This being Iowa, it is big business to talk about pork. And no recipe involving pork has ever made a splash like The Bacon Explosion. It's been blogged and Twittered to stardom -- and since we raise the hogs here, we think that's great.
The Bacon Explosion -- two pounds each of bacon and Italian sausage wrapped together with barbecue sauce and then smoked -- is a recipe that is literally exploding on the Internet.
Numerous bloggers and writers have given it play, largely because of the sheer audacity of the concoction.
It is one of the top stories now on The New York Times Web site.
The instructions for constructing this massive torpedo-shaped amalgamation of two pounds of bacon woven through and around two pounds of sausage and slathered in barbecue sauce first appeared last month on the Web site of a team of Kansas City competition barbecuers. They say a diverse collection of well over 16,000 Web sites have linked to the recipe, celebrating, or sometimes scolding, its excessiveness.