We want your bacon cocktails (with video!)

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Baconfest 2012 tickets sold out last month within minutes, but you can win a pair by submitting to a bacon cocktail challenge to be judged by myself and esteemed mixologists Mike Ryan of Sable and Stephen Cole of Barrelhouse Flat.

Finalists will mix their cocktails at Sable for the panel of judges on April 8—Easter Sunday—starting at 2 PM. For the record, while I know Ryan and Cole are more bullish on the matter, I believe cocktails are one of those rare things that bacon does not, in fact, make better. I'm going to be hard to please. So bring it, if you will.

The rules—and the world premiere of the 25-chef-studded Baconfest 2012 video—after the jump.

Contest rules:
-Deadline: April 2 at noon.
-Must be an original recipe.
-Must use bacon as an ingredient—bacon vodka, pork stock, etc are not applicable.
-Recipe must be measured in fluid ounces.
-Recipe must have a name.
-Recipes that have ingredients which are originally produced (i.e. smoked cherries, syrups, etc) must include recipes for those ingredients

The winner wins a pair of tickets to the festival on Saturday, April 14.

Submit recipes to baconfest@chicagoreader.com.

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