The Big Damn Cookout



BRENT PENNINGTON Bacon cooking on the grill at the Big Damn Cookout, held at Whiskey Bacon member Leni Konstas' home in Dallas, PA, on the afternoon of 29 June 2013.

Yes, that is exactly what it appears to be – bacon cooking on a grill!  Because really, could anything be more awesome?  (Speaking as someone who got to eat it, the answer to that question is an unconditional “no”.)

Back at the end of June, some of the wonderful folks from Whiskey Bacon held a BBQ.  They had me right there.  I mean come on, die-hard foodies with a deep-seated love of bacon, throwing a BBQ…there’s no chance that this won’t be incredible.  And it was.  Of course.

Since I call myself a photographer, I had my camera with me.  But since I was just noodling around (get it? food puns!) I brought my fully-manual Takumar macro lens with me.  This is a lens that may be older than I am, with no electronic or automatic abilities whatsoever.  But it does things that none of my fancy automatic lenses can do.  You probably don’t care about any of that, so just enjoy the delicious photos I made with it.

BRENT PENNINGTON Grilled veggies at the Big Damn Cookout, held at Whiskey Bacon member Leni Konstas' home in Dallas, PA, on the afternoon of 29 June 2013.

BRENT PENNINGTON Big Damn Cookout, held at Whiskey Bacon member Leni Konstas' home in Dallas, PA, on the afternoon of 29 June 2013.

BRENT PENNINGTON Garlic burgers at the Big Damn Cookout, held at Whiskey Bacon member Leni Konstas' home in Dallas, PA, on the afternoon of 29 June 2013.

For reference, those are pieces of garlic in the burgers above.  Pieces of garlic that you can see!  In burgers!  Can you tell how excited I was?  This is how burgers should be!  Plus we had roasted veggies, sweet corn, chili, baked goods, and at least a dozen other things that I know I’m forgetting.  In short, a great afternoon, spent eating great food with great people.  That’s the sort of thing all our summers should be filled with.

BRENT PENNINGTON Bacon cooking on the grill at the Big Damn Cookout, held at Whiskey Bacon member Leni Konstas' home in Dallas, PA, on the afternoon of 29 June 2013.

And grilled bacon.  Of course.

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