Bacon, Beer & Baseball! Bacon & Beer Classic 2015

April 28, 2015

How much more American can you get munching on bacon, with a cold beer at the MLB stadium? While there wasn’t an actual baseball game going on, there was some heated competition at this year’s Bacon and Beer Classic at CitiField this weekend! Perfectly timed too, right in the middle of the Subway series this weekend, thousands of people flocked to the smokey bacon goodness, including Mets and Yankees fans (imagine that both fans under one roof!)! It was a Saturday filled with beer and bacon from over 40 local restaurants and 50 breweries, all enjoyed on field and in the dugout! Here are some of my favorites!

 

Bareburger 

Bacon Jam Blue Cheese Burger

One of the longer lines all day, I was lucky enough to get one! Props to these Bareburger reps—individually prepping each slider! No ready-made burgers here! The juicy beef was slightly pink in the center, not overly seasoned, but the perfect burger bite. Topped with the sharp blue cheese and bacon jam. Oh the bacon jam, I could literally eat a tub of this! And they literally decorated their table with tubs of this stuff! A symphony of smoky, meat goodness, slightly sweet but also hints of chocolate and even coffee in it! Will definitely need to treat myself to a full-sized burger soon!

 

Roll with It Booklyn

Minulatti

A classic Italian lard-bread made with bacon fat, and with bacon and sausage pieces studded in the roll. A perfect bite, slighty crunchy outside, but the dough is tender and light, smokey from the bacon and sausage! A bonus: Roll with It supports local, humane and sustainable farmers in NY, NJ, and PA! 

 

Strip House

Cured Bacon with Tomato Chimmichurri

Another winner for me with a slight char and caramelization, but sliced thin so it melted in my mouth! The tomato chimmichurri added a zing to the rich bite.

 

Bar Bacon

Pork Belly Lettuce Cup

A beautifully caramelized, succulent piece of pork belly. While they offered one served on a lettuce leaf and one with a spicy slaw, I loved the lettuce cup—really let the pork sing. 

Tres Carnes

Pork Belly Taco

This Tex-Mex eatery is often lumped together with Chipotle—big mistake! They have a very distinct smokey flavor in each dish, heightened with their use of herbs and spices. On the menu this weekend were their melt-in-your-mouth, pork belly tacos. Heated tortillas, kissed with a habanero pepper sauce and pickled onions, perfect contrast to the chunks of thick, fatty smoked pork belly!

 

Beers

Harlem Brewing Company

Renaissance Wit

Perfect to wash down all this pork!  Lightly hopped, yet a surprising kick of coriander, cumin, grains of paradise and mellowed out with a hint of orange!

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Labrador Lager

A clean, sweet and smooth brew, almost reminiscent of sweet tea! Not overpowering but a lingering, frothy foam that I didn’t mind.

 

 

JUDGING

Judges for the “Brunch” session included Liza De Guia, the Founder/Chief Storyteller, food. curated., Adam Poch, Bacon Minister/Bacon Connoisseur (Remember we met up with him at last year’s Pig Island!), Lisa Fernandes, Chef/Owner of Sweet Chili, Derrick Prince of Stanton Social/Masterchef season 2, David “The Rev” Cancio, Director of Marketing Schweid & Sons, James Tai, an independent craft beer consultant, Herb Karlitz, a food and beverage event marketer and owner of Karlitz & Company, and Chef Plum, who has been featured on many television segments and has a popular podcast called Plumluvfoods Live.     

 

Best Sweet Dish- Pig Guy NYC- Bacon S'mores on a stick

Best Savory Dish- Bar Bacon

Best Overall- Sweet Chili- "Pork-Gasm"

People's Choice- Rudy's Original Cheesecake Drops- Bacon infused

Winning beers from Abita Brewing, Southern Tier Brewery and Original Sin Hard Cider.

 

 

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