Ted Cruz may have lost the swine vote.
A campaign video posted Monday features the Texas senator and GOP presidential hopeful firing off several rounds from a bacon-wrapped AR-15 rifle, and then eating the bacon. "Mmm, machine-gun bacon," Cruz says after taking a bite from a plastic fork.
The state of Iowa recommends that pork products—including bacon—be heated to an internal temperature of 145 degrees to eliminate any pathogens or harmful bacteria. Most bacon recipes recommend a skillet at temperatures from 325 to 375 degrees. Putting aside other questions—like, is a semi-automatic rifle considered a "machine gun" (no) and is it a good idea to eat from a gun barrel (no)—the Big Crunch wants to know how long it would take to cook gun bacon.
How hot was the barrel of Cruz's gun? How many rounds did it take to reach the optimal cooking temperature for firing-range bacon?
In 1975, the National Technical Information Service—part of the U.S. Department of Commerce—studied the barrel temperature of an M16A1 rifle, a relative of the same AR-15 that Cruz uses in the video.