Read about the Bacon Up Team’s 2018 Thanksgiving charity projects in Cincinnati.
Bacon Up team gives back at Thanksgiving
New local brand donates to holiday dinner efforts in Lebanon and Queensgate
Bacon Up Bacon Grease, a new brand recently launched by Better N Bacon LLC (an entrepreneurial venture of the Bissmeyer family, with roots in Cincinnati), ramped up the holiday spirit in November by supporting two local Thanksgiving events serving neighbors in need.
The initial idea for Bacon Up was born on Thanksgiving five years ago, when the family first used bacon grease to deep-fry their turkey. So it’s only natural that they’d be eager to share their delicious discovery with others by donating to two local events set-up to serve the less fortunate.
On Nov. 21, Bacon Up, along with supplier SugarCreek, donated 90 gallons of Bacon Up Bacon Grease to Lebanon Turkey Day 2018. Dozens of volunteers organized by chair Adam Mathews gathered at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church to fry 150 turkeys and assemble complete meals for 150 local families.
According to Bacon Up co-founder Joe Bissmeyer of Mount Lookout, their family “has been frying turkeys since 1987, when it was still a relatively new idea introduced by southern chefs in Louisiana, so we’re excited to help the folks in Lebanon take the flavor of their turkeys to the next-level by donating Bacon Up Bacon Grease for their annual charity turkey fry.”
Later that same day, the Bacon Up team was in Queensgate, where they donated enough turkey to feed the 200 gentlemen served by the David and Rebecca Barron Center for Men, an operation of Shelterhouse (formerly known as the Drop Inn Center).
The early Thanksgiving meal was powered by the Preston Brown Foundation, founded by Cincinnati native and Bengals linebacker Preston Brown to support his dedication to community outreach and promote the value of education to youth of all ages.
Members of the Bacon Up family, along with Preston Brown and his Bengals teammate Vincent Rey, were on hand at the Barron Center to deepfry turkeys in Bacon Up and help serve turkey at the Barron Center’s annual Thanksgiving meal.
“Frying turkeys in bacon grease is a new twist on an old tradition, andwe’re excited to share it with members of our community,” offered Bacon Up’s Bernie Bissmeyer of Blue Ash. “It’s an honor to join the efforts of so many local volunteers to help ensure hundreds
of our neighbors have the chance to enjoy a delicious meal at Thanksgiving.”
Bacon Up is 100 percent authentic bacon grease, triple-filtered for purity and shelf stable for two years, so its smokehouse flavor is ready when you are. Use it instead of shortening, butter, or oil to kick up the flavor anytime you fry, cook, or bake your favorite foods. It’s currently available in a 1gallon bucket on Amazon (Prime eligible) and is perfect for down-home cooks, outdoorsmen, foodies, and bacon lovers. Visit baconup.com for recipes, tips, and more.