I Tried To Make Vegan Bacon Out Of Carrots

published on July 2, 2020

– It's very potent

Just a baby drop

Oh!

Yeah, I had a little bit of a problem

Here I am I think I have a simple recipe,

and somehow there's still drama

Hey, what's up, everybody?

It's your girl Merle here,

and today we're gonna
be doing a very special

vegan substitute

I am gonna venture to guess

that a lot of you already
have heard of this one

We're gonna be making
bacon out of carrots!

This recipe comes from the one, the only,

goddess queen, Tabitha Brown

I'm sure you guys all know about her

She's amazing

If you haven't already, check her out

Tabitha's carrot bacon recipe
went mega viral on TikTok

Everybody's been talking about it

People have been asking
me to do this for a while

Today's the day

So let's get into this

This recipe seems really easy

I'm gonna start by just cutting the top

and the bottom off of my carrots

Not to brag, but to brag,

I've actually been able
to work with Tabitha

a couple of times in the past

She's such a warm, calming presence

And if you're wondering
if she's as nice in person

as she seems to be, she's even nicer

The way she did this is she
just used a regular old peeler,

and she peeled them
into really thin strips

I have used carrots in
the past to make lox,

and it was very successful to most of us

Most of us liked it a lot

If you have the carrot
elevated above your hand,

I have mine right up against
the side of my cutting board,

you can actually peel further down

Your hand's not knocking
into the cutting board

All right

So now we've got all of
this great carrot bacon

It already looks way more
fun than normal carrots

So now it's time to make the marinade

Again, super simple

She didn't give exact measurements,

so I'm gonna be kinda
eyeballing this a little bit

But Tabitha used some maple
syrup, some Liquid Smoke

And Liquid Smoke is gonna be
very important to this recipe

It's very potent, so you
really don't need to use a lot

If I look on this, it says,

"Mix two teaspoons per
pound of ground meat"

So for like four carrots'
worth of carrot bacon,

I'm gonna say an eighth of a teaspoon

Just a baby drop, just a baby drop

Oh!

Oh, that's gonna be way too much

See, this is the opposite
of what Tabitha does

in her video

Hers is very relaxing and
smooth and controlled,

and this is not that

Maybe watch one of her
videos after you watch this

(screen beeps)

Take two

I'm gonna start with the
Liquid Smoke this time

This should not be as
difficult as I have made it

I completely missed the teaspoon,

but it went in the bowl, so

Now a little bit of maple syrup

We've got some smoked paprika,

and some garlic powder, and peppers

I made enough only for like two hamsters

to share one of these strips of bacon

Oh man, that's not enough

Gotta do more

So one thing Tabitha doesn't do

is she doesn't use any salt

I love salt, and I'm
gonna use a little bit,

because I want to

Let's try to coat these in the mixture

Stir it up

Now she lets this marinade
sit for like two minutes,

so I'll do the same

I am going to use an air fryer

because I wanna try to
accurately recreate this

as much as possible,

but you can also use an oven
if you don't have an air fryer

So we've got this pretty evenly lined up

and spread out in here

I'm gonna pop these in the air fryer

for just about five minutes
at 380 degrees Fahrenheit

Now I guess we'll see how they come out

Oh, we have a little bit of a problem

These just shriveled
right up into a little,

creepy-looking ball that
does not look like bacon

This looks like something

I could pull out of the food
disposal in a horror movie

Oh, but you know what?

They're crispy

Maybe I judged them too quickly

Oh my goodness

That's delightful

They feel like carrot chips

I would definitely put these in a wrap,

like she did in her TikTok

Do these taste like bacon?

No, they don't

But I don't like carrots or chips

Don't come at me for the chips thing

I don't care

But I love these

That is so good

Aria's gonna laugh at me, though

I think he's gonna laugh at me

Okay, you can come out now

Hello?

(screams)

Oh my god!

(screams)

Well, listen, I have a
special recipe for you today

– Seems fair

– This one is particularly special,

'cause it's by someone I adore

– Tabitha Brown?

– Yeah

– She shot a video with Tabitha Brown

the day after we confessed
our feelings to each other

– Is that true?

– Yes

– Do not say anything
bad about Tabitha Brown

– Why would I?

– Oh, okay

So basically, if I hate the
recipe, I should say I love it

– You're not gonna hate it

You can't the anything she does

– I want people to know I graduated

with an associate's degree in Theater Arts

from my community college

– Don't fake your reaction either

– Okay

So it's carrot bacon?

– Yep

– So obviously, it
doesn't look like bacon

That looks like potpourri

That's pretty good

– I don't believe that

– It's very good

Compared to the bacon though,
I'm gonna give it like 68

I'm closing my eyes and trying
to picture the taste of bacon

and it's not exactly there

It does taste good, though, for what it,

I mean, it tastes good

You can nibble on it, like
watch a movie and shit

– That's what I'm saying

They're like chips

– Mm-hmm, exactly

– I don't like carrots
and I like this a lot

– Yeah, I don't like
carrots really, either,

and I like these

That's what I'll do

I'll do a little tasty

– I say "Oh yes"

– [Both] Oh, yes

– [Aria] Oh, yes, oh, yes

I want them to replace
me after tasting this

Oh yes, oh yes

– [Merle] That is not gonna happen

– [Aria] It should be, it should be,

it should be, it should be

– Thank you for trying it, thank you

(upbeat music)

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