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pastrami bacon wrapped pickles

Pastrami Bacon-Wrapped Pickles

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These pickles are wrapped with delicious bacon, spiced with a pastrami rub. The best thing you can do is find something to dip it in, like a creamy horseradish dip.

  • Total Time: 55
  • Yield: 5-6 1x



1 pack of bacon

Jar of pickle slices (2 pieces per strip of bacon)

Pastrami Seasoning

  • 3 tbsp black pepper, ground
  • 2 tbsp coriander, ground
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, ground

Creamy Horseradish Dip

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp chives or scallions
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your smoker to 275˚F.
  2. Open the pack of bacon, slice the entire pack in half, length-wise. You will use 1/2 slice per pickle slice.
  3. Fold each pickle into the half of bacon slice, and place seam-down on a wire rack (recommended) to make it easy for transferring to the smoker. Do this for the remaining pieces.
  4. Mix together the ingredients for the pastrami seasoning. Taste and adjust (remember, the bacon has the salt). Season both sides of the bacon with the seasoning.
  5. Place the wire rack on the smoker for 35-40 minutes. You may need to cook longer depending on the type of bacon you used, or the amount you’re smoking. At this point, if you’d like to turn up the temperature to 300-325˚F to crisp up the bacon more, you may, but you’ll want to monitor it closely.
  6. Mix the ingredients for the dip.
  7. Remove the bacon-wrapped pickles from the smoker and dip! Enjoy!
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Use your instincts when cooking this recipe. This is a general guide for temperature and time, but your bacon & pickles will vary. Make sure you’re monitoring it after the 30-minute mark for the best outcome.

  • Author: Brad Prose
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Category: snacks
  • Method: smoking
  • Cuisine: appetizers
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