You Can Get Free Bacon at McDonald's With Their Bacon Hour Promotion

In celebration of three new bacon-infused menu items, McDonald's is giving away a free side order of bacon.

McDonald's keeps rolling out the good news. About a week ago, the fast food giant announced that it will be adding bacon to three classic menu items come Wednesday, Jan. 30. Now, McDonald's is letting customers know restaurants will be giving away salty, crispy bacon for free in the form of a side order to celebrate the launch of these new menu items.

That's right, customers that visit participating restaurants on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. local time will be able to reap the rewards of a promotion called "McDonald's Bacon Hour."

How do I participate in McDonald's Bacon Hour?

It's honestly as simple as showing up. The only preliminary step you must take—aside from pulling up to a drive-thru window or removing yourself from your vehicle and physically entering the fast-food joint—is to just order something. Anything. Let your mind get creative.

For example, you could order a tender Filet-O-Fish, and you'll get two half pieces of Applewood smoked bacon on the side. You could order a creamy, chocolate milkshake, and you'll—without any uncertainty—get a side order of the crispy, greasy goodness on the house. The goal is to order the craziest combination you can possibly think of to eat with the bacon.

"America loves bacon," said Michael Haracz, McDonald's manager of culinary innovation, in an article from Nation's Restaurant News. "I really can't wait to see the crazy and daring combinations our customers put together."

Is there a catch?

Just like all good things in life, you have to be able to enjoy them sparingly, otherwise, they wouldn't be as special, right? The same concept applies to McDonald's Bacon Hour promotion. Only one free side order will be offered per customer with the purchase of something off the menu.

So, what's the incentive of this happy hour?

Excluding the fact that it will drive an extraordinary amount of foot traffic to McDonald's locations all across the nation, the bacon hour is also promoting the upcoming inclusion of bacon on three menu items, which is set to launch the day after. Two of the menu items, the Big Mac and Quarter Pounder, are timeless selections. The third is the newest menu item: cheesy bacon fries.

So, if you happen to be busy during that hour (um, it literally occurs during the workday), don't sweat it; it's not the last time you'll be able to add bacon to your McDonald's order…it'll just be the only time you'll be able to snag some for no extra cost.

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Cheyenne Buckingham
Cheyenne Buckingham is the news editor of Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and drink coverage, and breaking down the science behind the latest health studies and information. Read more
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