National Bacon Day

A savory close-up of sizzling bacon strips on a rustic breakfast plate, paired with vintage kitchenware and a cozy farmhouse setting..
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Let's talk not just about any ordinary crispy, mouthwateringly delicious rasher, but a day when the sizzle takes center stage. Yes, my food-loving friends, we're going whole hog into National Bacon Day! Puns intended, naturally.

When is Bacon Day?

It's national bacon day on the 30th December.

A Brief History of Bacon's Own Day

Based on the sheer number of online mentions, National Bacon Day has been devoured with enthusiasm by bacon lovers everywhere. With a gobsmacking 14,424 mentions, this taste bud-tantalizing day has been savored from breakfast nooks to evening snacks. The internet truly cooked up a storm on December 30th, 2016, marking the most sizzling celebration of everyone's favorite cured meat.

Why Bacon is Worth a National Day

Bacon has enjoyed a central spot at our food tables for centuries, and it's not hard to see why. It's the anticipation of that first crispy bite, the splutter of it cooking, the delight as the room fills with its heady aroma... it's no wonder there's a day set aside to celebrating this humble strip of happiness.

How to Celebrate National Bacon Day

Needless to say, indulge in all things bacon, from breakfast to dessert. You can also check out and participate in the many online bacon-themed games, quizzes, and challenges. Or, surely, we're not the only ones fantasizing about a bacon-themed party, with decorations as tantalizing as the aroma. Remember to wear your bacon-print tee!

But Wait, There's More...

It's not just about unashamedly salivating over crispy strips of love. National Bacon Day is about enjoying food, indulging a little bit, and making memories with loved ones around the bacon-dressed dinner table. Make the most out of this day, after all - everything's better with bacon, right?

History behind the term 'Bacon'

3000 BCE

The Early Origins

Bacon can trace its origins back to ancient times. The ancient Chinese were the first to cure and smoke pork belly, which is considered the precursor to modern bacon. This method of preserving pork allowed it to be stored for long periods, making it a valuable food source.

1000 BCE

Roman Influence

The Romans, known for their love of cuisine, played a significant role in the history of bacon. They introduced a similar product called 'petaso' made from the fattiest part of the pig. Roman soldiers considered this food an essential part of their diet, providing them with much-needed energy and sustenance during long campaigns.

12th Century

Enter British Bacon

Bacon as it is known today emerged in England during the 12th century. The English used the term 'bacoun' to refer to pork in general. However, the term 'bacoun' eventually transitioned into 'bacon,' specifically referring to cured and smoked pork belly. As the popularity of bacon grew, it became a staple in the British diet.

16th Century

Bacon in America

Bacon made its way to the New World with the arrival of European colonists in the 16th century. The English settlers brought their love of bacon, and it quickly gained popularity in America. Bacon became a significant part of the American diet, and it found its way into various culinary preparations, including the iconic BLT sandwich.

20th Century

Industrial Revolution and Mass Production

The 20th century marked a turning point in bacon's history. The advent of the industrial revolution and advancements in food processing technology led to mass production of bacon. With the ability to cure and smoke bacon quickly and efficiently, its availability skyrocketed, making it a widely accessible and popular food choice across different socioeconomic levels.


Bacon Mania

In recent years, bacon has experienced a resurgence in popularity, reaching a level of cultural phenomenon. From bacon-flavored ice cream to bacon-infused cocktails, the possibilities seem endless. This obsession with bacon has even given rise to a celebration known as 'International Bacon Day,' observed on the Saturday before Labor Day in the United States.

Did you know?

There's an unofficial religion called 'Baconism' where bacon is viewed as a deity. We kid you not!


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First identified

20th April 2015

Most mentioned on

30th December 2016

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