Use Bacon Drippings for Starting Campfires

Better Than Lighter Fluid: to start a campfire or charcoal grill, use old bacon drippings. You can use a paintbrush and spread the bacon grease on the charcoal or wood and also on a piece of paper or paper towel. Light the towel and the grease will get your fire going and give off the fragrance of fresh cooked bacon.

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By Jerry from Centralia, MO

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July 18, 20080 found this helpful

Love that idea! However, since the nitrites/nitrates in bacon and all cold-cuts cause brain tumors, and bacon is so high in harmful fats, we no longer buy bacon, only season using a tiny amount with McCormick Bacon bits in green veggies occasionally.

Ya know? THAT idea would make an excellent backyard "aroma" for when we have to burn small bits of trash in our fire pit, and cheaper than "Pinion" or Mesquite woods for barbeques. God bless you. : )

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July 20, 20080 found this helpful

Dryer lint makes a great fire starter for campfires. Some people pour the bacon grease onto chunks of dryer lint, to make "starter cubes" to take camping. I haven't personally tried this, but certainly it should work.

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October 15, 20080 found this helpful

If you look hard enough, you can find all-natural uncured bacon most places these days (no nitrites/nitrates). I get mine from Costco and spend about as much per pound as you might for the carcinogenic stuff elsewhere. It's still pig fat, but do you really think Baco's are better for you? Easy on the dryer lint, too - flaming cotton releases some nasty stuff. Regardless, I'm looking forward to my first attempt at lighting some hippie-hardwood coals with all-natural bacon grease.

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