1 Bacon versus 9 pastrami
Let's go head to head: both bacon and pastrami are smoked. Both are cured. Bacon is fattier. Bacon wins.
11 smoked salmon versus 13 short ribs
I absolutely love both of these contenders, but there's just nothing like short ribs braising away in your dutch oven, perfuming your house, and then finally eating them, and watching them fall apart when pierced with a fork. I could go on....
14 pork belly versus 12 duck confit
The texture of the duck confit just makes it for me. The crispy skin, the soft, pull-apart meat. Ahhh. Pork belly you're still great in my book, but duck confit wins.
7 fried chicken versus 2 filet mignon
Because I think I have soul, fried chicken wins. Extra crispy please.
On to the desserts
16 carrot cake versus 9 cinnamon bun
Head to head: both are great with cream cheese frosting, both are moist, cinnamon buns smell infinitely better. Cinnamon buns win.
6 apple pie versus 13 pecan pie
Ahhhh the great pie showdown. I love that brown sugar and crunch you get from pecan pie, but, I'm American, and I've been making apple pies with grams ever since I was five. AP wins.
3 choco chip cookies versus 12 cheesecake
I gotta go with the classic, the treat that fills kid's lunches, the treat that everyone loves, the treat that would make cheesecake better if added to it. Choco chip cookies win in a bigtime blowout!
10 fudge versus 2 oreos
Many people were surprised that oreos beat dark chocolate in the last round. They'll be glad to see that cream-filled cookie go down in this round. Sorry oreos, even you can't compete with dense, rich, vanilla fudge, slightly melting in my hand as I eat it on the beach. Fudge is half the reason I look forward to summer. 10 percent is Mac and Mancos, 5 percent is Kohr Bros frozen custard, 5 percent is girls in bikinis, 25 percent is no school, and the last 5 is other. Back on topic, fudge wins.