All photos courtesy of Bacon Bash Texas

Bacon Bash is back, and headed for Bosque County October 16 this year. Expect beer, bands, and of course, everyone’s favorite meat.  Bacon Bash Texas is a nonprofit that has helped children with type 1 diabetes and Niki Warms the Cold, a charity in support of warming the homeless and keeping them clothed. The festival in 2021 is very special as it marks the 10-year anniversary of the first bash! The event is hosted by Pederson Farms, and in the past, more than $515,000 has been contributed to its causes since the beginning. In 2019, organizers raised more than $114,000 in support of the two causes.

"This allowed us to hand out 17 Continuous Glucose Monitor scholarships, send 13 kids to a diabetic education camp, contribute $31,000 to Niki Warms the Cold, and donate $5,000 to help with type 1 research."

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Bacon Bash takes place in a small town, Cranfills Gap, which has a population of about 400. The event uses bacon, beer and bands to raise money. The event becomes a big street party in the main section of town, with the population jumping from around 400 to more than 2,500. 

A large portion of the attendees travel in from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and the other half travel in from various cities in the lone star state. The main component of Bacon Bash is the 50 cook-off teams bringing their best to see who makes the most delicious bacon dish. Click the website here to register. 

We’re expecting more teams, more attendees and MORE BACON than any previous Bash! As a team, you’ll receive 15lbs of bacon from our featured sponsor, Pederson’s Natural Farms. All teams are required to compete in the bacon portion of the competition, but we do have an optional pork butt competition called the Ryan Jackson Memorial Pork Butt Competition. 
Here are a few guidelines for 2021:
  • All Team Entries come with 6 Team Members (please note, you can have less than 6 members!) You can add an additional 2 team members for $25 each, for a max team of 8.
  • 20×20 cook spaces will be enforced to the best of our ability. If you need more space for your team, you can purchase a larger cook space during registration (limited quantities available).

Exciting New Rules

  • Teams now have the option to do any food preparation and cooking at home. While organizers still encourage teams to cook onsite, contestants can pre-make arrangements to have your bacon shipped to your location of choice prior to the event. 
  • All teams must compete in the bacon portion of the competition BUT are allowed to sell additional food items (if desired) starting at 7 p.m. Any remaining bacon or samples are not allowed to be sold. 
View all other rules and guidelines by clicking here. All entry fees are non-refundable.

Enter your team Now for Bacon Bash Texas 2021

Click here to sign up today, and reach out for more information or questions. Card, cash and check are accepted.


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