SPAM with Real Hormel Bacon
Is it possible for SPAM to be good?
SPAM has a bit of a bad reputation, although I'm not sure why. It was once the canned meat product of the poor, but in recent decades it's become the meat choice for non-vegan hipsters and the price seems to have skyrocketed. Well, maybe it just seems that way, because SPAM is still relatively cheap, although if I was doing comparison shopping I'd definitely be able to find fresh cut steak or pork chops for a cheaper price per ounce.
SPAM has developed a bit of a cult following in recent years. I don't know if it's people being nostalgic about their impoverished roots or just remember those great camping trips with or without the rest of the Boy Scout troop. They even have SPAM festivals where people gather to celebrate their love for the meat-based product and share their recipes.
I used to have a negative attitude toward SPAM, but then I started to get creative with it. Now at least once a month I pull out my trusty cast iron skillet, throw on some slices of SPAM, mix in some vegetables and other ingredients (I think I might write a book about this, so I'm not giving away all my secrets) and enjoy a nice cheap meal. My new-found affection for the canned meat was enhanced by the introduction of SPAM with bacon. Bacon just happens to be my favorite meat product! How did they know?
The total amount of bacon in this product was disappointing, but it was still an improvement on regular SPAM. I regularly eat this stuff for any meal of the day, including breakfast, when I like to see how many different things I can make on one skillet (my record so far is bacon SPAM, an omelette, and pancakes).
When I go camping, my SPAM and my skillet go with me. They might be heavy to pack, but I know I won't go hungry in the woods. After all these years SPAM is still sold in those metal containers, which is perfect for camping because the bears can't seem to figure out how to use the pull tab.
Although not particularly healthy, SPAM with bacon is better than classic SPAM and as long as you're staying active (and camping certainly counts) it's alright to treat yourself to a high fat, high sodium food every once in a while. I buy mine in bulk, usually 6 or 12 at a time online. They are priced at Amazon for a little over $15 for a 6-pack, but you can get 15% savings by "subscribing" to them and scheduling to have them ordered at regular intervals.