The 12 Best Ways to Cook Bacon

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When it comes to being a carnivore, a love of bacon just comes with the territory. That fragrant and sizzling sliver of fatty, salty, smoky bacon is inimitable no matter how hard the vegan bacon people try. From the popular bacon-wrapped scallops to the unusual brown sugar and bacon beer waffles, here are 12 outstanding ways to cook with bacon.

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When it comes to being a carnivore, a love of bacon just comes with the territory. That fragrant and sizzling sliver of fatty, salty, smoky bacon is inimitable no matter how hard the vegan bacon people try. From the popular bacon-wrapped scallops to the unusual brown sugar and bacon beer waffles, here are 12 outstanding ways to cook with bacon.

30-Minute Linguini With Bacon and Summer Vegetables

Linguini tossed with sautéed Swiss chard, summer squash and bacon in a skillet.

Beautiful and nutritious meals don't need to take all day to make. Try this 30-minute linguini with sautéed Swiss chard, zucchini, summer squash and bacon. The richness of bacon complements Swiss chard by cutting through the green leafy vegetable's pungent and bitter flavors. It's a wonderfully easy and light summer dish that's perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.

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Beautiful and nutritious meals don't need to take all day to make. Try this 30-minute linguini with sautéed Swiss chard, zucchini, summer squash and bacon. The richness of bacon complements Swiss chard by cutting through the green leafy vegetable's pungent and bitter flavors. It's a wonderfully easy and light summer dish that's perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.

Spaghetti With Bacon, Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

Two black plates with spaghetti and caramelized onions, goat cheese and bacon.

If you prefer something richer and more indulgent, try this pasta dish instead. It may take a bit longer to prepare, but you won't be sorry when you're savoring the sweet, tangy and smoky symphony of spaghetti with bacon, caramelized onions and goat cheese.

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If you prefer something richer and more indulgent, try this pasta dish instead. It may take a bit longer to prepare, but you won't be sorry when you're savoring the sweet, tangy and smoky symphony of spaghetti with bacon, caramelized onions and goat cheese.

Brown Sugar and Bacon Beer Waffles

Maple syrup being drizzled over a stack of waffles.

Brown sugar and bacon beer waffles let you enjoy some of the best things in life. Sweet and savory, nutty and imbued with a surprisingly new depth of flavor from the beer, these waffles make a breakfast to remember.

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Brown sugar and bacon beer waffles let you enjoy some of the best things in life. Sweet and savory, nutty and imbued with a surprisingly new depth of flavor from the beer, these waffles make a breakfast to remember.

Baked Brown Sugar Bacon

Platter of baked brown sugar bacon.

Perk up your favorite breakfast side dish by making baked brown sugar bacon in your oven. In about 20 minutes, you'll enjoy the delicately salty and deliciously sweet bite of this crispy mouthwatering bacon upgrade. Best of all, cleanup is a breeze.

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Perk up your favorite breakfast side dish by making baked brown sugar bacon in your oven. In about 20 minutes, you'll enjoy the delicately salty and deliciously sweet bite of this crispy mouthwatering bacon upgrade. Best of all, cleanup is a breeze.

Bacon Pancakes

Stack of bacon pancakes with a side of bacon.

You've relished them separately; now it's time to try them together. Bacon pancakes combine two breakfast staples into one delightful meal that's both crispy and fluffy. Make prep even easier on yourself with the recipe's guide for baking one huge bacon pancake in the oven.

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You've relished them separately; now it's time to try them together. Bacon pancakes combine two breakfast staples into one delightful meal that's both crispy and fluffy. Make prep even easier on yourself with the recipe's guide for baking one huge bacon pancake in the oven.

Bacon Corn Chowder

A bowl of bacon corn chowder.

Bacon corn chowder is a sweet way to begin the sad farewell to summer and burrow into autumn's cozy welcome. This late summer comfort food cooks up in just 35 minutes. You can use frozen corn if needed, and it'll be just as tasty and creamy.

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Bacon corn chowder is a sweet way to begin the sad farewell to summer and burrow into autumn's cozy welcome. This late summer comfort food cooks up in just 35 minutes. You can use frozen corn if needed, and it'll be just as tasty and creamy.

Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon

Raw bacon-wrapped filet mignon on cutting board.

Add extra flavor and moisture to a tender and lean filet mignon by using a 19th-century French technique called, barding. Bacon-wrapped filet mignon is more refined than it sounds, and it's a cinch to pull off. Try it with applewood smoked bacon.

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Add extra flavor and moisture to a tender and lean filet mignon by using a 19th-century French technique called, barding. Bacon-wrapped filet mignon is more refined than it sounds, and it's a cinch to pull off. Try it with applewood smoked bacon.

Bacon Cheddar Biscuits

Bacon cheddar biscuits piled on plate.

Bacon cheddar biscuits make a fantastic side dish. Rich and satisfying, fluffy and buttery, this biscuit even makes a hearty snack all on its own for any time of the day.

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Bacon cheddar biscuits make a fantastic side dish. Rich and satisfying, fluffy and buttery, this biscuit even makes a hearty snack all on its own for any time of the day.

Broccoli Bacon Raisin Salad

Broccoli bacon raisin salad in white bowl.

There's a reason why broccoli bacon raisin salad is a classic staple of picnics, potlucks and outdoor cookouts. You won't have to trick anyone into eating their broccoli with this dish! A simple and creamy dressing of mayo, vinegar and sugar coat each element of this crunchy raw salad. Put the bacon in a separate bowl as an add-in to accommodate your vegetarian guests.

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There's a reason why broccoli bacon raisin salad is a classic staple of picnics, potlucks and outdoor cookouts. You won't have to trick anyone into eating their broccoli with this dish! A simple and creamy dressing of mayo, vinegar and sugar coat each element of this crunchy raw salad. Put the bacon in a separate bowl as an add-in to accommodate your vegetarian guests.

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs

Sonoran hot dog wrapped in bacon and sprinkled with various toppings including pinto beans, grilled onions and tomatoes.

The Los Angeles Danger Dog and the Arizona Sonoran Dog are bacon-wrapped versions of an all-around favorite. Try out one -- or all -- of these 9 regional hot dogs for your next cookout for something unique and delectable. Not all of these dogs are bacon-wrapped, but that can be easily remedied.

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The Los Angeles Danger Dog and the Arizona Sonoran Dog are bacon-wrapped versions of an all-around favorite. Try out one -- or all -- of these 9 regional hot dogs for your next cookout for something unique and delectable. Not all of these dogs are bacon-wrapped, but that can be easily remedied.

Steak and Bacon Shish Kebabs

Tray of grilled steak and bacon shish kebabs.

Firing up the grill this weekend? Add steak and bacon shish kebabs to the menu. Skewer some marinated steak, veggies and bacon on a stick for an easy and portable meal. The steak flavor is best when marinated overnight, so make sure to plan ahead.

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Firing up the grill this weekend? Add steak and bacon shish kebabs to the menu. Skewer some marinated steak, veggies and bacon on a stick for an easy and portable meal. The steak flavor is best when marinated overnight, so make sure to plan ahead.

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

Grilled bacon-wrapped scallops on a white plate.

Impress and indulge at your next cookout with these incredible bacon-wrapped scallops. Your guests will savor every bite of this salty, smoky and tender delicacy. Add an extra kick with a pinch of chili or Cajun seasoning.

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Impress and indulge at your next cookout with these incredible bacon-wrapped scallops. Your guests will savor every bite of this salty, smoky and tender delicacy. Add an extra kick with a pinch of chili or Cajun seasoning.

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