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Dream Side Gig Alert: Bacon Critic (A.k.a., Get Paid to Eat and Write About Bacon)


Bacon makes everything better. And I mean everything—salads, sandwiches, omelets—you name it. It even tastes amazing when covered in chocolate. And it’s perfect on its own, too. Personally, I like mine super crispy—like on-the-brink-of-being-burned-to-bits-crispy—but I’ll accept you even if you like yours a little chewier.

If you’re a bacon lover like myself, then I have some amazing news for you. You can turn your affection for this meaty goodness into a side gig. And, no, I’m not talking about making it for your friends when they stay with you for the weekend or picking up a part-time diner gig (though that’s cool, too!).

Time Inc. has added a whole new division called Extra Crispy, which will be “a digital destination that will focus on breakfast, brunch, and the culture of both.” This new section will have about 18 employees, with one of them being a bacon critic. Yes, you read that correctly. A bacon critic!

For a three-month period, the chosen one will be “researching, writing about, and critiquing the best of the country’s bacon to eventually declare ‘America’s Best Bacon’ at the end of his or her tenure.” Um, does this sound like heaven to anyone else? You’d be in charge of dictating the best bacon to ever grace our country with its existence. That’s a pretty powerful position to be in, if you ask me.

To apply, you need to email an essay of around 600 words to by June 24, 2016. You can only enter once, and the entry must be original (i.e., don’t steal from others or submit something you already published somewhere else). Anyone age 21 or above who lives in the United States is eligible. Excellent writing skills and bacon knowledge are preferred. And yes, if you win and complete the assignment, you'll be compensated—with more bacon! Just kidding, the compensation is “a fee to be negotiated.”