Is cooking bacon in a crock pot even possible? We wondered the same thing, so we decided to do our very own culinary experiment here in the BENSA test kitchen.
You might be as surprised as we were that bacon cooked in a crock pot was evenly browned, crisp, and SO DELICIOUS. You just have to follow a few simple tricks for perfect, slow-cooked bacon. Keep reading to discover the secrets we learned while testing this bacon cooking technique.
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- Why Cook Bacon in a Slow Cooker?
- Ingredients You’ll Need
- Equipment Needed
- Step by Step Instructions
- Pro Recipe Tips
- How to Store Leftovers
- FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
- Ways to Use Slow Cooker Bacon
- Pin for Later
Why Cook Bacon in a Slow Cooker?
Bacon cooked in the Crock Pot is crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and sooooo delicious!
The difference between slow-cooked bacon and fried bacon is similar to the difference between a Crock Pot pork chop and a skillet-fried pork chop. Both are delicious!
Your crock pot could come in quite handy when you’re craving your favorite meaty treat. Here are some circumstances when you might use this novel cooking technique:
- You’re in the middle of a major kitchen renovation, your stove is out of commission, and you’re craving the flavor of bacon to offset the stress of remodeling.
- You need some tasty bacon, but it’s a hot summer day and you don’t feel like heating up the kitchen by turning on your oven or stove.
- You’re in a college dorm with a slow cooker, and you and your homies want BACON!
- You want to enjoy bacon in a few hours. The crock pot allows you to start a batch of bacon now, do some things, and enjoy it a little later.
Ingredients You’ll Need
For this easy recipe, all you need is 8 strips of thick-sliced bacon. Feel free to use smoked, unsmoked, cured or uncured bacon. Be sure to use thicker slices, which will hold up best in the crock-pot.
I recommend cutting the slices in half first so they’ll fit nicely in the slow cooker. Kitchen shears are perfect for cutting bacon, or use a sharp knife.
Variations: After you’re done cooking crockpot bacon, you can sprinkle it with freshly ground black pepper for pepper bacon or red pepper flakes for spicy bacon.
Slow cooker – I used the Crock-Pot brand 4 quart oval slow cooker for this recipe.
Kitchen scissors or sharp knife to cut the bacon in half. (These KitchenAid kitchen shears are especially good for cutting bacon.)
Cutting board to cut the bacon. This is our favorite maple pig cutting board that appears in many of our photos.
Tongs – to rearrange the bacon strips while they’re cooking in the crock pot.
Paper towels – to drain the cooked bacon. Use unprinted, food-safe paper towels for this.
Step by Step Instructions
Preheat the Crock Pot to High for about 15 minutes. After cutting the bacon strips in half, arrange them in the bottom of the slow cooker.
Replace the lid and let the bacon cook.
After one hour, remove the lid from the crockpot. Use your tongs to rearrange the strips moving the cooked strips to the top and the less-cooked slices to the bottom.
Replace the lid on the slow cooker and continue cooking. Check and rearrange the bacon again in one more hour. When all the strips are browning, move the least cooked strips to the bottom of the crock pot. If some of the strips cook faster than others, you can remove them to drain when they’re done.
Because all bacon is unique and slow cookers heat at different temperatures, your total cooking time will be dependent on how quickly your bacon cooks in your appliance.
In my standard Crock Pot, the total cooking time was about 3.5 hours.
Remove the cooked bacon from the Crock-Pot and drain on paper towels.
Serve and enjoy!
Pro Recipe Tips
Cut the bacon strips in half for best results. The smaller pieces are easier to turn, and they’ll cook more evenly.
Be sure to preheat the crock pot to High before adding the bacon. This will give the strips a nice, hot start.
Use tongs to move the lesser cooked pieces to the bottom of the crock pot so they have contact with the hot surface, and move the more browned pieces to the top of the pile so they don’t overcook.
How to Store Leftovers
If you have leftover crock pot bacon (I do realize the unlikeliness of this happening) just cover it or put it in a sealed container and store in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.
No, you can place the uncooked bacon strips right in the crock pot as is. Be sure to preheat the slow cooker on High for about 20 minutes before adding the raw bacon.
The exact cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your bacon and how hot your slow cooker is on High. In our basic Crock Pot, it took about 3.5 hours to cook 8 strips of bacon on High.
Ways to Use Slow Cooker Bacon
What can you do with delicious, perfectly cooked bacon? Here are some of our favorite recipes:
Shall we make some tasty bacon? Here’s the full, printable recipe:
Cooking Bacon in Crock Pot
- 1 Slow cooker
- 1 Pair Kitchen Scissors
- 1 pair tongs
- paper towels
- 8 strips thick-sliced bacon
- freshly ground black pepper
- red pepper flakes
- Preheat the slow cooker to High and heat for 20 minutes.
- Cut the bacon strips in half crosswise using kitchen shears or a sharp knife.
- Arrange the bacon strips in the bottom of the slow cooker, spreading them out to create even layers.
- Replace the lid and let the bacon cook. After one hour, remove the lid from the crockpot. Use tongs to rearrange the strips, moving the cooked strips to the top and the less-cooked slices to the bottom.
- Replace the lid on the slow cooker and continue cooking. Check and rearrange the bacon again in one more hour. When all the strips are browning, move the least cooked strips to the bottom of the crock pot. If some of the strips cook faster than others, you can remove them to drain when they’re done.
- Cook until all the strips are golden brown. (Because all bacon is unique and slow cookers heat at different temperatures, your total cooking time will be dependent on how quickly your bacon cooks in your appliance. In my standard Crock Pot, the total cooking time was about 3.5 hours.)
- Use tongs to remove the bacon strips and drain on a double layer of paper towels. Serve and enjoy!
- *Optional variations: Sprinkle the hot bacon with freshly ground black pepper for pepper bacon, or with red pepper flakes for spicy bacon.
Got questions? Just ask! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this Slow Cooker Bacon recipe, I’d be thrilled if you clicked the little stars above and gave the recipe a 5-star rating.
You might also enjoy the Slow Cooker Bacon web story.
If you post your creations on social media, tag #BENSABaconLovers so I can share! Thank you for your support. – Eliza
Nutrition Disclaimer: All nutritional information shared on this site is an approximation. I am not a certified nutritionist, and any nutritional information should be used as a general guideline.
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