CHICAGO — Everything is better with bacon. And flavored bacon, well, it just takes everything up a notch to premium status. By itself, flavored bacon is the deluxe version of its previous taste, providing more smack for the same amount of calories. It’s one of life’s little pleasures and a growing segment of the $4.4 billion retail bacon sector. Flavored bacon is catching on in food service, too. It’s a way to differentiate and add value.
The Oink Café, with multiple locations in Arizona, specializes in flights of bacon in varieties such as apple cider, applewood, hickory, honey, jalapeño, pepper and sugar cured. The culinary professionals at ZED451 in Chicago often experiment with adding different flavors and toppings to bacon dishes. For example, the restaurant served grilled maple Cajun-flavored bacon topped with gorgonzola dolce sauce and apple slaw at Bacon Fest 2017.