Everyone loves bacon, right? It's tough to beat a couple pieces of bacon in the morning with some eggs and toast. Well... at least that's what I thought before I had smoked bacon. Slow Smoked bacon is one of the tastiest things I've ever had, and in this post I'm going to share 5 of my favorite smoked bacon recipes.
Before we get into the smoked bacon recipes, let's talk about what bacon is, and how it's made.
What is Bacon?
Bacon is pork belly that has been cured with spices, and then smoked low and slow, and sliced thin. Bacon has a high ratio of fat to meat, and that fat in the bacon is what most people love (even if they don't know it). The fat in bacon adds
Recipe #1 - Bacon Candy
This is the most popular recipe on Smoked Meat Sunday, and for good reason. The bacon is smoked low and slow for hours in a glaze of brown sugar and maple syrup. If you've never had bacon smoked like this, you are missing out.
Recipe #2 - The Smoked Fatty
When I first saw pictures of a smoked fatty I thought it was kind of joke. I mean, can a bunch of fillings wrapped in meat, wrapped in bacon really be that good? YES! We spend a good amount of time following the keto diet in our household, and the smoked fatty is perfect for anyone following that lifestyle. It's loaded with flavor, and is unlike anything you have ever tried!
If you're not following the keto diet, smoked fatties are even better. Head over to Albertson's Market Street and pick up some of their premade frozen mac and cheese, and stuff that fatty with it. I'm drooling just thinking about how amazing that would be.
Recipe #3 - Rosemary Candied Bacon
On the surface this bacon looks just like bacon candy, but the addition of rosemary adds an extra level of flavor that is outstanding. Add rosemary candied bacon to a BLT and hold on to your hat!
Recipe #4 - Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Meatballs
This one is unique... Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Meatballs can be served as an entree, or as an appetizer. When you're at Albertsons getting your bacon and beef for this recipe, be sure to get some cheese! Outside of the meat and seafood section at Albertsons Market Street, my second favorite section is the cheese area. Seriously, they have pretty much any type of cheese you could ever want. My current favorite is Asiago Fresca.
Recipe #5 - Pig Shots
Just like Albertsons Market street and Albertsons on Broadway this weekend, I'm definitely hog wild for bacon. Pig shots are one of those recipes that when you hear about it, you think it's a little bit crazy.
Here are the ingredients you need for pig shots:
- 1 lb of thick sliced bacon (8 slices)
- 2 sausages sliced into 16 pieces
- 1 tbsp of a sweet bbq rub, if the rub has a high ratio of salt, reduce this to 1 tbsp
- 1 jalapeno, diced
- ½ tsp honey
- 4 ounces of softened cream cheese
- 4 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese
Slice the bacon in half, and then wrap each sausage with the bacon, forming a bowl on top of the sausage. Use a toothpick, or a skewer to hold the bacon in place. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, and then using a small cookie scoop, scoop some of the cheese filling into each of the bacon shot glasses.
Place the pig shots on a grill rack, over a foil-lined baking sheet into your smoker. Let them smoke at 150 degrees for a half hour, and then adjust the temperature to 400 degrees. Let the bacon shots cook until the bacon is crispy and the tops are slightly browned.
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My Favorite Smoked Bacon Recipes
There you have it, my five favorite smoked bacon recipes. All of these recipes are easy to make, and since they have bacon in them, you know they've got to be good, right?
Smoked Pig Shots
- 1 lb thick sliced bacon 8 slices
- 2 sausages sliced into 16 pieces
- 2 tbsp sweet bbq rub if the rub has a high ratio of salt, reduce this to 1 tbsp
- 1 jalapeno diced
- ½ tsp honey
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 8 ounces cheddar cheese shredded
- Slice the bacon in half, and then wrap each sausage with the bacon, forming a bowl on top of the sausage. Use a toothpick, or a skewer to hold the bacon in place.
- Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, and then using a small cookie scoop, scoop some of the cheese filling into each of the bacon shot glasses.
- Place the pig shots on a grill rack, over a foil lined baking sheet into your smoker. Let them smoke at 150 degrees for a half hour, and then adjust the temperature to 400 degrees. Let the bacon shots cook until the bacon is crispy and the tops are slightly browned.
Pig shots are AWESOME!!
Didn't have the patience to wait till I could smoke them so I made them in the Air Fryer last night. Loved them so much I got the smoker out and they are even better.
Did find the two cheeses made way too much and I used 1 lb bacon for 5 sausages. Still have more than half the cheese left but it will not go to waste!
Thanks for a great site and amazing recipe.
Thanks Brad. I agree, that does make too much filling. I used the extra for some jalapeno poppers, but I've revised the text to reflect proper amounts. Thanks for the comment!
Ps, what kind of sausage?