Bacon: The Giveaway

Thankfully – blessedly – our house no longer smells like charred tomatoes. Since I was out of town this past weekend, I don’t know when exactly the stench lifted, but I was very relieved that the smell of singed meatballs didn’t knock me over when I walked in the back door this afternoon. That was some serious cause for praise.

I spent the weekend in Atlanta with Melanie, by the way. We planned our trip a sweet forever ago, and oh, was it ever timely and fun and wonderful and refreshing and etc. I’m pretty sure it’s gonna make it into my 2013 Top 5 Favorites. Delightful all the way around.


Before I forget, here’s the winner of the last giveaway.

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Congratulations, Jody! I’ll send you an email in just a little bit.

As for this last giveaway – well, I hardly know where to begin. Because in so many ways it is the culmination of all my bloggy hopes and dreams. Perhaps I should explain.

This giveaway has three parts. The first part of the giveaway is my book, A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet, which officially releases on Tuesday and that is all fine and good but TRUST ME not nearly as special as the rest of the giveaway.

The second part of this giveaway is a staple in almost every Southern cook’s kitchen. I for one couldn’t live without mine – it is the best all-purpose pan under the sun.

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(It’s a 12-inch cast iron skillet.)

(If you’ve never used one, you need to understand that it’ll change your whole life.)

(And your cornbread will never be the same.)

The third part of this giveaway is almost too good to be true. It is more, in fact, than I ever dreamed. But apparently, if you write a book that has the phrase “fifteen pounds of bacon” in the subtitle, there are wonderful people out there who will step right up to the plate and offer to give away – GET READY – fifteen pounds of bacon.

You read that correctly.


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Somebody give the Lord a handclap of praise.

The bacon is courtesy of Petit Jean Meats, an Arkansas company that makes, among other things, incredibly delicious bacon (I recently found out that their bacon is the official bacon of the Dallas Cowboys, AS WELL IT SHOULD BE). Petit Jean Meats sent me a whole bunch of bacon after my friend Stephanie (we actually went to high school together) told them about my book title, and no kidding: the day all that bacon showed up at our front door may have been the happiest moment in all my years of blogging. Their peppered bacon has become the hands-down favorite in this house, and I am so excited to be able to share it with y’all. Because, well, BACON.


SO. If you’d like to enter to win a very fancy prize that consists of my book (which, compared to bacon, you know, WHATEVER), a 12-inch Lodge cast iron skillet, and FIFTEEN POUNDS-O-BACON, just leave a comment on this post. If you’d like, you can also sign up for the Petit Jean Meats email newsletter or like their Facebook page, and if you do either of those things, come back here and leave an additional comment for a second entry (you can just say “PJM social media” or something like that in your second entry).

I’ll close comments on this post tomorrow night, and I’ll select a winner using

Hope y’all have a great week – it’s been so much fun doing these giveaways with you!

This giveaway is now closed. I’ll announce the winner in a couple of days!

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  1. Bacon!

  2. Peppered bacon? Yes, please. My grocery store doesn’t carry it anymore!

  3. Kelly b says:

    Just the shear joy of knowing this giveaway exists is almost more than I can bear! Love ya Sophie! (even if your FB post this AM had nothing to do with me, when I so hoped that it did!)

  4. I am not much of a bacon eater, but I know people who are. However, the book and the skillet would be wonderful. Please pick me! :)

  5. Allison says:

    Would love to win the skillet! Can’t wait for the book! Congrats Boomama!

  6. I also “liked” the Facebook page for the PJ Meats, so here is my second entry. Thanks!

  7. Jennifer Vincent says:


  8. Barb E says:

    I will share this bacon with my bacon loving son who once ordered bacon bath soap!

  9. Emily E. says:

    My son love bacon!! I must win!

  10. Emily E. says:

    PJM social media

  11. I can picture it now-reading your book while enjoying a blt with a fresh slice of homegrown tomato and sipping a tall glass of sweet tea.It couldn’t get any better than that!!

  12. I loved your book. I own 9 cast iron skillets (my huby wishes I was kidding), and Petit Jean bacon is all we eat around here. So, I do not want to win, just want you to know you ROCK! Carry on.

  13. Michelle says:

    It’s BACON!!! Yummy!!

  14. Just thing of how many tomato and bacon sandwiches one could have!

  15. BACON!! My husband’s birthday gift this year was making him brown sugar bacon for breakfast. Breakfast and dessert at at once. Be still my heart.

  16. 15 lbs of BACON? My dog would lose his mind. :)

  17. Oh wow! That’s a lot of bacon! Would love to win!

  18. I like Bacon too

  19. BACON and an AWESOME BOOK with a CAST IRON SKILLET to boot! That’s a prize right there!!

  20. Carla C. says:

    Oh my goodness! I have been wanting to eat nothing but bacon lately. It’s so hard to make myself eat anything else! So does a diet consisting of nothng but bacon indicate I am lacking some kind of vitamin or mineral or something?

  21. Jennifer says:

    I’m so excited to read your book, but my husband would be excited to win 15 pounds of bacon!

  22. Jennifer says:

    Bacon!!! Two of the last three weekends were spent in AR and my first grocery purchase each time was Petit Jean bacon. Good stuff! Especially good is the thick sliced bacon baked in the oven. In my first post-college job, my company gave away Petit Jean hams at Christmas – I did not think much of it until I tried the Peppered ham that year – oh my.

  23. Ellen P says:

    Looking forward to the book release!

  24. Jennifer W. says:

    Oh the joy 15pounds of bacon would bring my hubby and kids!!

  25. Kim C. says:

    Pick me! :)

  26. Rachel says:

    Book, pan, and bacon…sounds like my kind of prize!

  27. Michele T says:

    Mmmmm, bacon.

  28. Jennifer W. says:

    PJM Facebook

  29. Cornbread in a cast iron skillet. My husband would swoon! And if I also filled it with Petit Jean’s bacon? Well, he might just pass out from sheer joy. Thanks! :)

  30. Krysten T says:

    I’ve never owned a cast iron skillet but I do love cornbread.

  31. I was determined not to pre-order your book. Only because, we go to Hilton Head on Sunday for 2 BLESSED WEEKS, and I wanted to wait to read it there. But I couldn’t take it any longer. I had to pre-order. And now, for the rest of this week, when I should be doing laundry and working to prepare for 2 BLESSED WEEKS at the beach, I’ll instead be laughing my head off. But I still want to win because, you know, BACON. And if I get a copy of the book, I’d love to give it away to a friend. Can’t wait to read it!

  32. I like PJM on Facebook :)

  33. Beth C says:

    One of the best giveaways ever!!

  34. Melissa burns says:

    Bacon! Book! Skillet! I am in heaven!

  35. Maggie says:

    I love bacon, but would rather have a copy of your book! You’re the best BooMama!

  36. This makes me laugh. Would love to win me some bacon.

  37. She can bring home the bacon, nunununu, fry it up in a pan, nununu – and never ever let you forget your a man.

    Just told my age, please send the bacon.

  38. just signed up for ye olde newsletter….. send the bacon.

  39. Love this giveaway! I hope I win!

  40. Jennifer in Ohio says:

    This is the trifecta of southern awesomeness!

  41. Julie G says:

    congrats on the book

  42. Andrea W. says:

    You are right there is nothing like cornbread in a cast iron skillet! I have my grandmother’s, sure wish I could cook like her!! And of course, I love bacon! And can’t wait to read your book!

  43. Wanetta says:

    Your book, skillet and bacon. Say it isn’t so.

  44. Julie B says:

    I am sitting here and laughing. Who knew that those two B’s were perfect together? Always a joy to read your blog and looking forward to reading the book.

  45. You had me at bacon!

  46. JennyJoT says:

    You may not believe me, but I’d be more excited about your book than I would about the bacon! And I DO need a new cast iron skillet. My husband cut the bottom of ours with a KNIFE!

  47. I’m not sure it gets much better than this! Congrats on the official book release!

  48. Cheryl says:

    Bacon, bacon, bacon….ha, ha….love it…you are a hoot!!!!

  49. Jenny Friend says:

    What a great giveaway!!

  50. I sense a great down home breakfast in the making! Fun giveaways this week! Thanks!

  51. Jessica says:

    Bacon bacon bacon!

  52. Perfect give-a-way! Can’t wait to read your book! Congrats…..

  53. Goodness ! What a wonderful prize !!

  54. Megan B says:

    Oh my word…BACON! And I’m still trying to win the book, too. :)

  55. What a cool giveaway! I would love to read your book.!

  56. Rebecca Osman says:

    I lovvvve me some (well done) bacon!! Pick me, pick me!

  57. What an awesome trio of prizes.

  58. Holy smokes-bacon and a skillet? Sounds like a party in my house! PJM Social Media too…

  59. Yes. Amen and pass the bacon :) (also…laughing so much at the “handclap of praise” line…love)

  60. I also signed up for Petit Jean Meats newsletter

  61. Ummmmm……bacon…

  62. Oh my goodness! How I would love to have fifteen pounds of bacon in my home right now! I cannot wait to read the book!

  63. My son was dating a sweet young girl awhile back…but he wasn’t sure it was going to go anywhere. He found out she didn’t like bacon…he said it was a deal-breaker. Now one of my new favorite sayings: Bacon…it’s a deal breaker!

  64. 15 pounds of bacon…that’s just crazy awesome! Can’t wait to read your book!!

  65. Liked Petit Jean meats before this blog suggested….such great ham AND bacon!!

  66. Now a email recipient from Petit Jean Meats!!

  67. Mmmmmmmm…..bacon :)

    I simply cannot wait to read your book! I’m so excited!

  68. the website address above doesn’t seem to be working for some reason.

  69. Cast iron is the only way to go!!!!

  70. Im from Arkansas and know that meat well! Can’t wait to read your book!

  71. Anxiously waiting to read the book…..and hey – I’m from Arkansas – we LOVE Petit Jean anything – but ESPECIALLY their peppered bacon!

  72. Whitney says:

    15 lbs of bacon AND a skillet?
    That is some GOOD news for a Monday morning!
    Thanks for the giveaway, Sophie! I can’t wait to turn on my Kindle tomorrow morning and see your book waiting on me!!!!!

  73. Ashley says:

    Oh My!!! Thank you so much for the great giveaway!

  74. Tara Leonardt says:

    Bacon!!! A giveaway doesn’t get any better!!! Plus, the book and cast iron skillet are awesome too!

  75. Cheryl Stanley says:

    mmm bacon… 15lbs… Mr. Atkins would approve. :)

  76. Betty Holcomb says:

    I will be buying 3 books for my girlfriend’s May to win one for myself.

  77. Breanna says:

    It’s too good to be true….

  78. Courtney says:

    Bacon plus your book! Perfect!

  79. Pat Futch says:

    What’s not to love about all of this? Hope I win!!

  80. Your book is on my summer reading list! :)

  81. Jackie Ingram says:

    You should probably post something about the initial seasoning (the bacon will help!) and the appropriate care of a cast iron skillet. Not everyone was fortunate enough to be raised with this knowledge. :)

  82. What a great giveaway!

  83. Bacon is my family’s love language, I’m sure you can understand. :)

  84. I love my cast iron skillet.. I would love to win… Thanks for the giveaway. Can’t wait to read your book…

  85. Been reading your blog for years, so it seems exactly perfect for you to have a giveaway involving bacon!! So fun. Congrats on the book!

  86. Signed up for PJM email newsletter.

  87. Kristi says:

    Your book, cast iron, AND Petit Jean bacon? Could this be what heaven is like????

  88. LeAnn Maroney says:

    I really need to win your book and 15 lbs. of bacon!!!!

  89. Nicki J says:

    Sweet Jesus…this is wonderful :)

  90. Tiffany says:

    I can’t find the words to describe how perfect this giveaway is…you rock! I’m glad you made it home safe and sound and that your late night jaunt to McDonald’s didn’t leave any lasting harmful effects!

  91. Cynthia Stuckey says:

    WE love some bacon in our house. AND, you should know I changed around my errand-running for tomorrow, so that I will “happen” to be out and be able to pick up a copy of your book (and one for my mom, of course! She is going to LOVE you!)

  92. Cynthia Stuckey says:

    I liked the petit jean facebook page. My husband will be so proud of me “liking” a bacon FB page…

  93. I couldn’t live without my cast iron either and what Southern Girl doesn’t need another helpful guide to life like your book?

  94. Yum! I love bacon.

  95. Miss B says:

    The book was plenty. The pan was icing on the cake. But, sweet mercy, 15 pounds of exceptionally delicious bacon?!?!?!?! This is just too good to be true. You have no idea what this would mean to me to win this prize package.

  96. Kim Evans says:

    Now that’s a true southern give-away! I’ve had your book preordered forever and can’t wait till it gets here tomorrow. If I win then ill share the book with my daughter.

  97. Kristen says:

    15 pounds of bacon!?!? My two teenage boys would go nuts over that prize!

  98. Giving away bacon?!! If I win I know I will have to let my Dad have the bacon. He is obsessed with finding the world’s best bacon.

  99. So, I will be reading your book as I nibble on a slice (or eight) of bacon? Count me in!

  100. Robin M. says:

    This made me really hungry!!