The folks over at I Heart Bacon have come up with the Bacon Rating System. I frickin’ love this … so I’ll be using a slightly modified version here for the Bacon Geek reviews:

EXAMPLE BACON RATING

The Bacon
  • Brand: Crapmasters
  • Name: Uber Yummy Bacon
  • Cost per pound: $9.99
  • Value per pound: Low
  • Where purchased: Bob’s Market
  • Packaging: 32 oz
  • Cut: Medium
  • Preservatives: Nitrates
The Prep and Score
  • Cooking heat: Medium Low
  • Total cooking time: 12 min
  • Pork Flavor: 2
  • Smoke: 3
  • Salt: 3
  • Sugar: 3
  • Fat: 2
  • Texture: 2
  • Shrinkage: 3

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Ratings based on Bacon Rating System

EXPLANATION:

Brand: The manufacturer of the product.
Name: This specific product name.
Cost per pound: Most of the reviews will be done from Portland, OR so this price will be related to costs in Oregon. If shipping cost is involved, this will be factored into the overall cost per pound.
Value per pound: Is this bacon a good value for what you pay for it? This is a big deal for most people as you want to get the best bacon for the price. This is entirely subjective on the part of the reviewer but we’ll do our best to be honest here.
Where purchased: Store that product was purchased from. Some of these will be on-line.
Packaging: What is the packaging like and what’s the size.
Cut: Thick, thin, etc.
Preservatives: A list of preservatives used in curing the product.
Cooking heat:
Total cooking time: Total time to cook product.

BACON RATING

We’re doing a 1 – 5 rating where 1 is low/bad/not enough/etc.

Pork Flavor: not enough << 1 2 3 4 5 >> too much
Smoke: not enough << 1 2 3 4 5 >> too much
Salt: not enough << 1 2 3 4 5 >> too much
Sugar: not enough << 1 2 3 4 5 >> too much
Fat: not enough << 1 2 3 4 5 >> too much
Texture: too chewy << 1 2 3 4 5 >> too crisp
Shrinkage: a lot << 1 2 3 4 5 >> a little

OVERALL SCORE

This will be a rating based on the bacon ratings above and shown in a star-rating format. We take the categories above, add up their scores and divide by seven. More stars the better hoping for the perfect “5 star” rating.

BACON TASTING NOTES

Any details that might be provided above and beyond the basic ratings.


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    This absolutely needs to be marked up in microformats. hReview should get most (if not all) the way there.

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    So agreed. Need to make a Wordpress module that will do the little “rating” window anyways … might as well make it microformat happy.

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