It isn't the best week to talk about hot dogs and bacon, since the World Health Organization has said they're included in a list of items that could increase someone's risk of cancer.
But bacon, hot dogs -- and heck, pile on ice cream and doughnuts -- are part of the new menu items at Texas Motor Speedway starting Nov. 5.
It doesn't hurt you to read about them, right?
The two new items will become available the weekend surrounding the AAA Texas 500, a.k.a., Jeff Gordon's final Texas ride in his last racing season.
The Final Rocky Road-eo Sundae, $10, was created by chef Lincoln Engstrom to celebrate Gordon's favorite ice cream. The sundae is stacked, from the bottom up, with a maple-glazed doughnut from Krispy Kreme topped with candied bacon, rocky road ice cream, bacon hot fudge, bacon whipped cream, chocolate chips, marshmallows, honey-roasted peanuts and candied bacon.
You read that right: The Final Rocky Road-eo Sundae has two layers of bacon, plus bacon hot fudge and bacon whipped cream.
The second new dish is the Hawg Heaven Double Barrel Dog, $11. It's a hot link sandwich (from foot-long hot dogs made nearby in Ponder, Texas) topped with jalapeno-bacon mix, bacon queso and pork rinds. "It's a mouthful," the chef says. "It's a plate-ful."
The dish gets its name because there are two hot dogs in one bun; it's meant to look like a double barrel gun. Why? At Texas Motor Speedway, "the winning driver usually jumps out of his car after he does some doughnuts and he puts on a cowboy hat and shoots six shooters in the air," says chef Engstrom. "It's pretty rowdy, a little outlawish."
The Double Barrel Dog joins a fraternity of pig-out dishes including Texas Motor Speedway's Hawg Heaven Queso Wing and bacon milkshake.
'I wouldn't even venture to say how many calories are in each,' says the chef. So don't try to count.
- At Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth, at the events surrounding the AAA Texas 500 races Nov. 5, 6, 7 and 8. Both new dishes will be for sale at stand 405.