Thursday, August 13, 2009

Bacon Butty. Now with Science.

So, I came across this article the other day- "Scientists Find the Formula for the Perfect Bacon Butty." If you don't know, a Bacon Butty is simply the UK equivalent of a bacon sandwich, but made with back or shoulder style bacon (as opposed to our own streaky, belly bacon. See here for more about this issue). Apparently, the formula is as follows, N = C + {fb (cm) . fb (tc)} + fb (Ts) + fc . ta. Don't know what all that crap means, but I decided to follow the directions in the article.

As this was was written in the UK, I started with some British style shoulder bacon care of Oscar's Adirondack Smokehouse (of Warrensburg).

This stuff looked pretty good, much better fat marbling than the British style back bacon I tried last time.

Into a preheated 475 degree (240 Celsius) oven went the bacon for 7 minutes as per the instructions.

Fairly delicious looking end result, but I still think British bacon looks like slices of ham. I guess I am still under the oily spell of crispy strips of American belly or side bacon. Must be something in my upbringing, I sort of look askance at this stuff as if to say, "where do you get off calling yourself bacon, Mr. Ham?"

The bacon goes onto a couple slices of 1-2 cm thick bread. I find that factory produced, grocery store bread goes best in this application (and I'm kind of a bread snob).

The article says to finish with "your favorite sauce." In the UK this would probably be HP Sauce. I did not have any on hand, so I went with the curry ketchup I got over at Rolf's Pork Store in Albany. This condiment is delicious, sweet with a hint of curry. I absolutely love it.

All in all the sandwich was pretty good. I don't know though, as much as I try, I can't really get into the whole British bacon thing. As much as I want to love anything called bacon, I ache for the crispiness of cheesy, grocery store, factory made bacon if I am going to have it in a sarnie. I have come up with my own scientific formula for bacon sandwiches-



OMBFUC = Oscar Meyer Bacon Fried Until Crisp
WB = Wonder bread

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  1. you should be a bacon mathmetician! i wish i could live a oscar's

  2. FYI - Oscar's Smokehouse in Warrensburg NY had a fire over the long weekend. They are planning on re-building.


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