This is... Bacon

by Andy in Kent

Not quite
Unfortunately this project was not successful.

To bring our fantastic Bacon to the public. The money will convert rural premises, buy equipment and provide you lovely people with rewards!

by Andy in Kent

 

THIS IS... BACON!

How many of you have watched River Cottage and felt the need to just… do? Well we are a husband and wife team who live in sunny Kent and we’re really passionate about the stuff that goes into our mouths. I’m Andy, currently an IT project manager, previously a banker (judge away, I am a changed man!), I bring the drive and the ideas bit, then I go to Sarah, who calms me down; she is Welsh (which causes problems when the rugby’s on) with a science PhD, so while she is annoyingly obsessive over detail, it also comes in very handy.

Sarah helped me to (I know it is cheesy) “see the light”. It all started with lots of episodes of River Cottage and It’s Not Easy Being Green. We went back to basics, over a number of years we set up a small farm, got sheep, pigs, goats and cows, and learnt how to make the basics of life: bread, butter and of course, Bacon!

So far we have developed our amazing range of flavoured Bacons as well as experimented with animals other than pigs and trialled them on our friends and at a few farmers markets around Kent and had very positive feedback, so we know what we have is good.

You can find out more about us, our products and our irrational fear of the impending ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE on our website - www.thisisbacon.co.uk, or follow us on Facebook - facebook.com/thisisbaconuk, or Twitter - twitter.com/thisisbaconuk, or even Pintrest (no idea what this one is all about however!) - uk.pinterest.com/thisisbacon/

 

What are we looking to do?

To save the world via the medium of Bacon! We don't know how we are going to do this yet, but once we start producing we will work it out! 

This is where we need you, the fantastic Bacon lovers of the UK or even the world.

We’ve bought loads of equipment in the process of developing the range, but what we have is all small scale and not suitable for what we want to do next. We’ve designed the packaging, we have found Dave (our pig breeder) and we have done our homework with the Environmental Health guys. We have literally (and we mean this; we know how horribly overused that word is) done all we can do.

We need, amongst other things, industrial scale smokers, slicers, and vacuum sealers, we need commercial fridges and freezers, and to convert some farm premises into a suitable Bacon producing area.

Just to be clear, Crowdfunder is not a shop! Your contribution will enable This is Bacon to exist, but only if we reach our target. If we don’t hit our goal, you won’t pay a penny and we will not be able to bring Bacon based goodness to the world…

If you lovely, lovely people do help us to succeed, you will get a reward as a thank you and also the knowledge that you have secured a better future for the Bacon lovers of the UK.

If we hit our target, we have a number of stretch goals in mind as well! With extra goodies for all concerned, so please spread the word!

We understand that we are asking a lot, but please don’t make me go back to banking!

 

Bacon is going to save the world. We don’t know how it will, but it will... Dry RubbedPigsBacon Butty

TRADITIONAL METHODS

With great Bacon, comes great responsibility! Bacon, the key ingredient in the “Full English” and a much heralded butty favourite is not something which should be taken lightly. Proper Bacon which is slowly cured and air-dried over a period of weeks, will go further and needless to say will taste awesome on its own or with other ingredients.

TRADITIONAL PIGS

We source our pork from the lovely Dave at Independent Trotters in Thurnham, Kent where his rare-breed, free-range and pedigree rare-breed pigs graze and forage on the North Downs, living in the open air all their lives*. Their diet is supplemented with fresh fruit and vegetables, this produces flavour packed, tender pork which in turn produces fabulous Bacon!

MODERN TWIST!

We have developed a range of special cure mixes with such additions as Chilli, Bourbon, Garlic and Herbs, which we feel enhances the natural flavours in the meat to raise it to a whole new level of deliciousness! In addition we have not stopped at pork Bacon, and have also developed a range of “Bacons” from other delicious animals

So what is in it for me?

Depending on the reward level you choose, there are a bunch of options

Bacon

You will be given a choice between all of our Pork flavours – Naked, Garlic, Herby, Chilli, “Silly Chilli”, Bourbon & Demerara and Peppery. Our duck, turkey and beef Bacons are also completely awesome!

CHILLI BACON
Hot Stuff   Jalapeños are used to create a nice comfortable heat and a slight burn. For the more adventurous, why not give the “Silly Chilli” a go?  
GARLIC BACON
Ooo la la!   Frighten off the Vampires with a hint of garlic. Enough to feel safe, but not so much it would repel humans as well! Warning, it may attract French people.  
HERBY BACON
Or ‘erby in American   Tarragon, rosemary and thyme come together to add an aromatic depth of flavour… “Grrrreeeeaaaat with Chicken”  
NAKED BACON
Pure and Simple   We don’t need to dress our Bacon to hide any flaws. Our Bacon is proud of its natural form. And granddad doesn’t like his food messed with…    

Why stop at four?

We haven't! It is just that we only have packaging designed for the four above at the moment! We also have these:

 
BOURBON & DEMERARA
Not the biscuit!   A subtle hint of American whisky with the sweetness of dark demerara sugar. Has been known to work as hair of the dog
PEPPERY
Irritable and sharp-tongued   We hand rub a special mix of different fine and course ground peppers to give a fiery finish
SILLY CHILLI
Oh. My. God. My face is melting   When making this Bacon we need to wear face masks as you cannot breath in the powders we use. Our curing salts are mixed with Ghost Naga powder and topped with crushed Nagas – serious chilli heads only!      

Why stop with Pigs?

Again! We haven't! As we all know that the pig is probably the most tasty animal on the planet... But other animals are also very tasty and should not be left out and be allowed to benefit from the awesome power of "baconing"!

DUCK BACON
Quack
TURKEY BACON
Plock
BEEF BACON
Moo  

T-shirts

Our t-shirts will be made from organic, ethically sourced cotton. All you need to do is let us know the design you want from our range of nine designs and the size you require - taking into account the large amount of Bacon you are hopefully going to be consuming as well!

 

Other Great Things!

The cookbook (we are working on it at the moment) will contain 60ish recipes that are based on Bacon (shock horror!)... You can download the FREE SAMPLE CHAPTER here, we are looking to get this published by the start of December - so an ideal Christmas present! Bacon Chilli Ketchup Oh yes! This is a thick tomato ketchup with a copious amount of jalapeño peppers and infused with crispy cooked bacon! Bacon & Roast Pepper Ketchup A lovely rich ketchup with the taste of roasted red peppers again infused with crispy cooked bacon! Bacon Brown Sauce  For those of you who insist on Brown sauce on your sandwich... A traditional brown sauce made with apples and prunes and (of course) BACON! The tote bag and apron are again organic cotton and ethical and will allow you to spread the word about your love for Bacon...

 

THE SMALL PRINT

All hail the Bacon!!
As with all things in life these days there are some conditions... Sorry about this...
  • We are aiming to get the full production facility live for the start of April 2016. We will keep everyone updated with our progress as the build commences! We will not be shipping any products until that point (except the book).
  • We cannot ship anything food related abroad I'm sorry to say... It is just too complex to do at this time...
  • We can however ship books, t-shirts, aprons, etc. to you excellent people who do not live in the UK but still love Bacon! However (sorry once more) you will need to pay an extra £5 for shipping...
  • We will be in touch once the campaign is finished to collect the t-shirt design you require (it would be too complex to ask you at this time) and to confirm the sizes as well.
  • We are aiming to get the book done this side of Christmas, so why not get that as a present for the Bacon lover in your life!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Positive Vibes... We will be sending you happy, Bacon based, thoughts for your most excellent contribution!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Solo Bacon. One, lonely packet of bacon, you choose which... Only available in mainland UK.

£10 or more

1 of 50 claimed

£10 Reward

Saucy Bacon. A choice of one of our bacony sauces. A bottle of our hot (it really is hot), bacon infused tomato ketchup, or bacon flavoured traditional brown sauce, or bacon and garlic ketchup. Only available in mainland UK.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Bacon Recipe eBook. We will send you an electronic copy of our excellent collection of recipes.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Bacon Recipe Printed Book. We will send you an actual, real, paper-based (made from trees and everything) copy of our excellent collection of recipes. For international deliveries please pledge an extra £5

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Bacon Bag. Declare your Bacon allegiance with a fantastic cloth tote bag! For international deliveries please pledge an extra £5

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Bacon T. You get to pick one of our curisously amusing bacon themed t-shirts. For international deliveries please pledge an extra £5

£25 or more

£25 Reward

The Triple. A choice of any three packs of our fantastic Bacon. Only available in mainland UK.

£35 or more

£35 Reward

Bacon Coverup. Never cook Bacon naked, if you do please wear this stylish Bacon apron to stop certain parts being caught with hot fat...

£45 or more

£45 Reward

Triple T. A T-shirt of your choice along with any three packs of Bacon.. Only available in mainland UK.

£45 or more

£45 Reward

Triple Bag. The most excellent tote bag and three packs of wonderful Bacon (of your choice). Only available in mainland UK.

£55 or more

£55 Reward

Triple Coverup. Keep those Bacon splatters off of you while cooking your three packs of Bacon with our wonderful apron! Only available in mainland UK.

£75 or more

13 of 50 claimed

£75 Reward

The "Almost" Works. Three packets of Bacon, bottle of ketchup, a T-Shirt, Tote Bag and the Apron! Only available in mainland UK.

£150 or more

1 of 25 claimed

£150 Reward

The Works! Six packs of bacon, two bottles of ketchup, two T-Shirts, Tote bag and an Apron, phew! Only available in mainland UK.

£200 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£200 Reward

Just give me one of everything! 12 packs of Bacon, 5 T-shirts, 3 Ketchups, a tote bag and an Apron! Only available in mainland UK.

£350 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£350 Reward

Your very own pig! You get your own pig (sort of). We rear the pig for you and will send you photos of it at weaner stage., with regular photo updates on how he is growing, and when he is fully grown we will transform the loins into Bacon of your choice (up to 4 flavours) along with a selection sausages, and all of the other prime cuts!

£400 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£400 Reward

The Immersive Experience. Visit the pigs, hands on practical session making your own bacon, take away 12 packs of bacon, three ketchups, two t-shirts, a tote bag and an apron!


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