Presidential Hopeful Makes Bacon on AR Barrel

Politicians vying for the GOP presidential nomination are doing anything they can to stand out from the considerable crowd. The video that Texas senator and White House hopeful Ted Cruz recently posted on YouTube is one example. He's at the range with an AR, but he's not just shooting. The senator is cooking bacon on the barrel of his rifle.

He wraps a couple strips around the barrel, then covers it in aluminum foil and gets to shooting. He's firing in semi-auto, and a little unevenly, so there's a chunk edited out of the vid here. You see some grease dripping on the floor and then Cruz unwraps his creation, takes a bite of the bacon with a plastic fork and declares, "Mmm, machine-gun bacon."

Senator Cruz deserves credit for displaying his enjoyment of the gun lifestyle—but a machine gun is, by definition, fully automatic. And what he did is hardly original.

Competitive shooter and Top Shot winner Dustin Ellerman, also of Texas, posted a video back in March of himself doing pretty much the same thing.

Ellerman wrapped his bacon around a suppressor, not the barrel, mounted on a full-auto rifle. While wrapping the bacon and covering it with foil on the tailgate of his pickup, Ellerman whispers, "So much America right now…" before shouldering it and burning through two 30-round magazine clamped together to get it smoking. He finishes it off with a final mag before unwrapping it and eating with with his fingers.

Ellerman responded to Cruz's video with a post on Facebook.

In the comments, Ellerman is good natured about it:

There have, indeed, been others.

One woman also went the full auto route with a suppressor, using foil and then wrapping that in wire. It begins to slide off the front of the can, but it definitely gets cooked.

One man made candied bacon on a Saiga-12 shotgun by drizzling some molasses and sprinkling brown sugar on the meat. He elects not to wrap it in foil, but secures it on the ends with string (note: profanity at end).

And he takes another crack at it with an AK-47 and bacon wrapped with metal wire.

Ellerman's method definitely seems to work best. Must be that sweet Texas air.

If you're curious, this CNBC.com story goes into excruciating detail on the recommended cooking temperatures for bacon and compares that to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce on AR-15 barrel temperatures, gleaned from tests on M16A1 rifles back in 1975.