International Bacon Day

International Bacon Day Quick Facts - US

2024 DateSeptember 7, 2024
2025 DateSeptember 6, 2025

International Bacon Day

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International Bacon Day celebrates the savory and delicious taste of bacon. This observance pays tribute to the importance of bacon in various culinary dishes and also highlights the role of the pork industry. Due to the widespread popularity of bacon, International Bacon Day has united people across the globe, appreciating their shared love for this versatile meat.

The origins of International Bacon Day can be traced back to 2000, when a group of graduate students at the University of Colorado Boulder came up with the idea as a way to honor bacon and its cultural significance. Americans have embraced this celebratory day with open arms, as bacon holds a special place in the culinary landscape of the United States. From bacon-wrapped dishes to inventive snacks integrating the meat, the day emphasizes America's passion for this beloved food item.

In America, International Bacon Day is typically observed with gusto, with restaurants and individuals creating inventive bacon-centric dishes to mark the celebration. Social media platforms are flooded with images of mouthwatering bacon creations, while various establishments may offer bacon-themed discounts or specials. Friends and families gather for bacon-focused meals, and some even host bacon-themed parties. International Bacon Day is celebrated on the Saturday before Labor Day in the United States, providing the perfect end-of-summer tribute to this popular and delectable ingredient.

International Bacon Day facts

  • American bacon tends to be fatter than its counterparts since it is made from the pork belly of a pig. European and Canadian bacon are made from the back meat of a pig which is much leaner.
  • The average American consumes about 18 pounds (8 kilograms) of bacon per year.
  • A slice of bacon typically contains around 42-43 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 3 grams of protein.
  • In 2018, bacon accounted for $4.9 billion in US sales.
  • In 2018, about 2 billion pounds of bacon were produced in the US.

Top things to do in the US for International Bacon Day

  • Visit a breakfast restaurant and order some crispy bacon. They may be offering special deals to celebrate the day.
  • Make crispy bacon at home. You can also explore these recipe ideas for some bacon inspired dishes.
  • Host a bacon themed party. Porivde bacon flavored dishes and bacon laden snacks.
  • If you have a pig farm near you, it could be fun to visit for International Bacon Day. You could learn more about how pigs are raised and the process by which bacon is made.
  • Some cooking schools or culinary centers offer special classes on International Bacon Day where you can learn how to make various bacon recipes.

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