Smoky Bacon Butter

This Smoky Bacon Butter is one of the easiest ways to add extra smoke flavor to steaks, chops, prime rib, or grilled vegetables is like corn. Our bacon butter recipe is rich, creamy, and will quickly become your favorite compound butter.

Most of us love bacon, and really who can blame us. I mean, it’s delicious, and it provides a satisfying crunch to breakfast and burgers! Well, that same smoky, salty flavor can be added to butter too. Want to dress up a plate of broccoli or the dreaded brussels sprouts side dish? Top it with this smoky bacon butter. I highly recommend using it on our popular smoked corn recipe! Store this butter in your refrigerator, and it will last up to a week. 

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Smoky Bacon Butter – Ingredients:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Bacon, three strips
  • Shallot
  • Smoked paprika
  • Salt

How to make it:

  • Cook the bacon in skillet until browned and crispy. Remove, drain, and let the bacon cool for 15-20 minutes. Chop and set aside.
  • Place softened butter, bacon, and remaining ingredients into a food processor. Pulse 6-8 times until well combined.
  •  Scoop butter mixture into a serving bowl and use immediately.
  • To serve cold, spoon butter mixture out onto a large piece of plastic wrap (or parchment paper). 
  • Using the plastic wrap as a guide, roll into an evenly shaped log. Twist ends of plastic and fold under. Place smoky bacon butter into the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before using. 
  • To use, slice off your desired amount and add to your favorite foods.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week after preparation.
Smoky Bacon Butter
Smoky Bacon Butter

FAQs:

  1. What is the best type of bacon to use? I recommend using thin-cut bacon since it cooks quickly and crisps well. You can also use black pepper bacon or substitute the bacon with thin-cut pancetta. 
  2. Do I have to use shallots? No, you can certainly substitute with 2 medium cloves of garlic or two tablespoons of green onion.
  3. Can I use it on raw meat before cooking? Absolutely! Use this smoky bacon butter as a rub for pork chops or roast. However, I recommend a finer grind in the food processor first. Larger pieces of cooked bacon are more prone to burning. 

Use this Smoky Bacon Butter on:

Pellet Grill Baked Potatoes 

Grilled Chuck Eye Steaks

Pellet Grill New York Strips

Smoked Corn

Grilled Picanha

Pellet grill Cowboy Steaks

 

Smoky Bacon Butter

Smoky Bacon Butter

This Smoky Bacon Butter is one of the easiest ways to add extra smoke flavor to steaks, chops, prime rib, or vegetables is like corn. This easy bacon butter is decadent and creamy, and will quickly become one of your favorite go to compound butters.
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Course: Toppings
Cuisine: American Food
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Derrick Riches and Sabrina Baksh

Ingredients

  • 1 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 3-4 strips cooked bacon, finely chopped or crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Cook bacon in skillet until browned and crispy. Remove, drain, and let the bacon cool for 20 minutes. Chop and set aside.
  • Place softened butter, bacon and remaining ingredients into a food processor. Pulse 6-8 times, until well combined. Scoop out into a serving bowl and use immediately.
  • To serve cold, spoon butter mixture out onto a large piece of plastic wrap (or parchment paper). Using plastic as a guide, roll into a evenly shaped log. Twist ends of plastic and fold under. Place into refrigerator for 1-2 hours before using. To use, slice off your desired amount and add to your favorite foods.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week after preparation.

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Smoky Bacon Butter