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Thanksgiving Dinner....with Bacon!

Updated on November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving Recipes with Bacon

What's better than Thanksgiving dinner? Nothing right? Nothing could be better than turkey, and stuffing, and cranberry sauce, and squash, and .....

That's what I thought until I ate a turkey club sandwich for lunch today and it hit me. The only thing better than Thanksgiving dinner is Thanksgiving dinner WITH BACON!!!

Just think of it...Bacon Thanksgiving. Turkey wrapped in bacon with bacon cider gravy, apple bacon stuffing, bacon stuffed acorn squash, green beans with bacon and onions,and smashed potatoes with bacon. Can you imagine the bacon-induced bliss your family will experience?



Bacon Wrapped Turkey

Bacon Turkey (Not turkey bacon)

Let the great bacon feast begin! You already know this is going to be good, right?

If you're wrapping your turkey in bacon, don't put it on too soon. You will want to have your turkey in for a while first so the bacon does not burn. You don't want a black charred turkey, plus you want the skin to crisp up a bit first. About 45 minutes before the turkey is done, remove your turkey, baste it, and then add your bacon wrap.

Wondering about the nutritional facts on this meal? Stop being a party pooper. It's Thanksgiving!

How to Make a Bacon Wrapped Turkey

Here is the printed recipe for the first video: How to Cook a Bacon-Wrapped Turkey with Pear Cider Gravy Recipe.


Gravy boat at Thanksgiving dinner
Gravy boat at Thanksgiving dinner | Source

Recipes for Bacon Turkey Gravy

Don't underrate the value of the gravy. It's poured over the turkey and the potatoes, and chances are a bit of it will reach nearly everything else on the plate, at least a little. Whether you cooked the turkey in bacon or not, you can liven up the gravy with bacon.


Sourdough stuffing with bacon and mushrooms
Sourdough stuffing with bacon and mushrooms | Source

Recipes for Dressings with Bacon

Bacon Stuffing Recipes

The stuffing has always been, and will always be, my favorite part of the Thanksgiving feast.

And, unless you pull it off perfectly, this is where you will feel the biggest resistance to change. People are fussy about their stuffing. They like what they like. But if they're going to accept any change at all, it will be one that includes bacon!

Try one of these great bacon dressing varieties:

Does Bacon Make an Appearance at Your Table on Thanksgiving?

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Potatoes .... with Bacon!

It's not Thanksgiving without the mashed potatoes! Whether you are one to smother them in gravy, or enjoy them on their own, the mashed potatoes are critical to the Thanksgiving dinner. Make your potatoes to die for with a hint of bacon in them.



Piragi - Latvian Bacon Buns
Piragi - Latvian Bacon Buns | Source

Thanksgiving Dinner Buns & Rolls

I love the buns at Thanksgiving dinner. I sometimes make a little Thanksgiving sandwich with it, right there at Thanksgiving dinner.

My father uses the bun simply as a way of sopping up the gravy and getting it into his mouth. (He's big on the gravy).

Add a bit of bacon to your buns...

Sweet Potato Cranberry Bacon Rolls

Onion & Bacon Rolls

Piragi - Latvian Bacon Buns

Herb and Bacon Rolls

Cheese and Bacon Rolls

Crispy Bacon Buns

Bacon-Scallion Cornbread

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberries | Source

Cranberry Sauce

Bacon in the cranberry sauce? It can be done.

While many might just crack open a can of cranberry sauce and call it done, others put great love into the dish.

Go for something creative this year and try this Bacon Cranberry sauce:

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes with apple, bacon & maple syrup
Sweet potatoes with apple, bacon & maple syrup | Source


Thanksgiving Recipes for Vegetables Cooked with Bacon

How can you get your family to eat their vegetables at Thanksgiving dinner? Cook them with bacon! It's Thanksgiving, so you can get a bit more fancy with your veggies. Try something new. Try something bacon-y good!


Bacon Bourbon Pecan Pie
Bacon Bourbon Pecan Pie | Source

Thanksgiving Pie - With BACON! Mmmmm. Pie.....

Yep. We're going there.

You cannot let the bacon feast end before dessert hits the table. They need pie. They don't just want it. They NEED it. Pie is an outright necessity in the Thanksgiving world.

So, don't just feed them any old pie. It's Thanksgiving! Feed them the best pie you can think of. And I can't think of anything better than bacon!


Bacon Drinks

There is a Bacon soda that may not be the delight of every guest at Thanksgiving, but I found it to be an interesting flavor and worth a try. Bacon die-hards should check it off their bucket list.

Bacon Drink Fizz Tablets

Bacon. Fizz. Drink.

Just plop one of these precious tablets into your liquid of choice, and enjoy the fantastic fizzy taste of bacon!

These work in any liquid - milk, water, soda, urine - you name it!

Plop, Plop. Fizz, Fizz. What wonderful bacon bliss it is!


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      rdcbizz 5 years ago

      I do love bacon

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      CeyhunDonmez 5 years ago

      Great food items.Thanks for Sharing.Keep Posting

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      CraftyDaddy 5 years ago

      All my favorite recipes... begin by rendering a pound of bacon...

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      Bartukas 5 years ago

      Great recipes thank you :)

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      Laura 5 years ago from Australia

      Delicious recipes!

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      Cooking with bacon - always a winner! yummy!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Well, we didn't have any bacon this year but we sure had a lot of everything else. Maybe next year we will add a little bacon.

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      babynstar 5 years ago

      Oh my gosh! If only Canadian Thanksgiving hadn't already happened

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      I can't wait to make a couple of these I love bacon, I can't help it.

      Happy Thanksgiving

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      lshields lm 5 years ago

      What a selection uses of bacon, have to try a few. Thanks for the great lens

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      The surprise for me was squash with bacon.... great lens it is like enciclopedia on food for Thanksgiving Thanks

      Blessings!a and Happy thanksgiving.

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      Michael Oksa 5 years ago

      I didn't think it was possible, but you made vegetables actually sound tasty. Great lens!

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      montanatravel52 5 years ago

      Wow, what a coincidence, I decided we were going to have a "bacon" Thanksgiving this year b/c my kids love bacon, and will eat almost anything if it has bacon in in it:)! Love the ideas, I already have my menu pretty much planned, but got a couple of ideas from your page, thanks - and awesome tribute to bacon!

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      ruth-williams lm 5 years ago

      Some mouthwatering ideas here, will have to give some a go!

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      VeseliDan 5 years ago

      These recipes are delicious. I love bacon but I shouldn't eat too much of it. *blessed*

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Am already salivating! Can't wait for Thanksgiving!

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      dealnation 5 years ago

      mmmmm bacon!

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      EnlightenedPen 5 years ago

      Yummy lens... I was with you all the way up until the pie and the drinks. You have to draw the line somewhere!

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      Zienna1 5 years ago

      That's the only time I'm eating bacon..I love it crunchy, melt in my mouth sort of thing. I used to hide them so I can have it all by myself...hahahaha..sounds griddy, sort of, only when it comes to bacon. I haven't tried doing the presentation that way. I think that will not be good. I will not have it all for myself.. Sorry still thinking griddy. All in all, I loved it. I'm already getting hungry. The worst part I have to cook it myself. Will be good if you will come and cook it for me.

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      Heidi 5 years ago from Benson, IL

      Bacon everything! Some of these ideas look delicious. But then, I'm the kind of person who tasted a maple syrup and bacon flavored muffin one time. I should have asked for the recipe.

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      jadapotata 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      tamjo5 5 years ago

      Intriguing uses of bacon in cooking. I'm not sure of wrapping my Thanksgiving Turkey with bacon, but many of the pictures and recipes you shared look delish!


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      RosaMorelli 5 years ago

      My mum used to drape a slice or two of bacon over the turkey for Christmas dinner, but nothing like this wonderful selection of bacon-y delights! Love bacon, and love all the ideas in this Lens. Maybe if I'm feeling brave enough I might even try the bacon and maple smoothie! :)

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      MyWebsiteHostin 5 years ago

      Seeing this just mad me very hungry.. and with Bacon, what a brilliant addition to an already brilliant traditional thanksgiving meal!

      Best Regards,

      Michael James Swan

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      sweetstickyrainbo 5 years ago

      it's better with bacon

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      Mr-Panda LM 5 years ago

      That's a bird I would eat =)

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      flowski lm 5 years ago

      For some reason I never thought of bacon on the bird itself, I think your on to something here!

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      Bob Zau 5 years ago

      Mmmm, does this look tasty!

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      eightieschild 5 years ago

      I'm from the UK, so we don't have thanksgiving, but anything with bacon is awesome! :)

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      SandraWilson LM 5 years ago

      The rest of the lens was interesting and gave me some good ideas. Sorry though. I have to draw the line at bacon in dessert and drink. lol

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      I will have to bookmark this for later. Bacon makes almost everything taste better!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i like to try some

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Returning with a fresh blessing....the turkey that dreams are made of!

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      baby-strollers 6 years ago

      I like bacon, therefore I like your lens.

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      Priore 6 years ago

      Love the ideas about using bacon thank you so much for sharing

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      love4randomness1 6 years ago

      Haha cool bacon lens yummy! Squid-liked :)

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      smartbiz38129 6 years ago

      Everything tastes better with bacon!

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      Clairissa 6 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Everything is better with bacon! Great lens, I will have to share this with my daughter she is huge bacon fan. Great lens...

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      viscri8 6 years ago

      I like bacon very much -- good to put it in everything. Keep well! This lens is blessed!

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      I have turkey for Christmas and this has given me some great ideas. Thanks!

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      LDWorld 6 years ago

      I love bacon, but my wife does not :((

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      colleenw1 6 years ago

      Perfect for the lover of Bacon - hog heaven for sure!!! lol

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      h2ofs1 6 years ago

      OMG what can i say other than just.....YUM YUM :)

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      Really sounds great! This lens deserves all the attention it has got - you rock1

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      Deadicated LM 6 years ago

      Bacon Rules! The only thing that rivals it is chocolate ;-)

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Great idea!

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      DeannaDiaz 6 years ago

      How about making bacon better with...BEER?!?

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      cocktailsexaminer 6 years ago

      You had me at bacon.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      My teenage son would eat a pig whole if I let him, so I know he would love these! =D

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Oh my, I'd lensroll this to my page about the Krispy Kreme Bacon Double Cheeseburger Donut, if I could. Love bacon.

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      seosmm 6 years ago

      Lots of good info. Very nice lens!

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      SchaatserBob 6 years ago

      This is really nice! I will make one with Christmas!

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      Vikki 6 years ago from US

      Blessed; Happy Thanksgiving ;)

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      Tamara14 6 years ago

      And in my house bacon on top of macaroni and cheese, roasted in oven. Hmmmm:) This is just delicious idea! Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      A little too much bacon to devour all at once for me even though "pork fat rules"! I do have to admit though that this year I am roasting brussel sprouts in a little bacon fat for that wonderful smokey flavor.

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      Serj 6 years ago

      Man! This looks delicious but talk about the holiday weight gain guilt!!! Nicely done lens!

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      Philipuk1983 6 years ago

      nothing quite like bacon to get the appatite going lol

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      kengibbons4 6 years ago

      Just gave you a squidoo like and love the page. If you could give me a squidoo like since I am trying to spread the word on the tax topic. Hoping more people will foster animals if the now they can deduct the expenses on their tax return.

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      DebMartin 6 years ago

      Okay. You've got me on the mashed potatoes with bacon. And maybe even the gravy. I'm struggling a little with the turkey wrapped in bacon. Although I've got to admit, I love bacon. Nice, nice lens. Really clean and well done.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      A little late to the party, but nonetheless, congrats on LOTD. Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving, with bacon! ;)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Who would have thought that bacon could be part of every Thanksgiving dish on the table! Very creative and interesting lens.Congratulations on LOTD! Here's hoping you start some new Thanksgiving traditions.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations and nice recipe, love bacon

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      CreativeMind2011 6 years ago

      I love turkey! Happy Thanksgiving! nice lens!

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      Vicki 6 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on LOTD. That bacon-wrapped turkey sure is pretty, and I can only begin to imagine what it must smell and taste like! Crumbled bacon in veges is always good, makes the veges not so vege-ish. Great-looking lens, I love the layout!

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      Srena44 6 years ago

      awesome lens

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      Delicious... everything tastes better with bacon :) .....even turkey!

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      manicnymph 6 years ago

      Mmmm... Bacon... Well done!

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      Dee Gallemore 6 years ago

      Nom, nom, nom . . . Bacon! Congrats on LOTD. Well deserved!

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      Rhidawn 6 years ago

      Grats on LOTD! Great lens. Although the bacon drink fizz tablets sound kinda icky lol.

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      MyFairLadyah2 6 years ago

      Yes, I guess it can be done

      All Thanksgiving with bacon

      Congrats on LOTD

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      djroll 6 years ago

      This lens makes my mouth water and gives me some new ideas for this year. Bacon ... yummy! Congrats on you LOTD and Happy Thanksgiving.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD ... hope your Thanksgiving celebration is bacon-y delicious! (security word = pigsquid)

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      SiochainGraSonas 6 years ago

      Wow! I would never have thought about using bacon in so many of our Thanksgiving dishes. All the recipes sound delicious.

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      foxx2jett 6 years ago

      Wow, that's all I have to say about this lens! Congrats on LOTD.

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      bechand 6 years ago

      Nasty - I certainly do not want to be sitting next to you on Thanksgiving !

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Yum, love me my bacon. These recipes are great!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Congrats...showed your turkey to my husband and this is thanksgiving heaven...we are going to have bacon wrapped turkey.

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      badmsm 6 years ago

      Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy bacon, so it's almost the same thing... ;) Liked & Blessed by a Squid Angel! Congrats on LOTD!

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      Why is bacon so darn yummy?

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      Joanie Ruppel 6 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Love your lens layout, very attractive. Gotta go, gotta make some bacon!

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      debsgreatfinds 6 years ago

      I love bacon also may try some of your tips :)

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      Well wrap me in bacon and call me a turkey!...this is one tasty lookin lens!

      Congrats on LotD! Yumm!!!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Oh my...if you put bacon on foods I don't like, I'll eat them! So imagine what it will do to my appetite with Thanksgiving foods which I love. YUM! Congrats on well-deserved!

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      Laurel Johnson 6 years ago from Washington KS

      These recipes sounded YUMMMMMY. Congrats on LOTD.

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      Paula7928 6 years ago

      Awesome lens. I love Thanksgiving food.

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      congrats on LOTD, just in time to make thanksgiving more calorie filled....but I do love bacon.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Congats on the LOTD!!!! Blessed!!! (but with beef, turkey, or veal bacon.. :)

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      patriciapeppy 6 years ago

      some yummy ideas congrats on LOTD

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      BarbaraCasey 6 years ago

      Great fun and bacon in the potatoes sounds pretty tasty. Raw bacon on an almost cooked turkey? Eeeewwww. Congrats on LOTD.

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      Ii think we would like to try some of the bacon delights but not on Thanksgiving. There are 364 other days to savor the wonders of bacon. Congrats on LOTD.

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      GypsyPirate LM 6 years ago

      Ha! yes, I saw what you said about the drink! Congratulations on LiTD dear friend, you so deserve it for this masterpiece. I love it more than my luggage!!

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      Mark Falco 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Everything is better with bacon!

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      Wow. I've never heard of putting bacon on or in so many foods. Excellent lens and definitely worthy of LOTD. Congrats. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      mrducksmrnot 6 years ago

      Congratulations on a tasty Lens Of The Day. I always remember bacon was always included in the Thanksgiving meal in one way or another and tasty it was. Just seems to go together with just about anything. Thanks for this tasty reminder and I wish everyone a wonderful and Thankful Thanksgiving Day and Dinner.

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      beckyf 6 years ago

      Enjoyed reading your lens! That bacon fizzy drink sounds downright disgusting though. :)

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      What a creative menu... but if I eat such a menu, I'd end up in the hospital with an acute pancreatitis - or die :D

      However very creative, smart and... attractive. I'm just frustrated with my no grease and no sugar diet ;)

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Congratulations on your LotD. Great lens.

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      wow! awesome! I have to try some of these bacon fixings. We love bacon. I'm brining my turkey as we speak. Happy Thanksgiving!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You have created Thanksgiving bacon heaven does seem to make everything it touches taste oh so good, congratulations on an absolutely delicious LotD....I love the mummified turkey and do make a stuffing with bacon that is the best I've ever had.