23 ways to love bacon

Find new reasons to love the salty-smoky-sweet taste of bacon in our collection of irresistible recipes

BLT Chicken Burgers

Photo by Annabelle Breakey

BLT Chicken Burgers

Jazz up a basic chicken burger with sharp cheddar, parmesan, and garlic ― then top with crisp bacon, juicy tomatoes, and lettuce.

Recipe: BLT Chicken Burgers

 

Barbecued Bacon and Shrimp

Barbecued Bacon and Shrimp

Wrap fresh peeled shrimp in a crisp bacon jacket, finish on the grill, and serve with our delicious dipping sauce.

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Coffee Brown Sugar Bacon

Annabelle Breakey

Coffee Brown Sugar Bacon

Everyone loves waking up to the smell of coffee and the smell of bacon, and the flavors are pretty awesome together too. Add some molasses-y brown sugar, and you’ll reach bacon nirvana.

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Cobb Salad

James Carrier

Cobb Salad

Apple wood-smoked bacon adds especially rich flavor to this salad. Use leftover cooked chicken or buy roast chicken from a deli. Choose a pungent blue cheese such as Oregon blue, Roquefort, or gorgonzola.

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Chicken, Bacon, and Blue-cheese Sandwiches

Leo Gong, Randy Mon

Chicken, Bacon, and Blue-cheese Sandwiches

Blue cheese and crispy bacon are a match made in heaven in this satisfying sandwich.

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Dates with Bacon

Rachel Weill

Dates with Bacon

This classic recipe is the perfect marriage of salty and sweet.

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Endive Salad with Bacon, Gorgonzola, and Avocado

Annabelle Breakey

Endive Salad with Bacon, Gorgonzola, and Avocado

Chock-full of favorite Western ingredients, this salad is simple to prepare and a real crowd-pleaser.

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Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili

Leigh Beisch

Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili

Bacon, fire-roasted tomatoes, and spicy smoked paprika give this easy-to-make chili a deep, complex flavor.

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Shrimp with Bacon-Cheese Polenta

Iain Bagwell; Styling: Dan Becker

Shrimp with Bacon-Cheese Polenta

Our version of shrimp and grits comes with bacon, adding a smoky meatiness to the entire dish.

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Bart’s Ultimate BLT

Emily Nathan

Bart’s Ultimate BLT

Take a bite of this BLT made with basil mayonnaise and mozzarella cheese, and you’ll never go back to the standard.

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Spaghetti Carbonara

Leo Gong; Styling: Dan Becker

Spaghetti Carbonara

Smoky, salty bacon is a signature flavor of this classic dish. We particularly like this cream-free version (you won’t even notice it’s missing, we swear).

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Classic Western Burger

James Carrier

Classic Western Burgers

Out here, a burger almost feels naked without some nice, crispy bacon along with the other classic accoutrements and our special slaw.

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Bacon Deviled Eggs

James Carrier

Bacon Deviled Eggs

Bacon and eggs, the quintessential breakfast pairing, work wonders in deviled eggs.

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Halibut Kebabs with Grilled Bread and Pancetta

Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker

Halibut Kebabs with Grilled Bread and Pancetta

We couldn't believe how outrageously yummy these halibut skewers are. Crusty Italian bread and halibut are seasoned with fresh rosemary, then woven with pancetta and grilled until golden.

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Roasted Apple, Bacon, and Frisee Salad

Dan Goldberg

Roasted Apple, Bacon, and Frisee Salad

Sweet apples and salty bacon are tossed with frisee and a warm dressing in this simple salad.

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Pinquito Beans

Leigh Beisch

Pinquito Beans

Classic beans wouldn’t be the same without the smoky flavor from good-quality bacon. Try this quick and tasty version made with pinquito beans.

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Caraway-Bacon Potatoes

Leo Gong

Caraway-Bacon Potatoes

Parmesan cheese, crisp bacon, and nutty, slightly anise-scented caraway perk up plain potatoes.

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Bacon-Olive Potato Salad

Leo Gong; Styling: Karen Shinto

Bacon-Olive Potato Salad

Bacon and briny capers and olives make this potato salad stand out from the bland tubs of supermarket potato salad.

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Pork Chops with Fresh Green and Red Cabbage

Iain Bagwell

Pork Chops with Fresh Green and Red Cabbage

Here's a hearty dish for a chilly night. Pork, cabbage, bacon, and caraway ― a classic German combination ― pair well with crisp, dry Riesling. 

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Pasta Shells with Corn and Bacon

James Carrier

Pasta Shells with Corn and Bacon

This quick pasta dish is a favorite of ours and we know your family will love the combo of sweet corn and salty bacon tossed with a creamy sauce.

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Green Bean and Whole-grain Penne Salad

Leo Gong; Styling: Dan Becker

Green Bean and Whole-grain Penne Salad

This salad is all about contrasts in flavor and texture: chewy, nutty pasta mingled with crisp, sweet green beans and strewn with bits of crunchy bacon and creamy Roquefort.

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Pan-roasted Chicken on Bacon-Mushroom Ragout

Rachel Weill; Styling: Dan Becker

Pan-roasted Chicken on Bacon-Mushroom Ragout

Earthy mushrooms and smoky bacon pair with succulent chicken breasts and fresh thyme.

Recipe: Pan-roasted Chicken on Bacon-Mushroom Ragout

Bacon and Kale Adobo

Alex Farnum; Styling: Randy Mon

Bacon and Kale Adobo

In this Filipino-inspired dish, bacon is substituted for more classic uncured pork belly, giving this dish extra texture and flavor.

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