Homemade Bacon Salt®

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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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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57 Responses to Homemade Bacon Salt®
  1. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective
    January 10, 2011 | 10:32 am

    This recipe makes me want to kiss your face!

  2. Brian
    January 10, 2011 | 10:38 am

    I’ve never thought of making my own bacon salt. That’s awesome.

    On a note to those who eat kosher or are vegetarians, the guys who came up with baconsalt, have kosher and vegetarian recipes. They are kosher certified. If you want the goodness of baconsalt without the guilt, check them out.

    • Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen
      January 10, 2011 | 12:23 pm

      Oh wow I just read your comment and checked it out…that’s crazy! 😀 Unfortunately I think I’d still feel guilty just tasting pork…but it’s a great alternative to people who want to stop eating it and miss the taste 🙂

  3. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)
    January 10, 2011 | 11:35 am

    I hate bacon (I know) but I would make this for my family 🙂

    • Cal
      September 15, 2012 | 1:19 am

      I love you Kate!!! When can I move in….mmmmm baconsalt 🙂

  4. Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen
    January 10, 2011 | 12:20 pm

    Since I can’t eat bacon, I wonder if I can make chicken or beef…or maybe even turkey salt. I will have to try and let you know 🙂

    • Wannabe Chef
      January 10, 2011 | 1:01 pm

      I never even thought about making this with something like a turkey bacon but that would be amazing as well.

  5. Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    January 10, 2011 | 12:33 pm

    Awesome post. The other day, I was reading a recipe that called for bacon salt and I basically had a WTF thing going on, because I’d never heard of it! Love that you posted this, thanks!

    • scotty c
      December 9, 2014 | 7:31 pm

      Hey Stacy,
      Was that recipe by any chance Smoky and Spicy Almonds? Saw that and got the ingredients ready to go. Also saw a recipe for Bacon, Blue Cheese, and Pecan Cookies that I can’t wait to make and I don’t even like blue cheese. The list was about 65 items and the person said if you only make one thing from this list make it be these cookies.

  6. Maria @ The Fitted Apron
    January 10, 2011 | 1:01 pm

    Holy ****. Bacon makes everything better, why didn’t I think of this? I could make this for my worst enemy (if I had any) and they would love me forever. I’m hooked!

  7. Heather Eats Almond Butter
    January 10, 2011 | 1:54 pm

    May not be for everyone, but it’s definitely for me! 🙂

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    • scotty c
      December 9, 2014 | 10:07 pm

      May not be for vegetarians, may not be kosher, sure sounds good on the rim of a bloody mary and sprinkled on French fries though. Marinate a steak or chicken with it and a little oil. Toast some peanuts with it. With a little butter on popcorn. Sweet and salty pancakes with maple syrup and bacon salt. Oh dear god this is going to be bad.

  9. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    January 10, 2011 | 2:12 pm

    Oh this is classic. A way to a bacon lovers heart…in the form of bacon salt. Scott would love this! haha!

  10. Steph@stephsbitebybite
    January 10, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    I think this qualifies as the best thing I’ve ever seen! You are a genius!!

  11. Blond Duck
    January 10, 2011 | 4:06 pm

    I can just envision this on mac and cheese–yum!

  12. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)
    January 10, 2011 | 4:14 pm

    Shhhh don’t tell my husband and boys about this! I will be making it for sure if you do. Those that love bacon…really love their bacon!

  13. kate
    January 10, 2011 | 5:31 pm

    What! I think you just changed my life.

  14. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    January 10, 2011 | 6:26 pm

    hahha this bacon salt makes me think of Jessica at How Sweet It Is lol….and my sister at Heathers Dish. I’m sure both those ladies (and myself) would LOVE that bacon salt!

    • Wannabe Chef
      January 10, 2011 | 9:30 pm

      I had no idea Heather was your sister; that’s a fun blogging connection.

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  17. Stephanie @ The Brunette Foodie
    January 10, 2011 | 10:04 pm

    This would be an EXCELLENT Christmas gift for my friends who love their kitchens as much as I love mine.

    Obviously I’ll have to do a test batch first for my own kitchen 😉

  18. Stormy @LaMaoomba
    January 11, 2011 | 2:25 pm

    Mouth-watering deliciousness! I love bacon, and can only imagine that this would be a fantastic addition to so many things. I was just reading about Orange Sugar on the Cherry Tea Cakes blog and now think I’m going to have to spend a morning making flavored salt and sugar.

  19. Celia
    January 11, 2011 | 2:35 pm

    Pure genius!

  20. Holly
    January 12, 2011 | 12:05 pm

    yes, please.

    i never used to like bacon, but lately, i am like, “HAND IT OVER!!!!” yes, i say it so demandingly, it needs four exclamation points.

  21. Ela
    January 12, 2011 | 6:15 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this! My husband is a bacon-adorer, but has high cholesterol and is finally thinking that he probably shouldn’t have it for breakfast every morning. If I make this for him, it’ll be the quintessence without the bulk.

  22. Alison
    January 13, 2011 | 11:18 am

    I was so excited to see that recipe, I had to make it immediately! How long will it last, does it need to be refrigerated??? Smells delicious, can’t wait to sprinkle it on everything!

    • Wannabe Chef
      January 13, 2011 | 11:30 am

      I refrigerate mine. The original magazine doesn’t give suggestion for how long it lasts, but I would say at least a month since there’s no moisture in it and salt is a natural preservative.

  23. Beverly
    February 14, 2011 | 6:31 pm

    Wow! I’ve never heard of bacon salt before! This would be amazing in mac ‘n cheese! And a good way to get the flavor of bacon without all the extra calories too!
    Thanks! Definitely a keeper!

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  25. Chloe
    March 28, 2011 | 6:38 pm

    How do you store it? and how long does it last?

    • Chloe
      March 28, 2011 | 6:40 pm

      oh wait, I saw the answer 🙂

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  27. Linnie
    August 6, 2011 | 11:21 am

    How long does it keep for? I love it love it love it..But am looking for something with a mildly high shelf life..

    • Wannabe Chef
      August 6, 2011 | 11:24 am

      I just threw out the last of mine when I became a vegetarian last month, and it was still good 5 months later, so definitely a while.

  28. Cliff - Seattle, WA
    September 10, 2011 | 1:47 pm

    They actually make Bacon Salt which interestingly enough has not a bit of bacon in it. I will sooooo be making this for putting on fish and stuff.

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  31. Carissa
    December 14, 2011 | 1:11 am

    It looks a lot like the bacon was salted before it was cooked…was there a step missed or does it matter?

    • Wannabe Chef
      December 14, 2011 | 1:14 am

      I don’t think it would make much of a difference in the end. I didn’t add any salt to the bacon before it was cooked but it had definitely already been brined in salt and sugar before I bought it.

  32. Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan
    December 19, 2011 | 2:40 pm

    Dear Wannabe Chef

    I’m off to buy some bacon and potatoes today 🙂 🙂 I already have some Himalayan pink salt.

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  34. plant
    March 27, 2012 | 7:57 pm

    Just made the recipe, and boy did it ever deliver! I’m gonna be so popular at the next white elephant gift exchange.

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  36. Mike
    August 26, 2012 | 8:43 pm

    Wow this is awesome, I never new there was such a thing. Untill I read a recipe for Bacona Flavor Beef Jerky which you need Bacon salt. I can’t wait to try it this week. Thanks for the great post. I love my jerky now to add Bacon Flavor to it. It don’t get any better then this. Priceless

  37. Miche
    December 27, 2012 | 6:29 pm

    About what weight is “6 slices of bacon?” New Zealand bacon is different.

    • Wannabe Chef
      December 27, 2012 | 6:30 pm

      Around 132 grams

      • Miche
        December 27, 2012 | 7:04 pm

        Most excellent. Thank you.

      • Miche
        December 27, 2012 | 7:05 pm

        That’s fantastic. Thank you.

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  39. Andyman
    January 9, 2013 | 1:12 am

    Question: if you make a lot of this, will it spoil, or will the salt keep it?

    • Wannabe Chef
      January 9, 2013 | 11:16 am

      This will last quite a while stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

  40. Erik
    January 9, 2013 | 11:26 pm

    Two words… Duck bacon!

  41. Blou
    January 7, 2014 | 7:15 pm

    Um, is this what Outback Strakhouse used to put on their green beans, with a little dark brown sugar mixed in??

    • Wannabe Chef
      January 7, 2014 | 8:54 pm

      Honestly haven’t heard of that before so I can’t say one way or the other.

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