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Dark Chocolate Brownies with Bacon Salted Caramel

Posted by sbulloch on June 8, 2014

Some of our most faithful followers still express some hesitation at cooking desserts on the Traeger. Why?? I can only imagine it's because they have never actually tried cooking desserts on the Traeger. The light smoke flavor mingled in with the sweet deliciousness of dessert is absolutely outstanding. So if you're one of the holdouts, let these yummy brownies be your virgin Traeger'ed dessert experience. You won't ever go back to oven baking desserts again.

The beauty of these brownies is their simplicity. We used boxed brownie mix and jarred caramel sauce (obviously you can make them both from scratch if you've got the time and dedication!) and added a homemade touch with Traeger'ed bacon salt. Yeah, you heard me right. Bacon. Salt. We posted the easy how-to on our Facebook page a couple of weeks ago and ever since whipping up our first batch, we have been throwing that stuff on everything! The smoky, bacony (that's a word now), salty bite on these decadent brownies adds tha perfect touch to make them taste totally gourmet and ridiculously delicious.


Dark Chocolate Brownies with Bacon Salted Caramel


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40-50 minutes
Serves: 8-10 people
Recommended Pellets: Alder, Pecan, Apple, Cherry

1 box dark chocolate brownie mix
Vegetable oil
1 jar caramel sauce
2 teaspoons bacon salt (see instructions below)


For the bacon salt: Cook a few strips of bacon (6 to 8) until very crisp: 350 degrees for about 25 minutes should do it. Let cool, then pulse in a food processor until finely chopped. Mix with 1/2 cup kosher salt. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open for 4-5 minutes to establish the fire. Close the lid and turn the temperature setting up to 350 degrees. Allow the grill to preheat for 10-15 minutes.

While the grill preheats, assemble your brownies.

Mix the brownies according to package directions and pour into a greased pan. Drizzle approximately 2 tablespoons of the caramel sauce over the brownie batter. Sprinkle with approximately 1 teaspoon of the bacon salt. Place directly on the grill grate of your preheated Traeger.

Bake the brownies for 20-25 minutes, until the batter has started to set up. Remove from the grill and drizzle with 2 more tablespoons of caramel sauce and sprinkle with more bacon salt. Return to the grill for 20-25 more minutes, or until a toothbpick inserted in the middle of the brownies comes out clean. 

If you like extra caramel, drizzle another layer of caramel on the hot brownies and sprinkle with a final bit of bacon salt. Allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting them into squares. Clean your knife in between each slice to prevent the brownies from sticking to the knife.


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