Dear Bacon Nation:

In the spirit of the ongoing election season, we are here to report the winners of our own democratic process!  But before we do, a quick reminder:  Tickets for Baconfest Chicago (April 30 and May 1) are still available.  Buy them here!

We we are pleased to announce the 5 finalists of the Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats Baconfest Chicago 2016 AMATEUR COOK-OFF.

Ranked alphabetically:

2016 Finalists:


A Reminder to the 5 Finalists.  You are required to do the following:

  • Attend Baconfest on May 1 (Sunday Lunch Session) as guests of Nueske’s and Baconfest Chicago.  (You will be given one contestant pass and 4 GA tickets for your friends).
  • Arrive at 11:30am for contestant orientation and you will be escorted to a private backstage room for prep.
  • Bring 5 or more tasting portions of your dish to be served to a panel of selected judges.
  • Be present for the Golden Rashers Awards ceremony circa 1:45pm when the winner of the Nueske’s Bacon Amateur Cook-off will be announced and presented with a Golden-Rasher Trophy and a certificate for A YEAR’S WORTH OF BACON (plus some other prizes from Nueske’s t.b.a.)

Parameters of your dish:

You are welcome to bring any equipment you may need with you (please run large, plug-in, or fuel powered devices past us first).  In the prep area you will NOT be given facilities to cook your dish on site from scratch.  We will have a microwave on site for heating, and you will be given time to set presentation prior to serving.  Take this into account when planning !  We will provide plates/flatware for serving.

One more shout-out to our Sponsor Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats.  Their generosity (and great bacon) fuels this cook-off and Baconfest Chicago!

Thanks Nation.  And thanks to all those who took the time to submit.