How to Make Bacon Salt
by Dana Patterson on Oct 19, 2011 2
I think everyone on the planet loves bacon, especially men (so make them this and they will LOVE you)! Ever since I first read the story of the guys who created bacon salt a few years ago, I’ve been wanting. Infused salts are nothing new, but the idea of easily infusing bacon flavor into almost anything seemed beyond amazing. Bacon flavoring is not used often in grilling because it isn’t something people typically grill, so bacon salt would provide the perfect opportunity to add a kiss of bacon flavor to grilled steak, chicken, pork, and seafood.
Bacon + Salt = Bacon Salt
In concept, this should all be much, much more simple. If you take some really crispy bacon and pulverize it, and add it to a bunch of salt, you get salt that tastes just like bacon. In experimenting, we also added some black pepper into this to round it as a seasoning that could stand solidly on its own.
We ground up the bacon using my favorite kitchen gadget again, the Magic Bullet, and further used it to mix in the salt and pepper thoroughly. However, you don’t have to use the Magic Bullet to do this (although it is the best thing ever). You could accomplish this with a food processor, a mini-food processor, a Morter and Pestle, or blender. A nice benefit to the Magic Bullet is that it has a sealable lid and also a ‘shaker’ lid so you can “shake it like a salt shaker”!
Here is the recipe:
Recipe: Homemade Bacon Salt
- 6 Slices of Extra Crispy Bacon – almost blackened
- 1/2 Cup Salt
- 3 Tbsp Ground Black Pepper (optional)
- Place the 6 slices of bacon into a grinding tool (Magic Bullet, Blender, Food Processor, etc)
- Process until there are no large chunks
- Add in the salt and process/mix until well blended
- Mix in the black pepper
- Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator when not in use
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
A Few Tips for Success
There are a few things that can help you make this really perfect:
- You should use really, really cripy bacon. In fact, it should just be turning black.
- Cook the bacon in the oven, low and slow. For us, 40 minutes at 325 rendered most of the fat out. For this purpose, you don’t want fat in the bacon.
- Use good quality salt. When recipes require very few ingredients, you should really use the best you can get your hands on. So… skip the table salt.
What Do I Do With This?
Your options for this are really limitless. Anywhere you would normally use salt, you can instead use your bacon salt! Some delicious ideas to get you salivating include:
- Almost every grilled piece of meat. A nice steak would only be made better with some bacon flavor.
- A fun topping for corn on the cob (or any other steamed vegetable)
- Sprinkled over a caprese salad (tomato, mozzarella, and basil)
- A nice alternative topping to deviled eggs (instead of paprika)
- A secret ingredient in guacamole