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The best bacon you've never heard of

Mediafeed Logo By Michael Schreiber of Mediafeed | Slide 1 of 52: Let's be clear. This list isn't based on any type of scientific poll. The very notion that some group of Americans who I don't even know could pick better bacon than me is preposterous. I know bacon, people. I eat a lot of it. Too much. I've even done some reporting on it, but really, "investigating" bacon doesn't make one an aficionado. You have to live and breathe it. You have to be the kind of person, who when he was a kid, used to play hooky from school by feigning illness, and as soon as his parents left for work, began cooking bacon, finishing off an entire package all by himself. Then when Sunday rolled around and there wasn't any bacon in the house, they'd say, "Hey, what happened to the bacon?" "I don't know," that kid lied, and then he'd go to his room and laugh.You have to be the type of person who, as an adult worries that he may be developing a legit heart condition because of his long, deep love affair with bacon (and fried chicken), yet can't seem to muster the will power to slow down, despite the warnings of both his GP and cardiologist, who seem like smart, well-meaning people ... but really, isn't sugar the problem, not saturated fats? (And I don't eat chocolate covered bacon. The texture is gross.)But I digress.The following list is comprised of the most beautiful, delectable and, in some cases, interesting bacon I could find in every state – and I'm talking about both brands and dishes (it was originally published in 2018 and updated. And, no, I didn't actually try all of these. You think a bacon whisperer like me needs to try the bacon to know if it's amazing or not? I can feel the bacon... through the screen. And if you pay close enough attention to this slideshow, you will too.

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Let's be clear. This list isn't based on any type of scientific poll. The very notion that some group of Americans who I don't even know could pick better bacon than me is preposterous. I know bacon, people. I eat a lot of it. Too much. I've even done some reporting on it, but really, "investigating" bacon doesn't make one an aficionado. You have to live and breathe it. You have to be the kind of person, who when he was a kid, used to play hooky from school by feigning illness, and as soon as his parents left for work, began cooking bacon, finishing off an entire package all by himself. Then when Sunday rolled around and there wasn't any bacon in the house, they'd say, "Hey, what happened to the bacon?" 

"I don't know," that kid lied, and then he'd go to his room and laugh.

You have to be the type of person who, as an adult worries that he may be developing a legit heart condition because of his long, deep love affair with bacon (and fried chicken), yet can't seem to muster the will power to slow down, despite the warnings of both his GP and cardiologist, who seem like smart, well-meaning people ... but really, isn't sugar the problem, not saturated fats? (And I don't eat chocolate covered bacon. The texture is gross.)

But I digress.

The following list is comprised of the most beautiful, delectable and, in some cases, interesting bacon I could find in every state – and I'm talking about both brands and dishes (it was originally published in 2018 and updated. And, no, I didn't actually try all of these. You think a bacon whisperer like me needs to try the bacon to know if it's amazing or not? I can feel the bacon... through the screen. And if you pay close enough attention to this slideshow, you will too.

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