15 Glorious, Crispy Bacon Recipes Because You Need More Pork Belly in Your Life

On these cold autumn mornings, there’s only one thing that gets me out of bed: Bacon. And none of that turkey business, either — I’m talking about a perfectly porky, crispy bacon strip or five, still sizzling and filling the kitchen with smoky goodness. Next to a plate of pancakes, it lets you know that everything is going to be just fine. It is the wand to your wizard, the spinach to your Popeye, the pan-fried courage you need to forge ahead — because every day with bacon is a good one.

This week, let’s give our dear friend the spotlight. We already love bacon as a breakfast side, but it’s meant for so much more: Bake it, and it’ll be the crowning glory on your cinnamon rolls and biscuits. Cook it, and it will turn mac and cheese into the most magical of dinners. And then, when all’s said and done, you’ll eat the leftovers strip by the strip, with your fingers, right out of the skillet. Until then, go forth and conquer the world. There’s nothing you can’t do with bacon.

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This brunch masterpiece just proves everything you already knew: Bacon, eggs, and cheese were meant to be together. Thanks, Crepes of Wrath!

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Savory Granola

Yup, bacon granola is very much a thing — and you should definitely be eating it in the morning. Honestly Yum adds a genius touch of maple syrup for just a hint of sweetness.

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Cinnamon Rolls

We’re officially in oddball territory. How Sweet Eats turns our two favorite breakfast foods into one mindblowing confection.

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How do you make bacon better? You sprinkle it with brown sugar and caramelize that sucker. Joy the Baker sandwiches her new, improved bacon between biscuit halves.

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My Name Is Yeh continues the sweet-meet-savory trend with her honey bacon rice balls. Portable and wrapped in seaweed, these onigiri are a perfect snack on the go.

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Potato Croquette

What’s a croquette you ask? Imagine fluffy mashed potatoes. With bacon. Rolled in panko breadcrumbs and deep fried. Now that’s a croquette. Thanks, Lady and Pups!

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Spinach Artichoke Pretzels

This pretzel is like spinach artichoke dip meets bacon — and now, the world will never be the same. Half Baked Harvest has the recipe.

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Beer Bread

Since we’re already putting bacon in our bread, let’s go ahead and make a whole, porky loaf. A Pastry Affair turns it up with beer and chives.

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Dressing up that beer bread? I Am a Food Blog shows us how to turn bacon into a spreadable jam.

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Puff Pastry Straws

Half Baked Harvest twists together bacon, puff pastry, and cheddar for the ultimate holiday appetizer.

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Mac and Cheese

Do you really need bacon in your already-decadent mac and cheese? Of course you do! Adventures in Cooking shows us how to keep things classy.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is only one thing that makes chocolate chip cookies better. Yup, you got it — it’s bacon. I Am a Food Blog breaks it down.

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Bourbon S'mores

Your eyes do not deceive you — that is most definitely a strip of bacon between graham crackers and boozy marshmallows. How Sweet Eats, you get us.

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Crack Pie

It takes guts to recreate Christina Tosi’s signature crack pie — but Moonblush Baker did it (dare we say it?) better. With bacon, obviously.

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Bacon Salt

Still need more bacon? Allow us to introduce Honestly Yum’s bacon salt, which you can sprinkle on everything in sight. You’re welcome.

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