You shouldn’t be terrified of bacon on a stick that goes into a deep fryer twice. It’s not really that terrifying.

You can be scared of what will happen if you go on the Tilt-A-Whirl after lunch or having to walk for half an hour from your car to the gate of the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. But don’t be scared of this new food item. Because here’s the thing: It’s really good.

Jane Harris hands a fried bacon skewer through the Best Around booth window. Deep fried bacon on a stick runs for $5 and is available on the north end of Food Row and near the grandstand at the Best Around booth. (Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King)
Jane Harris hands a fried bacon skewer through the Best Around booth window. Deep fried bacon on a stick runs for $5 and is available on the north end of Food Row and near the grandstand at the Best Around booth. (Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King)

You won’t find me in an eating contest like when deep-fried Twinkies were introduced at the fair. (I won, going away, by eating five in three minutes.) You won’t even find me ordering this item every time I visit the fair. But it’s a really good new item at the fair.

Really, it’s a corn dog with bacon instead of a hot dog and a sweet batter instead of cornmeal, then topped with powdered sugar and a sweet drizzle. The maple icing works so well with the porky goodness threaded on the skewer in the middle.

This is a long, meaty piece of bacon. As we know, bacon is fatty, so frying it to get it done isn’t that big a deal. It’s not like the bacon is going to absorb oil.

It’s then dipped in funnel cake batter and fried, again, like a corn dog.

It’s sweet and salty, meaty and cakey. It’s got it going on. As Bryan Blair, manager of the fair, said, “That deep fried bacon is wonderful.”

Don’t be scared. It’s just good fair food.

You can find the deep fried bacon on a stick at the Best Around booth on the north end of Food Row along the edge of Heritage Park and near the grandstand. It’ll set you back $5 if you want to give it a go.

The fair is at 17746 C.R. 34 on the east side of Goshen through Saturday, July 30. You can get more info at 4hfair.org.

 

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