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. Bacon salt makes a great gift, too!
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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 This Recipe is Worth Making
- It’s super easy to make.
- With this tasty mix on hand, you can add BACON FLAVOR to virtually anything!
- A jar of homemade bacon salt makes a wonderful gift.
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.
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
Step by Step Instructions
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.
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.
Other Bacon Recipes
If you love the savory salty flavor of bacon, you’ll love these tasty recipes:
- Bacon-Infused Vodka (with printable labels)
- Parmesan Bacon Crackers
- Bacon Weave Meatloaf
- Best BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato) Sandwich
- 15 Best Bacon Side Dishes
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Here’s the full, printable Bacon Salt recipe:
- Pan and oven cooking rack
- aluminum foil
- pastry brush
- food processor
- 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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