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If one person has true authority in the kitchen, it's our founder. Martha has been teaching people how to make everything from simple weeknight dinners to complex desserts for decades, so it's a big deal anytime the multi-hyphenate learns a cooking technique she wasn't already well versed in. And who better to teach her than her best friend, Snoop Dogg? In a recent interview with InsideHook, the rapper revealed he taught Martha his technique for making bacon.
Martha and Snoop have been friends for years—the pair met while filming an episode for The Martha Stewart Show in 2008. During the taping, the iconic duo bonded while making a bowl of mashed potatoes. Their friendship continued following that episode and Snoop even came back onto the show later to bake brownies with Martha. While it may seem like a surprising friendship, Snoop reveals that he has always been a fan of cooking shows and has always admired Martha.
"I like watching a lot of cooking shows. I watch The Cooking Channel. I watch a lot of the competition shows. I'm just a foodie. I don't look like it, but I am. I love different styles of food, different cultures and different tastes," he told the outlet. "So I do a lot of studying, which I know people don't believe, but that's how I was able to put a cookbook together. That's how I was able to work with Martha Stewart for so many years on television and to pick up some tricks and trades from her, and even teach her a few things as well, which shocked both me and her."
While Martha may have taught Snoop how to make mashed potatoes and brownies, he also showed her a thing or two in the kitchen—including how to perfect every batch of bacon. His technique, which results in what he coined "Billion Dollar Bacon," gives the breakfast staple a particular texture. "It's how you put 'em in there and how you move 'em around, the sound you're listening to when they're done—not even a look, but it's the sound you're listening for," he said.
According to Snoop, the ultimate sign of bacon's doneness is a low whistle—a fact that surprised Martha. "So I taught her about sound and food, not just looking at it and seeing if it's done, but it's a certain sound that the bacon will make to let you know that it's done," he said. "Food talks to you. That's why when you cook it with love, people appreciate it."