Let me tell you about a little seasoning called Bacon Salt®. What is it? Well, it’s name pretty much says it all: It’s salt infused with bacon that adds a smoky brininess to dishes. When I saw a recipe for Bacon Salt® in the new issue of Food Network Magazine, I about jumped off the couch to make it. I know the holidays are over, but if you made this for your friends they would be delighted, and only slightly question your sanity.
Homemade Bacon Salt®
6 slices of bacon
1/2 cup coarse sea salt
<3/4 teaspoon ground peppercorn
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Lay your bacon out in single strips over a cookie rack and put that in a baking tray. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the bacon is crisp and starting to blacken(It should look overcooked rather than how you’d normally eat bacon).
Once the bacon has cooled, use a paper towel to press out any excess oil.
Transfer the bacon to a food processor and process until there are only small chunks and a paste begins to form. Add in the sea salt and ground pepper(note: whole peppercorns will not break up in the food processor) and continue to process until the salt breaks up into smaller pieces and mixes with the bacon. Transfer to an airtight jar and keep in the refrigerator when not using.
Understandably, this isn’t for everyone. It’s not for vegetarians and it’s not kosher. But if you’re a carnivore, this is for you. Add it to baked potatoes, macaroni and cheese, seared steak—anything savory that needs a kiss of salt. Bacon truly does make it better.