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?