Greetings Bacon Nation:

For the fourth consecutive year, we’d like to welcome a MAJOR sponsor aboard:  Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats.
  Their bacon is great.  We love them.  Visit their website, order on-line and buy Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats at any of the fine retail locations in Chicagoland listed below.

Seriously, we can never say enough great things about Nueske’s, both the people and the Bacon!  Because they are fun and cool, they want part of their sponsorship to include an Amateur Cook-off as in years past.  So without further ado:

Baconfest Chicago announces the 2012 NUESKE’S AMATEUR BACON COOK-OFF

Interested competitors should write with the following info:

  • Your name.
  • Contact e-mail/phone number.
  • A description of the dish you’d like to present, including an ingredient list.  If possible, a photo of said bacon-dish.  (The committed will be rewarded.)

Entries will be judged on a number of subjective qualities, such as the “that looks and sounds really tasty” factor etc. etc.

We at Baconfest Chicago, in consultation with but not mandated by our facebook followers, will choose our favorite 5 entries to be Finalists.

Those 5 Finalists will be required to do the following:

  • Attend Baconfest on April 14th (Lunch Session) as guests of Nueske’s and Baconfest Chicago.  (You will be given two tickets to include you).
  • Arrive at 11am for contestant orientation and you will be escorted to a green-room for prep.
  • Bring 5 or more tasting portions of your dish to be served to a panel of selected judges (including some of the the BFC pro-chefs).
  • Be present for the Golden Rashers Awards ceremony circa 2:30pm when the winner of the Nueske’s Bacon Amateur Cook-off will be announced and presented with a Golden-Rasher Trophy (plus some prizes from Nueske’s t.b.a. – but I bet Bacon will be involved.)

Parameters of your dish:

You will NOT be given facilities to prep your dish on site from scratch.  We will give you the ability to heat your dish (if so desired) prior to serving, and to set presentation.  Take this into account when planning your recipe!  We will provide plates/flatware for serving.  Other than that, let your imaginations run wild.  Beverage pairings are acceptable.  And in case this needs clarification:  Your dish must showcase bacon.  No Canadian Bacon and NO Turkey Bacon allowed.  And don’t even mention tofu-bacon.

Ok Bacon Nation, let’s hear some recipes!  For a list and dish descriptions of the 2011 Finalists see:  2011 Nueske’s Amateur Cook-off

DEADLINE:  Applications must be received via e-mail by Monday Feb. 27th at noon.  e-mail:

On the definition of “Amateur”:  You can NOT have been employed as a professional chef since the Last Waltz debuted in theatres.  I’m not gonna run FBI checks or anything – I trust your integrity Bacon Nation 🙂


Andre Vonbaconvitch

Some Chicagoland stores that you can find Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats at are:

Arista Foods
Big Apple Finer Foods
Binny’s Marketplaces
Fox & Obel
Gene’s Sausage Shop @ Deli Meyer
Lincoln Park Co-op
Treasure Island
Zaleski & Horvath Market
Sunset Foods
Blue Goose Supermarket – St. Charles
Brookhaven Marketplace – Burr Ridge & Mokena
Marion Street Market – Oak Park
Garden Fresh Food Market – Naperville