100 Ways to Use a Strip of Bacon

Long-time readers know that, like most of the western world, I’m obsessed with bacon. There’s just something about this salty, smoky, crispy, fatty, forbidden treat that elicits a drool factor no other food can equal. In recent years, food bloggers have taken bacon to new heights, helping us see how this beloved breakfast meat can be incorporated into nearly every dish imaginable. It’s been bacon for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks.

However, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend creeping up in the blogosphere: the bacon backlash. “Bacon has jumped the shark” opines Grub Street. “Bacon is Dead,” says J-Walk. “BLAME BACON,” yells So Good. I have four words for all you bacon haters: Bacon. Will. Never. Die. Fine, the bacon lube and bacon bras are a little creepy. Maybe we’ve gone too far when we’re literally trying to screw bacon. But I steadfastly refuse to stop eating it in every form imaginable.

So to celebrate the endless survival of bacon, I’ve compiled this handy chart of 100 Ways to Use a Strip of Bacon. From bacon apple pie to bacon guacamole, bacon pickles, bacon marshmallows, and yes, even bacon-wrapped tofu, here are the 100 most glorious ways to enjoy god’s greatest gift to tastebuds. But please, folks — try not to hump the computer screen. The bacon haters are watching.

Click on the photos for full recipes.

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PS – What did we miss? Have a recipe that does right by bacon? Drop your link in the comments. If your photo makes us drool, we’ll add it to the list.

Also on ES: 100 Ways to Cook an Egg
100 Ways to Cook with Guinness
100 Ways to Cook with Sriracha

More Bacon: Recipes, raves and other bacon bits in Endless Bacon.

Update! Thanks for all your tips – even more ways to love your bacon:

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  • Ronda August 28, 2009  

    I just today made my daughter’s favorite: Cabbage fried with bacon. Fry 1/2 lb. chopped bacon, drain if you like, add about 1 chopped onion, and fry until onion is nicely carmelized, then add about 1/2 head of chopped cabbage. Our ultimate indulgence!

  • Sheri Wetherell August 28, 2009  

    You are my hero! There’s some darn good stuff in there (and way to go on the hard work)!


  • Bacon Lover August 29, 2009  

    Bacon should be considered Currency!

  • Savory Tv / Heidi August 29, 2009  

    Thanks for the wrap up! Here’s another great one, Top Chef Stephanie Izard’s mac and cheese with apples and bacon: http://www.savory.tv/2009/03/08/stephanie-izard-recipe/

  • Carina August 30, 2009  
  • David August 31, 2009  

    Ha ha – actually “bacon on a stick” is something of an inside joke in our family. Goes back to a very old traditional way of cooking bacon over a campfire. Try it sometime – you’ll love it!

  • Carina August 31, 2009  

    Bacon Wrapped Roasted Peaches and Arugula salad


  • Korv_N September 2, 2009  

    I’ll have to take a picture the next time I make it.
    Mash garlic/salt/pepper together. Rub [raw] bacon with it, as well as a nice bottom round roast. Stab roast all over like it owes you a dollar. Stuff stab wounds with pieces of bacon. Sear all over. Put in a pot with potatoes, carrots, and a quarter of an onion. Cook until tender, slice, serve. It’s called a lit rocket in Mexican cuisine and it’s amazing.

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  • Kacie S September 4, 2009  


    But I see no drinks, only pumpkin soup in cups!

  • Andy F September 5, 2009  

    Don’t forget the bacon maple bar from Voodoo Doughnuts (that apparently inspired the french toast and bacon cupcakes above)

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  • Diane September 5, 2009  

    Oh God, this is some awesome food porn! Thank you for posting this…

  • gilcarvr September 5, 2009  

    i can feel my arteries closing and my heart atrophying as i type…

  • yumm September 5, 2009  

    I made some bacon after reading this wit honey, brown sugar, and cinnamon. It was weird, I never had bacon like that but it was pretty good.

  • Arjan September 6, 2009  

    Not much of a picture, but I recently made bacon-cheese rolls: http://www.aclearbluesky.net/pivot/entry.php?id=149.

  • alice September 8, 2009  

    Just posted the photos and recipe for Bacon Salted Caramel Pecan Bars.


  • Lora September 14, 2009  

    Just wondering, is there something wrong with a good old fashioned BLT? Nothing, but nothing, is better than a few crispy strips of bacon layered on lightly toasted white bread with crunchy lettuce and juicy tomato, sprinkled with salt and pepper and slathered with mayo….excuse me, I’m drooling…

  • Harlequin September 17, 2009  

    Peanut butter and jelly and banana and bacon sandwiches. That’s a PB&J&B&B. Best sandwich I’ve ever had.

  • Emily September 18, 2009  

    At my house, I drape bacon all over a chicken or turkey bound to be roasted. In the heat of the oven, the bacon fat melts and bastes the chicken/turkey. Take the bacon off 2/3 through cooking time, and you end up with chickenbacon (delish), and a perfectly moist chicken. MMM-mmm.

  • Digital Product Reviews September 18, 2009  

    Sweet Jesus, I’m drooling uncontrolably now.

  • Alex September 19, 2009  

    I have to say, I’m a vegetarian, and all these look AMAZING. I hate vegetarians that judge others for still eating meat, it took me so long to give it up, and bacon was a primary reason for that. My point is, if bacon is your only reason for continuing consumption of meat, I understand. It’s delicious.

  • Bacon Ice Cream September 22, 2009  

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  • vstoklosa October 11, 2009  

    F the shark. Bacon rules. Thanks for this site. Have you ever tried Alton Brown’s recipe for making your own bacon?

  • Jimbob October 25, 2009  

    Move over Jesus, bacon is our saviour now.

    Seriously, the smell of cooking bacon is what turned my wife into a carnivore again.

  • Chef Maven November 10, 2009  

    well well well, my little one – I had to share this on FB – the photos and recipes are oinky great! mm mm mm I can smell them from here…. this little piggy went to the market…. this little piggy stayed home, this little piggy wish they had all these recipes, and this little piggy had none, but this little piggy screamed all the heck way to home – since he saw both his father and aunt in the fabulous photos!

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  • The Butcher Block January 22, 2010  

    Gotta love bacon!

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  • Tagg Gnostic June 5, 2010  

    Grilled peanut butter, brown sugar and bacon sandwich on whole wheat.
    the only trick is to lightly toast the bread first so it doesn’t get soggy.

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  • Noel August 15, 2010  

    Came here via Stumbled Upon. You are a genius.

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  • rizmec January 25, 2011  

    I have a repertoire of around a hundred appetizers I serve at parties, but by far the most admired, and simplest is “African Rumaki” – or chunks of banana wrapped in bacon, sprinkled with Cayenne pepper and broiled. I first tasted this in the Ivory Coast 20 years ago, and my children now serve it to their thrilled teenage friends…

  • Stoned Chef September 17, 2011  

    Thanks for sharing.. Heres my recipe for chocolate covered bacon. Enjoy!http://www.stonedchef.com/2009/11/chocolate-covered-bacon/

  • Bacoonnn. :D February 12, 2012  

    You guys shoulda shown some of the stuff Epic Meal Time does with bacon. Hahaha

  • Joe February 28, 2012  

    How about adding the “scotch egg” with a bacon layer. bacon wrapped egg that is then wrapped with a ground sausage and deep fried. Serve with some HP and delicious.

  • John March 18, 2012  

    Google “Benton’s smoky bacon”. Order 4 pounds. When it arrives, fry some. Experience real bacon. Harrington’s Vermont corn cob smoked bacon is also amazing. “Thall shalt have no other bacons before me”.

  • Jessi @ PracticallyFunctional April 15, 2012  

    I just wrote a post about Bacon-Wrapped Dates, they are amazingly delicious. Like, almost started a fight over the last one delicious!


  • Meg May 3, 2012  

    Well bacon isn’t the healthiest food but I have to admit that it boosts flavor in any dish. A scrambled eggs with bacon is so simple but so delicious. And how about scallops, shrimps or asparagus wrapped in bacon. I simply cannot resist bacon!

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