Perhaps the Mayans were right, the world is going to come to an end in 2012, the latest sign is an ominous warning from Britain’s National Pig Association, which bills itself as “the voice of the British pig industry”. The industry trade group’s dire forecast an “unavoidable” global shortage of bacon and pork because of shrinking herds. The group cited increased feed costs due to poor harvests for corn and soybeans as a reason for the decline. However, this may just be a ploy by the trade group to charge more for the delicious bacon we all desire, as the USDA only predicts a 1.3 percent decrease in production which likely will have little effect on the average 45 pounds of pork that Americans eat each year.
This led the staff at NextCampsite into a discussion on some of the best (an more interesting ways) to cook bacon while camping.
- The Classic Method – Bacon in a skillet – You should know this one, simply add your bacon to a skillet and cook on your camping stove or over the campfire. Cook until desired crispiness.
- The Standby Method – Bacon on a stick – Cooking bacon on a stick is much like cooking a hot dog on a stick. Simply add your slices of bacon to a stick and hold over the fire. Some people dislike this method since you lose all of the wonderful bacon juice (AKA grease) to the fire gods.
- Bacon in a paper bag – Using this method you simply rub the slices of bacon against the inside of brown paper lunch bag, drop the bacon in, and suspend over the campfire. The bag should not light on fire and you should have tasty bacon in 5-7 minutes. Backpacker Magazine has a nice tutorial video of this method, except the messed up the bacon by adding eggs.