wonderful organization provides physical rehabilitation services to youth and adults in the Kansas City area.

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A ticket to this year’s Bacon Fest got you a red plastic cup that could be used for all the Ameristar Casino micro brew beer you could drink, plus a sampling of bacon inspired dishes from some of Kansas City’s best eateries and caterers. Some of the delicious offerings included bacon brownies, bacon jam, bacon crème brule, bacon cheddar sausage and a whole hog!

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Numerous other bacon goodies were available as well. If that wasn’t enough, there was also a bacon recipe contest, bacon t-shirt contest and a bacon eating contest! The recipe contest was won with a fantastic looking bacon apple pie. The bacon eating contest was won by spunky military wife from Nebraska. She really showed the boys how to compete!

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As if this all wasn’t enough fun, there were two great sounding live bands and a shady relaxation lounge with fans and sunglasses sponsored by yelp.com.  Kansas City’s own Farmland Foods gave away their bacon slice samples and the Kansas Pork Association had trendy “stay calm and eat pork” aprons and gave away $250 worth of bacon to one local photo booth participant.

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The KPA also sponsored the grand and reserve prize packages for the recipe contest winners.  If there is any way to have more fun with bacon, I’d certainly like to know what it is! Be sure to put Bacon Fest on your agenda next year. You will not regret it. I bacontee it.

Until next time,
Chris

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And for those who missed out on Bacon Fest this year, we haven’t forgotten about you…

Because you could win this book!

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Here’s how you can win:

This recipe book has 125 “irresistible recipes” for bacon, but we want to know yours! What is your favorite dish to cook with bacon? It is the center of attention or the perfect garnish for that final touch? Leave a comment to let us know on this post.  The contest will close on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm CST. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email, as well as announced in a comment on this blog post. The winner will need to respond to our email no later then Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm CST to be eligible to claim their prize. If the prize is not claimed we will select another winner.

Interested in more recipes for bacon?’ Head on over to our new site, eatpork.org, for recipes, coupons and more!

Overland Park – Jon Russell’s Barbeque

I was looking for a place to take my wife out dinner in the Kansas City area and found Jon Russell’s Barbeque. Jon Russell’s Barbeque is a newer restaurant located at the corner of 135th Street and Quivera in the Prairie Center Shopping Center in Overland Park. Kansas.  According to their website, they are “micro-smokehouse” which is a fancy way of saying that the restaurant is too small.  JonRussel's1You certainly can’t fit a large crowd here, but if there are only a few of you, it’s worth checking out. Owners Russell Muehlberger and Jon Niederbremer are award winning competition cooks with over twenty years of experience and an American Royal win! JohnRussell's3Pretty impressive credentials, but it shows in the quality of the food. The meat certainly rivals that of the best Kansas City Barbecue Society competitive barbecue teams. JohnRussell's4The ribs were fantastic and their side dishes were good also.  If you like great Kansas City Style Barbeque, check this place out!

Until next time,
Chris

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ATTENTION: Only a few more hours until our contest giveaway for a new apron  is closed! 

Keep Calm and Eat Pork. That’s our motto here at In Pursuit of Pork  and we’re making a statement with our new aprons!

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Head over to last week’s post, Smoked Creations – Ottawa to learn how you can win.

Entries must be submitted by today, August 20th at 4:00 pm CST.

Interested in more ways to ‘keep calm and eat pork?’ Head on over to our new site, eatpork.org, for recipes, coupons and more!

 

Ottawa – Smoked Creations

I’ve found that passing through a town at lunch time (and having some time on your hands) is a great way to discover some hidden treasures in the restaurant industry. That is exactly what allowed me to find Smoked Creations a few weeks ago, nestled in an old storefront in the recently budding mom and pop restaurant scene in downtown Ottawa, KS.

Smoked Creations. pic courtesy of visitottawakansas.com

Picture courtesy of visitottawakansas.com.

“Smoked Creations” offers up some authentic KC style BBQ just as you would expect, but also throws in some twists on the standard ‘que you’ll find at most BBQ joints. I think one of the main reasons is the owner/cook actually worked for years in Mexican restaurant kitchens before he took on this challenge, so you’re going to get a few alternatives to the old brisket or pork on white bread (such as the pulled pork chimichanga).

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One of those exceptions was a delicious little thing called the “BBQ Tornado”. When I saw it on the menu I knew I needed to try it. The BBQ Tornado is pulled pork and BBQ sauce rolled in a tortilla and deep fried (see picture). My only advice is to let it cool a bit before eating it if you value your tongue.

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One cannot survive on BBQ Tornadoes alone, so when I saw a sandwich on the menu called “Pig Out”, I of course ordered it too, partly because of the name, but mostly because it is pulled pork, bacon, smoked cheddar, and pickles on Telera bread. I probably don’t need to explain how good this sandwich was, as the ingredients speak for themselves, but I’ll go ahead and tell you, it was good.

Not only were the meats good, but the Cajun fries were amazingly good as well (think “Five Guys” fries).  In my short experience at Smoked Creations I was very impressed, and would gladly go back, perhaps to try that “Pulled Pork Chimichanga”!

– Mike

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CONTEST!
Keep Calm and Eat Pork

That’s our motto here at In Pursuit of Pork  and we’re making a statement with our new aprons!
We know that there are many out there with the same motto and today on the blog we are giving away one of these new eatpork.org aprons to one lucky winner!

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Here’s how you can win:

Football season and tailgating are just around the corner, and this apron would be the perfect addition to your game day attire. Leave a comment on this post below telling us what your favorite pork tailgating dish is. The contest will close on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm CST. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email, as well as announced in a comment on this blog post. The winner will need to respond to our email no later then Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 5:00 pm CST to be eligible to claim their prize. If the prize is not claimed we will select another winner.

Interested in more ways to ‘keep calm and eat pork?’ Head on over to our new site, eatpork.org, for recipes, coupons and more!