Daryl Zero: “I can’t possibly overstate the importance of good research. Everyone goes through life dropping crumbs. If you can recognize the crumbs, you can trace a path all the way back from your death certificate to the dinner and a movie that resulted in you in the first place. But research is an art, not a science, because anyone who knows what they’re doing can find the crumbs, the wheres, whats, and whos. The art is in the whys: the ability to read between the crumbs, not to mix metaphors. For every event, there is a cause and effect. For every crime, a motive. And for every motive, a passion. The art of research is the ability to look at the details, and see the passion.”
The Dining section of the NYT stirred up some controversy in the blogosphere this week with an article showcasing a recipe called “the Bacon Explosion.” The Explosion is basically a log of seasoned sausage and crispy bacon wrapped tightly in an outer layer of bacon strips, and cooked. The controversy is that the NYT attributes the recipe to a BBQ team from Kansas City called Burnt Finger BBQ, while a more thorough look at the arrival of greasy bacon torpedoes on the internet points deeper into the thicket…
Which is not to say that the NYT are unaware of the possibility that their featured fattie was poached from someone else’s smoker. Towards the end of the original article, “The Bacon Explosion – Take Bacon. Add Sausage. Blog.” there is reference to The Headless Blogger (who turns out to be a Republican, hopped up on Obama Hateorade; headless in the political sense?) and how this blogger may know better about the origins of the bacon log. In a post titled “Redneck Sushi hits the MSM” the Headless Blogger says,
“Mr. Darlin of the Times may want to make a correction. I don’t claim to be the inventor of the bacon wrapped fattie, but I did post my much superior creation prior to the Bacon Explosion post. I credited my inspiration to Dan’s Bacon & Cheese Roll and provided a link. It seemed more than coincidental that Jason, Moe & Aaron independently came up with their weaved bacon wrapped around a fattie substance idea within a month of Dan’s widely circulated post. Since they were such swell sports, I’ve been jerking their chains ever since. Clearly they didn’t copy me or the would have created a far better product.”
The link cited in the last paragraph as the inspiration for the Headless’ Redneck Sushi brings you to a food blog called, Foodproof, and indeed the earliest available listing for a hatched-bacon-strip-sausage-fuselage/heart-attack. This may be the pilot’s original black box. The investigation did not end there, however, at least for me. Perhaps this is an appropriate moment to thank the citizens of the fine state of Massachusetts for decriminalizing marijuana (perhaps every day I give the same thanks)… for I continued my sleuthing around, trying to find the root of the recipe, and inadvertently discovered on Foodproof, several videos of a gentleman (young Bill Clinton?) encouraging folks to watch him eat.
This quickly lead me to his blog called Fiction is Lying. Its a wonderful blog and really the one bankable gem I found in all of this spelunking, deep in these caves. There are recipes, photographs, witticisms, a twitter link, and videos of sarcasmo (the proprietor) eating different things such as… a Thanksgiving feast, a Wendy’s Baconator (my favorite, and the most relevant to this post… he harshly disses Wendy’s bacon strips and then pops them right in his mouth!), and a chocolate Christmas Advent calendar. Techno beats pulse softly in the background and I dare you to look away while this man consumes, his hair a wild bouffant… the best kind of digital munchies.