10 Things to Do with Leftover Bacon Grease

We all know that bacon makes everything better, so don't throw away your liquid gold after baking bacon for Sunday brunch! Save your bacon fat and learn what to do with bacon grease.

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Watch as Taste of Home’s Associate Culinary producer Sarah Tramonte walks you through how to strain, store and use leftover bacon grease like a pro.

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corn bread with a kick
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Bake with it

You can use bacon grease instead of butter or shortening in your savory baked goods. Whip up a batch of cornbread, biscuits or tortillas. Better yet, make a batch of bacon grease cookies and enjoy those sweet and salty flavors! If you’re sensitive to salt, we’d suggest reducing the salt by a quarter or half.

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DIY Ramen Soup
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Boost homemade ramen

The difference between store-bought ramen and the fancy stuff you get at a restaurant is all in the broth. Whisk a teaspoon of bacon grease into your bowl and it’ll add the extra oomph to take things to the next level. Just one of our secrets to elevating homemade ramen.

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Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn
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Fancy up your popcorn

Instead of using butter or oil to pop stovetop popcorn, use that leftover bacon grease instead. Melt 1/4 cup of bacon fat in a large pot and use it to pop 1/4 cup of kernels. Finish it off with some shredded Parmesan to create an especially delectable treat.

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Chunky banana cream freeze
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Add it to ice cream

If sweet and salty flavors are your thing, you’ll love bacon ice cream! You only need a few tablespoons of cooled, rendered bacon fat whisked into your ice cream base. The flavor goes especially well when combined with maple syrup or cherries.

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Grilled cheese sandwich
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Infuse your grilled cheese with bacon, inside and out

Some people use butter to grill their sandwiches, and others opt for mayonnaise to create an eggy, crispy exterior. We like both of those methods, but using bacon grease is our favorite. Just slather the bread with bacon grease and fry until golden brown and delicious. Use this trick with one of our gooey grilled cheese recipes.

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Hearty spinach salad with hot bacon dressing
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Turn it into salad dressing

Combining bacon grease and apple cider vinegar makes one of my favorite salad dressings (especially on a spinach salad). You’ll want to make it a warm vinaigrette, though, otherwise the bacon fat will be greasy and unpalatable.

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Loaded breakfast potatoes
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Boost your breakfast potatoes

Potatoes can be bland, but not if they’re cooked in bacon grease! Whip up your favorite breakfast hash using bacon grease instead of butter or oil. It’ll not only keep the potatoes from sticking, but it’ll pump them up with bacony flavor. Learn how to make the crispiest breakfast potatoes.

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Steamed kale
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Add meaty, smoky flavor to greens

Sauteed greens can be a tough sell (especially for picky eaters). Infuse your greens with a ton of flavor by cooking them in bacon fat. You’ll only need a spoonful or two to add a huge amount of flavor.

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Homemade mayonnaise in bowl with eggs and spice on wooden background
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Make baconnaise

Skip the mayonnaise and make homemade baconnaise instead by swapping out the olive oil for bacon fat. You’ll need to melt it so it’s drizzleable, but allow it to cool slightly before adding it to the eggs to prevent them from scrambling.

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Cranberry bourbon
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Bacon-wash your bourbon

You might find bacon-washed bourbon behind the bar at your favorite craft-cocktail restaurant, but you can make your own at home and breathe new life into classic cocktails. Simply combine 1-1/2 ounces of hot, melted bacon fat with a 750ml bottle of bourbon. After infusing for four hours, place it in the freezer for a few hours to solidify the fat. Then, strain it through a piece of cheesecloth and store the bourbon at room temperature for up to 6 months.

Lindsay D. Mattison
Lindsay has been writing for digital publications for seven years and has 10 years of experience working as a professional chef. She became a full-time food writer at Taste of Home in 2023, although she’s been a regular contributor since 2017. Throughout her career, Lindsay has been a freelance writer and recipe developer for multiple publications, including Wide Open Media, Tasting Table, Mashed and SkinnyMs. Lindsay is an accomplished product tester and spent six years as a freelance product tester at Reviewed (part of the USA Today network). She has tested everything from cooking gadgets to knives, cookware sets, meat thermometers, pizza ovens and more than 60 grills (including charcoal, gas, kamado, smoker and pellet grills). Lindsay still cooks professionally for pop-up events, especially when she can highlight local, seasonal ingredients. As a writer, Lindsay loves sharing her skills and experience with home cooks. She aspires to motivate others to gain confidence in the kitchen. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her cooking with fresh produce from the farmers market or planning a trip to discover the best new restaurants.