This Bacon Salt recipe has everything you need to make your own tasty, bacon-y seasoning to enliven all of your favorite dishes.
Once you make a batch of this flavorful salt, you’ll find more and more ways to enjoy it. Keep a jar handy when you’re grilling chicken or steak, sprinkle it on steamed veggies to spice up a weeknight dinner, and try it on eggs when you’re eating breakfast.
It’s also wonderful sprinkled on hot popcorn, baked potatoes and (believe it or not) chocolate chip cookies!
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Bacon salt makes a great gift for your favorite bacon lover, too! We love giving bacon food gifts like homemade Bacon Onion Jam, Bacon Vodka and Maple Bacon Cupcakes.
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- What Is Bacon Salt?
- Why You’ll Go Hog Wild for This Recipe
- 12 Great Ways to Use Bacon Salt
- Ingredients and Substitutions
- Equipment Needed
- Step by Step Instructions
- Homemade Gift Ideas
- FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
- Recipe Variations
- Bacon Salt Recipe
- Save for Later
What Is Bacon Salt?
Real bacon salt is a versatile, extra tasty, high-quality seasoning made from crisply cooked bacon, salt and sometimes, additional spices or flavorings.
Why You’ll Go Hog Wild for This Recipe
DIY Bacon Salt is super easy to make.
The flavor of bacon salt is smoky, savory, salty, and SO delicious. Your tastebuds will love this versatile seasoning!
With this tasty mix on hand, you can add BACON FLAVOR to virtually anything!
A jar of homemade bacon salt makes a wonderful gift for your favorite bacon lover.
12 Great Ways to Use Bacon Salt
There are so many ways you can add a savory, salty flavor punch to your favorite foods. Here are some of our favorite ways to use bacon salt:
- As a fantastic popcorn topping
- Rim salt for a Bacon Bloody Mary
- Sprinkled on baked or mashed potatoes
- Tossed with sunflower seeds and nuts
- Shaken over corn on the cob
- Sprinkled on grilled steaks, chicken or chops
- As a zingy topping for scrambled eggs
- To flavor cooked vegetables
- As a topping on macaroni and cheese
- To enliven the flavor of grilled burgers
- A pinch before baking on your favorite chocolate chip cookies
- Sprinkled on a caramel or hot fudge sundae
Ingredients and Substitutions
Lean bacon – For the best result, choose the leanest bacon you can find which will give you the most porky bacon flavor in the mix. We used center cut bacon for this batch, which generally has less fat than regular bacon.
Because you’re going to cook the bacon extra crispy, regular sliced bacon works great. You can substitute thick sliced bacon and just cook it longer until it’s very crispy.
Kosher salt flakes – Because salt is one of two main ingredients, getting the right type will make a huge difference. We prefer salt crystals such as Maldon Sea Salt Flakes or Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt. These flaky salt crystals have wonderful flavor and less sodium than regular salt.
Liquid Smoke flavoring – This natural flavoring, which is made from condensed smoke, enhances the flavor of the bacon and helps it stand up to the salt in the mix. You can skip this ingredient if you don’t have it on hand or don’t want to use it, and the bacon will still be very tasty and just a bit less smoky.
Freshly ground black pepper – adds a slightly spicy flavor to the mixture.
Here’s the cooking equipment you’ll need to prepare this recipe:
Baking pan and oven-safe stainless steel cooking rack
Pastry brush – We like a nonabsorbent silicone pastry brush for strong flavors like the Liquid Smoke.
Food processor, spice grinder or strong blender fitted with a metal blade
Small Mason Jars, spice jars or storage jars with lids
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Step by Step Directions
Here’s a complete tutorial that will walk you through the steps to make your own bacon salt. Be sure to scroll down to the printable recipe below for complete directions and detailed measurements.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and arrange the bacon strips on a foil-lined baking sheet fitted with an elevated baking rack.
Brush the bacon lightly with the Liquid Smoke and sprinkle it with the pepper.
Cook the bacon in a 350 degree oven until browned and very crispy. Drain the bacon thoroughly on paper towels and blot to remove every bit of excess grease. Cool.
Crumble the cooled, drained bacon in the bowl of the food processor or grinder.
Pulse the grinder or food processor until it is finely ground.
Add the salt and pulse until combined. The bacon salt is ready when the mixture is ground together in small pieces.
Transfer to a lidded glass jar or shaker.
Homemade Gift Ideas
A jar of Bacon Salt is a thoughtful holiday or hostess gift for your favorite bacon lover. Put it in a decorative jar and tie with a festive ribbon or red and white baker’s string.
A jar of this tasty seasoning is a gift that’s popular with guys and perfect for someone who loves to grill. Put the salt in a mini Mason jar and tuck it in a basket with grilling tongs, a thermometer, a fireproof oven mitt and your favorite barbeque sauce.
Make your favorite bacon cook happy with a jar of smoky bacon salt, an apron and a bacon cookbook in a gift bag.
When stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container, bacon salt will keep its amazing flavor for at least 4 weeks.
Put it in a sealed container, such as a jar with a lid, and keep it in the refrigerator.
Yes! It freezes well. Just make sure your packaging or container is tightly sealed so ice crystals don’t form. Bacon salt will keep for 6 months in the freezer.
For a Spicy Bacon Salt blend, add some cayenne pepper, smoked paprika or pepper flakes.
Add some brown sugar or maple crystals to the mixture for Sweet Savory Bacon Salt.
For Warm Spicy Bacon Salt, add a little pumpkin pie spice or cardamom.
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Here’s the full, printable Bacon Salt recipe:
- Pan and oven cooking rack
- aluminum foil
- pastry brush
- Small jars with lids
- 1/2 pound center cut lean bacon
- 1/3 cup Kosher salt flakes
- 1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke flavoring
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Place the baking rack on top of the prepared baking sheet, and arrange the bacon slices evenly on top. Brush with the Liquid Smoke flavoring and sprinkle with the pepper.
- Bake until the fat has rendered and bacon is browned and very crispy, about 20-25 minutes. Cooking times may vary depending on thickness of bacon.
- Drain the bacon on paper towels and blot with more paper towels to remove as much grease as possible. Cool to room temperature.
- Crumble the bacon into the bowl of a food processor or blender fitted with a metal blade. Process until bacon is in fine pieces.
- Add the salt and pulse until salt and bacon are combined. Spoon into small jars, seal tightly, and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
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36 thoughts on “Bacon Salt Recipe”
I love fancy salts and this bacon might be one of my very favorites! Makes a great gift too!
I’ll be gifting this to my father. Thanks for the fabulous recipe!
Hubby is going to love this. I can’t wait to make it. We love bacon everything!
I love this recipe! I’ll be making it for gifts this holiday season!
Okay, wait. This is genius!! I have got to give this a go, bookmarked to make for gifts for the holidays :)
Saving this for a gift giving idea. I’ll be everyone’s best friend if I gift them with bacon salt. Yum!
So, cool! Having bacon-infused salt, is a fantastic idea! Can’t wait to make it!
I did not know bacon salt was a thing. Now that I do, I’ll be making this often! Love all your suggestions for use.
This is awesome! I can imagine so many uses for this!
I didn’t know I could make this with Bacon. It was and incredible recipe to try.
Oh yum! This bacon salt would make the perfect gift. That flavor sounds amazing and I love the variety of uses.
Oh my goodness! This is so perfect for a bacon lover like me. I want to sprinkle this on everything. :)
I love the idea of using this sprinkled over corn on the cob! You can never go wrong with bacon, yum!
This sounds very tasty and a great thing to have at the table.
This is GENUIS!!! We sprinkled it over grilled steak and WOW!!! I can’t wait to try it on other things….EVERY thing!!!
What a good idea. It seems to be all about the salt today. I just say a recipe for celery salt too.
I’ve not had bacon salt before. So this was a first and it tasted amazing! I’m going to keep this on hand all the time. Thank you for sharing.
I love this salt! I had no idea there was bacon salt and now I can’t live without it!
I’ve got a ton of gourmet salts but this one is a favorite! Brings SO much flavor to anything it’s used on.
Bacon salt?!? This is absolutely genius! :)
Oh wow, this is such a unique recipe. I am really excited to give it a try. Yum!
This was amazing and such a treat! Thank you! Everyone in my family loved it.
Such a tasty recipe to keep on hand, so versatile and yummy!
This is awesome! I could eat my weight in bacon and this salt is just for me!
Okay, I’m obsessed with this!! I am definitely making this for Christmas gifts this year! Thank you so much for the idea and recipe :)
Oh this salt will make such a great Holiday Gift! I can’t wait to try this out.
Two of my favorites, bacon and salt. I can’t wait to make this recipe.
This would be one of the best holiday gifts. Thanks for the recipe.
This is so easy to make, and such a great gift idea, too. I’m making a double batch for stocking stuffers!
Who can say no to bacon? I really like the idea of adding bacon flavor to dishes anytime you need it without having to fry bacon. Great idea and recipe.
This turned out so well! Thank you!
Oh yum I’m definitely making a batch of this to keep on hand, I want to sprinkle it on everything!
OOH what a great gift! I can’t wait to try this one! My daughters would definitely love it.
I had never heard of bacon salt until now. I can see this being delicious on a variety of things, including on top of my scrambled eggs!
Yummy! This is so darn delicious on foods like corn on the cob! Thank you for the details!
What a great idea to use on so many things!