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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 2 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 2 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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      anonymous 4 years ago

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

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

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

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