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Reader: Bacon has finally jumped the shark

Can there ever be too much bacon? Diners were in hog heaven at last weekend's Bacon and Beer Festival, featuring craft beers from some of the state best breweries as well as bacon in every form imaginable, some edible -- and some not, as the photo above indicates.

It was a delicious debacle -- but one reader suggests it was also a sign of bacon overkill... See also: - Top five reasons why bacon will never be over - Slide show: Denver Bacon and Beer Festival - Bacon, beer and Justin Brunson: Porky photos from Denver's kick-ass Bacon and Beer Festival

Says Philo99:

Bacon is the duct tape of the kitchen, it can fix any dish.

Unfortunately it has become the crutch of many chefs who will use bacon to hide the flaws in a dish.

I never thought I would say this, but bacon has officially become the most played-out ingredient in the culinary world. From the bacon explosion pages on the internet to chefs with bacon tattoos, bacon has finally jumped the shark. It's time to put it to rest for a while and start using some other ingredients.

Maybe there can be too much bacon. Is Philo99 right? Is bacon the most overused ingredient in 2012? Post your thoughts -- and any other nominations -- below.

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