Bacon Pigs

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About: I'm a graphic designer from Canada. I love creating things, whether it's digital or something more tactile. I also enjoy writing, reading, learning, and hanging out with my dogs.

Intro: Bacon Pigs

Last year I made some bacon turtles and it inspired me to try and make a bacon pig. I really wanted to make something oddly cute but very delicious.

Step 1: Ingredients & Materials

Ingredients:

  • Bacon
  • Egg
  • Ground Turkey (or some kind of ground meat)
  • Sausage
  • Bread Crumbs
  • (any seasoning you would like)

Materials:

  • Wax Paper
  • Toothpicks
  • Scissors
  • Pan

Step 2: Burger Mix

I mixed in 1 egg with my ground meat, and then I add some bbq sauce, Franks hot sauce, and some garlic powder (but you can season it however you like). After I’ve seasoned my meat I sprinkle in bread crumbs until it’s moldable.

Step 3: Cut Sausage Legs and Nose

I used two sausages. For the legs I cut 4 pieces about ½” wide. For the noses I cut 2 pieces about 1/8” wide. There will be some extra sausage, but I just cooked the extras because it makes for a delicious snack.

Step 4: Shape Your Burger Sizes and Bacon Wrap

I made the bodies of the pigs about the size

of a medium potato. For the head I made it about the size of a ping-pong ball.

Take some bacon and start wrapping your burgers and sausage feet. Try to cover as much as possible. When done place it on a pan.

After your pig body is wrapped, use your thumb to press a divot so that the head can rest in there.

Step 5: Make Pig Head

First take the sausage slice you cut for the nose and use 2 toothpicks to put it in place. These toothpicks will also serve as the nostril holes when they are removed.

For ears, cut just over an inch off the tip of a bacon strip. Fold the bottom together and use your toothpick to attach it to the head. You want it to hold that shape so use as many toothpicks in or around it to hold that shape while it bakes.

Step 6: Bake Everything

I baked everything at 375°F for about 30 minutes. It’s more important that the internal temperature of the burger reaches 160°F. I overcooked mine a little bit. Luckily, it’s wrapped in bacon so the bacon fat kept the insides of the burger pretty moist.

Step 7: Assemble

I didn’t use toothpicks to secure the feet to the body, I just set the feet out and placed the body on top. I then used toothpicks to secure the head in place and removed as many toothpicks as I could from the head without hurting the ears. I had to keep a couple toothpicks to keep my ears in place. What I did was cut the toothpick as close as I could to the meat so that it’s not as noticeable. I would recommend leaving the toothpicks a little more noticeable for children or unsuspecting people. The last thing you want is someone hurting themselves on a toothpick.

For some extra flare I cut a channel out of a cucumber and filled it with Caesar dressing dip (it’s supposed to look like a mini trough). I also added some romaine lettuce to give it a splash of green.

Step 8: Final Creation

I had originally intended to make a curly tail by wrapping a strip of bacon around a toothpick. The bacon tail burnt because I cooked it the same amount of time that I cooked the burger. If I were to do it again I would do a curly tail but take it out of the oven half way through.

All in all I think it turned out pretty well. But most importantly, it tasted amazing!

Leave your comments below. I'd love to hear your tips or ideas!

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    yorkiepoobrutus

    2 years ago

    OMG I can have this for breakfast everyday

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    abramale

    2 years ago

    that looks so good because i love bacon and sausage

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    DennisPelle

    3 years ago

    I would also enter this in to the bacon contest! Reply when you do, so I can vote there too, this is phenomenal!

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    hbridge88DennisPelle

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    I wish I could (because that's one sweet prize), but I'm Canadian and it's only open to the States. I still wanted to try my hand at some bacon related stack. Thanks for voting though!

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    eagletech201

    3 years ago on Step 7

    I thought I had seen everything, but this takes the cake! Cutest idea ever. I am going to have to try these at my next party!!

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    mmorningstar

    3 years ago

    love this idea!!! may i suggest that you use Uncooked speghetti instead of toothpicks. then there is no worries .

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    bizzycrafter

    3 years ago on Introduction

    ADORABLE!!! And with the ground turkey and the vegetables, they're almost a health food!! Instead of the toothpicks, try pieces of spaghetti. They will hold, but the moisture in the meat will soften them enough that they won't do serious damage to anyone who accidentally bites into one. (the exposed parts will still be hard, but not as hard or sharp as a toothpick).

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    Greenman2

    3 years ago

    This is so cool

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    peads92470

    3 years ago on Introduction

    I love these! I wish I had the patience to make them. We're having a May Day breakfast at work and these would be SO great.

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    hbridge88peads92470

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    A faster alternative is just wrapping burgers with bacon. Not as cute, but just as delicious.

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    Jonny1128

    3 years ago

    U r a genius!!! I Love bacon

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    Benadski

    3 years ago

    Almost too good to eat!