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The Beyond Bacon Cook Off – Win half a hog!

While holding the first printed copy of Beyond Bacon was an incredible moment, sharing our book with the paleo community and watching all of you bring the pages to life is when true happiness set in.

Over the last several weeks folks have tagged us (@paleoparents) or used #BeyondBacon to send us links to their blog posts, tweets, and Instagram photos – we love seeing how much they are loving on their lard babies! We are so happy that all of you are enjoying the book and we want to say thank you for all the support and reviews, including the ones on Amazon, Barnes&Noble and Goodreads!

We’re so happy you are loving the lard and praising the pig as much as we do!


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But we’d like to bring the rest of you into the excitement too!

As a special thank you for your support we are hosting a Beyond Bacon recipe recreation photo contest, where the winner will snag half a hog to build up their pork reserves for the fall and winter ahead!

The Beyond Bacon Cook Off

We’ve created a ton of pork recipes, but now we want to see you create and enjoy them! Get in your kitchen and start serving the swine! Doesn’t matter the cut, or how you serve it or whatever your spin is… it just needs to be a recipe from Beyond Bacon shared in an interesting, eye-catching way. Simply take a picture of your dish and post it to your favorite social media site (following the simple rules below).

For some inspiration, perhaps check out some of the recipes from Beyond Bacon we’ve already posted:

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Through our awesome publisher Victory Belt‘s generous donation of the half-hog and Cook Pigs Ranch‘s generous sponsorship on the shipping, we are able to offer up this incredible prize package! We’re extremely thrilled that Cook Pigs Ranch agreed to join us on this endeavor, as they are the very farmers that provide pastured pork to the infamous Pete’s Paleo. They’re where George personally gets his massive quantities of pork for caveman-like consumption! We follow and love their Instagram feed, and you should too!

So what about this half-hog?

Get ready for some serious delicious pork! We designed Beyond Bacon to be a book that you can literally cook your way through with a whole hog, so this giveaway will get you going – of course we’ll include a signed copy of the book to make sure you know exactly what to do with all of your pig parts! With autumn in the air, it’s the perfect time to try out some of the baked and braised recipes, or perhaps the Ginger Apple Tenderloin and Apple Fritters fried in lard made with fresh seasonal apples are something you’ve been wanting to try and finally have an excuse!

The half-hog will be sent directly to you (frozen) from Cook Pigs, a 100% family owned and operated, farm-to-table operation, featuring heritage pigs that are slow-grown on a healthy, all-natural diet. These pastured pigs are nut finished on macadamia nuts and acorns, and depending on the season these California beauties are also finished on avocados. What? I want that! Krys Cook, co-president of Cook Pigs, said that you can really taste the difference in their pork products!

Once a winner is selected the hog will go to butchering the following week. The meat will then be cut and packaged to the winner’s choosing (Beyond Bacon has instructions and examples to help you figure this out, too!) and will be sent out shortly after in one shipment!

Rules for Entry

Grab your copy of Beyond Bacon and make sure your camera or smartphone battery is charged – here are the details on the Beyond Bacon recipe recreation photo contest!

  1. The contest officially launches today, September 3, and will close on Monday, September 16 at midnight EST
  2. The winner will be announced on Thursday, September 19
  3. Photos must be posted publicly to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with the hashtag #beyondbacon within the contest dates or posted in a comment to this post, entries will NOT be taken through any other channel (the more you make and post, the better chance you have of winning!).
  4. Grand prize winner must be located within the US, but international winners can win themselves a copy of Beyond Bacon with the 2nd and 3rd place prizes (randomly selected)!

The Judges!

The Boys

The three handsome young gentleman of the Paleo Parents family, aka the Beyond Bacon recipe experts, will be reviewing the photos to select a winner of the grand prize, half-hog package. They know good pork when they see it.. but feel free to bribe them or ask what their favorite dishes are, since young boys are fickle and prone to favoritism! Matt & Stacy, however, will also be contributing their thoughts as to the top few entries for them to choose from…

Two runner-up winners will be selected and awarded with a copy of Beyond Bacon, shipped to anywhere in the world!

Best of luck with your recipe recreations and MAY THE PORK BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR!

To learn more about Cook Pigs, be sure to visit their site here! Beginning this winter they will be offering nationwide shipping.

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  • amyayers2

    Holy hog heaven!! This is an amazing contest. I can’t wait to get my meat share this weekend to see what I can start working with. And what I also need to pick up to cook away for the next 2 weeks. LOVE the book!!

  • Aj Hathaway

    Are we judged on the dish we create or on times posted?

    • You are judged based on what appeals to the judges. Time won’t matter.

  • Suzanne Christian

    I just cooked up my first batch of lard so this is the perfect excuse to whip up your freezer fudge which has been in my “to-do” list for a while. I posted to twitter so I hope you can see it. Suzanne599

  • Leslie

    I plan to do some cooking this weekend for the half a hog contest. Anything in particular the boys would like to see? What is their favorite recipe in the Beyond Bacon cook book?

  • Fiona Pynn

    I made the bacon jam today 🙂 It’s absolutely fabulous. I posted my pic on my facebook and it’s tagged. I’m in Canada so the 1/2 hog is out for me but I’d love a copy of the actual book instead of my e-reader version 🙂

  • Maggie McCoy Pogue

    Yum!!! Love all the recipes I have tried so far (and would love to win the 1/2 hog!!!) Here’s a boston butt using your smoked pulled pork recipe!!!! We made two, they disappeared fast!!!

  • Maggie McCoy Pogue

    Love all your recipes!!!! Here’s a boston butt cooked using the Smoked Pulled Pork recipe!

  • Maggie McCoy Pogue

    Love all your recipes!!! Here’s a boston butt cooked using your Smoked Pulled Pork recipe!

  • Alexis S

    I made your Apple Ginger Tenderloin. It was delicious!

  • Sarah Brown

    Hi Cole, Fin and Wesley! We just love reading about all the delicious food you and your parents make and we are so glad you helped write another cookbook! We made these delicious Sweet Potato Drop Biscuits and since Halloween is almost here, we decided to make them look like pumpkins! They were delicious 🙂

  • Sarah Brown

    Hi Cole, Fin and Wesley! We heard on your mom’s podcast that you guys love chicken nuggets. Our daughter is four and she loves them too! So we decided to make meat loaf nuggets to celebrate Halloween and she at them all! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us! We used the Insanely Awesome Meatloaf recipe from Beyond Bacon. #beyondbacon