TikTok Can't Believe How Much Extra Bacon Was On This Jersey Mike's Order

People love bacon, but some people really love bacon. One might even say excessively so. A recent TikTok video uploaded by a Jersey Mike's worker gave a new meaning to the phrase "extra extra bacon," showing how one customer's BLT order filled the griddle with a whopping 24 slices of it. "It was the most outrageous thing I've ever seen," the worker said.

TikTok reacted with shock, of course, but it seems to come more from an impressed place than a horrified one. As of writing, the post has received 330K likes. "Carnivore customer," one viewer commented. "That's one way to eat a BLT," another wrote in appreciation. "But I'd remove the bread, the L, and T." A third asked "When are you paying for the funeral?"

A follow-up video with the caption "The $30 BBBLT" shows the sandwich in its assembled form, complete with the aforementioned 24 slices of bacon. "I would pay," one commenter admitted. However, without the visuals of wall-to-wall bacon, the video did not attract the same attention the first one did. The thrill seems to have come from the sheer amount of bacon being cooked for one sandwich.

What's with the bacon fixation?

If the video does anything, it reinforces America's obsession with bacon. On one level, this can be explained biologically. Live Science writes that bacon combines two flavors humans find most addictive: salt and fat. Add maple syrup to the bacon and you get sugar as well. For many, then, bacon is the perfect food.

However, bacon's widespread popularity is a relatively recent phenomenon. TwinCities.com published an article in 2008 about how Americans across the country had suddenly gone wild over bacon. "In recent years," they report, "there has been a 40 percent increase in bacon consumption in the United States." So, there has to be an additional factor.

That factor is, of course, the pork industry. In 2014, Bloomberg uncovered how pork lobby convinced restaurants everywhere to add bacon as a side dish to most of their meals. During the Eighties and Nineties the industry suffered from society's sudden interest in health. However, this also meant that pork bellies were cheap and bacon could be sold to Hardee's as an easy flavor enhancer for their Frisco Burger. "There started to be more of an awakening of the marketing departments of a lot of restaurant chains to offer more indulgent products," Paul Perfilio, the Pork Board's national marketing manager, told Bloomberg. Thrust into the spotlight, bacon's biologically-determined hold became unbeatable. Now, we have videos of bacon-packed griddles and BBBLTs.