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Smoked Bacon Candy on the Traeger

Smoked Bacon Candy on the Traeger

There are very few things I love more than bacon - but let me tell you - this Smoked Bacon Candy might just top the list!!! I've had and made candied bacon - but putting it on the Traeger (or whatever pellet grill you have) and adding that smoky deliciousness - WOW JUST WOW! It adds a whole new dimension of flavor!!!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Appetizer, breakfast, brunch, Side
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 473 kcal



  • The first step is to turn on the Traeger and set to Smoke and leave lid open until Traeger starts to smoke.The smoke should dissipate in about five minutes.
  • After smoke is clear, clean off grill with brush so grates are clean. Change temp to 300 degrees F and close lid to preheat grill. Should come to temp in about 10 minutes. Be sure your hopper is full of pellets.
  • In a small saucepan, melt bacon grease and brown sugar together - stir frequently until it's the consistency of a milkshake - this should only take a couple of minutes
    Do NOT overcook - once it goes from that sludgy mixture to sticking together and a little "gloppy" - it's unusable. You won't be able to spread it on the bacon. If you get there - just start over with fresh bacon grease and brown sugar.
    1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup bacon grease
  • Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet pan and place bacon strips in a single layer on wire rack
    OPTIONAL: Lay parchment on wire rack and poke holes for grease to drain through. Bacon doesn't really stick but it does make for easy clean-up.
    1 lb thick cut bacon
  • Spoon brown sugar mixture onto top side of the bacon slices and spread out. Heavily coat each piece of bacon with the brown sugar mixture! You want a thick coating on the bacon pieces - but no worries - you won't lose the flavor of bacon!
  • Once Traeger comes to temp, place baking sheet on grill. Let the bacon cook for 45-60 minutes.
    Winter in Ohio - the Traeger had a harder time staying at temp - so it took the full 60 minutes
  • Remove pan from Traeger. Turn dial to shut down mode. Power down after 5 minutes.
  • Lay out a piece of parchment paper and transfer slices to parchment paper.
    FOR BEST RESULTS, use a thin metal spatula - the slices will still be a little limp at this point.
  • Let rest for 5 minutes so bacon can harden



**We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**


Serving: 2slicesCalories: 473kcalCarbohydrates: 30.5gProtein: 10gFat: 34.4gSaturated Fat: 13.8gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 583mgPotassium: 39mgSugar: 28.1gCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bacon
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