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Welcome to BENSA, the largest community of bacon enthusiasts in North America. If you love bacon, you’ve come to the right place! 

B.E.N.S.A. is an acronym for Bacon Enthusiasts ‘N Swine Aficionados.

Our name was also chosen because it rhymes nicely with Mensa, the international organization for smart people with high IQs. But unlike Mensa, BENSA accepts bacon-loving members of all intelligence levels!  

BENSA was founded by bacon expert Eliza Cross, author of more than a dozen cookbooks. She has written three bacon cookbooks including the award-winning Bacon Beans and Beer, the bestselling 101 Things to Do With Bacon, and the popular sequel 101 More Things to Do With Bacon.

Eliza Cross, author and BENSA Bacon Lovers Society founder, with a skillet of cooked bacon.

Eliza is an E.A.T. Certified Food Judge who has served as a judge for numerous culinary events, including the World Food Championships, Gulf Coast Beer and Bacon Festival, Bacon and Beer Classic, Chicken Fight! fried chicken festival, Top Taco and others.

She has been featured by publications like USA Today, Men’s Health, and Forbes, and her media appearances include Denver’s CBS-4, ABC-TV in Phoenix, Wisconsin Public Radio’s Central Time, and the Clear Channel’s Focus show.

She is also the owner of the popular lifestyle blog Happy Simple Living.

The Greater BENSA Community

BENSA celebrates artisan bacon makers, restaurants, chefs, grillers, bloggers, home cooks and eaters who are crazy for bacon and think it deserves its own food group.

We showcase many makers, cooks and delectable bacon offerings on our Instagram page. We also have a private Bacon Recipes Group you can join, if you enjoy sharing and discovering creative ways to cook bacon.

We applaud pork producers who raise their animals humanely, and support organizations like Slow Food.

BENSA also proudly supports World Central Kitchen, Mississippi Heroes and BACON for Hope.

If you love the savory, smoky flavor of great bacon, we hope you’ll consider BENSA your home.  

Be sure to check out our current Top 10 most popular bacon recipes and posts:

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Logos of national media that have featured BENSA Bacon Lovers Society.