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September 20, 2013

Cheesy bacon bombs, fried watermelon sampled at State Fair


Oklahoma City —

After dragging myself away from The Bacon Habit — which is located just in front of the State Fair Arena (now known as the Jim Norick Arena but after covering so many local state tournament teams there over the  years, it’s hard for me to call it anything else) — I quickly stumbled upon a big vendor spot called “Porky’s.”

Oh, my. This place had plenty of unbelievable items to offer hungry fairgoers, too. The nice man that was running the place at the time said the Jumbo Smoked Pork Chops (boy they are big) were a hit to most customers. He’s right; it was tasty, but I had my heart set on trying a Bacon Extreme sandwich. This food choice was a great combination of bacon, sausage and BBQ sauce rolled together and smoked. It was sort of like a bacon-sausage meatloaf. Porky’s — a vendor from Lafayette, Ind., calls it the Holy Grail of pork and that’s no joke. It was awesome.

These guys offer much, much more: catfish strips, rib tips, rotisserie chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, turkey legs, lamb burgers, jumbo baked potatoes and Texas Beef Brisket — just to name a few.

After eating the last bit of my Bacon Extreme, I was about to continue my journey until I looked at the other half of the Porky’s setup. This side had desserts and actually served one of the sweet items on my new food list — Deep Fried Watermelon.

One of my all-time favorite fruits is watermelon, so I just had to try this new way of serving it. And I must say it was different. It was simply chunks of watermelon dipped in a sweet batter and dumped in a vat of grease. It was very strange eating hot watermelon because I love mine ice cold. It wasn’t bad at all, just different. Fellow watermelon lovers will just have to try it for themselves.

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