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National BLT Month: American Tradition in Full Swing

National BLT Month is here! This is the time of the year the entire country honors the bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, more commonly known as the BLT. According to many, this innovation is more than a sandwich — it’s an American tradition.

As the second most popular American sandwich of all time, the BLT has had an interesting history. Culturally integrated from the very beginning, the BLT emerged from the tea sandwiches of the 1920s and '30s, though it wouldn’t gain the recognition as the BLT until 25 to 30 years later. During the 1950s and early '60s, the acronym “BLT” finally became the sandwich’s call sign by diners and cafeterias, because “bacon, lettuce and tomato” was too long for waiters and cooks to say. Well, that acronym stuck, and since then, the sandwiches’ name was changed forever.

Following World War II, the BLT made its way into households. As supermarkets started popping up throughout the American landscape, and ingredients became easy to get year round, the BLT became the family favorite it is today.

Although National BLT Month is not an officially recognized holiday, it’s starting to be celebrated by millions of people, and that means something.

The BLT is not just a sandwich, it is an American tradition, and these trivia facts will tell you why.

1. What Is the Holiday For? This is the primary question, and the answer is simple: to pay tribute to a classic American favorite. Plus, it’s an excuse to indulge in one of the best sandwiches ever created!

2. Soup and a Pickle. Anyone who likes and has eaten BLTs on a regular basis knows that the tradition does not stop at the sandwich. Routinely, the BLT is served with a pickle, soup or both, and this goes without anyone asking for either one. For this reason, many BLT lovers have adjusted the famous acronym to either BLTP (bacon, lettuce, tomato and pickle) or BLTS (bacon, lettuce, tomato and soup). The BLT, then, refers not to a sandwich but to an entire meal, similar to the turkey dinner everyone enjoys on Thanksgiving Day.

3. Healthy Eating. Despite what protesters of the BLT claim, doctors state that the BLT is actually one of the healthiest foods around. Bacon, although it gets a lot of criticism, has good fats, protein and a lot of vitamins. Along with bacon, adding whole grain bread and fresh lettuce and tomato can actually make this sandwich one of the best choices!

The BLT doesn’t have to be a classic either, you can add as many ingredients as you want. For instance try a waffle instead of toast, or adding some lobster to the center. You could even try it as a Panini or throw some turkey on it to make it California style! The possibilities are really endless.

So, everyone who loves BLT sandwiches should celebrate the holiday — all month long. National BLT Month offers a lot, and you can even get your BLT fix with us!

Enjoy a delicious BLT at the Farmer’s Pick Buffet® during National BLT Month. We only use the freshest, and tastiest ingredients, including cured bacon by Burger’s Smokehouse®. Burger’s Smokehouse has been around since 1952, when the company started as Ham House in the Missouri Ozarks. Since then, it has garnered several first-place awards for quality meats, including “Best Agri-Missouri Product” and “Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival,” both in 2014. With such accolades to its name, Burger’s Smokehouse knows how to prepare meat in terms of nutrition and taste, and that’s why their bacon is on our BLT.

If you don’t feel like heading down to the Isle of Carpi® for your BLT try the below recipe. It’s a classic, but there are no rules for a BLT, so try any variation you would like!

BLT Sandwich:

1. Lightly toast two slices of bread.
2. Spread mayonnaise on one side of each slice.
3. Place thinly cut tomatoes in mayonnaise on one slice of bread, lettuce leaves on the other and 2-4 strips of broiled bacon in the middle.
4. Cut sandwich in ‘X’ fashion, forming four small triangles.
5. Serve with pickle and/or soup.

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