Who needs March Madness when Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant offers a weekend of Bacon Madness? But as the title of this post states, I’d never be mad at bacon. Because bacon in its varying forms is everything a savory food indulgence should be: crispy, salty, and riddled with flavor and texture.
On Saturday, I indulged in the bacon-themed menu at Iron Hill’s Newark location. Before I show you luscious pork belly and perfect pig wings, let me introduce you to Grodziski. This interpretation of a classic Polish beer is brewed with a blend of smoked malt and malted wheat. The resulting beer is pleasantly smoky, slightly tart, and the ideal companion to bacon-inspired dishes.
I could spend some serious time here waxing eloquent and getting emotional about the three appetizers my dinner mates and I shared, but I think these photos speak volumes (of bacon).
All three appetizers tasted of pig perfection, but my favorite was the Pig Wings, which I ate like a spicy, fall-apart pork lollipop.
Because the flavor of those Pig Wings lingered on my lips, I cheated when ordering my entree. I veered off the Bacon Madness menu (but kept with the theme) and enjoyed the Barbecue Glazed Baby Back Ribs. My dinner dates, so impressed with the appetizers, stayed on the Bacon Madness course.
Even after all that bacon, we still had room for more. Enter the Maple Bacon Bread Pudding. Served warm with vanilla ice cream, candied cracklings and bourbon caramel sauce, it was like bacon, brunch, dessert, and Christmas converged, creating the world’s most lush pudding.
If a Bacon Madness bracket existed, Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant would advance directly to the Championship Game.
So tell me, what’s your favorite bacon indulgence? Have you ever had smoky beer?
i love this! beth
Thanks. I loved it too!
Mouth is watering…yum.
This menu was amazing – hope they bring it back next year. Or at least put those pig wings on the regular menu.
I need those pork wings and the pot pie… Rauchbier is pretty famous in Germany – translates to “smoke beer.” The story I always heard was that monks did it for lent, when they couldn’t eat meat. Since Germans basically live on sausage, this was their substitute. I’ve had it more than a few times – good, but can’t imagine it would make me forget about meat. Quite the opposite, actually…
So interesting about the monks! You are right – the smokiness had the opposite effect on me. I wanted to eat ALL THE PORK. So I did.
Oh have mercy, I should not have read this while stuck in a waiting room with no food, let alone bacon.
Every morsel of this looks amaaaaaazing, including that beer. Maple bacon bread pudding is a brilliant idea. I’ve still got the soft spot for the Vosges Mo’s bacon chocolate bars, but that bacon I just had in Seattle is topping the list until BaconFest.
BTW I’m officially inviting myself down there for some of this food.
P.S. – LOVE the new banner!!
Jules, you are invited any time at all. My door is always open and I promise to always have bacon.
AND I’m ordering the Vosges right now – they have a delicious chili pepper kind as well.
BACON FEST! Enjoy it! Take lots of pictures – who am I kidding? That shizzz is definitely blog-worthy.
BTW, Jules. Thanks to you I am dying for eggs benedict with avocado!!!
It’s funny, a few years ago we were warned of a bacon shortage, but now bacon is as popular as that girl in middle school who outgrew her training bra first…
I smell a bacon-wrapped conspiracy.
Great post, by the way!
Ha ha ha. I was NOT that girl in middle school.
Conspiracy indeed! I wonder what the next big foodie thing will be???
That depends on which food item needs a boost in sales…
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Holy Pork! I have died and gone to heaven vicariously and virtually through you, Rachel! How did we on earth deserve to have such an establishment and bacon celebration?? What did we do right? Sigh. I never knew pigs had wings but no matter. I WANT WHAT YOU HAD! And the cilantro buttermilk ranch??? AY, Dios Mio! Cilantro and bacon together in my mouth. This is too much to handle.
“Cilantro and bacon together in my mouth.” No truer words were ever spoken on this blog. This was SUCH a fun dinner – which you could have been there to experience all the porky goodness.
I retweeted this yesterday for others to die over. 🙂
This was amazing! Loved it!!
Thanks! I think a few of these dishes may have even been paleo.
Those pork “wings” look so freaking good, I’m going to have to figure out how to make them myself!
I was thinking the SAME thing.
Love that headline!
Thank you, Michelle!
You’ve done it again, RP. Your writing is so good, I can almost taste that bread pudding. And really, there is nothing I like to indulge in more than a good glass of beer and bacon. Too bad my scale shows it.
D – you are petite and beautiful. I will hear none of this scale talk!
But tell me, do you use the bacon as garnish for the beer or just crumble it directly into the glass??
Got very hungry reading this.
The restaurant mentioned is a good one, but when they do special events they knock it out of the park. Thanks for stopping by!