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Featuring smoked bacon crumbles, the ultimate topping.

Smoked Bacon Crumbles

Sprinkle some of these Smoked Bacon Crumbles on anything and it’ll probably taste better. Every bite is a little crispy, salty, and spicy. Simple to prepare, you might find yourself having these on hand regularly.

  • Total Time: 60-70 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 heavy cup 1x


  • 1 pack of bacon, 12-16 ounces
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the smoker to 300°F.
  2. Lay out the slices of bacon on a wire rack with a baking sheet. Season each side lightly with a mixture of the chili powder and black pepper.
  3. Place the tray of bacon in the smoker and allow it to cook for about 60-70 minutes total. You might want to start monitoring it after 50 minutes.
  4. Remove the bacon when ready and blot it with paper towels. Allow it to cool completely before chopping it into small crumbles.
  5. Store the smoked bacon crumbles in the fridge, covered, for up to 5 days. Use as a garnish for fresh dishes, or as a topping for baking.


  • Every type of bacon will have a variance with timing due to the fat content, thickness, and smoker fluctuations. Use your intuition. You are looking for crispy bacon that’s dark, but not brittle and burnt. Try a sample and taste-test it for yourself.
  • Author: Brad Prose
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60-70 minutes
  • Category: Rubs & Seasonings
  • Method: Smoking
  • Cuisine: Condiment

Keywords: smoked bacon, bacon crumble, smoked bacon crumble, homemade bacon bits

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