I received a sample of the Original Bacon Spread and I have to admit at first I really did not know what to do with it until I got to reading the flyer that was sent with it and got on their website and evidently, this is a big business in parts of the United States that I had no clue about! It is from a company called Skillet Bacon Jam. Doesn't sound right, does it? Jam? Really? I love bacon but I don't know if I would call it jam, but then the more I got to reading, I understood, I think I did, that it is used in cooking or grilling, like hamburgers and steaks and such. I did find out also that they have a diner and that they do catering.
So, that is what we did. We used it as a rub for steaks and then Mike grilled them on the grill and the thing I liked most about grilling, is it took some of the real salty bacony taste off as it popped and sizzled on the grill. I ended up eating half of my steak and saved the rest for another day. It had nothing to do with the bacon spread, I just can't eat a whole lot of meat or it tears me up so I have to control my portions. Mike loved his steak and he actually rubbed more on his about halfway done so he had alot more on his. I can't do that because bacon causes me to swell anyway, so I am very careful about eating bacon. But, Mike loves the stuff and would eat it every night if I let him.
We also did some hamburgers one night on the grill and used it again and I believe I liked it better on the hamburger than I did the steak. I still only ate half of the burger but I enjoyed it more. Mike ate every bit of his. I had cooked a teeny weeny one for Charlie (no bacon spread),so he got a little treat also.
It looks like there are different flavors like the Original that has bacon, onions, brown sugar, balsamic and spices. Then there is the Fennel and Black Pepper one with a slightly more savory bacon taste along with a fennel and black pepper overtones. They say this one is good with roasted vegetables, pastas, seafood and grilled panninis.
They have even got a pumpkin sauce now. There are evidently three flavors of the pumpkin sauce. Their pumpkin sauce variety pack is the perfect gift for the foodie on your list. The set contains one jar of each of their three flavors: thai coconut, chipotle, and apple vinegar brown sugar. I might go for the apple vinegar brown sugar but the other two sound too hot for me. I know, I am a wimp, but if you had I.C. (chronic bladder pain) brought on my eating hot foods, you wouldn't be so quick to jump into anything slightly hot at all!
Just the color of the container has me convinced that the Chipotle Pumpkin Sauce must be really hot. But for those of you who have great stomachs and bladders and can eat anything you want without any problems, I say go for it because if I could, I know I would be right there with you tasting and enjoying all the rich foods that are all around us. I used to be able to do that and all that changed about 6 years ago. Until then my best favorite sandwhich in the world was Cajun Grilled Chicken. Remember when they were the hot item and all the fast food and restaurants started selling them? Wow, I miss that! But once the burning started and I thought I had other problems and they kept treating me for and it would not go away is when the awful diagnosis came down and ever since I have been like a hawk reading every little thing on labels. I don't wish that on anyone! So, for those who can enjoy without any foreboding of sickness, grab it and go with it!
This is what I found in the About Us section:
In 2007, Chef Josh Henderson created Skillet Street Food in Seattle, one of the first food experiences of what has since become a prototype for the national street food movement that has swept the country. Out of a vintage Airstream trailer, he created innovative lunch menus based on American-inspired food prepared with classic technique and seasonal ingredients. The reception from Seattle'ites was immediate and passionate. They were drawn to the chef driven food, the excitement of being a part of a new, energetic, urban experience, and to the intimate involvement through the use of social media channels that intensified the connection with the Skillet brand.Connect with Skillet Bacon Jam several ways:
Since then, the business has grown up. Josh is still creating great menus served throughout the streets of Seattle from the Airstream. But Skillet is now much more than that. It is a thriving catering enterprise, supporting weddings, private parties, and corporate events throughout the Pacific Northwest. It is a food products business, distributing its signature Bacon Jam product through retailers across the US and Canada. And, in the Spring of 2011, it will become a brick-and-mortar restaurant located in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.
The original street food business has become a brand but has not strayed from its roots. The thread is still there: great food prepared with care, technique and the best of ingredients; an innovative experience that consistently surprises and satisfies; and a feeling of being personally connected to Skillet, in all its manifestations. We see this as our mission - to continue to deliver on these themes and to continue to find new channels though which we can expand the brand and the family of loyal Skillet customers.
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Seattle, WA 98122
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Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The pictures were copied off of Skillet Bacon Jam's website as I did not have access to all of the products.I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.