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25 Ways to Use Bacon Fat

With this collection of 25 delicious ways to use bacon fat, you’ll never throw away leftover bacon drippings again. These tasty recipes all get a burst of extra flavor from smooth, creamy bacon grease. 

If you haven’t started saving the flavorful fat after you make a pan of tasty bacon, just head over to BENSA’s helpful guide on What To Do With Bacon Grease for complete details about rendering, straining and storing. 

Bacon grease in a jar with a brown wooden spoon and a cast iron skillet of bacon cooking in the background. A red and white jar lid to the left.
Save cooled bacon grease in a jar or can.

The smoke point for rendered, well-strained bacon grease is 400 degrees F / 250 degrees C, making it a great choice for frying foods like potatoes or making perfectly golden grilled cheese sandwiches. 

Bacon fat is perfect for coating your griddle or skillet to cook breakfast treats like bacon pancakes, crepes and fried eggs. 

Because it solidifies when you refrigerate it, you can often substitute it for butter or shortening in recipes. 

You’ll love having a container of this liquid gold in your refrigerator! 

How Long Does Bacon Grease Last?

Jar of bacon fat

To preserve its pure, slightly smoky flavor, we recommend storing your container of bacon grease in the refrigerator. It will keep for 3-4 months and taste terrific. Bacon fat also freezes nicely for up to 6 months. For detailed directions, check out our post on making bacon fat last.

With a nice jar of this tasty, creamy elixir in your refrigerator, you’ll be all set to make mouth-watering recipes like these: 

25 Tasty Recipes Featuring Bacon Fat

1.  Make bacon fat tortillas

2.  Make candied ginger butter and bacon fat cookies.

Ginger Bacon Grease Cookies

3.  Bake a batch of Bacon Grease Biscuits

4.  Make your own baconnaise

5.  Cut sliced bread in cubes and fry them in bacon fat for amazing croutons. 

6.  Use it to make refried beans.

7.  Bake skillet cornbread.

8.  Make a fantastic grilled cheese sandwich. Spread a little mustard and mayo on 2 slices of bread, layer with your favorite cheese slices, and cook in bacon fat in a hot skillet. Soooo good! 

Grilled cheese sandwich

9.  Cook torn or roughly chopped kale leaves in bacon grease in a hot skillet. Add a clove or two of chopped garlic during the last few minutes of cooking. 

10.  Make warm bacon vinaigrette salad dressing

11.  Make Bacon Popcorn with cheddar cheese for pure popcorn nirvana.

12.  Make a batch of caramelized onions to have on hand for adding to pizzas, pastas and casseroles. (Caramelized onions freeze really well, so we keep a batch in a ziplock freezer bag.)

13.  Use it to cook fried or scrambled eggs.

14.  Make German potato salad.

15.  Make the Food Network’s Bacon Fat Pancakes.

syrup being poured over bacon fat pancakes, which are layered with strips of bacon and blueberries

16.  Use it to cook green beans.      

17.  Make “The Best Homemade Pie Crust Ever.”

18.. Use it to fry hash browns.

19.  Make Bacon Grease Gravy. It’s great over biscuits! 

20.  Bake a batch of Peanut Butter Bacon Fat Cookies

21.  Make Maple Bacon Donuts

22.  Steam trimmed, halved Brussel sprouts for 5 minutes, then finish cooking in bacon grease in a hot skillet until browned and caramelized.

23.  Make crispy pan-fried smashed potatoes.

24.  Bake a batch of Bacon Cheddar Scones.

25. Use it to make decadent Chex Mix

Want even more ideas? Be sure to check out our roundup of 20 best bacon fat recipes.

How About You?

What’s your favorite recipe that uses bacon grease? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments section.

If you’re on Pinterest, here’s a pin to save to your Bacon Recipes board! 

25 Delicious Ways to Use Bacon Fat

Grateful thanks to Chris Yarzab for use of the bacon cooking image, P. Doctor for use of the pancakes photo, and MM Woolley for use of the grilled cheese image. 

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About Eliza & BENSA

BENSA was founded by bacon expert Eliza Cross, author of more than a dozen cookbooks. She has written three bacon cookbooks including the award-winning Bacon Beans and Beer, the bestselling 101 Things to Do With Bacon, and the popular sequel 101 More Things to Do With Bacon. Learn more about BENSA...

4 thoughts on “25 Ways to Use Bacon Fat”

    • Dorothy, thank you for sharing that great idea. We can’t wait to try stewed tomatoes with flavorful bacon drippings. YUM!

  1. Great website, thanks for the great recipes… I’ll use them again in the future ;-) THANK YOU !!! Greetings from Germany


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