6 Ways to Make Appetizers Better with Bacon

Pretty much any great party has great appetizers or finger foods—whether they’re passed or plated hors d’oeuvres or a casual spread of one-bite snacks.

And the surefire way to make anything better is to just add bacon. The same holds true for appetizers as well. Here’s a list of 6 delicious ways to incorporate everyone’s culinary favorite into your next party spread.

1. Turn up the Heat with this Spicy Appetizer

Our friend Troy of T-Roy Cooks came up with this delicious party appetizer using Lobel’s Wild-Caught Jumbo Shrimp, Lobel’s Fruitwood Smoked Bacon, and Lobel’s New York Marinade. This one is a crowd-pleaser for sure. And Troy will show you how to make it, step by step.

2. Try this Bacon-Lover’s Recipe

Can you really have too much of a good thing? We think not. Kabobs are perfect for grilling for a festive summer gathering. And everyone loves bacon. This recipe for Pork Tenderloin Kabobs with Herbs and Bacon is a win-win.

3. Sweeten the Deal


How can you make bacon itself better than it already is? Make it sweet or savory or both. If you have never had the pleasure of candied bacon, try the following our recipe for Spicy Maple-Candied Bacon—you will enter a new reality. And, if candied bacon is already your thing, this recipe will really tickle your taste buds in a new way. Serve candied bacon on its own or crumble it and use as a topping for other sweet or savory appetizers.

4. Have a Ball

Meatballs are a great single-serving treat that can be prepared ahead then warmed gently in the oven just before the party. Simply poke with toothpicks and set out on platters. They’re little bites of comfort food that everyone will love. Try our recipe for Lamb and Bacon Meatballs for a twist on this classic family favorite.

5. Put a New Spin on Things

One of the ubiquitous party appetizer recipes found in all corners of the Internet is Pillsbury’s Bacon-Cheddar Pinwheels. Bite-size, gooey with cheese, chock-full of bacon—what’s not to love? We’ve taken this popular recipe and put our own spin on it with some of our favorite products. Try Zesty Garlic, Fruitwood Bacon & Cheddar Pinwheels.

6. That’s a Wrap

Photo courtesy of National Pork Board. For more information about pork, visit PorkBeInspired.com.

The simplest way: just add bacon. Truly–just take your favorite appetizer and add bacon! Stuffed dates? Wrap it in bacon. Shrimp? Wrap it in bacon! Stuffed jalapeños? You got it—wrap it in bacon. Or how about this one: Take succulent scallops up a notch by wrapping them in bacon. Then take them up another notch by grilling them. Your guests will be amazed.


What’s your favorite party appetizer? What’s your favorite appetizer or finger food to make with bacon? 

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