How to Create a DIY Bacon Bar

Learn how to create a DIY Bacon Bar - It's the perfect DIY solution for entertaining a crowd at breakfast or brunch! We’re taking bacon to the extreme with a variety of flavored bacons, bacon biscuits, bacon flavored salt and even bacon jam. | platingsandpairings.com

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I’m teaming with with Smithfield to teach you how to create a DIY Bacon Bar at home – It’s the perfect solution for entertaining a crowd at breakfast or brunch! We’re taking bacon to the extreme with a variety of flavored bacons, bacon biscuits, bacon flavored salt and even bacon jam.

Learn how to create a DIY Bacon Bar - It's the perfect DIY solution for entertaining a crowd at breakfast or brunch! We’re taking bacon to the extreme with a variety of flavored bacons, bacon biscuits, bacon flavored salt and even bacon jam. | platingsandpairings.com

Learn how to create a DIY Bacon Bar - It's the perfect DIY solution for entertaining a crowd at breakfast or brunch! We’re taking bacon to the extreme with a variety of flavored bacons, bacon biscuits, bacon flavored salt and even bacon jam. | platingsandpairings.com

We’ve officially entered the busiest happiest time of the year! Shopping for holiday gifts, visiting family members and entertaining at home – It’s a whirlwind of fun that just spins you around and ends with a glass of bubbly at midnight on January 1st.

To keep entertaining awesome and easy this holiday season, I’m tackling brunch in a new way – With a DIY Smithfield Bacon Bar! An ultimate bacon spread with different varieties – Sea Salt Caramel Bacon,   Apricot Gouda Bacon, and Bourbon Brown Sugar Bacon – as well as flaky biscuits, bacon jam and scrambled eggs for DIY breakfast sandwiches. And because any occasion with a bacon bar is cause for celebration – Don’t forget to break out the bubbly too! Here are 5 budget-friendly sparkling wines that would pair perfectly with all that amazing bacon-goodness.

Learn how to create a DIY Bacon Bar - It's the perfect DIY solution for entertaining a crowd at breakfast or brunch! We’re taking bacon to the extreme with a variety of flavored bacons, bacon biscuits, bacon flavored salt and even bacon jam. | platingsandpairings.com

Smithfield even has free printables and décor ideas to give your bacon spread a personalized touch. I love the idea to present the different types of bacon in individual mason jars with cute tags describing each variety and simply adorned with a bit of twine. YOu many even already have those decorative touches on hand!

Tis’ the season for giving – The perfect excuse to send  my guests home with a fun parting gift of Bacon Salt! I just pack it up into decorative glass jars, label them with my guests’ names, and attach a small salt spoon for an extra special touch. It’s amazing sprinkled over roasted vegetables, scrambled eggs, or a big juicy steak. But my absolute favorite thing to do with Bacon Salt? Use it as a salt rim for Bloody Marys… Yep!

Learn how to create a DIY Bacon Bar at home - It's the perfect solution for entertaining a crowd at breakfast or brunch! We’re taking bacon to the extreme with a variety of flavored bacons, bacon biscuits, bacon flavored salt and even bacon jam. | platingsandpairings.combacon-salt-15

What’s better than bacon salt rimmed Bloody Marys? Not much. But there is free bacon for a year! To enter, visit Smithfield, check out the different recipes, and tell me in the comments below which one you would love to feature as part of your Bacon Bar.

This Homemade Bacon Salt is perfect for sprinkling on popcorn, rimming a Bloody Mary, or finishing off a steak. Plus, it makes a great DIY gift! | platingsandpairings.com

How to Create a DIY Bacon Bar | Bacon Salt Recipe

Course: Condiment
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Author: Platings & Pairings
Learn how to create a DIY Bacon Bar - It's the perfect solution for entertaining a crowd at breakfast or brunch! We’re taking bacon to the extreme with a variety of flavored bacons, bacon biscuits, bacon flavored salt and even bacon jam.
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Ingredients

  • 1 12- oz . package Smithfield Hometown Original Bacon
  • 3/4 cup sea salt
  • 1 tsp . coarse ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Arrange bacon slices on a cookie rack placed on a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 25-30 minutes, until crisp. Drain on paper towels and allow to cool completely.
  4. Chop bacon very finely using either a knife or food processor. Mix with salt and pepper.
  5. Pack into small jars to give as gifts. Keep refrigerated.

Be sure to visit Smithfield for more tips on creating the perfect Bacon Bar. They’ve even got printable labels and décor ideas to give your spread a personalized touch. Their naturally slow smoked bacon comes in more than 10 varieties and is the perfect centerpiece for your holiday bacon bar! And remember, this Bacon Bar is not just for entertaining during the holidays. Feature a Bacon Bar at your next baby shower, bridal shower, wedding or family reunion – It’s guaranteed to be a big hit for any occasion!

Giveaway Details: Giveaway ended December 15, 2015. Elena is the winner – Congratulations!

 

Learn how to create a DIY Bacon Bar - It's the perfect DIY solution for entertaining a crowd at breakfast or brunch! We’re taking bacon to the extreme with a variety of flavored bacons, bacon biscuits, bacon flavored salt and even bacon jam. | platingsandpairings.comLearn how to create a DIY Bacon Bar at home - It's the perfect solution for entertaining a crowd at breakfast or brunch! We’re taking bacon to the extreme with a variety of flavored bacons, bacon biscuits, bacon flavored salt and even bacon jam. | platingsandpairings.com

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield.

43 comments

  1. Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago

    I love this!! Definitely need to do it for my next brunch party!!

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    1. Erin

      Just add bacon and bubbles 😉

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  2. Kim K

    A bacon bar sounds like a fabulous idea especially for game days!

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    1. Erin

      This bacon bar would be fantastic for football parties!

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  3. Stephanie Phelps

    Oh my gosh so many wonderful recipes but I would have to have the Bacon Waffle Bake or the Bacon Jam.

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    1. Erin

      That Bacon Waffle Bake does sound pretty amazing Stephanie!

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  4. stacey bradfor

    This is such a great idea for Christmas! It makes my mouth water just looking at your pictures!

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  5. grace

    cherry bacon jam with thyme sounds amazing!

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  6. Ellie Wright

    I would serve the Crispy Bacon Twists with Gouda and Apricot Preserves.

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    1. Erin

      Don’t those sound amazing Ellie?!

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  7. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    A friend of mine once said bacon is the gateway drug to meat eating, as she gave up her vegetarianism one day when she just couldn’t resist some bacon. I’m personally not a huge fan (and am probably the only person in the world who’d say that), but I love the idea of a bacon bar. So fun!

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    1. Erin

      Ha – Love it Catherine! Beware of bacon 🙂

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  8. Melissa Slate

    holy moly! a bacon bar is such a great idea! and that bacon salt recipe…definitely a bloody mary game changer! yummmm.

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    1. Erin

      Agreed – SO amazing on a Bloody Mary. My favorite!

      Reply

  9. David

    My favorite are the bacon cheddar drop biscuits. Drop biscuits are not only easier to make, but they are more moist than rolled and cut biscuits.

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  10. Amy C.

    My family would be so excited to have a bacon buffet like this! Love all your ideas!

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  11. CJ Pillow

    I am responsible for the biscuits for Christmas morning, and I want to use the Cheddar bacon biscuit recipe this year. I will practice a few times to make certain I know what I’m doing.

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  12. Melissa

    Wow, this is a great idea! I think it could get expensive though. You just don’t understand how big of bacon eaters I have in my family. Or maybe you do understand! lol! I would like to try the Crispy Bacon Twists with Gouda and Apricot Preserves. I would never think to combine apricots and bacon, but they are two of my favorite foods, and the salt-sweet aspect makes sense. So I will give them a whirl!

    PS– The picture combining a clothespin, mini spoon, and Weck jar is amazing! I may have to borrow that idea!

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    1. Erin

      With all those bacon eaters in your family, it’s a good thing you’re entering to win free bacon for a year!!!
      Thank you for the kind words on the bacon salt presentation – They’re cute, aren’t they?

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  13. Create/Enjoy

    That’s so cute! Who wouldn’t love that?!? Would be yummy to combine with chocolate or other treats that go well with bacon! 😉 Like, make your own bacon-ey trail mix??!

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    1. Erin

      That’s a great idea to throw some sweet treats into the bacon bar too!

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  14. carol clark

    a bacon bar does sound awesome bacon can be added to almost anything and make it taste so so great well i love adding bacon grease to my eggs just a little i mean a little for well i know i shouldnt i just cant help it did i mention i love bacon anahahaha merry christmas yall

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  15. Kevin Moore

    I have cured and smoked my own bacon a few times now. Love the idea of making a bacon bar for guests. Will need to try the bacon salt.

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    1. Erin

      I’ll bet that your house made bacon is amazing!!! Yum!

      Reply

  16. Andrea Williams

    Mmmmm Bacon! I think the Bacon Waffle Bake would be a fun one to try. Or maybe the Bacon and Egg Cups. Or the Cinnamon Toast Bacon Pancakes. Too many choices!!!

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  17. Holly

    Would love to try the sea salt caramel bacon!

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    1. Erin

      Doesn’t that sound amazing Holly?!

      Reply

  18. Sharon

    The bacon cheddar biscuits sound delicious! They’d go well with some bacon and potato soup!

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  19. Debbie F

    Whoa! What a great idea! The only problem with a bacon bar at your party is that you’d have tons of people trying to crash it. 🙂

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    1. Erin

      Ha! Totally Debbie 🙂 Keep it hush, hush…

      Reply

  20. Monique

    I’d love to try the caramelized or bourbon bacon. So yummy ?

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  21. Karen D

    I like the Cherry Bacon Jam with Thyme and Cloves for entertaining

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  22. Susan Christy

    Oh – I need the Caramelized Bourbon Bacon right now!!

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  23. Sarah Hall

    My husband makes bacon for breakfast every morning. I would love to try the Caramelized Bourbon Bacon.

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  24. Elena

    I want to try the Caramelized Bourbon Bacon

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  25. Melissa R

    I think the Bacon Waffle Bake recipe looks great!

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  26. Geoff

    Everything looks great! I’d want to try the Sea Salt Caramel bacon

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  27. sandra

    I would like to try the bacon twists

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  28. Josie

    Oooh, Caramalized Bourbon Bacon! Because who doesn’t like bourbon and bacon?! lol

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  29. Angela Saver

    My favorite is the Crispy Bacon Twists with Gouda and Apricot Preserves!

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