A tribute to the Fourth of July in meat and bacon form, and a video that documents abuse of a perfectly good piece of steak were among the top trending food-related videos on YouTube this week.
Here's a selection of the most viewed food and cooking videos uploaded within the last seven days, as of 11 am GMT, July 5, 2012.
The boys at Epic Meal Time strike again, this time celebrating with their American confreres in a tribute to Independence Day - ironic, given that they're actually from Montreal, Canada. In an obvious plug for video game Assassin's Creed, the food pornographers cook up bison, rabbit and venison using tomahawks over an open fire. The American flag is actually cleverly replicated in ground bison meat, bacon strips, and mashed potato form.
View counts: 812,330 hits
How to Correctly Cook Steak
Er, despite the title, the video is not what it seems and is almost egregiously misleading. Let's just say, toilets, sidewalks, and shaving cream are involved.
View counts: 160,914
In an oddly cute Japanese series called "Cooking with Dog," the host -- a woman, not a dog -- cooks whole calamari stuffed with rice in a sweet and sticky soy sauce. The grey poodle is used more as a prop, overseeing the operation, while the English-speaking narrator assumes his best canine chef voice.
View counts: 76,969
How to Make Cold Tuna Pasta Salad
A pair of bubbly teens cooks up a simple, outdoor barbecue or picnic tuna pasta salad using Italian dressing and mayonnaise to season the dish.
View count: 39,732
Homemade Barbecue Sauce
Popular Italian YouTube cooking personality Laura Vitale makes a homemade barbecue sauce using spices like hot mustard, paprika, chili and smoked paprika.
View count: 28,485