6 Ways to Incorporate More Bacon

Applewood Smoked Bacon & Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese


Turn the world’s favorite sandwich into a gourmet menu item! Apple and cheese are a classic combo. The subtly sweet flavor of the Smithfield Applewood smoked bacon pairs nicely with many different cheeses—we like Gouda paired with the smokiness of the bacon, but you can really select whatever cheese you like best that melts well. Click for more details!

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

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This is a really nice way to jazz up asparagus, which is not the most typically chosen veggie for a side dish, but it is healthy! The bacon may take away from the healthiness of the vegetable, but it makes up for it in flavor! These are a crunchy & delightful finger food for an appetizer or side dish next to a steak. And look how nice they present! Click for more information.

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

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This recipe calls for goat cheese, but there are many cheeses that will work. This is a unique twist on the normal jalapeno popper and it gives it a major upgrade. Use your Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon for this again to create some nice contrast against the savory and salty stuffed popper. If you have these on your appetizer menu, your guests are going to make sure there’s a table with their name on it! Click for more details.

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies


Did you know: The first chocolate chip cookie was actually created by accident! But this one…with bacon…is no accident at all!

This is the perfect balance of salty and sweet. We’ve all seen the bacon donuts and even bacon ice cream, but now it’s time to try bacon chocolate chips cookies. As if regular chocolate chip cookies weren’t good enough already! Use already cooked bacon that’s chopped up and incorporate it into your dough.

Maple Glazed Bacon Wrapped Carrots

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Yet another bacon wrapped vegetable. This is the prefect side dish for one or appetizer for the whole gang to share. This is a different dish for people who wouldn’t normally go for carrots, or a veggie at all. The maple & bacon combo is something we’ve seen before, but not in this way! The hardest part is the wrapping, but tooth picks come in handy. Improvise your own unique maple glaze!

Bacon Wrapped Teriyaki Pork Bites


Make pork the star of the dish again with bacon! This recipe uses a teriyaki marinated pork tenderloin and Smithfield bacon. Kikkoman teriyaki sauce is a classic favorite to use. This is a great little finger food that can work well as an appetizer that the whole group can grab at. These can be dipped in a variety of sauces, too, like honey mustard. Present these to the table with 3 or 4 sauce options laid out beside them. Click for details!

Did You Know:

  • Bacon is addictive; it contains six types of umami. Umami produces an addictive neurochemical response
  • Each year in the US more than 1.7 billion lbs. of bacon are consumed in food service, which is equivalent to the weight of 8.5 Nimitz class aircraft carriers.

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