Bacon. It's what's for dinner. Or rather, what should always be for dinner. We figured we'd give you some more excuses to fire up some cured pork belly on that Traeger. Because there is no better air freshener for your home than the smell of bacon smoking on your Traeger. Here are some classic and creative ways to up your dietary intake of sweet 'n salty smoked pork.
1. Chocolate-Covered Bacon:
This delectable recipe is in the Traeger On a Budget ebook. It's as easy as Smoke - Melt - Dip. Because I'm a sweet 'n salty addict, I couldn't resist sprinkling the chocolaty bacon with a pinch of coarse sea salt.
2. Bacon Butter: Chop up the Traegered bacon and mix it into a stick of softened butter along with a little bit of the bacon drippings and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, if you want that sweetness pairing. Put it in the fridge to harden and use it to add bacon essence to anything!
3. Cheesy Bacon Popcorn: Drizzle 4 cups of hot popcorn with bacon drippings. Mix in a few tablespoons of chopped bacon and 1/4 cup of grated parmesan and 1/4 of grated cheddar. This is also known as bacon heaven.
4. Bacon Wrapped Scallops:
This surf 'n turf dish is one of my favorites! Scallops need the salty, smoky fattiness that bacon so lovingly provides. If you haven't already succumbed, check out the recipe here.
5. Bacon Nuts: Beat 1 egg until frothy. Toss with 2 cups of mixed nuts, 2 teaspoons of Traeger's Cajun Shake, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 4 slices of crumbled cooked bacon. Smoke on a baking sheet in your Traeger at 325 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes.
6. Bacon Guacamole:
This recipe is so delicious and simple that you'll probably kick yourself for not having thought of this already and always added bacon into your guac. Mash up a couple avocados and add in a seeded and diced tomato, 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, 2 chopped green onions, 1/2 minced jalapeno, 1 minced garlic clove, crumbled bacon, the juice of 1 lime and salt and pepper.
7. Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon:
Shouldn't brussel sprouts and every vegetable, for that matter, be accompanied by bacon? That's a rhetorical question, but we'll let you decide for yourself! Try this recipe out and change the way you see and eat vegetables.
8. Bacon Brittle: Boil 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water in saucepan without stirring until it reaches 340 degrees F. (about 8-10 minutes) Stir in 1 cup peanuts, 5 slices of crumbled Traegered bacon, 1 tablespoon butter, and a pinch each of cayenne, cinnamon and coarse sea salt. Pour onto a baking sheet to cool and harden.
9. Bacon Oatmeal: Use Traeger's Baked Oatmeal recipe found in the From Pulled Pork to Peach Pie ebook, but swap maple syrup for the brown sugar and add in a generous handful of smoky crumbled bacon. Non-oatmeal lovers just may be converted!
10. Smoky Stuffed Jalapenos:
In this recipe, Traeger elevates the classic jalapeno popper with some smoky love.
11. Warm Bacon Vinaigrette: Whisk 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard with the drippings from 4 slices of smoked bacon. Add in the crumbled bacon along with salt and pepper. With this dressing, any salad is a stand-alone.
12. Maple Bacon Pullaparts: The name alone is enough to make you weak in the knees. If you haven't made these for breakfast yet, or any time of the day, do it.
13. Bacon Macaroni & Cheese: The Traeger on a Budget ebook shares this scrumptious recipe which turns up the volume on the decadence of macaroni and cheese.
14. Peanut Butter, Banana and Bacon Sandwich: This sandwich was Elvis' favorite. Take a page from the King and throw some bacon on your PBB sandwich!
15. Maple & Brown Sugar Bacon:
Probably the best way of all to enjoy bacon is by the slice... or slab. It doesn't need any bells or whistles. Bacon is good just by itself. But you can't deny that it certainly does make a lot of other things a whole lot tastier!
What are some of the ways you enjoy your Traegered bacon, Traeger Nation?
For more bacon ideas to get your brain and Traeger churning check out this website.