Bacon jello.  Yes, it's bacon-flavored jello that looks like you're slicing into a nice, thick slab of home-cured bacon.  Think of it less as dessert, and more as a surprisingly edible piece of concept art.  This jello has a dairy base flavored with bacon (of course!), a mix of maple syrup and flamed and reduced Calvados, and applewood smoke.

Want to get fancy?  Do this again, but change up the flavorings: breakfast (bacon, eggs, and toast layers), a BLT (obvious), or your own favorite bacon-based flavor combination.

I made this for the 2012 SF Bacon Takedown, and greatly enjoyed the double-takes of unsuspecting bacon-tasters who were suddenly confronted with bacon jello.  While this wasn't a crowd or judge favorite (see judge Josh's reaction here), I was primarily interested in the mechanics of making my jello a) actually contain a strong bacon flavor, b) actually look like bacon in cross-section, and c) actually be edible.  Despite ewilhelm's contention that "that's never going to work!", it was a success on all fronts.  Win!

You can also check out my 4th-place Bacon Pixie Stix recipe and Scoochmaroo's incredible burbon bacon caramels1, as well as the Bacon Fruit Cups I made for a previous Bacon Camp. 

1 D'oh, Sarah didn't document the recipe!  If you want it, ask her to make them again and take some pictures.  

Step 1: Tools and Ingredients

While I made a triple batch for competition, this recipe is scaled to fit in one standard Pyrex pan.

120g fried, thin-cut bacon
1 quart (4 cups) half-and-half 
17 packets (1/4 oz each) of plain gelatin
1/3 cup plus 3 Tablespoons maple syrup (grade B, the nice dark stuff)
1 cup calvados, or similarly bacon-compatible 80-proof or greater booze
red food coloring
2 teaspoons applewood liquid smoke (hickory strikes me as a bad idea)
5 cups boiling water

bacon frying apparatus
sieve, cheesecloth, or chinois
wire whisk
8.5" x 11" Pyrex baking dish (listed as holding ~3 quarts or 3 liters)
plastic wrap
aluminum foil (optional)
plastic bags
rocks, beans, rice, or other small/maneuverable dry item
fire of some type (for flaming booze)
measuring cups and spoons
<p>Wow. There should be an alcoholized version of this... like bacon jello shots.</p>
<p>That is a brilliant and frightening idea!</p>
Capital g GROSS!!!!!!!!
Very Clever
Cholesterol &hellip;&nbsp;Here I come !!!!&hellip; <br>I'm afraid it looks like to morrow's food : when the country and farms is overtaken by megacities and population growth counts to zillions !&hellip;
This looks amazing! I noticed these a few days ago and finally have a break to make a comment! So clever and amusing! <br>
Thanks sunshiine!
What kind of unholy thing have you unleased on the world!?
Unclear, but it should taste baconlicious. :)
My mind is blown! Great job.
Thank you!
On the one hand, I will confess there is a moment of pulled back mental blinking (I think my brain keeps inserting &quot;Texturally, this must be like a mouthful of raw bacon&quot; and as I'm the youngest in the family... let's just say I got some pretty miserable &quot;Let's see what we can make her eat&quot; experiences as a kid) I have to confess it is lovely on the art level, as well as incredibly creative. For those reasons alone I think I'm going to have to give this a try at least. But, um. I DO think I'll let my bacon loving spouse play taste tester first! But really excellent sideways thinking to figuring out how to make it look/smell/seem so much like the real thing!
And the mouthfeel is actually that of Jello jigglers, so not that bad. :)
Try a BLT or bacon & eggs! If you go with this recipe, definitely add more maple syrup to the base mixture.
Now you need to make some gelatin lettuce leaves and tomato slices for a dessert salad.
<a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Businessmans-Lunch-To-go-BLT/">Gelatin tomatoes</a>, we've got that too!
I like this idea!
I must try this! seems awesome.
Excellent! Let me know how it goes.
What does this taste like? Is it good?
It tastes interesting, certainly not bad! I think using more maple syrup in the base mix would make it actually good.
My cholesterol level is going up just looking at this recipe but what the heck! It looks good! I also voted for you! :-P
I thought I'd point out just for the heck of it that cholesterol in the human body does not come from eating bacon or any other meat. That is a common misconception in the USA recited incorrectly even by US medical doctors and many websites. So feel free to eat the real thing if that is what is preventing you :) (it comes from carbohydrates and refined sugars that your body converts into cholesterol)
Thanks! And while I'm in complete agreement with RogueOne, this recipe also has enough refined carbs to be a true cholesterol concern.
You had me at &quot;bacon&quot;. <br>Five Stars!
Thank you! Bacon is one of my favorites too.
Bacon Jello: Priceless!!!<br> <br> Almost nothing gives me more joy than proving<strong> &quot;It<u> can</u> be done!&quot;</strong> to those of little faith. ;-D
Yes, exactly! I like to think of it as proof-of-concept art.
sounds good!!! <br>:)
It was surprisingly edible!
That looks disgusting - yet very creative and great for this contest! Good luck with the contest!
Yay, exactly the goal! <br />And thanks, but I can't win contests. :)
This is both the most interesting and funny instructable I've seen in a while, well done! I'm trying to wrap my head around how this would taste, oh grand idea I totally voted for you!
It tastes a bit strange, as you may imagine. Have you ever dipped bacon into the whipped cream on pancakes/waffles? Not exactly like that, but similar. Somewhere between OK/interesting/good, depending on exactly how you adjust the seasonings. <br /> <br />And thanks! Though I can't win contests here. :)
Next Canida's instructable: DIY liver remedy... <br> <br>Good instructable, anyway.
Thank you! <br />Actual next Instructable was DIY Bacon pixie sticks candy, so maybe the health remedies are even more important. :)
HAHAHA. AWESOME! Thanks for the good laugh!
Thanks. :) And you're welcome!
and I'm giving you 5 stars!!!

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