Meet Her Majesty, The Bacon Queen

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Amy Vernon
Former East Valley Tribune journalist Amy Vernon crowned herself The Bacon Queen in 2009 after a bit of online recognition pushed her into sweet, smoked stardom. So much so that she's the top female submitter of all time on Digg.com
 Among many other things, Vernon curates this amazingly large bacon collection over at her site, The Bacon Queen. BaconQueen.com is a bacon aggregator where you can find recipes, other bacon sites, bacon product links, news stories and anything about bacon - like how to make bacon roses
So what's it like to be the one of the biggest bacon lovers in the carniverous world? You can find Vernon all over the internet as she is active in all corners of social media blogging, writing, tweeting, and consulting. She is so into bacon that you might find her tweeting pictures from her flickr album of what she calls "pre-bacon" - pigs.
 
Naturally, we had some questions. Get Vernon's answers after the jump.

Who is the bacon queen?
I am the Bacon Queen. It started with my submission of a photo of bacon to Digg.com. It hit the front page, the comments kept me laughing for days (both those who loved it and those complaining that there was a photo of bacon on the front page of Digg), and I started submitting all sorts of photos from the Bacon pool on Flickr. More often than not, they'd hit the front page.

Soon, I started getting messages from Digg friends asking if I'd seen this or that submission, because it was about bacon. Soon after that, people started wondering in comment threads on Digg why I had not commented yet on a bacon submission. It grew and grew and grew and before I knew it, my friends were calling me the Bacon Queen. A childhood friend who's a vegan brought me faux bacon. All my friends from all eras of my life (I've lived in several states) post links on my Facebook page or send me messages about bacon news or products they've seen. It's completely taken on a life of its own.

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http://www.instructables.com/id/Bacon-Roses/
One of the links you'll find at BaconQueen.com
Why start a bacon site? Truth be told, I didn't really want to start a bacon site at first. There are a LOT of bacon sites and blogs, believe it or not. And what would really make mine different except that it would be a product of the Bacon Queen herself? That wasn't enough, to me.

But it became increasingly obvious that I needed to do something. Everyone expected it and I began to feel rather sheepish (piggish?) that I didn't have one. So I bought the domain and thought about it some more. Finally, it hit me - a bacon news aggregator. Basically, it's a Drudge Report for bacon news. I find all the news, recipes, photos, blogs, etc., out there and link to it so you don't have to seek it out.

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Amy Vernon
Dahmer Pig was a gift to her for appearing on the Social Blade Show (a social media podcast).
What makes your site different? I rarely have any original content on the site. It's all links. There aren't even many photos of bacon on the site. It's a clearinghouse.

How often do you eat bacon?
That's classified. Suffice it to say - not as much as people might expect. I eat it more when we go out to eat (which doesn't happen all that often) than at home, mainly because if I see bacon on the menu, I feel both a desire and an obligation to eat it. And if I'm out with certain friends, I pretty much have no choice but to have bacon. Which is OK, of course. It is, after all, the candy of meat.

We saw on one of your videos that Oscar Meyer sent you a box of bacon, what's your relationship with them?
Don't really have one. About a year and a half ago, Oscar Meyer was seeking out big names in bacon and food blogging, so my name naturally was brought up to them. They sent me (and others) two packages of bacon, a skillet, a bunch of coupons and some other stuff. My husband recorded the unboxing and the cooking and I uploaded the vids to YouTube. I believe my older son called me "Your Majesty" in one of the videos.

What is your favorite bacon?
I don't have a favorite brand inasmuch as I have a favorite texture. I prefer my bacon just ever-so-slightly crispy. I've had some pretty horrid bacon, though, and that makes me sad. Seems like such a waste of a pig's life.

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Amy Vernon
The Bacon Queen can't resist bacon books on eBay.

Why do you think people love bacon so much?

I've wondered about this a lot. The simple answer, of course, is that it tastes so good. I mean, really. But there's more to it than that. Part of it, I think, is people's ability to share things online in a way they weren't able to before. And when people share their love of something, it often has a way of getting a bit hyperbolic. But, again, there's more to it than that.

I actually spoke with Oscar Meyer's head chef shortly after they sent me the bacon care package, and he had a very interesting take on it: In tough times, we seek out things that comfort us. Bacon is truly a comfort food - it traditionally was eaten at breakfast and it's been a couple of generations since families really all sat down to have breakfast together on a daily basis, so it probably was made for breakfast on weekends. Maybe Dad cooked it. Or maybe the family all went out together for a hearty breakfast on Sundays. So it's that sense-memory thing, as that smell is unmistakable, and can truly transport you back in your memory.

Future plans for the bacon queen?
Honestly, not quite sure. I feel as if I need to do more, but I'm not quite sure what.


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17 comments
FeedingFrenzy
FeedingFrenzy

being a big bacon fan myself (see deep-fried Cadbury egg with bacon pancake batter story), I covet the Bacon cookbook shown above that has my last name on it! Long Live the Bacon Queen!

Andrea Fuentes
Andrea Fuentes

I think you should sponsor a Bacon Princess contest and let people enter wearing costumes made entirely of pork. Great site!!

Anomaly100
Anomaly100

Those roses look delicious. (drool)

linda dee
linda dee

•*¨) ¸.•´¸´ ¸.•` ¸.•´ .•*´¨)Kudos, adulation & congrats! I am elated with merriment of your Special Bacon Award and pray for continued triumphs for in ALL the future Bacon accolades and other cool food and venues! You are so Brilliant!!God bless!•*¨) ¸.•´¸´ ¸.•` ¸.•´ .•*´¨)

kkhkk1
kkhkk1

Did you ever expect a corporation to have a conscience, when it has no soul to damned, and no body to be kicked? From: http://xrl.us/bh8tjk

John Peter Ehret IV
John Peter Ehret IV

Recently the Phoenix New Times blogged about a report from the Phoenix Business Journal: "Bacon Prices Soar in Arizona, Farm Bureau Reports"http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c...

Excellent investigative reporting Phoenix New Times finding the true culprit! The higher bacon prices are her fault! I assume there's a connection because I think I'm very intelligent. I came to this conclusion without any research. Thank goodness I no longer have to blame Epic Meal Time for anything but making me really really hungry, and being Canadian. ;)http://www.youtube.com/user/Ep...

By the way, nice site, Amy.

Muhammed Awais
Muhammed Awais

Hi amy dear Bacon Queen I am a real fan of you on social media. You are good example.

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