Mind-Blowing Bacon Dishes

There are few foods that elicit the same passionate response as bacon. Crumbled over a wedge salad, fried up in thick strips and piled on a BLT, or whipped up into a frothy milkshake, fans of this porky product will eat it in almost anything. And when it comes to an ingredient this inspiring, it's no wonder chefs across the country are dreaming up dishes that showcase bacon in unique and outrageous ways.

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These days bacon has moved light years beyond its classic post alongside scrambled eggs - it's intoxicating scent is being featured in a fragrance, it's essence is being used in lip balm (perfect for those trying to attract fellow bacon lovers), and some particularly devoted fans are even tattooing strips of the stuff on their bodies. For those who are not fully satisfied simply ordering a bacon cheeseburger or spritzing themselves with bacon-scented perfume, the folks behind Bacolicious.us have created an online toolbar that allows users to adorn any web page with a slab of bacon.

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The dishes on this list range from the excessive (like the Bacon Bomb from Paddy Long's in Chicago, a pork sausage meatloaf wrapped in a woven blanket of brown sugar bacon and slow cooked in a pig roaster) to the downright surprising (like the Melba pancakes from Shopsin's in New York City, featuring lime, raspberry, and peach preserves, with bacon and cream cheese.)

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Considering the undeniable popularity and versatility of this delectable ingredient, the plates featured in this collection only scratch the surface of the outstanding bacon-centric dishes out there. If you know of a particularly noteworthy bacon concoction being served up on the regular, please let us know.

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Yelp/Kevin C.Yelp/Kevin C. Melba Pancakes - Shopsin, New York City

The menu at this restaurant has more options than you can possibly imagine, so to save the time and effort of sifting through the lengthy affair, just go ahead and order the Melba pancakes. These pancakes are topped with a combination of lime, raspberry, and peach preserves as well as crispy crumbled bacon and cream cheese.

Facebook/Carl's Jr.Facebook/Carl's Jr. The Bacon Bacon Biscuit - Carl's Jr.

This bacon-lover's dream from Carl's Jr. starts with a buttery biscuit that is then topped with Canadian bacon, a folded egg omelet, melted American cheese, and piled with crispy bacon strips to finish things off.

Yelp/Gary K.Yelp/Gary K. Chicken Fried Bacon - Sodolak's Original Country Inn, Snook, Texas

Sodolak's Original Country Inn claims to be the first restaurant to ever serve chicken fried bacon. Regardless of its origins, this outrageous dish is not for the faint hearted. They simply fry up strips of bacon the same way they fry chicken, double battered and cooked until golden brown and crispy.

Yelp/Rodney H.Yelp/Rodney H. The Triple B Taco - The Bacon Bacon Food Truck, San Francisco

With a name like The Bacon Bacon Food Truck there's no disguising what they're serving up. While the entire menu features bacon-laden dishes, the Triple B Taco is especially noteworthy. This taco combines pork butt, pork belly, bacon, Momma Lil's peppers, and goat cheese. If you're more of a purist go for the bacon bouquet instead, a paper cone filled with perfectly fried strips of bacon.

Facebook/Slater's 50/50Facebook/Slater's 50/50 'Merica Burger - Slater's 50/50, Anaheim, Calif.

At Slater's 50/50 in Anaheim this specialty burger includes a patty made from 100% ground bacon topped with crispy strips of thick-cut bacon, a sunny side egg, Bacon Island dressing (a take on Thousand Island dressing) and melted bacon Cheddar cheese.

Facebook/DBGB Kitchen & BarFacebook/DBGB Kitchen & Bar The Frenchie Burger - DBGB Kitchen & Bar, New York City

This classic burger from Daniel Boulud features an expertly prepared beef patty topped with confit pork belly, arugula, tomato-onion compote, and melted Morbier cheese on a peppered brioche bun.

Facebook/DBGB Kitchen & BarFacebook/DBGB Kitchen & Bar Bacon Confections - The Sticky Pig, Costa Mesa, Calif.

This sweets company is dedicated to one thing only - bacon confections. There are a variety of flavors of chocolate-covered bacon candies available; try the Rogue with spicy peanut butter and caramelized banana or the Lakshmi with sweet curry, coconut, kaffir lime, and white chocolate.

Flickr/The TravelistaFlickr/The Travelista Pizza with Bacon Marmalade - Cane Rosso, Dallas

This pizza place in Dallas is known for serving up pies topped with unique ingredient combinations. The Delia is topped with fresh mozzarella, roasted grape tomatoes, spicy bacon marmalade, and arugula.

Yelp/Laura BYelp/Laura B Bacon Bomb - Patty Long's, Chicago

This self-described beer and bacon bar serves up a bevy of menu items featuring the porky treat, and none more impressive than the Bacon Bomb. This gluttonous monstrosity starts with a meatloaf made of ground sausage, pork, and beef then wrapped in a woven blanket of brown sugar bacon strips then slow cooked in a pig roaster. Invite some friends along to help you finish this dish, or if you're feeling extra hungry, take on the Bacon Bomb Challenge in which you'll have 45 minutes to devour the 5-pound bomb and a massive side of fries.

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-Molly Aronica, The Daily Meal