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A Million Slices of Bacon Can Be Won If This NASCAR Driver Wins This Weekend


NASCAR’s yearly schedule includes four races at tracks called “superspeedways,” that span over two miles and whose highly banked corners provide for a perfect environment for “drafting,” where cars drive in hectic, four car-wide packs. Because of this, they have provided for some of the sport’s most exciting moments. Sometimes these moments have to do with the race, like the time Jimmie Johnson won by less than the time it takes you to blink, or the time Brad Kesolowski won by flipping Carl Edwards into a fence. Sometimes it doesn’t have anything to do with the race, like that time Juan Pablo Montoya set a truck full of jet fuel on fire while they weren’t even racing. This weekend, on Sunday, October 13th, Talladega might be responsible for yet another undeniably classic moment, when we could see ten people collectively win a million slices of Smithfield bacon.

Their fate lies in the hands of one Aric Almirola, who will fittingly be donning a paint scheme featuring hot rod flames imprinted with bacon slices. As part of Smithfield’s Racin’ for Bacon 1 Million Slice Giveaway, if Almirola wins on Sunday, they will be giving ten people 100,000 slices of bacon, as long as they’ve signed up at There’s still time to do this before the race, so make sure to enter stat!

Almirola already is a winner on the scene, having won twice in NASCAR’s premier series, the Monster Energy Cup Series (MENCS). Uncoincidentally, though, one of those races was last year’s fall race at Talladega. So, if there’s ever a time to bet on Almirola, it’s now. Think about it, with a million slices of bacon, everyone’s a winner.

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This is literally enough bacon to share with a couple buddies or your family for a long time to come. So, what better reason is there to gather around with some loved ones and watch 40 cars duke it out in a circle for 3 hours than the chance to win enough bacon to make everybody happy? There is none. Tune in to the 500 on Sunday, October 13, and make sure to sign up at first!

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Is Kansas City The Barbecue Capital Of The World?

The regionality of barbecue in the U.S. is but another wrinkle in the textured history of the cuisine’s rich contribution to the canon of American cooking. You’ve got four distinct kingdoms of ‘cue that are fierce in their respective representation. Think of it as a friendly yet spirited feud between dynastic families or noble houses.

With House Carolinas you have a fine affinity for pork. Their whole hog obsessions and expertise make for a destined pairing with their trademark vinegar-based sauces. House Memphis flies the banner of pit-smoked, dry-rubbed ribs coated in a thin, tangy sauce. For House Texas, their juicy brisket cooked low and slow is their pride and joy. Fun fact: when folks use the term “Texas barbecue” it more than likely refers to the Central Texas-style. But no matter what, beef is their main course. Finally, you have House Kansas City, where slow-smoked meats rubbed in a complex formula of spices and slathered in their signature, gloriously gloppy, tomato-based sauces are their bastion for barbecue braggadocio. Oh and they also happen to be the loudest of the bunch to tout themselves as the barbecue capital of the world.

Bold claim, sure, but the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Barack Obama, and even (oddly enough) John Madden co-signing hold merit. As they say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire — or in this case, succulent, soul-stirring ribs that put the concept of an otherworldly kind of goodness on a pedestal.

And it’s there where I trailed the lead, curious about this barbecue capital of the world and finding out whether such a crown is too heavy for Kansas City to wear or just the right fit. Along the way we put this assertion of barbecue dominance to the test, whether it be through conversations with a barbecue historian to attending the world’s largest barbecue competition to even finding out the preferred choice of pork brand for these lauded bbq pit-masters (pro-tip: it’s Smithfield).


Editor’s Note: Pitmaster Tuffy Stone of Cool Smoke Barbecue
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Foodbeast Helps Set Guinness World Record With Smithfield For World’s Largest Grilling Lesson

“Yo let’s build fam, I FW your vision,” me basically once I heard that Smithfield brand was trying to set the first-ever Guinness World Record for the world’s largest barbecue lesson. Though that really wasn’t explicit verbatim and likely just my inner thoughts, I was still hyped to check off a bucket list experience of being a part of a Guinness World Record.

Peep the setting: Kansas City, Mo, AKA the barbecue capital of the world. Over 300 eager participants seeking world record glory. Nine-time World Champion pitmaster Chris Lilly, Weber grillmaster Kevin Kolman, and Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Lineman Chris Jones leading grilling and tailgating fans through two recipes featuring Smithfield Prime Back Ribs and Roasted Garlic & Herb Marinated Fresh Pork Chops.

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The rules to set the record were simple: the one-hour long lesson which showcased the ease, convenience, and versatility of grilling fresh pork, must have all participants’ dishes cooked and completed within the given time limit. Very minimal social media posting was allowed during the lesson and anybody who left the designated grilling lesson area was eliminated from participation and inclusion in the record.

Though nature called for a few eliminated participants, triumph was ultimately achieved on April 27th and Smithfield officially set the first-ever Guinness World Records title for the largest grilling lesson with 336 participants at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., as announced by official Guinness World Records adjudicator Phillip Robertson.

Smithfield Guinness World Record Attempt for "Largest Grilling Lesson"

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The event not only launched the brand’s national “Get Grilling America” campaign, but also celebrated National Barbecue Month and the Kansas City Chiefs’ Draft Party.

Foodbeast was really out here helping set world records and partaking in the world’s best barbecue. Twas lit like the hottest grills getting Guinness World Records’ attention, fam.

Smithfield Guinness World Record Attempt for "Largest Grilling Lesson"

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