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Grilled Tuna Salad with Smoky & Spicy Mayo

Posted by Mary M. on September 17, 2014

Grilled Tuna Salad with Smoky & Spicy Mayo

No cans needed here. Just you, your Traeger and some fresh tuna steaks...oh, and a few other 'lil mixin's.

The secret to these creamy mouthfuls is a smoked mayo, enhanced with a pinch of chipotle chile powder. This is best made on a cold day to maintain a low smoking temperature (if you're cold smoker-less) but there are definitely some easy work-arounds.

It's smooth yet crunchy, smoky and bright and more than anything else it will be the last way you'll ever make tuna salad again.


PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: 1 hour 8 minutes, including smoke time
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Hickory, Mesquite or Alder
SERVES: 6 to 8


2 fresh tuna steaks
Traeger Salmon Shake
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons minced celery
2 tablespoons diced green onion
1 tablespoon minced basil or flat-leaf parsley
1/3 cup prepared mayonnaise
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons capers
Freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional)


Start the Traeger on Smoke, lid open, until the fire is established (about 5 minutes).

Season the tuna steaks on all sides with the Salmon Shake.

Put the mayonnaise in a small baking dish. Place both the tuna steaks and the mayonnaise on the grill to smoke. Put a towel underneath the baking dish containing the mayo to prevent it from getting too hot. If it starts to get too hot, you could also place the dish in an ice bath. If you have a cold smoker, you don't even have to worry about it.

Smoke the mayo for 10 minutes. Stir it and smoke for another 10 minutes. Smoke the tuna steaks for 30 minutes to an hour (depending on how much smoke you want to taste).

After they've finished smoking, remove from the grill and turn the heat up to High and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes. Drizzle the olive oil on both sides of the tuna.

Grill the tuna for about 6 to 8 minutes, flipping the tuna halfway through. (or until done to your fish liking)

After the tuna has cooled, gently flake the tuna apart and toss with the celery, green onion, and basil/parsley. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, chipotle chile powder, capers and season with pepper, to taste. Lightly stir to combine. Add lemon juice, to taste, if using.

Grilled Tuna Salad with Smoky & Spicy Mayo

Serve the tuna salad all by itself or slap it on a soft roll.

Grilled Tuna Salad with Smoky & Spicy Mayo


Smoked Tuna Salad Recipe.docx (12.47 kb)

Healthy Smoked Spicy Chickpeas

Posted by Mary M. on September 16, 2014

Smoked Spicy Chickpea-

In the meeting of Overlooked Legumes Unite! (ULA), we envision that the chickpeas stand front and center with a long list of overlooked complaints. Poor 'lil guys.

Who knew chickpeas could be such crunchy, tasty little snacks? Our secret is giving them a good long smoke-filled siesta and a generous dusting of cayenne pepper and chipotle chile powder. Behold! They are transformed and delectable! A smoke bath can certainly work wonders.


PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: 1 hour and 30 minutes, including smoke time
SERVES: 4 to 6


2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, thoroughly drained and rinsed (about 3 cups)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt


Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (about 5 minutes).

Place the chickpeas in a large bowl and toss with the remaining ingredients until evenly coated.

Spread the chickpeas in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil and smoke on the Traeger for 1 hour.

Turn the heat up to High and cook for an additional 20 to 30 minutes or until the chickpeas are crisp.

Smoked Spicy Chickpea-

Take the chickpeas off the Traeger and enjoy while they are warm or keep them at room temp in a resealable bag.

Smoked Spicy Chickpea-


Smoked Spicy Chick Peas Recipe.docx (11.49 kb)

Smoke Roasted Peach Salsa

Posted by Susie B. on September 15, 2014

Smoke Roasted Peach Salsa

As the end of harvest season approaches, we've got one amazing recipe for you to use up the last of those summer peaches and fresh garden tomatoes. A sweet and savory blend of classic salsa flavor with a smoky Traeger twist. This recipe would be perfect for doubling (or tripling) and bottling to get you through the cold months ahead. That is if you don't eat the whole batch fresh. Serve it with chips for dipping or spoon some over grilled chicken or fish for a quick and simple meal loaded with flavor.


Smoke Roasted Peach Salsa


Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8-10 minutes
Makes: Approximately 4 cups
Recommended Pellets: Apple, Hickory, Cherry

6 medium peaches, cut in half, pits removed
3 medium tomatoes, cut in half
2 whole jalapenos (if you like it extra spicy, 1 for medium salsa)
2  whole green onions, roughly chopped
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 garlic cloves, minced
5 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt  
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper


Start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open for 4-5 minutes to establish the fire. Turn the temperature setting up to 375 degrees F, close the lid, and allow the grill to preheat for 10-15 minutes.

Place the halved peaches, halved tomatoes, and whole jalapenos directly on the grill grate. Close the lid and roast for 8-10 minutes or until the skin has split and blistered on the tomoatoes and jalapenos.

Remove from the grill and allow to cool until the fruit can be easily handled. Remove the skin from the peaches and tomatoes (it should just slide off). Remove the skin, stems, and seeds from the jalapenos.

Place the peeled peaches, tomatoes, jalapenos, and green onions in a large food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.

Add all other ingredients and pulse until desired consistency is reached. Use short pulses for chunky salsa or long pulses for a smoother salsa.

Smoke Roasted Peach Salsa

Serve immediately or transfer to jars and chill until ready to serve. Will last about 1 week in the refrigerator.

Smoke Roasted Peach Salsa

Printable Recipe:

Smoke Roasted Peach Salsa.docx (14.12 kb)

Traeger Wood Fire Grilled Flatbread Pizza

Posted by Brady P. on September 14, 2014

Traeger Wood Fire Grilled Flatbread Pizza

If you love specialty pizzas, then you will love this Wood Fire Grilled Flatbread Pizza. No need to spend $15-20 at a restaurant, you can easily do this right on your Traeger! This recipe comes from one of our Traeger VIP's Hannah. You need to check out her blog  www.thecookerywife.com, she has some awesome recipes and ideas. So the next time you have a craving for an awesome sprecialty pizza, fire up your Traeger and try out this awesome flatbread pizza recipe. 



Wood Fire Grilled Flatbread Pizza


Prep time: Approximately 60 minutes

Cook time: 15-20 minutes per pizza 

pellets: Any
 Makes: three 12" round cast iron skillet pizzas

 These pizzas are delicious served as an appetizer or maybe even a side. You can go as crazy as you want with the toppings or add only a few.

I like to mix it up with each pizza, as you can see from the photos.


2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

2 teaspoons yeast

6 oz warm water


Red/Green bell pepper

1 Zucchini

Half an onion

Half head garlic

5 strips bacon

1 cup yellow cherry tomatoes, halved

Goat cheese

Green olives, sliced
 Kalamata Olives,

 Jalapeños, sliced

Olive oil
 Good quality balsamic vinegar for drizzling 




Start by mixing together the ingredients for crust. Combine flour, sugar, salt, yeast and water in
 bowl of stand mixer. Mix on med/low for 10 minutes. If dough seems sticky, add a bit of flour one tablespoon at a time until it comes away from bowl. If it seems too dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time.
Dough should be smooth and elastic. Divide into 3 balls. Using a rolling pin, roll each ball into a round that will fit into your 12” skillet. Should be quite thin. Grease your skillet with olive oil or spray. If you have 3 skillets that’s great! If not, just leave your pizza crust out on the counter, once it's rolled out. (Remember not to top until it is in the skillet.)
Once the crust is in the skillet or the counter resting, get your veggies ready to grill.
Turn the Traeger on smoke with lid open until the fire is established, 4-5 minutes. Next, turn the grill on high and close the lid to preheat for 10-15 minutes. 
Drizzle the peppers, zucchini, garlic, and onion with olive oil and salt. Arrange on a grilling grate and place on Traeger once it's preheated. Check after 10 minutes. Remove the zucchini and add the bacon. (Note: Zucchini normally takes less time to cook than the other veggies) 
Continue cooking the other vegetables until bacon is done, about ten minutes or so.
Leaving Traeger on, transfer all toppings to cutting board and let cool while you chop olives, tomatoes and jalapeños.
Brush crust with olive oil and using a fork smash the roasted garlic into the crust and smear as best you can without tearing the crust. It doesn't have to be perfect!



Next, add toppings to the prepared crust in skillet. 
Cook on Traeger for about 20 minutes until edges are brown. 
Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, slice and serve. 


Traeger Wood Fire Grilled Flatbread Pizza

Traeger Wood Fire Grilled Flatbread Pizza

The only thing left to do now if slice and enjoy!
Printable recipe: Wood Fire Grilled Flatbread Pizza.docx (15.95 kb)


Tailgating Buffalo Chicken Sausage with Bleu Cheese and Celery Carrot Slaw

Posted by Susie B. on September 13, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Sausage with a Celery Carrot Slaw

The combination of blue cheese and buffalo sauce has become an iconic American flavor duo for good reason. The spicy tang of the buffalo sauce and the bold creaminess of the blue cheese makes for a happy mouth! Put all that goodness on top of a chicken sasuage in a toasty bun then bury it all in a sweet and crunchy slaw to cool it down a little and you've got a meal worth making (and subsequently consuming). 

Everything about this is so simple, it's a breeze to make for a backyard BBQ or tailgating party and come out looking like a champ. Prepare the slaw a day in advance, then when it's time to cook all you've got to do is grill and assemble. Chicken sausage has become so popular, you can find it in most butcher's cases. The ones we are using are some garlic chicken bratwursts. If you can't find chicken sausages, feel free to substitute classic bratwursts. The flavors will still shine!


Buffalo Chicken Sausage with a Celery Carrot Slaw


Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
Serves 6 people
Recommended Pellets: Hickory, Oak

6 chicken sausages
1/2 cup Frank's RedHot Buffalo sauce
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, shredded
2 tablespoons red onion, finely diced
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1-2 teaspoons white sugar (start with 1, adjust for taste)
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
Salt and Pepper to taste
6 hearty buns


Start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open for 4-5 minutes to establish the fire. Close the lid and preheat the grill to 375 degrees F. Place the sausages directly on the grill grate. Close the lid and grill for 6-8 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the slaw. Toss gently to coat everything with the dressing.

Turn the sausages over on the grill and top with half of the Buffalo sauce. Close the lid and grill for 6-8 more minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 175 degrees F. Place the buns on the grill split side down during the last 2-3 minutes of grilling to toast.

Top the warm buns with a small handful of blue cheese.

Place a hot sausage on top of the cheese and drizzle with more Buffalo sauce.

Top the sausage with a hearty serving of the celery carrot slaw and serve immediately.

Buffalo Chicken Sausage with a Celery Carrot Slaw

Buffalo Chicken Sausage with a Celery Carrot Slaw

Printable Recipe:

Buffalo Chicken Sausage with a Celery Carrot Slaw.docx (13.53 kb)

Grilled Mustard Pork Chops with a Peach-Blueberry Relish

Posted by Mary M. on September 12, 2014

Grilled Mustard Pork Chops with a Peach-Blueberry Relish

Mustard has a mesmerizing power over pork. One swath of it and the pork submits, becoming absurdly succulent and tender, driving your mouth crazy. Essentially, it wraps the chops up in a moisture and flavor-locking parka. This mustard magic trick can really be used on any cut of pork, just make sure that you adjust the cooking time accordingly. If you aren't using mustard as the ringer in your grilling repertoire, you just gotta!

To finish the job with these pork chops we rained down fresh relish made using plump, sweet, seasonal peaches and blueberries. When those flavors meld together it's like, KABLOOIE! ...in a good way.


PREP TIME: 30 minutes to 1 hour
COOK TIME: 10 to 30 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Hickory, Mesquite or Cherry


4 pork chops
Traeger Pork and Poultry Shake
1/2 cup of whole grain mustard
2 to 3 fresh peaches, stone removed and fruit diced
1/2 cup fresh blueberries or frozen blueberries, thawed
1 shallot or 1/4 sweet onion, diced
1/4 cup basil, shredded fine
3 Tbsp. raspberry vinegar (or other mild vinegar)
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. ground cardamom (optional)
2 teaspoons honey or agave (more or less to taste)
Pinch of salt and pepper, to taste


Season the pork chops on both sides with the Pork and Poultry Shake and let them sit at room temp for 30 minutes to an hour.

Meanwhile make the peach-blueberry relish by combining the peaches, blueberries, shallots, basil, vinegar, olive oil, cardamom and honey in a bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper and more honey, if needed.

Slather the chops all over with mustard.

Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (about 5 minutes). Preheat to High heat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Cook the pork chops on High heat for about 5 minutes on the first side and 5 to 10 minutes on the second side or until the internal temperature registers 140-145 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. (Don't worry, the chops will have some carry-over heat and continue to cook a few more degrees.)

Grilled Mustard Pork Chops with a Peach-Blueberry Relish

Plate chops and top with the peach-blueberry relish.

Grilled Mustard Pork Chops with a Peach-Blueberry Relish


Grilled Mustard Pork Chops Recipe.docx (12.18 kb)

"Competition Style" Spare Ribs

Posted by Susie B. on September 11, 2014

We hesitated to put "Competition Style" in front of anything because we know how meticulous and passionate true BBQ cooks can be about their competition meats. However, after grilling up these beautiful racks of spare ribs using some tricks of the trade we knew we had to share the recipe and our cooking method with Traeger Nation.

When cooking for friends, we often prefer our ribs to have a bit of a spicy bite, a little kiss of sweetness, and we love for them to be fall off the bone tender. When cooking for competitions, the judges are looking for a different set of criteria; they want ribs that you can bite through easily, but don't pull away from the bone, sauce that is sticky sweet, and layers of flavor that complement the taste of the rib meat instead of overpower it.

Our method for producing "competition style ribs" is similar to our 3-2-1 baby back method, but spare ribs require a little extra cook time and a bonus application of a super sweet "glaze" before presentation. We pick spare ribs over baby backs for competitions because they have a lot more meat on them and a better marbling of fat. If a judge looks in your competition box and sees spare ribs, they know they'll be eating well! We use a St. Louis cut of spare ribs, but you can use whole spare ribs and trim te "rib tips" off of the top on your own if you prefer.


"Competition Style" Spare Ribs


Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: Approx 5 hours
Serves: 4-6 people
Recommended Pellets: 50/50 mix of Hickory/Apple or Hickory/Cherry

2 racks St. Louis Style pork ribs
Traeger Pork & Poultry Shake
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup honey (preferably clover honey)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups Traeger BBQ Sauce (or your favorite BBQ sauce)
1/2 cup Traeger Apricot BBQ Sauce


Start the Traeger Grill on Smoke for 4-5 minutes with the lid open to establish the fire. While you grill is starting, begin trimming your ribs.

First, trim the end bones off of each rack. These bones are typically small, half bones that don't typically cook very evenly. trimming them off contributes to more even cooking and a better presentation. After the ends are removed, trim any excess fat down to approximately 1/4 inch in thickness.

**TIP: Use a really really sharp knife. It will make the preparation process go so much faster!

Next, remove the membrane from the back side of the ribs. This membrane is a little like silverskin and it won't break down when you cook it. You really want to bite through your ribs, so don't forget this step. We usually slide a butterknife in between the membrane and the bone to separate the two, then grab the end with a paper towel. Get a good grip and gently pull the membrane away from the back of the ribs.

Season liberally on both sides with Traeger Pork & Poultry rub and place on the grill (still on the Smoke setting) meat side up. Smoke for 2 hours.

Lay down a large strip of heavy duty aluminum foil an sprinkle with 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, 1 tablespoon honey, and 2 tablespoons of butter cut into small pieces. Turn the temperature on the grill up to 225 degrees.

Lay the ribs meat side down in the brown sugar mixture and sprinkle the bone side of the ribs with the brown sugar, honey and butter. Repeat with the second set of ribs.

Tightly crimp the foil and return to the grill, meat side down for 2 hours.

At this point, you'll need to test your ribs for tenderness. Carefully open the foil and insert a toothpick into the meat between the two center-most ribs. You'll want to sense a bit of resistance, but the toothpick should go in fairly smooth. If your ribs are already soft like butter, you'll cut down on the cook time in the next step. If they still seem a little tough, you will cook them a little longer in the next step.

Collect the juices from the foil and set aside. These sweet pork juices are wonderfully flavorful and will help make our amazing glaze.

Remove the ribs from the foil and place back on the grill grate. Combine the Traeger BBQ Sauce and Apricot Sauce in a small bowl and brush liberally on all sides of the ribs.

This is where the cooking process becomes a little more "sense and feel" than actual cooking times and temperatures. If your ribs were already very tender after the foiling period, you might only need 20 minutes to set the sauce. If your ribs were rather tough, you might need to cook them for an hour or more. Each rack of ribs has a different marbling and amount of fat, so they will all cook a little differently. Our average cook time for these ribs is an hour after they are sauced and returned to the grill.

After your ribs have finished cooking, remove them from the grill and let them rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

Grab the pork juice that you set aside from the foiling step. By now, the fat will have separated from the other juices. Spoon the fat off of the top and discard. Using a basting brush, generously coat the cut ribs with the sticky sweet glaze. This will give them an amazing shiny finish.

Arrange on a bed of beautiful greens in a styrofoam box and you'll be set to win. Or simply serve them next to some baked beans and cole slaw for an amazing meal. Enjoy!


Competition Style Spare Ribs.docx (15.53 kb)

Blueberry BBQ Sauced Chicken Thighs

Posted by Mary M. on September 10, 2014

Blueberry BBQ Sauced Chicken Thighs

Blueberries just happen to be one of our most favorite blue foods to eat. In fact, 9 out of 10 people prefer blueberries over any other kind of berry. Okay, maybe that's not factually proven, but we do love blueberries. More specifically we love a blueberry barbecue sauce. And if it just happens to be quick and simple we just might scream...with joy.

Sometimes we just want to keep things simple. Simply delicious, that is. With only two ingredients in it, this barbecue sauce is almost too good to be true. This recipe is not only easy but truly finger-lickin' good.


PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOK TIME: 14 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Mesquite, Hickory and Cherry


6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
Traeger Chicken Rub or Sweet Rub
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 cup Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce, or favorite barbecue sauce


Mix together the olive oil, Worcestershire sauce and garlic.

Brush all sides of the chicken thighs with the Worcestershire sauce mixture and season with the Chicken Rub. Let the thighs marinate while the grill preheats.

Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (about 5 minutes). Preheat to High heat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Place the chicken thighs directly on the grill grate and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes per side or until an instant-read thermometer reads 165 degrees F, flipping once halfway through.

While they're grilling make that easy-peasy blueberry barbecue sauce.

Add the brown sugar into a small bowl with the blueberries and mash them together.

Let the blueberries macerate for a few minutes before adding in the barbecue sauce.

Stir it all together and it's done!

After the thighs reach 165 degrees F, brush them with the blueberry barbecue sauce and let them cook for a couple of minutes more.

Blueberry BBQ Sauced Chicken Thighs

Take the chicken thighs off the grill and after a brief rest, dig in!

Blueberry BBQ Sauced Chicken Thighs


Blueberry BBQ Sauced Chicken Recipe.docx (12.06 kb)

Korean BBQ Beef Short Rib Tacos

Posted by Mary M. on September 9, 2014

Korean BBQ Beef Short Rib Tacos

Once upon a time there was (well, really there is) a brilliant man and chef named Roy Choi. Among his numerous accomplishments he started a barbecued slice of heaven that will take you down to the dirty streets of Korea and L.A., in the best way possible.

It's a revelatory food truck in L.A. called Kogi BBQ Taco Truck. This food truck introduced a lot of Americans - or at least Californians - to the delicious, deeply-developed flavors of Korean barbecue with a few fresh twists. Food trucks have been well-hidden gems that recently have been emerging and gaining vast popularity. (If you happen to come across food trucks near you, bust your britches and get in line when you can!)

So what do you do if you don't have access to try the Kogi truck's Korean bbq tacos? You guessed it. You Traeger it yourself!


PREP TIME: Marinate overnight up to two days
COOK TIME: about 6 minutes


For the marinade and short ribs:
6 cloves garlic, peeled and rough chopped
4 scallions, trimmed, white and green parts rough chopped
1 ripe kiwi, peeled and rough chopped
One 2 inch knob of ginger, peeled and rough chopped
1/2 Asian (or other variety) pear, peeled, cored, and rough chopped
1/2 onion, peeled and rough chopped
1 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup mirin
3 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 pounds boneless short ribs

For the slaw:
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar, or more to taste
1 clove garlic, peeled and rough chopped
1 tablespoon grated peeled ginger
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce, or more to taste (optional)
1/4 cup vegetable oil, such as peanut oil
1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
2 cups shredded napa or savoy cabbage
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
2 scallions, trimmed, white and green parts thinly sliced

For the tacos:
White corn tortillas
Cilantro leaves
Toasted sesame seeds
Korean gochujang or Sriracha for serving


Put all the marinade ingredients (with the exception of the ribs) in a blender jar and process until fairly smooth.

Transfer to a large resealable plastic bag. Using a sharp knife, slice the ribs across the grain into rectangles about 3/8-inch thick.

Add the short ribs to the marinade and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days.

On the day you want to make the tacos, put the soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, sugar, and Sriracha (if using) in a blender or small food processor and mix until smooth.

Gradually add the vegetable and sesame oils. Toss with the cabbage, romaine, and scallions. (Do this at the last minute.)

Preheat the Traeger to High. Drain the meat and pat dry with paper towels.

Grill the meat for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until cooked through.

Briefly warm the tortillas.

Korean BBQ Beef Short Rib Tacos

Assemble the tacos by piling meat and slaw on tortillas. Top with cilantro leaves and toasted sesame seeds. Add gochujang or Sriracha if desired.

Korean BBQ Beef Short Rib Tacos


Korean BBQ Short Rib Tacos Recipe.docx (12.33 kb)

Traeger Tailgate Series: Bacon Bowl Bean Dip

Posted by Mike C. on September 9, 2014

Traeger Tailgate Series: Bacon Bowl Bean Dip

If you're looking to turn heads at your team's next game, look no further. Not only do you have an impressive bowl made of bacon, you have an amazing layered bean dip that will blow your mind. Bean dips have been a staple at parties and game days through the dawn of time, but this is not your ordinary appetizer, this is Traeger magic.


Traeger Tailgate Series: Bacon Bowl Bean Dip


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Serves: As many friends as you'd like to make
Recommended Pellets: Mesquite, Pecan, Hickory or Cherry

1 pack of bacon
1 can of kidney beans (or your favorite refried beans)
1 small container of sour cream
1 tub already made guacamole (or home made)
1 c of your favorite shredded cheese as well as 3 slices of processed packaged cheese

For the beans:

2 tbsp of your favorite salsa
1/2 pack taco seasoning
Dash Salt and Pepper


Let's start by getting our ingredients assembled and turning our Traeger to the "Smoke" setting and opening the lid for 3-5 minutes. While the grill is warming up we can create our bacon weave.


Start off by taking your bacon apart strip by strip and laying it side by side until you're around 5-6 slices deep on a cutting board or a sheet of plastic. Once you have them laid out start by pulling the odd or even strips from left to right about 1 inch it start your weave. Only do odds or evens though, this will start your weave. Once you have the bacon slices pulled back just a touch, lay a piece of bacon across the exposed slices and the gaps, then fold the bacon you originally peeled back on top of the strip you had just laid. Then its just a matter of doing the same thing, just the alternate. If you started with the odds do the evens but now that the first strip is established, instead of pulling from the left to the right, do the right to the left until you can lay another strip. It should look like this.



If you continue to alternate and lay strips you'll have a full out bacon weave and this is the easiest method I've found to use. Once you do it a time or two you'll become a pro.


Now is when we talk options for our bowl base. I personally have a metal bowl that I use for tortillas and other things so I figured that would be a great place to start. If you have an oven safe bowl of any sort grab that. If you don't, I've seen people create bowls just using wadded up foil to create the bowl. 



how to make a bacon bowl

Let's get our grill set to 375 and prepare for bacon bowl glory. Once your grill is to temperature, put your bowl upside down on the grill then lay your bacon over the top of it, this way the grease will run off of the bowl and bacon so you're not collecting a mass of grease inside the bowl.


how to make a bacon bowl

Odds are depending on the size of your bowl, you're going to have excess. That's ok. Just the bacon do it's thing. I wouldn't suggest cutting the bacon down now, you never know how much the bacon will shrink so it's best to just let it work its course. While the bacon bowl is working let's get our dip ready to go. I personally go with kidney beans and smash them because I love the flavor, but you could just as easily use a can of refried beans to save yourself a step. If you're going with the kidney bean method, drain half of the can's juice out while saving the other half. Pour the juice and beans into a bowl and prepare to smash. 


Add 2 tbsp of your favorite salsa, a dash of cumin, salt, pepper and 1/2 pack of taco seasoning then start to smash away.


Now that our bean dip is ready to go we can gather the rest of our dip ingredients, it won't be long until our bowl is ready to go.


Traeger Tailgate Series: Bacon Bowl Bean Dip

Now that our bowl has been on around 25-30 minutes it's looking pretty good. This would be a great time to pull the bowl off and slice some of the excess bacon from the top of the bowl. Reserve that bacon because it'll make a great layer for the dip. Once you're trimmed up you can put it on the grill for another 10-15 minutes to finish. You want the bacon to get a little dark, but not burned. Otherwise your bowl will be soft and not hold the dip well.


Now that you're staring at your bowl you're probably thinking to yourself, "Well this has spaces in it, how will it hold the dip in?". Don't worry. I've got it covered. Take your 3 slices of processed cheese slices and layer it around the inside of the bowl.


Traeger Tailgate Series: Bacon Bowl Bean Dip

Now we can go ahead and assemble our layers. Let's start with a good amount of our bean mixture.


Now let's throw in some sour cream. The beans will spread out a bit around the sour cream as well so keep that in mind.


What would be better than tossing a ton of cheese all over the top of this?


This is looking incredible! Time to add our guacamole. Feel free to use store bought or home made, your choice!


Traeger Tailgate Series: Bacon Bowl Bean Dip

It's almost game time. Now we can finish off with a little bit of sour cream and chop up the bacon you cut off and top the sour cream with it. Then it's time to dig in. 


Traeger Tailgate Series: Bacon Bowl Bean Dip

I can't begin the explain how amazing all of this tastes together. You should have seen the line at my house with people trying to get their hands on some. I guarantee this will be a game day hit, prepare for a stampede! Go Pokes! As always, we'd love to see your creations on our social media. Find Traeger grills on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @traegergrills 

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