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Smoky Bacon Butter

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

Smoky Bacon Butter

What we love about this bacon butter

  • It’s super easy to make!
  • This bacon butter is a great way to upgrade your meals.
  • It makes everything delicious, even cruciferous vegetables.
  • Kids love it!
  • The salty crunch of bacon!

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 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 a 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 the butter mixture into a serving bowl and use it immediately.
  • To serve cold, spoon the butter mixture out onto a large piece of plastic wrap (or parchment paper). 
  • Using the plastic wrap as a guide, roll it into an evenly shaped log. Twist the ends of the plastic and fold it under. Place smoky bacon butter into the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before using. 
  • To use, slice off your desired amount and add to smoked or grilled proteins and vegetables. Try this compound butter on Grilled Pork Crown Roast!
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week after preparation.

Want your bacon butter to last longer? Separate the mixture in an ice cube tray, freeze it in an airtight bag or container, and use it on anything and everything! The butter will keep for 4-6 weeks in the freezer.

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. 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. 

Bacon Butter Recipe Variations:

  • Spicy: Add minced jalapenos or serrano peppers to the butter mixture.
  • Sweet: Infuse a touch of sweetness by adding real maple syrup.
  • Herbal: Add minced fresh rosemary, thyme, basil, or sage.
  • Boozy: Use a tablespoon of bourbon or dark rum for a deep, earthy flavor.
  • Adobo: Add 1 tablespoon of minced chilies in adobo sauce to the butter.

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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
Keyword: bacon butter, compound butter
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 110kcal
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 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.

Notes

Recipe Variations:
 
Recipe Variations:
Spicy: Add minced jalapenos or serrano peppers to the butter mixture.
Sweet: Infuse a touch of sweetness by adding real maple syrup.
Herbal: Add minced fresh rosemary, thyme, basil, or sage.
Boozy: Use a tablespoon of bourbon or dark rum for a deep, earthy flavor.
Adobo: Add 1 tablespoon minced chilies in adobo sauce to the butter.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 417IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

Derrick Riches
Derrick Riches

I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.

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