This may sound a little unorthodox, but: I love peanut butter, jelly and bacon sandwiches. Don’t judge me. I blame my dad, really. He was a master at making my brother and I the strangest sandwiches. Peanut butter and chocolate sprinkles was one of his specialties, as was white bread with simple butter and sugar (don’t knock it til you’ve tried it). But unquestionably my favourite of the crazy sandwiches he’d whip up for us kids when my mom was away on business was the peanut butter bacon and jelly sandwich. The crisp saltiness of the bacon played against the sweet jelly and thick, sticky peanut butter perfectly.
I always thought I was the only person on the planet (other than my immediate family) who enjoyed a nice PB, J & B now and again, but thanks to the wonder of the internet, I’ve learned my tastes aren’t that weird after all. It turns out that peanut butter and bacon are a match made in heaven, and places these ingredients together in a sandwich is only one great way to combine them.
So, in honour of my favourite strange sandwich, here are some of the very best ways to make a peanut butter, jelly and bacon sandwich.
The Classic PBJ with Bacon
Sweet, creamy, crunchy and delicious, this is the exact sandwich I remember from my childhood. Be sure the bacon is extra crispy, and the fluffiest white bread is a must!
PBJ with Bacon Stuffed French Toast
This softer, fluffier version of the sandwich I love is a perfect brunch option, from those morning you’re just not ready to face the day.
Peanut Butter and Bacon Jam
A slightly deconstructed version of my childhood favourite, this sandwich replaced traditional jelly with sweet and savoury bacon jam. Try it, and you will be converted.
Peanut Butter and Jelly…Bacon Cheeseburger?
The crazy geniuses behind the Grill ‘Em All truck, a heavy metal themed food truck that operates out of Los Angeles, have something called the Dee Snider on the menu: a cheeseburger topped with crispy bacon, peanut butter, jelly, and hot sauce. I am almost afraid to try this, lest I achieve food nirvana.