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Published September 26, 2012, 05:15 PM

Bacon shortage could affect local unique menus

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - If you're a bacon lover, we have some news that could be downright devastating.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - If you're a bacon lover, we have some news that could be downright devastating.

The National Pig Association says a worldwide bacon shortage is coming. Drought is ravishing the pig feed supplies.

It could bring menu changes to area businesses that feature pork products.

For meat lovers, there's no better way to start the day than a Bacon Long John from Sandy's in West Fargo.

Dianne Eggermont, Cooperstown, ND: “The most heavenly thing that’s hit my mouth in some time probably.”

Sandy's is one of several area restaurants that keeps customers coming in with these rare but tasty eats.

Rose Bonnet, Sandy’s Manager: “Sometimes they think it’s very funny and they buy them just because they look funny and then other people really love them and will buy them every day to eat.”

Another stop is Fargo's Mezzaluna, where candied bacon is flying off the shelves.

Eric Watson, Mezzaluna Owner/Exec. Chef: “Bacon just pleases the pallet. It tastes great; the saltiness, they fattiness.”

Bacon’s sweet and salty combination is a staple for many restaurants lining the F-M area streets but the drought and its drastic impact on crops may mean less bacon on the menus.

Watson: “Life without bacon might be a little hard.”

Also hard for Usher's House in Moorhead.

Amber Hanson, Usher’s House Manager: “We use a lot of stuff with bacon. Our chef is obsessed with bacon so it’s everywhere.”

Items like the popular Bacon Bloody Mary.

Hanson: “Been a couple years here now. We take bacon and actually brew it in with our vodka so it sits for weeks and distills.”

And the thought of not eating or sipping bacon again, is enough to make you enjoy a little extra while it's still hot.

And one more bit of bad news, the National Pig Association says bacon prices may double by next year.