“Let me just say: I have seen the Bacon Explosion at its origin point. A few years ago, I helped build some Web-based cooking shows with Jason Day and Aaron Chronister, the guys who eventually produced The Bacon Show. These guys are competitive BBQ veterans from Kansas City, and they created the Bacon Explosion. It’s a dish of highly seasoned loose Italian sausage layered with cooked bacon and barbecue sauce that’s wrapped in a lattice of bacon strips and smoked. It’s absurd—and absurdly delicious. My version includes cheddar cheese and charred jalapeños. I hope this rendition pays tribute to the original but also inspires you to create your own. You could stuff this with cotton candy and it would taste good. Go nuts!”
Note: In the book Gillespie provides recipes to make your own bacon, sausage, and barbecue sauce, but you can use whatever brands you prefer in the recipe below.