Traeger Grilled Bacon may now be my favorite way to make bacon!!! It’s super simple – pop it on the grill and let it go – and it comes out magical! The bacon is crispy in all the right spots but the fatty part still has flavor. Oh man – I could have eaten the whole pound!
I tested making it two different ways – half directly on the grill and half on a pan with a grate to catch the drippings. There was a clear winner in the bacon on the grill method cook-off – keep reading to find out which way was better.
How do you make bacon on a Traeger?
It’s pretty simple – turn the Traeger on – and put the bacon on!
- Check your hopper and be sure you’ve got pellets in there! This recipe isn’t going to take too many – but just don’t run it empty.
- Turn your Traeger on to “Smoke” – leave it about 10 minutes – it will start to smoke – don’t be alarmed!
- Once the smoke has dissipated, change the temp to 300 – it should take about 10 min to come to temp
- Now it’s time to put the bacon on!
Let’s go into the two ways I cooked it:
Bacon on a Rack
I know the popular oven method places bacon on a rack over a cookie sheet – and this is also one of the ways you can do it on the Traeger. I found this method to be a little problematic. It took much longer to cook and it stuck to the rack a lot more.
Time: 30 minutes – no need to flip since it’s on a rack
Bacon directly on the Grill
The other option is to place your bacon directly on your grill grates. Be sure to clean off your grates before you bacon them up. I just used the brush to get the stuff off and did not have ANY problems with the bacon sticking!
Time: 24 minutes – flip halfway thru
Tips, Tricks and FAQs
Thick cut definitely! I’m originally from Iowa and got a box of yum from the Amana Colonies and in it was this package of Hickory Smoked Bacon. Perfect for grilling on a Traeger. It’s already smoked and then the Traeger pellets add a bit more smokiness to your bacon. (OMG – their cheddar brats are the BEST EVER!!!)
24-30 minutes depending on how you cook it – I would check it at 20 minutes if you’re directly on the grill. If your bacon is not thick cut – be sure to check it after 10 minutes.
I did it at 300 degrees – I would definitely keep it low and slow. It will take a little longer – but it’s worth the wait!
If you are using smoked bacon – you can go the same route as the bacon – like mine was Hickory smoked. I buy the Traeger Signature Blend pellets which are a mix of hickory, maple and cherry. I think they work well across the board.
Leftover???? JK – I made a pound of bacon – and I’m a single right now – so yes – I had bacon left. I let it cool and then picked up the slices and put them in a gallon ziploc bag.
Other Traeger Recipes
- Traeger Country Style Ribs
- Smoked Queso
- Traeger Bacon Wrapped Oreos
- Find more delicious recipes for your Traeger here…
More Recipes with Bacon
- Chipotle Chicken & Bacon Pizza
- Smoked Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs
- Maple Bacon & Sausage French Toast Bake
- Find more delicious recipes with bacon here…
Traeger Smoked Bacon
- 1 lb thick cut bacon
- Turn the Traeger on and set to Smoke and leave open. Traeger will smoke – let smoke dissipate.
- Clean off grill with brush so grates are clean. Change temp to 300 and close lid. Should come to temp in about 10 minutes. Be sure your hopper is full of pellets.
- Once Traeger comes to temp, place bacon directly on the grates. Cook for 10-12 minutes.
- Open Traeger and flip slices – cook for 10-12 more minutes
- Watch bacon after 20 minutes – as the bacon cools (for about 1-2 minutes) it will firm up so don't over cook it! Take it off when it's floppy – even if you like crispy bacon – it will get crispy!
- Remove from Traeger and place on paper towels to blot off any remaining grease. Serve immediately.