Crockpots can prepare several recipes, but can you cook bacon in a crockpot? Well, yes… bacon is not an exemption to the many dishes that can be slow-cooked on your crockpot. Usually, bacon slices are thin and cook quickly under high settings.
Cooking bacon on a crockpot might not be the wisest idea because you might probably end up with chewy, rubbery bacon. The texture changes because the bacon literally cooks in its own fat. That, however, doesn’t mean it is impossible to cook crispy bacon slices on the crockpot. No!
With this guide on cooking bacon on your crockpot, you will end up with perfect bacon that you and your family will enjoy. Read on to understand more.
How to Cook Bacon in A Crockpot
Since bacon cooks rather quickly, you will need to be careful to not overcook it. You do not want to end up with some dried-out bacon pieces. Some people, however, argue that bacon that has been slow-cooked at 3500F for 30 minutes is more tender. Either way, we enjoy bacon differently.
If it is one of those times you crave a taste of crispy bacon in your slow-cooked dishes, then why not fry some bacon strips on a stovetop then add them to your recipe? Before tossing that bacon in your crockpot, you need to understand some basics.
- First, use thinner strips of bacon, and if it’s thick, slice them into smaller bits.
- Slow cooking bacon is a lengthy process as it takes up a lot of time.
- You can cook the bacon over a skillet or in the oven to have crispy pieces.
- After placing the bacon in the slow cooker, cook it at low settings.
- If you are frying the bacon, cook at mid-high settings.
- Place your bacon strips on paper towels after cooking for the grease to soak in them.
With that in mind, you can incorporate bacon in your slow-cooked dishes with ease. I will guide you on some slow-cooked bacon recipes you can try during your free weekends. As long as you understand what bacon texture you want at the end, you will have an excellent end result.
Crockpot Chicken and Bacon Recipes
Bacon tastes delicious when crunchy, but some actually enjoy it chewy, like when cooked in a crockpot. But as mentioned earlier, you can incorporate the bacon in a slow-cooker recipe. Some of the ways you can cook bacon and chicken in a slow cooker are:
1. Bacon-wrapped BBQ crockpot chicken
This is a smoky and sweet recipe that you are going to love. The recipe is relatively easy, and you can imagine biting into chicken wrapped in bacon, delicious! Right?
- 2 chicken breasts-boneless
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 tbsps. sugar-brown
- 6 bacon slices
- ½ cup barbeque sauce
- Chopped apple slices
- Add some barbeque sauce, sugar, lemon juice, pepper, and apples in a bowl and mix them well.
- Lay 3 bacon strips on a flat surface, place 1 chicken breast on it, then wrap the strips around the chicken.
- Place the wrapped bacon chicken in your crockpot with the seamed side bottom.
- Pour in the barbeque, sugar, lemon juice, and apple mixture into the pot.
- Cover the crockpot and leave the chicken to cook for up to 6 hours. Be keen to not overcook.
- After it has cooked well, remove the chicken and place it on a platter, then pour out the liquid in it through a sieve.
- You will end up with a lovely apple sauce that can be served on the side or drizzled on the chicken.
- Serve with roasted asparagus, baked potatoes, or even with that mac and cheese.
- Avoid opening the crockpot lid every now and then as it lengthens the cooking time.
- Test or rather check for doneness 3 hours into the cooking as different crockpots have different variations.
- Give your chicken time to thaw if you had frozen it.
2. Crockpot crack chicken with bacon
No one would resist a perfectly delicious chicken-bacon recipe. By just tossing some little ingredients into the crockpot, you will have dinner served in a while.
- Chicken thighs- Boneless
- Cream cheese
- Cheddar cheese- shredded
- Spring onions
- Ranch dressing seasoning
- Cook your bacon and place it in the refrigerator.
- Add your boneless chicken thighs into the crockpot.
- Sprinkle some seasoning mix, then spread some cream cheese onto the chicken.
- Cover your crockpot and set it low; leave it to cook for up to 6 hours until the chicken gets tender.
- Test whether the chicken is tender using a fork, then shred and stir the contents in the crockpot till you have a creamy mixture.
- Retrieve the bacon from the refrigerator, add it to the crockpot, add the spring onions, and combine them well.
- Pour in the cheddar cheese, then cover the pot for 20 minutes to melt the cheese.
- You can then add some more spring onions then serve the dish while still hot.
- Serve with rice, baked potatoes, or hamburger buns.
3. Crockpot chicken and bacon casserole
Are you one of those people with hectic schedules, and getting dinner ready becomes stressful? This creamy chicken and bacon casserole is flavorful and can be cooked during the day, and by the time you get home for dinner, it will be very ready.
- 2.2lb chicken thighs-cubed
- 7.1oz bacon-crispy& diced
- 7.1oz mushroom- sliced
- 250ml chicken stock
- 250ml heavy cream
- 1 tsp crushed garlic
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1tbsp tomato paste
- 2 large potatoes- chunked
- I diced onion
- 2 carrots- chunked
- 2 tbsps. cornstarch
- 3 tbsps. Water
- Place your chicken, mushrooms, bacon, onion, garlic, carrot, thyme, potatoes, tomato paste, and then pour your chicken stock into your crockpot.
- Combine the ingredients by stirring.
- Cover the crockpot and cook for 6-8 hours.
- Take your water and mix with the cornstarch.
- Open the crockpot and after stirring the cornstarch mixture, pour it into the crockpot.
- Add the cream, close the crockpot lid, and cook on high settings for 15 minutes until the food thickens.
- You can then serve and enjoy it on its own or serve with broccoli or snow peas.
- You can use other chicken cuts like drumsticks.
- The cream should always be added at the end of cooking to minimize splitting.
- You can slow down on the ingredients and skip using potatoes.
- You can add some celery to the dish.
4. Crockpot garlic bacon chicken
Garlic lover? Here is a recipe to incorporate that rich garlic flavor in your chicken bacon cuisine.
- 8 bacon slices
- 8 chicken breasts-boneless
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 21.50 Oz mushroom cream
- Spread a coat of oil on your crockpot.
- Wrap bacon around the chicken breast, then place it in the crockpot.
- Take a bowl and mix your soup, flour, and sour cream together.
- After a proper mix, add to the chicken and bacon rolls.
- Cover the lid and cook for 6- 8 hours.
- If you want the dish crispy, place the chicken on a broiler for up to 5 minutes till the bacon gets crispy.
5. Sweet bacon-glazed chicken.
A sticky sweet bacon glazed chicken is suitable for serving with some mashed potatoes.
- 6 chicken legs
- 1/8 cup molasses
- ½ cup ginger honey
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp. water
- 1 tbsp. cornstarch
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 1tsp siracha
- 1 tsp ginger- grated
- Garlic and pepper(optional)
For the glaze
- 6 bacon slices
- ¼ cup honey
- 3 tbsps. Worcestershire sauce
- Add ginger honey, molasses, siracha, ginger, soy sauce into a pot.
- Combine the mixture and bring it to boil.
- Make a mixture of cornstarch and water, then pour it into the pot.
- Cook until it starts to thicken.
- Place a parchment paper in your crockpot. The mixture will be sticky, and parchment paper will save you the cleaning hassle.
- Add your chicken to a bowl and season with salt, garlic, and pepper. Then add it to your crockpot, together with the glaze.
- Add ½ cup water and leave it to cook for 3 hours.
- Cook your bacon till crisp. Drain excess grease on paper towels and set the bacon aside in another pot.
- Add honey and the Worcestershire sauce into the bacon.
- Place the pot with bacon on a heat source and let it cook for 2 minutes, as you stir, till it starts to bubble.
- After it has thickened, turn the heat off and set the mixture aside.
- Add the sauce into the crockpot after 3 hours into cooking, then cook for an additional hour.
- Remove the chicken and place them on a baking sheet for broiling.
- Pour the sauce into a container and drizzle it over the chicken.
- Broil the chicken till it caramelizes. Flip the chicken, and brush some sauce onto the flipped side.
- Broil again till it caramelizes. The excess sauce can be used as a dipping sauce.
- Serve and enjoy!
Cooking bacon in your crockpot is as easy as that! You can try making these recipes on your crockpot. You, however, have to remember that the time allocated in the above recipes is to guide you. After trying either of the recipes in your crockpot, it will be much easier to adjust the time accordingly.
Rita C. Donnell (Jennifer) has spent the last 26 years studying and practicing nutrition science. She has used a larger part of this time in improving people’s livelihoods. She has done so by coming up with unquestionable ideas on how to tackle food problems in her community. Readmore