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Bison Bacon--for REAL??? 
Sep. 8, 2013 2:34 pm 
Updated: Sep. 26, 2013 2:50 am
Yes, for real.  Today I prepared bison bacon.  I have enjoyed bison burgers a time or two, and I was very happy to learn that bison is much lower in fat than beef, but I didn't know it could be made into bacon.  You can check out the nutrition information on this site.  It is sliced thinly, and it actually has the look of pork bacon, with the familiar looking striae of lean and fat.  There is much less fat in bison bacon than pork bacon, and as a result, it doesn't spatter while cooking in the skillet.  I have to say though, that it is a bit chewier than bacon, and I suspect it would be very easy to turn it into jerky, if left in the skillet too long.

I used the bison bacon in a recipe for roasted Brussels sprouts, found here.  I can't say I loved the recipe, because I don't really love Brussels sprouts.  However, it was tasty, and I was intrigued by the bison bacon, which added a nice texture to the dish.  I liked the balsamic vinegar glaze, which gave a touch of sweetness to the vegetables. 

I might branch out a little with the bison bacon and try this recipe  for chicken wraps next.  

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Sep. 8, 2013 2:54 pm
Send me those brussel sprouts Bibi! We love em!
Sep. 8, 2013 6:20 pm
I will take the sprouts also. Interesting read Bibi. Thanks.
Sep. 8, 2013 7:10 pm
Looks good to me. Was the bacon smokey?
Sep. 8, 2013 7:13 pm
Hi Bibi! Living in the Southwest, there are bison burgers on the menus of a lot of restaurants. I can find bison burger in Safeway. In Colorado, there are plenty of bison ranches, too. However, I have never eaten or seen bison bacon in the local stores. Let us know how the chicken wraps with bison bacon turn out.
Sep. 9, 2013 2:49 am
Hey, mauigirl, how's about I just leave those sprouts in the grocery for you to pick up! ;)
Sep. 9, 2013 2:50 am
manella, I'll gladly give you my portion!
Sep. 9, 2013 2:54 am
BD, there wasn't much, if any, of a smoky taste. Actually, that might help the "impersonation".
Sep. 9, 2013 2:58 am
Yes, Lela, I can find ground bison, too. It's usually frozen, but it's around. There is a restaurant here named "The Cove" where I had my first bison burger--pretty tasty! I'll either do those chicken wraps or look for another "likely suspect" later in the week.
Sep. 9, 2013 5:43 am
I have learned the hard way that not all Brussel sprouts are created equal. Had them at a nice restaurant and they were bitterly awful. Bought frozen ones to try again, they were sweet and really good. Your recipe sounds good!
Sep. 9, 2013 7:40 am
good morning - I am very intrigued by the Bison Baon much like I was Duck Bacon when I found that at the store. I'm not a fan of Brussels Sprouts either but bacon & Honey Wine Vinegar have been my saviors. Great picture too.
Sep. 9, 2013 12:19 pm
Wow, thanks for posting this, I had no idea that bison was such an awesome protein! I'm gonna have to hit up my specialty butcher now to see if they carry bison; I've never seen it in grocery stores around here.
Sep. 9, 2013 2:34 pm
I love Brussels sprouts and yours look so good. I can't quite wrap my head around bison bacon, although I was pleasantly surprised by the bison pepperoni.
Sep. 9, 2013 4:43 pm
It's nice to know that there is more than one bacon option for people who don't eat pork. Thanks for the info. I will keep it in mind.
Sep. 9, 2013 5:43 pm
you got me curious about bison bacon. now, if i could find it and afford it... nice blog.
Sep. 9, 2013 6:26 pm
I'm curious and intrigued by the bison bacon too. I tried the Butterball turkey bacon and found it delicious. It looks different, like fake bacon, but tastes great. So, I'd like to try the bison bacon just for the heck of it.
Sep. 9, 2013 7:35 pm
Cat Hill, I've given Brussels sprouts the old college try, but I think I will throw in the towel. Too many recipes for things I really like, and too little time, lol!
Sep. 9, 2013 7:37 pm
Hey, Doug Matthews, thanks for stopping by! I'm not familiar with honey wine vinegar--it sounds like something I need to try--on Brussels sprouts? I will look for it at the grocer. Thanks!
Sep. 9, 2013 7:38 pm
Hi, joderita! You know the more I look into bison, the better I like it. I hope you are able to find some for your table.
Sep. 9, 2013 7:39 pm
Well, BigShotsMom, if you can wrap your head around bison pepperoni, the bison bacon won't be much of a stretch! I wish we lived close enough to swap the leftovers. I'm interested in that pepperoni!
Sep. 9, 2013 7:42 pm
Mrs. J., thanks for taking a minute to read my blog. As with most substitutes, it is only similar to the original. I think the bison wanted some smokiness for the "impersonation" to be really successful.
Sep. 9, 2013 7:45 pm
Howdy, gderr! I must admit, I was curious about bison bacon, too, and I don't know if I would have picked it up without a recommendation from someone. It's not bad, but it reminds me more of jerky than bacon. Thanks for your comment!
Sep. 9, 2013 7:48 pm
Hi, Paula! The bison bacon is in shorter strips than bacon, about half the length of a normal piece. The striae of meat and fat are real, though, just much less fat than pork bacon. My DH claims that turkey bacon "tastes kind of bird-y". He wasn't home when I prepared the bison bacon. Wonder what he would say about that, lol!
Sep. 10, 2013 7:24 am
Hi Bibi - I think Whole Foods carries it in a lot of areas. Slide Ridge Honey Wine Vinegar is the name.
Sep. 10, 2013 4:25 pm
The Bison month for the Ambassadors so intrigues me. I actually did find some ground Bison for 9.99/lb at my local Safeway. Way too expensive for a crowd, but hubby and I will try it sometime. We LOVE Brussels Sprouts and eat them a lot prepared in any manner! Nice blog Bibi!
Sep. 10, 2013 7:45 pm
Thanks, Doug! I love Whole Foods, and now I have another excuse to go!
Sep. 10, 2013 7:47 pm
Yes, Candice, I'm happy about this month's sponsor, too. Bison is a little expensive in dollars, but if you think about it beef is expensive in calories and fat. You and mauigirl will have to fight over my sprouts, lol!
Sep. 11, 2013 7:10 am
You inspired me to try something new, Bibi! I'm going to check with the local butcher for Bison bacon. Pork bacon rarely occupies my fridge because of the high fat content. This sounds like a delicious recipe. Can't wait to try it since we love Brussels sprouts!
Sep. 11, 2013 10:13 am
Go for it, Cookin'Cyn. I'm also inspired by some of the other efforts with bison! (And I'm OK to be in the minority with Brussels sprouts, lol!)
Sep. 14, 2013 10:03 am
Oh no you don't Mauigirl, I Want the sprouts!! lol. BIBI, I am Wild for sprouts!! OMG! I am gonna hunt down bison bacon! ! Yumm! Great blog Sweety! Looks fab!
Sep. 26, 2013 2:50 am
Thanks, P.C.! Sorry I didn't see your post sooner.
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My cooking experiences began in the 4th grade Conservation Club. Cooking and Sewing were classes for girls, and my mom agreed to teach them for me and a couple of friends. We began with a blond brownie sort of dessert. After I made it a few times, I began to experiment with the recipe. Mom was a no-recipe cook, and I do that, too, but I usually follow a new recipe the first time. Most of the time, I can tell by looking if we will like it. I have a husband, 2 sons, 1 granddaughter, and one ex-daughter-in-law. I was chosen to be an AllRecipes Allstar Ambassador in 2012, and I am so excited! I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Products received from advertisers are only used for experienced-based reviews on my blog, "Sweet & Savory". The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of me, Bibi.
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