Serious Eats Gift Guide: For Bacon Lovers


If you're a Serious Eats regular, chances are you're also a bacon lover. We've created a holiday gift guide especially for you to share with your friends and family to ensure your holidays are bacon-filled. You can thank us later.

DIY Bacon Gifts

With the economic times being what they are, many of us will be spending less money and more heart on our holiday gift-giving this year. Here are a few DIY gift suggestions for your bacon lover.

20081205bacon.jpgMake Your Own Bacon: It's easier than you think, doesn't require any special equipment, and is sure to impress. There are many tutorials and recipes online, we recommend following the New York Times' adaptation of Michael Ruhlman's savory bacon recipe. Savory Bacon Recipe »

20081205baconsoap.jpgBacon Soap: If you've gone through the trouble of making your own bacon, you've already got the main ingredient needed for a batch of bacon soap. This is not a quick project (your soap will need to cure for at least 2 weeks) so be sure to read through the instructions carefully before you dive in. How to make bacon soap »

20081205baconfat.jpgBacon Fat Spice Cookies: Everything tastes better with bacon! Especially cookies. This recipe for Bacon Fat Spice Cookies is adapted from Jennifer McLagan's book,Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes. This is a low effort, high reward project and a great gift (if you don't eat them all!) Bacon Fat Spice Cookies Recipe »

20081205baconwrap.jpgCrochet Bacon Wrap: If you're handy with a crochet hook, use your skills to wrap your bacon lover in deliciousness. The Big Strip O'Bacon crochet chart can be downloaded for $5 from Monster Crochet »

Bacon T-shirts

Help your bacon lover represent with a bacon T-shirt. Bacon is a powerful muse and has inspired many t-shirts, so we've narrowed it down to a few of our favorites. is a great first stop for your bacon wear. I'm partial to the butcher diagram, but all designs are bacon-tastic and available on T-shirts, aprons, onesies, and undies. $20 at, shipping included »

20081205bacongeektee.jpgThe Bacon Geek T-shirt: Is that bacon in your pocket? Just one of the bacon-themed T-shirts available from The Grateful Palate. $21.95 from The Grateful Palate »

20081205praisethelard.pngPraise the Lard!: We have a natural bias toward the bacon corollary T-shirt, Praise the Lard! (we designed it!). Available in a multitude of color combinations, as a T-shirt or a hoodie. Starting at $19.99 at »

Bacon Reading

On our required reading list for any bacon lover:

Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing by Michael Ruhlman will lead your bacon lover through the essentials of at-home charcuterie. Available for $23.10 at »

The Bacon Cookbook by James Villas includes more than 150 recipes incorporating bacon in all different kinds of dishes. Available for $23.10 at »

Pork and Sons by Stéphane Reynaud is a beautifully illustrated cookbook celebrating the whole hog. Available for $27 at »

Bacon of the Month

Each month, bacon of the month club members receive a different delicious bacon by mail. An obvious gift that's sure to fill a bacon lover's heart with glee on a monthly basis.

20081205bomc-zman.jpgZingerman's Bacon Club is available for for 3 or 6 month subscriptions, starting at $99, (shipping and handling included, $10 extra per installment if your sending it to Alaska and Hawaii).

20081205bomc-gp.pngGrateful Palate's Bacon of the Month Club is available for 6 or 12 month subscriptions, starting at $190, (shipping and handling included).