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What is a Bacon Butty?

Updated on December 12, 2014
Yummy bacon butty
Yummy bacon butty | Source

A Bacon Butty? Surely that's Something Rude?

A bacon butty sounds like something rude but actually a butty is English slang for a sandwich! A good butty is much more than 2 slices of bread and some filling, and much less sophisticated than something you would buy in a deli. You won't find posh cheese or rocket salad in a butty, but you will find lots of butter, hearty bread and lashings of calories.

The bacon butty is, in my opinion, the king of butties! This marriage of bread, bacon and sauce has been responsible for many a dieter and vegetarian for falling off the wagon, and responsible for restoring many a hangover. This page shows you how to make the perfect bacon butty, let me know if you think differently!


The Scientific Formula For The Perfect Bacon Butty! - Scientists know what is important to research!

Yes really! Scientists have come up with the formula for making the best bacon butty!

A research panel made over 700 bacon butties to discover this, with a research panel of 50 volunteers. They tested different types and cuts of bacon, cooking techniques, cooking temperatures, oil used and thickness and type of bread.

After much debate they came up with this formula:

N = C + {fb (cm) . fb (tc)} + fb (Ts) + fc . ta

  • N = is the force of newtons needs to break the cooked bacon.

  • fb is the function of the bacon type

  • fc is the function of the condiment/filling effect

  • Ts is the serving temperature

  • tc is the cooking time

  • ta is the time or duration of application of the condiment/filling

  • cm is the cooking method

  • C is the Newtons required to break uncooked bacon

    Read more about what makes the best bacon butty here from an article in the New York Times


The Best Bread For Bacon Butties

Bread and bacon are a match in heaven!

White or brown, the right bread for a bacon butty must be thickly cut into doorsteps, fresh and home made tasting. For a proper authentic butty though, a soft and crusty white roll is the best!

The Best Bacon For A Butty

Choosing the right bacon and cooking it the correct way is essential to bacon butty enjoyment! I like unsmoked back bacon, preferably organic free range as I like to eat happy pigs. Whatever your choice, streaky, cured or smoked - the bacon must be cooked so the edges are crispy. Flabby soft bacon and overly chewy is a no no.

The smell and the crispy texture of the bacon is very important, something the scientists who found the formula for a truly satisfying bacon butty (see above!) discovered.

There are many ways to cook bacon, you could lay it on a skillet, put into a frying pan, oven bake or grill it. I prefer mine grilled on a medium high heat, because that way it gets the edges nice and crispy.


The Perfect Sauce For Bacon Butties - A Quick Poll! - yellow, brown or red sauce with your bacon?

What sauce do you add to your bacon butty?

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What Does and Doesn't Constitute a Bacon Butty?

Are these sandwiches butty material?

This bacon/cheese croissant combo looks delicious!

But croissants are just not hearty enough for a butty. Ciabatta, panini, brioche or bread with herbs and nuts aren't either!

No fancy bread, just simple and soft bread!


Cheese in your bacon butty? Genius!

Yes this still constitutes a butty, if only the cheese is good strong British cheddar - nothing continental or strong smelling.

BLT | Source

Bacon, Lettuce and tomato?

A classic combination of bacon, lettuce and tomato can make a butty very special, but again no embellishments with the bread!


An Egg and bacon butty!

A fried egg and bacon butty makes an excellent hangover breakfast!

The runniness of the egg yolk combined with the crispy bacon and soft bread, yum!

Assembling the Best Bacon Butty

So you have bought (or baked!) your perfect soft white bread roll, buttered it and have your condiments ready for application! Take four rashers of crispy bacon, fresh off the grill and lovingly place them inside your roll. Squeeze on your sauce of choice, and take a big bite. Mmmmmmm!

Oh, and don't forget your mug of tea!


How Do You Eat Your Bacon Butty? - we all have our methods for a perfect bacon sandwich!

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      John McLinden 

      4 years ago

      I'm glad everyone liked my idea of a decent bacon buttie. In visits to many airfields I have not come across a better one.

      Oh, by the way, I've been back for another one since and it was just as good!

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      Hubby asked me to google what a bacon butty was and it took me to this site. Cool ... and now he knows! Thanks.

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      6 years ago

      British people are quite funny to me. A doorstep? A butty? Hilarious :)

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      Gayle Dowell 

      7 years ago from Kansas

      Love, love, love bacon! This has got to be good!

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      Keith Winter 

      7 years ago from Spain

      Got to go and eat one.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 

      7 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Excellent, delicious lens.

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      7 years ago

      another of my fav naughty snacks!

    • Celticep profile image


      7 years ago from North Wales, UK

      Ok, now I'm starving! Great lens :)

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      7 years ago

      Now I am starving. This is so tempting to make right now :)

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      7 years ago

      Nice, hearty, and full of bacon. There is no way that you can go wrong with this combination unless you decide to go crazy and diminish the bacon in that formula!

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      serenity4me lm 

      8 years ago

      Lettuce and tomato... You made me hungry, the pictures look awesome. Have a beautiful day.

    • EvergreenArticles profile image


      8 years ago

      Mmmm...Bacon. I just had a Bacon Cheese Omelet earlier. After seeing this Lens, I want MORE! :D

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      8 years ago

      Love a good BLT, as long as the bacon is really well done. :)

    • mich1908 profile image


      8 years ago

      Yum! Yum! Yum!

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      8 years ago

      Love bacon butties :) taste sooo good but they're soooo bad!

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      avorodisa lm 

      8 years ago

      Looks delicious!

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      8 years ago

      A belated congratulations on an absolutely delicious LOTD! My mouth started watering upon arrival and I'm about to drool! How wonderful that you are "over the moon", hope you get some good pictures while you are up there. If only I had some bacon in the house right now!

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      8 years ago

      Bacon butty with a cup of tea is beautiful. I also like it with eggs - cooked just so the yolk is a little runny, but both sides have been fried. The bacon should be kinda crispy (not chewy). A dash of pepper. Bread should be buttered, not toasted for a sandwich, and I like crusty white - where the crust has a real crunch to it. Topped with either ketchup, or (if I'm feeling fancy), some tomatoes and crunchy lettuce. Yes - I have a crunch thing... Okay - Now I am salivating for bacon.

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      8 years ago

      Love calling this sandwich a "Buttie" Makes it seem all the more decadent. Thanks for a fun lens. I'm a big fan of Bacon Butties. I didn't know so many others were enjoying them too. I can't seem to get my health-conscious friends to join me.

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      Joanie Ruppel 

      8 years ago from Keller, Texas

      My farm boy nephews taught me the trick to cooking perfect bacon and that is to turn it often. I do agree with the medium high heat setting but you have to be attentive and not walk away to prepare something else!

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      8 years ago

      First thing I am going to make with my homemade gluten free bread! I LOVE Bacon! Great lens and congratulations!

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image


      8 years ago

      This looks super delicious this morning, i think i'm hungry!!

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      Susanne Iles 

      8 years ago from Canada

      More grease please...! Your lens made me laugh..and it made me hungry. Congratulations for being Lens of the Day. I'm such a fan of your really are a master. :)

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      8 years ago

      Congrats on your LOTD! I'm really hungry now after reading your lens. Excellent lens!!

    • wellingtonboot profile image


      8 years ago from U.K.

      Bacon butties are the best! (I'm in the North of England) - especially with plenty of ketchup!

    • javiman profile image


      8 years ago

      I live in Spain now, one of the things I miss most about the UK are the Bacon Butties!

    • katiecolette profile image


      8 years ago

      I haven't tried a bacon butty, but I love BLT sandwiches with ripe tomatoes and crispy bacon :)

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      8 years ago

      Oh Gosh! I am getting very hungry now just looking at the pictures!

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      Reginald Reid 

      8 years ago

      I sure could eat a BLT Butty right now. Congrats!

    • jlshernandez profile image


      8 years ago

      I love bacon with anything. I can down 5 strips of bacon with scrambled eggs for breakfast. Yummy. I have try some of these bacon butty.

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      8 years ago from Oz

      Congratulations on your LotD. I am a bacon lover so give me anything with bacon, I'll eat them =) But I really love egg and crispy bacon butty with little bit of tomato sauce on top and a bit of black pepper. delicious...

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      8 years ago

      I recently read Murder on the Moor by C.S. Challinor and they were talking about bacon sandwiches and described a little about how to make them. Sounds like they are fairly popular in the UK. Now I've learned much more than I imagined I could. Thanks for a great lens experience.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations on a well deserved Lens of the Day! This Bacon Buttie looks so delicious. I like my bacon extra crispy, please!

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      gypsyman27 lm 

      8 years ago

      If I actually would imbibe pork, (and I don't) I would like lettuce tomato and relish, with a little avocado. That's the way I like my sandwiches. Good lens here and a good topic. People love bacon nowadays I've noticed. See you around the galaxy...

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      8 years ago

      Mmmm extremely great Bacon Butty.

    • knit1tat2 profile image


      8 years ago

      congrats and hey, I love a baccon and fried egg on toast sandwich anytime I can get one! Now I'm hungry!

    • BlueStarling profile image


      8 years ago

      I'm a vegetarian but this lens made me hungry. Great photos. The fat bread -- well, "doorsteps" -- looks so good . . . Congrats on LoTD.

    • MyFairLadyah2 profile image


      8 years ago

      I had my first and so far my last bacon butty at a local Colorado restaurant in April as it was the day of the Royal Wedding and we Americans needed to try some English grub. I liked it but I don't especially remember the sauce

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      8 years ago

      Mmmmm! - Can't think of anything better to describe the sound of it all!

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      8 years ago

      Mmmmm! - Can't think of anything better to describe the sound of it all!

    • DuaneJ profile image


      8 years ago

      I love bacon and this is absolutely mouth-watering!

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      8 years ago

      I WANT A BACON BUTTY!!! loved the formula thing - don't know whether it's actually true or it's a joke!

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      Tony Payne 

      8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Congratulations on Lens Of The Day. I love a good Bacon Buttie, and enjoy mine in a traditional way with thick slabs of granary or whole grain bread, butter, maybe some Coleman's mustard, and plenty of bacon, preferably with the fat nice and crispy. You can't beat a good bacon sandwich.

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      8 years ago

      I'm extremely hungry for one of these bacon butty's right now. Congrats on your LotD.

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      Maurice Glaude 

      8 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Bacon is tasty but I got to have my tomato.

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      8 years ago

      Your bacon butties look tremendous and so does your lens but people like their bacon cooked too their tasts my wife likes hers crispy but i like mine done just on the turn so you get more of that bacon flavour.Tom

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      8 years ago

      I love Bacon Butties!

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      8 years ago

      I'm an RA at my college and every Thursday we do bacon nights. I will be sure to try out some of these ideas in the weeks to come as they really look delicious! Congrats on LOTD

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      8 years ago

      Enjoyed it, thanks...

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      8 years ago

      Mmmm good taste , congrats !

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      Kathy McGraw 

      8 years ago from California

      This sure made me hungry....and you did an outstanding job on this :) Congrats on your LOTD I'm very proud of you!

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      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is great! The Americanized version, the BLT, is one of my favorites. The same can be said for a good BLT: no fancy bread, no fancy condiments, just good quality bacon and bread (maybe cheese). Congratulations on LOTD!

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      8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Delighted to see a lens which celebrates one of the many, many unique British contributions to life and eating celebrated as LOTD! Well done!

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      8 years ago

      I am from the U.S., and the vocabulary you used put me in a cheery mood! :) I need to try one of these, congrats on LotD!

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      8 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!! Going to have to try this, I never heard of it, but it sounds good!

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      8 years ago

      This sounds absolutely vile! I'm going to have to try it! :D

    • ultimapalabra profile image


      8 years ago

      I never tried that, but I will do! Looks great.

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      8 years ago

      I never tried that, but I will do! Looks so great.

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      8 years ago

      Mmmm. Delicious. My favourite breakfast (although I quite like a Full English too)

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      8 years ago

      Never heard of a a "buttie", thanks for introducing it to me! I would use meatless bacon for my buttie though :) Congrats on lens of the day :)

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      Katherine Tyrrell 

      8 years ago from London

      Really great lens - such a pity I'm on a diet!

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      8 years ago

      My husband and 2 girls we love bacon butty. Thank you for the idea!!!!

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      8 years ago

      Sounds perfect for the bacon lover. Congrats on LOTD.

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      8 years ago

      Jolly good lens. :) I skipped breakfast and now I'd stab my grandma for a bacon butty!

    • emmaklarkins profile image


      8 years ago

      My dad is from Yorkshire, and he loves bacon butties!

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      8 years ago

      Well- congrats on lotD and you covered my fav !!! The good old egg and bacon buttie, I love the moisture that comes with the egg - yummy !!! Thanks for sharing. !!!

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      WayneDave LM 

      8 years ago

      THE hangover cure!

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      8 years ago

      Sounds delicious - congratulations on LotD!

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      8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      The smell of bacon came wafting through my laptop, someone pass the HP Sauce...Congrats on LOTD!

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      Anthony Altorenna 

      8 years ago from Connecticut

      Yum! There goes my choresterol level !!

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      8 years ago

      Congratulations! You are doing a great job.

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      Heather Burns 

      8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I should not have read this before breakfast when I have no bacon in the house! Congrats on LOTD!

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Loved this lens when I first read it. Returning now to congratulate you on LotD. Well deserved. Now I'm hungry for Bacon!

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      8 years ago

      I'm back again to congratulate you on LOTD -- I'm such a fan of this lens.

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      8 years ago

      Bread,bacon and HP. It's the only way to go!

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      8 years ago from Earth

      i do not care how you call it...i just want to eat at 3 of them....

      they came up with a formula on how to make a nice bacon sandwich....!!!! what a terrible waste of money, time and least 50 people ate some free butties....

      congrats for the lens of the day

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      I LOVE bacon butties....:)

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      8 years ago

      simply look yummy! and certainly deserve the Lens of the Day!

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      8 years ago

      everything on your lens looks sooooo great. I love bacon, any kind of bacon!!!

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      8 years ago

      My version is the classic BLT on toasted bread with real mayo on one slice and plain yellow mustard on the other. My mouth is watering as I type....Guess that's not a butty, but it sure is good! :>)

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      Michey LM 

      8 years ago

      Congrats! I never had a Butty... but next time in England I'll try one...

      You lens look great

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      8 years ago

      Mmmmmm, reminds me my year in Scotland!

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      8 years ago

      Yum! Another way to enjoy bacon. Congrats!

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      8 years ago

      Gastronomical genius!

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      Lee Hansen 

      8 years ago from Vermont

      Bacon, lettuce and tomato with mayo or egg and bacon ... mmmm.

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      8 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Here in Kentucky, we eat bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches all summer. We also have the Hot Brown, which is a hot, open-faced sandwich of ham, bacon and tomato, on white toast and covered generously with a cheese sauce. I have never heard of a bacon butty, but now you have me curious and I may have to spring for some $6 a lb bacon (costs the same as steak now) and give it a try.

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      8 years ago

      Nice display of food..congratulations on LOTD!

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      8 years ago

      Oh yum! Now I'm hungry. Thanks ;)

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      8 years ago

      This is great! I haven't had a bacon butty in far too long. I'm off to by some bacon!

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      8 years ago

      I would think your choice of breads would make or break your bacon butty! Looks yummy.

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      Steven Cousley 

      8 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      Oh yeah, that's what I like! lol. Congrats on the LOTD

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      8 years ago from London

      i love bacon! thanks for sharing these! my man is actually looking at this lens with me and he's drooling hahaha! congrats for lotd!

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      AnongLans LM 

      8 years ago

      Lovely stuff. I do prefer egg and bacon though. Still, this lens makes me hungry.

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      8 years ago

      I like Brown Sauce on my Bacon Butty, but I do like to add a drop of Hot Pepper Sauce when in the mood. Cheese can be good if you're feeling extra naughty!

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      8 years ago

      I was born in Manchester I love Bacon butties. Love your lens

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      8 years ago

      oh gorgeous bacon buttys,us northerners make the best ive gottaa have one or two now mmmmmmmm x

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      Bradnel LM 

      8 years ago

      Everything looks so tasty, what about a bacon, egg and chips ?? hmmm

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      8 years ago

      Yes, i love bacon. Great lens!

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      8 years ago

      Mmm, looks delicious!


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