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11 Aug

Contest: Show Your Breakfast. Win 5 Gallons of Fat.

The Prize:

5 gallons of fat. That’s 36 pounds of pure, grass fed beef tallow, coming to you in a giant bucket. It’s the perfect prize if you want to cook ham and eggs for a family of 4000, or if you want to play Santa to all your Primal friends.

Animal fats are tasty, and while you can render your own, it’s much easier to let someone else melt the cow. Enter US Wellness. US Wellness Meats is a one stop shop for the Primal eater, and today’s prize is donated by founder John Wood. Read more about why his meats are so healthy, and visit his site if you want to order your own fat bucket, slab of grass fed beef, or homemade pemmican.

The Contest:

Send me a pic of your breakfast. The fatter, the better. Does it have eggs? Great. Bacon? Even better. Do you like to start every day with a porterhouse floating in a bowl of lobster and butter? Then you might have a problem, but you get the idea. Take a snap shot of it and send it in. Anything goes, but I better not see any Special K. If Special K is still your idea of healthy, then frankly, why are you trying to win 5 gallons of fat? Mad props go to the fattest, most Primal breakfast, but the winner will be selected in a random drawing. Email me the picture along with the subject heading: “Show Your Breakfast”. As long as it’s your breakfast and it’s not cereal, you’re entered to win.


This one’s pretty self explanatory, but just in case you don’t know what a breakfast looks like… My breakfast:

Girl Gone Primal‘s breakfast.


This prize is only available to residents of the 48 contiguous states. [If you don’t live in the U.S. and you win I’ll ship you a bottle of my Master Formula instead, and the fat will go to an alternate winner.]

The Contest End Time:

Midnight, August 15. That gives you the rest of the week to send in your pic.

How the Winner Will Be Determined:

A random drawing will be held among all entrants who submit adequate photos.

To track all the contests visit The Primal Blueprint Health Challenge Contest Page for daily updates.

Visit The Primal Blueprint Health Challenge for challenge details.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Awesome! I’ll have to have a good breakfast tomorrow. Today was a piece of sausage, albeit a good one, and an energy bar (the revised recipe from this site, with a few changes. yum!). Bacon and eggs with runny yolks is the best though! What to do with all that beef tallow…

    hannahc wrote on August 11th, 2009
  2. I had coconut pancakes this morning topped with butter and real maple syrup. Not the most primal topping but way better tasting (and better for me) than the high fructose corn syrup pancake syrup being sold these days.
    I also had a side of prunes. We were out of bacon or I would have had that as well. I’ll get the camera ready for my next foray into the kitchen.

    DaveFish wrote on August 11th, 2009
  3. Hard-boiled eggs and blueberries. Mmm…

    How long will this 5 gallons of fat last? I mean.. I’m a college student and I’m not sure if I could really use 5 gallons in 3 months, you know?

    Well.. unless I literally just liquefied it and DRANK it, you know? But that’s.. sort of gross.

    Is it possible to use beef tallow as a salad dressing? (Is there somehow a way to keep it from solidifying when you put it in a salad?)

    kxf685gone wrote on August 11th, 2009
    • I would imagine you could use the fat as a hot dressing. I’ve totally done that with bacon fat and it rocks.

      Karell wrote on August 11th, 2009
    • Tallow is hard at room temperature. It will crack if you bend it.

      Use tallow to make pemmican (powdered, fresh beef jerky; tallow; a little salt; dried berries (optional)).

      You can also use tallow as a cooking oil. Mix hot tallow with hot lard to make a “custom oil” that’s as firm as you like when cold. Lard is a little too soft, even in the fridge, so about 4:1 lard:tallow keeps the oil where you want it and easier to deal with.

      You can also make a firm potting fat (google “potted meat”). Meats and other foods submerged in tallow (or tallow+lard) will be protected from oxidation and should last a very long time.

      If you aren’t going to use tallow quickly, do your best to keep it cold, ideally frozen. It will last for years in the freezer. If you’re stuck with a large bucket of tallow, warm it up first and pour it into a bunch of Glad containers, then freeze the containers.

      Then you get to arts and crafts. Candles made from tallow have a distinctive odor that I find quite pleasant. You’ll need to get a good book to make a nice soap, but tallow makes a very hard soap that lasts a long time and cleans well.

      Ross wrote on August 12th, 2009
  4. By the way, Girl Gone Primal’s breakfast looks (if you tilt your head to the right) like the face of a crying, red-bearded, jaundiced albino.

    He’s probably sad that it’s his last moment in the world.

    kxf685gone wrote on August 11th, 2009
  5. Now this I can do!

    Grok wrote on August 11th, 2009
  6. Love this contest! Just sent in my breakfast from this past weekend – I generally only eat breakfast on the weekends.

    I’ve made my own tallow before, and know what a great thing a whole bucket of it would be. Mmmmmmm.

    crunchysue wrote on August 11th, 2009
  7. Here’s one of my favourites. Sounds weird with the shrimp, but I really like it. Eggs, hot sauce, garlic chives, shrimp, asparagus and spinach and scrambled in lard. Yummy!

    Arlo @phareon wrote on August 11th, 2009
    • Great recipe and great pic, Arlo. Thanks for entering the contest.

      Mark Sisson wrote on August 11th, 2009
  8. 5 gallons of fat would be nice! Pity I don’t live in the USA

    … or eat breakfast

    Tarlach wrote on August 11th, 2009
  9. actually, I’ll pass on the beef tallow- but am sending in a photo anyway coz I wanna be part of this contest (would happily take 5 gallons of EV coco oil or fish oil supplements!)

    marci wrote on August 11th, 2009
  10. yeah, I have a question. How long is that tallow good for?

    Ecala wrote on August 12th, 2009
    • Split it into smaller containers (I like the Glad “lite tupperware” containers), fill them, freeze them… Tallow will last for years.

      The thing most likely to cause you to toss tallow is if it accumulates smells from other things in the freezer/fridge. Use real tupperware or something else with a good seal if this is a risk.

      Ross wrote on August 12th, 2009
  11. Thanks for the link love, Mark! Coulda used a nicer pic, but… 😉

    I’ve put up a condensed list of my favourite primal breakfasts in my latest blogpost, so if anyone’s lacking in inspiration, here are some thoughts (if the link will work – otherwise just click on my name):

    Girl Gone Primal wrote on August 12th, 2009
  12. Can we all see the submitted pictures later?

    as wrote on August 12th, 2009
  13. I usually have scrambled eggs with bacon and scallions. I cook the bacon and scallions in a little olive oil then add my eggs. Delicious!

    Trey Crowe wrote on August 14th, 2009
  14. Looking forward to seeing everyone’s entries! Will you be posting that today now that the “due date” has passed?

    FlyNavyWife wrote on August 16th, 2009
  15. I just stumbled across this site today and bookmarked it. Got here by following a link from Fathead.

    I read “about Mark”. Lean meats? That’s what it says in your bio. Do you know how great pork ribs are or a big thick rib eye steak?

    What’s up with “lean” when it comes to Paleo?

    Cindy Souza wrote on August 23rd, 2009
  16. sigh, smoothies are not photogenic—1/2 beet, 1/2 c whole milk yogurt (yeah, I do dairy–grass fed), 1/4 c olive oil, 1T sacha inchi oil, 1/2 avocado, 1 C mixed dark leafy greens (beet/kale today), some basil, some flax, some protein powder–grass fed whey today)….yum :-) but the pic looks, well, pink :-)

    doctorkira wrote on September 22nd, 2012

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