We are still building the menu for 2019, but in the meantime, here’s what guests ate in 2018 at Baconfest.



Bangers & Lace

Bar Roma – Fred Ramos
Spicy Pork Belly Meatballs


BBQ Supply Co – Dylan Lipe
Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends – low & slow smoked bacon with sliced peaches and cilantro with a sweet tea & sriracha Glaze

Bliss Culinary Heaven – Tyler Nelson
Bacon & Grits – pork belly, honey grits, pickled slaw

Hog Wild Caramel Popcorn Mix – secret recipe maple caramel popcorn with bacon bits and chocolate

Cantina Laredo – Damon Workman
BBQ Taco – 50/50 blend of slow roasted Mexican carnitas and delicious smoky bacon. served on corn tortillas and topped with a jicama red apple slaw with just a touch of creole mustard

Chicago’s Community Kitchens – Emily Cook and Abby Bicksler
Porky Puffs – bacon cream puffs with maple cream

Chicken + Farm Shop – James Garron
Fried Chicken Sandwich – buttermilk fried chicken topped with confit bacon, avocado aioli, fresno peppers, bread + butter pickles, cilantro, lettuce on a brioche bun

City Barbeque – Brian Carney
Smoked Double Pork Nachos – nachos with bacon and our smoked pulled pork and homemade nacho cheese. Along with a toppings bar with salsa, sour cream, jalapenos

Cooking Skills Academy – Paul Guerrero
Promiscuous Pork Belly – 48 hour red braised pork belly

CP West Loop – Ariel Cole
Here’s Squeal’n Johnny – jalapeno cheddar johnny cakes topped with bacon jam, bacon-infused bourbon maple syrup and bourbon whipped cream

Earl’s Drive-Thru BBQ
Bacon Brisket BBQ Beans

Edzo’s Burger Shop – Eddie Lakin
Pancakes-n-Bacon Milkshake

El Tapeo
Cerdo a la Pimienta – Peppered pork belly with a saffron orange gel and sautéed wild mushrooms

Farmhouse Chicago – Eric Mansavage
Piggymisu – an old favorite with a bacon twist!

Flo & Santos – Mark Rimkus
Polish Piggie Pierogi – bacon fried pierogi wrapped in bacon topped with bacon jam

Half Day Brewing Co – Bob Zrenner
Bacon Peanut Butter and Bacon Jam Doughnuts

Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar – Guy Meikle
Bacon Roasted Sunchoke and Cottage Cheese Pelmeni – bacon dashi, butternut squash kimchi, bacon dough

Howells & Hood – Brett Faldstein
Serrano Tamarind Pork Belly Bites – crispy pork belly, grilled pineapple, pickled Persian cucumber, serrano tamarind BBQ

Hubbard Inn – Jason Hedin
Doughnuts – with maple-bacon jus

Imperial Lamian – Alan Tran
Imperial Bacon Lamian – bacon-infused, hand-pulled noodles served with pork broth and braised pork belly

Italian Village Restaurants – Jose Torres
Bacon BBQ Truffle – Nueske’s applewood-smoked bacon stuffed with chicken leg meat, Italian sausage, prosciutto i Parma and fresh sage; baked with bacon-infused BBQ sauce.

Italian Village

Jam Restaurant – Ian Voakes
The Elvis – Jam’s malted custard french toast, peanut butter, maple banana, bacon jam

Jordan’s Food of Distinction
Lobster Pork Cappuccino – slow braised applewood smoked pork belly with creamy shallot scented lobster bisque and chive oil

Lobster Pork Cappuccino - Jordan's Food of Distinction

Kanela Breakfast Club – Ivan Gonzalez and Alexandria Swieton
Bacon Delight – In this dish we will be using bacon in many forms all to create one dish that represents us as #1 brunch place in Chicago by USA Today

Kinzie Chophouse – Susan Frasca
Sweet Bacon Corner – Whiskey, caramel, marshmallow, bacon bark
Chocolate bark cupcakes with maple frosting
Chocolate bacon truffles

Latinicity – Marcos Flores
Chori-Frita Slider – house-ground black angus & chorizo patty, manchego cheese, bacon mojo, crispy potatoes, brioche bun


Links Taproom – Dimitris Mallios
Dr. Filogood – bacon & pistachio baklava topped with caramelized bacon, vanilla pudding and pistachio crumbles

Miss Ricky’s – Moosah Reaume
Maple Chili Bacon Cruller – bacon Cruller stuffed with onion chili butter cream glazed with maple chili bacon floss

NIX Restaurant At The Knickerbocker hotel – Cliff Ostrowski
Porky’s Delight – roasted Butternut squash, brussel sprouts, crispy bacon, with balsamic fig syrup

Nonna Santi’s Biscotti – Jo-Marie Frigo
Polenta Bacon Biscotti

Old Grounds Social – Esteban Garcia
Bacon Wrapped Andouille with Maple Bacon Glaze

Park Grill – Alfredo Sandoval
Tamal de Cochinita Pibil – bacon infused corn masa, achiote braised pork belly pibil, Xnipec habanero salsa, pickled onion

Peckish Pig – Debbie Evans
Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Chorizo

Perfect Pasta, Inc. – Noel Umbricht
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Stuffed Gnocchi “Poppers” with Bacon Ranch

Porkchop – Eric Feltman
Bacon Cake

PR Italian Bistro – Stefano Roman
Frittole del Carnevale Veneziano (Venetian Carnival Donuts) – Venetian donuts with Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon, grappa-soaked raisins, raspberry cream cheese, bacon bottarga, bourbon maple syrup

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel – Leah Turowski
Moody Reuben – bourbon-glazed pork belly, pickled red cabbage, smoked dressing, baby swiss, dark molasses bun

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee – Rich Labriola
Mini Maple Caramel Bacon Pecan Bars – our buttermilk cake donut is having a party and it invited all its best pals: maple, caramel, bacon, pecan …. and you!

State and Lake Chicago Tavern – Nathan Sears
Hiyashi Chuka (Chilled Ramen) – bacon dashi broth, traditional garnish, pickled egg, bacon togarashi, bacon fat mayu

Tap House Grill – Bob Zrenner
Cheddar Stuffed Bacon – beer battered bacon stuffed with Merkt’s cheese

The Delta – Adam Wendt
Bacon Cush – bacon tamale, charred pepper, mornay, chicharron

The Delta

The Grill on the Alley – Geordan Stenson
The Grill on the Alley’s Bacon and Brussels – bacon, brussels sprouts, carrots, onions and balsamic vinegar

The Roaming Hog – Eddie Aguilar
Pork Belly Clay Pot – Vietnamese-inspired clay pot marinated pork belly, black garlic caramel sauce, puffed rice, pickled Thai chili sambal sauce, fresh herbs, sesame seeds

Velvet Taco – Grant Morgan
Cuban Pig – gruyere cheese, slow roasted pork, shaved ham, Nueske’s peppered bacon, bacon mustard, house brined pickles, flour tortilla

Velvet Taco

Victory Tap Chicago – Joe Farina
Bacon Ricotta Agnolotti with Bacon, Sage and Brown Butter – pasta stuffed with ricotta and bacon, sauteed with bacon, sage and brown butter

Vie – Eddie Duracka
Bacon Pibil – with creamed hominy, fried hominy, candied lime zest, cilantro, pickled cherry bomb peppers

WHISK – David Rodriguez
Bacon Mac and Cheese Sundae Cones


Autre Monde Café & Spirits – Dan Pancake
BLT Ramen

BACARO – Drew Starkey
Bacon Lasagna

Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits – Phil Griffin
Bacon Fat Grits – made with a crumbled candied bacon pimento cheese, topped with bacon lardons and a chive garnish

Birrieria Zaragoza – Jonathan Zaragoza
Sonoran Hot Dog – bacon-wrapped hot dog with Mexican fixings like pico de gallo, frijoles

Bistro Campagne – Luke Creagan
“Bacon and Eggs” – bacon rillettes on brioche, sauce gribiche, bruleed Pernod-fennel marshmallow, smoked maple

Bistronomic – Martial Noguier and Amanda Downing
Roasted Applewood Smoked Bacon Croquette – with escargot, brioche bread crumbs & green garlic aioli

BITES – Derek Intapura
Billionaire’s BLT Bao – Asian spiced candied bacon, Japanese mayo, romaine hearts, fresh tomato, shredded nori

Burger Bar Chicago – John McLean and Martin Murch
Belly-Stuffed Chicken Wing – with candied bacon glaze

Carnivale – Rodolfo Cuadros
Maple Bacon Pops – Cherrywood smoked bacon, pure Wisconsin maple syrup, fresh arctic ice

Chef Corey Rice
Beef Short Rib Bacon Mac Sliders

Chop Shop – Adam Grandt
The Third Little Pig – smoked chicken/bacon sausage, grilled Vidalia onions, bacon-Fresno giardiniera, violet mustard

Community Tavern – Joey Beato
Bacon & Apple Kimchi – served with scallion yogurt and rice crackers with bacon fat & sesame

Comunity Tavern

Dmen Tap
Sacrilicious Currywurst – made with a sausage that breaks almost every biblical dietary law

Firecakes – Jonathan Fox
Candied Pepper Bacon Long John Donut – filled with a maple cream, coated with our house-made maple icing and finished with candied pepper bacon

Hearth and Crust – Jose “Chepe” Garcia
Arancini Affumicato

Hearth Restaurant – Michael Elliott
Bacon Rillette – with green garlic mustard, beer vinegar, and rhubarb on house pretzel

Honey Butter Fried Chicken – Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp
Bacon & Fried Chicken Ramen – with pimento cheese dashi and candied jalapeños

Hutch – Marc Wuenschel
Meatballs + Pork Belly Carbonara Style


Inspiration Kitchen – Rick Paniagua
Bacon Pistachio Beet Empanada – mint basil goat cheese drizzle

Jerk Modern Jamaican Grill – Dion Solano
Rum Butterscotch Jerk Candied Bacon

Kaiser Tiger – Roberto Jacobo
Bacon Tiger Tacos – Nueske’s bacon, cabbage slaw, pico de gallo, and chipotle Tiger sauce on a corn tortilla. No tigers were harmed in the making of this dish.

Kitty O’Sheas – Mario Garcia
Bacon Chocolate Creme Brûlée Lollipop – with salted caramel & snickerdoodle cookie crumble


Le Bouchon / La Sardine – Oliver Poilevey
Bacon Consommé with spring flavors

Candied Bacon & Waffles

Low & Slow BBQ/GMarket Chef – Gary Wiviott & Frank Kwiatkowski
Belly Pop

Margeaux Brasserie – Brent Balika
Braised Bacon Cassoulet

Market House on the Square – Dan Marquis
Applewood Smoked Bacon and Elote Corndogs

N’awlins Edibles – Cheryl Bowman
Grit Cake ‘n Bacon and Black Pepper Reduction – grits mixture, cut in a round shape and ladled with bacon and black pepper reduction

Old Town Social – Cordero Miller
Fried Bacon Wonton – wonton filled with a cream cheese, bacon filling

Orso’s – Victor Flores
Bacon Risotto Fritters – risotto balls stuffed with bacon and provolone cheese fried to a golden crisp

Paddy Long’s – Pat Berger
Bacon Jambalaya – Iberico bacon fat roux with wild boar andouille, garlic, green peppers, rice and Iberico bacon bits

Paulie Gee’s Logan Square
Bacon Through to the Other Side – Caramelized white cheddar crust with bacon bits, Logan Square dough embedded with bacon bits, pepperoni cups, housemate bacon jam, hot honey and bacon fat infused ricotta, hot honey drizzle.

paulie gee

Piece Pizzeria and Brewery – Jay Dawson
Applewood Smoked Bacon Pizza – paired with our Heavy Bag Porter


Porter Kitchen & Deck – James Keane
Bacon Chips & Dip – french onion style dip with Bacon chips

Rack House Tavern – Bryant Anderson
The Flying Swine – hickory smoked pork belly, fried chicken skin, homemade pickles, truffle Dijon sauce, micro cilantro, lemon zest

Bacon Butty – Nueske’s peppered bacon, HP sauce, buttered potato roll

Sheekar Delights – Diane Joseph
Bacon and Bourbon Gourmet Baklava – Freshly baked and chopped Nueske’s bacon is mixed with walnuts, hand-buttered and rolled with paper-thin phyllo sheets, then baked and drizzled with our legendary Bourbon-infused syrup and topped with bacon!


ShowPlace ICON Theatre – Joe Ritter
Bacon Popcorn – freshly-popped popcorn tossed in butter and a house seasoning blend with chunks of bacon

Smylie Brothers Brewing Co. – Grant Carey
Mom’s English Toffee with Applewood Smoked Bacon – English toffee, Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon, dark chocolate

Sociale Chicago / Cafe Press – John McLean and Martin Murch
Bacon Banh Mi Biscuit

Spacca Napoli – Jonathan Goldsmith
Malu Miri Ripieno – Sri Lankan deep fried stuffed banana peppers with coconut milk reduction. Applewood smoked bacon, ground pork, red onion, tomato, smoked sheep’s milk cheese, ginger, turmeric, chili, curry and cinnamon

Table, Donkey and Stick – Ryan Brosseau
BLT – fresh house bread, bacon, tomato jam

The Duck Inn – Kris Delee
Bacon Fat Tamale filled with duck confit and Iberico Bacon XO Sauce

The Heritage – Sieger Bayer
Bacon & Red Floriani cornmeal dumplings – heritage honey brined bacon, ramps, aioli

The Signature Room at the 95th
Spicy Maple Glazed Nueske’s Bacon – cheddar cheese grits, pineapple & mango salsa

WhirlyBall – Nina Madsen
Baconchetta – woven bacon crisp with a pork belly pineapple mango chutney glazed with a bourbon cherry sauce, topped with whipped goat cheese

Wow Bao
Bao – Bacon Egg Cheddar Breakfast Bao
Berkshire BBQ Pork Bao

Wrigley BBQ – Mitch Liebovich
Beer Belly Cheese Soup – house-made maple smoked pork belly swims in a thick and rich beer cheese soup and topped with a jalapeño,bacon & parmesan biscuit



312Chicago – Luca Corazzina
Bacon Ricotta Gnocchi – with carbonara sauce, cured egg and parmesan

676 Restaurant & Bar – Joshua Hasho
Applewood Smoked Bacon Samosas

ada st – Ryan Bair
Mezzeluna – with a bacon and caramelized onion filling

Angry Pig Tavern – Mark Hemmer
Bacon Tamales with Pork Belly – served with smoked salsa verde, bacon honey, queso fresco and pickled peppers

Bakin’ & Eggs – Bob Hartwig
Fat Elvis Cakes – bacon banana pancakes with whipped peanut butter and maple syrup

Baptiste & Bottle – James Lintelmann
Heirloom Blue Corn Gorditas with Bacon Al Pastor – (gluten free)

Bar Takito – Yani Sanchez
Three Sisters Polenta with Candied Pork Belly – premium cheesy polenta with pickled chilis, candied pork belly and freeze-dried corn

Barbakoa Tacos & Tequila – Abel Amador
Jalapeno Bacon Cheesebruger Tacos – our signature picadillo (ground beef) with added minced jalapeño for a bit of a kick, formed into a mini taco patty, then topped with secret sauce and bacon bits


Batter and Berries – Ken L. Polk

BBQ’d Productions, INC
BBQ’d Bacon Fatty – Nueske’s Applewood smoked bacon, weaved in a blanket, stuffed with six different meats: bacon sausage, pork, brisket, bacon sausage, andouille, cheese, BBQ sauce, rub; served over a bed of our housemade Mama’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Broken Shaker – Sarah Docherty
Pork Liver Mousse – with plum conserva and bacon crispies

Carnivore Inc – Erik Williams
Winter BLT – braised Nueske’s bacon, tomatoes, lettuce

CheSa’s Gluten Free Food Truck – CheSa Rollins
Loaded Bacon Taco – Fried chopped bacon and ground chicken on a gluten-free corn tortilla, dressed with our chopped collard green garnish and BBQ sauce

ConEcepts – Turon Cummings
Candied Jalapeno Bacon Peach Cobbler – with bacon caramel cream sauce.

Kumquat-Bacon Brie Mousse Cone – pickled kumquat and cherrywood smoked bacon brie mousse served in a waffle cone

Edge of Sweetness – Paige Tyler
Bourbon Bacon Caramel Popcorn – grown-up version of your favorite flavors!

Edge of sweetness

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill – Rafael Alvarado
Nueske’s Smoked Bacon Street Roasted Corn Esquites – Nueske’s bacon, fire roasted corn, smoked green onions, queso coitja, pork chorizo infused mayonnaise, lime crema, chicharron-chile ancho powder

Flo Cafe & Bar – Leonard Sanchez
Wild Boar and Bacon Sausage – red chile jam, chicharrone

fourteensixteen – Bret Bohning
Bacon Ravioli – filled with bacon, garlic, Swiss chard and ricotta with pork belly cream and candied lardons

Green St. Grille – Kevin Killrakis
Bacon & Grilled Pineapple Chutney Stuffed Doughnut – rolled in a Sambal sauce

Half Sour – Graham Akroyd
Bacon Bagels – smoked cream cheese, tomato, lettuce, candied bacon

Hash House A Go Go
Bacon Jam Waffle – vanilla waffle with homemade bacon jam

Inovasi – John Des Rosiers
Darjeeling Smoked Pork Belly – cured and Darjeeling tea-smoked pork belly, chocolate, aji panca chile, mache salad

Kimski – Anthony Baier
Smokehouse Fried Rice – with Bacon, smoked chicken and Polish sausage (contains egg)

Kinfork BBQ and Tap – Bryant Anderson
Porkys Pickle – crispy fried egg roll filled with whipped cheese, bacon and pickles

Libertad – Marino Gil
Cherrywood Smoked Bacon – with black pepper-maple syrup cherry, fresh mozzarella and jalapeno

Mago Grill & Cantina – Juan Gonzalez
Guajillo Pork Belly – braised pork belly with tomatillo cream sauce, sweet guajillo BBQ and charred onion powder

McQ’s Bar & Grill – Alton Morris
Sweet & Sour Bacon Wings – jumbo chicken wings smothered with sweet & sour bacon sauce

Mercat a la Planxa – Diego Amat
Bacon Cigarette – Bacon Glass and Avocado

Michael Jordan’s Restaurant – Craig Couper
Bacon-Toffee Bread Pudding

Michael Jordan’s Steak House – Craig Couper
Sonora en Chicago – Chicago and Sonoran style hot dogs collide

Midnight Mac and Cheeserie – Kenneth Byrne
Mac and Cheese Bacon Bombs – a bacon wrapped mac and cheese ball

More – Patty Rothman
Bacon Maple mini cupcakes – brown sugar maple cake mixed with Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon topped with a maple brown sugar buttercream and a shard of bacon brittle – yum!

More Cupckaes

Pinstripes – Nicole Isabelli
Bacon waffle bread pudding on salted caramel gelato – applewood-smoked bacon waffle bread pudding, serve with salted caramel gelato garnished with crispy bacon

Public House – Jeremy Tannehill
Golden Bacon Scone – with a bacon-wrapped cherry

Smack Dab/Rogers Park Social – Axel Erkenswick
Bacon Jam Cinnamon Roll – sweet roll filled with bacon cinnamon jam, topped with classic icing.
Bacon Washed Irish Coffee – bacon-washed Chicago Distilling Blind Tiger Bourbon, Halfwit Roasters coffee, maple whipped cream.

Son of A Butcher – Rick Rodriguez
Maple Bacon Bourbon Popsicles

Steadfast – Ender Oktayuren
Bacon Pierogi with Chive Bacon Sour Cream
Bacon and Blueberry French Nougat

Sunda New Asian – Jess De Guzman
Bacon and Sesame Bread Pudding – with bacon and maple ice cream with a bacon fat sesame oil drizzle

The Dearborn – Aaron Cuschieri
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Roulade – Miller Amish chicken wrapped in Nueske’s bacon, stuffed with spinach, golden raisins, pistachios and Canadian bacon with applewood-smoked hen of the woods mushrooms and lemon-sage chicken glace

The Finery & Blacksmith Bar – Juliette Reyes
Strawberry and Bacon Ice Cream – with bacon chocolate and bacon caramel

The Ruin Daily – Mario Manzini
Bacon Slider – bacon pate, bacon dijonnaise, baby arugula, and house pickles

Three Floyds Brewpub – Pat Niebling and Scout Hughes
Bacon Egg Roll – pulled bacon, cabbage, chili, Dark Lord hot sauce, creme fraiche

Uncle Bubs BBQ – Kyle VerVynck
Deep Fried Nueske’s Bacon Mac and Cheese

Wood Fire Counter – Kevin Whittier
Bacon Wrapped Smoked Pork Belly – house-brined smoked pork belly wrapped in bacon

XO Marshmallow – Melissa Humphrey
Bacon Bourbon Fat Bottom Brownies – double chocolate bacon brownie, bourbon marshmallow, bacon crumble.

Chicken ‘n’ Bacon Waffles
Virgin Bloody Mary Shots with Bacon
We will serve our bacon infused waffles topped with chicken and sausage gravy. We will also be sampling out shots of our award winning Bloody Mary mix with bacon.