Can you cook bacon in a crockpot? (3 Methods)

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, can you cook bacon in a crockpot? We will discuss some recipes to cook bacon in a crockpot and the taste and texture that bacon has when cooked in a crockpot.

Can you cook bacon in a crockpot?

You can cook bacon in a crockpot. However, if you cook bacon in a crockpot it will not cook as well as beef and lamb. Bacon that is cooked in a crockpot turns out to be soggy and chewy and does not taste well.

Bacon cooked in a crock pot does not turn out to be crispy as it cooks in its natural fat. However, taste being a subjective experience, you might like the tender and chewy texture. 

The best way to cook bacon in a crockpot would be on low heat. Add the bacon, some garlic and onions, and 8 cups of water. Let it cook on either high power for 5 hours or on low power for 8 hours.

Bacon also tends to cook quickly. Remember to check up on the bacon to see if it needs to cook further to prevent it from overcooking. 

You can also try to slow cook bacon at 3500F for 30 minutes to get it tender.

How to cook bacon in a crockpot?

There are various routes to try when you are cooking bacon in a crockpot;

1. The first thing you could do is to cook bacon separately in a pan and then add it to the crockpot. 

2. Another thing to do is to cut the pieces up into tiny pieces before adding them to the crockpot. If you are making a soup or a stew, then the cut-up bacon bits would add a nice texture to the liquids cooking inside. 

3. The last piece of advice for you would be to use bacon bits or minced bacon and cook it in the crockpot.

 Using bits and pieces of bacon makes it easier for bacon to take on a crispy texture. 

To cook pieces of bacon in a crockpot, follow the steps below;

  • Chop the bacon into tiny pieces.
  • Add it to the crockpot. 
  • Put the lid over the crockpot and let it cook for a few hours at low heat. 
  • Use a perforated spoon and stir the bacon
  • Let the bacon cook for a few more hours with the lid slightly removed.
  • As the moisture is let out of the crockpot, the bacon will become crispy.
  • After the bacon is done, drain off the liquid and serve.  

How does bacon turn out in a crockpot?

Bacon cooked in a crockpot tastes different when it is cooked by frying or grilling on a pan or a skillet. 

While pork cuts and beef chuck turn out to be nice and tender in a crockpot, bacon does not do not well in a crockpot. 

Let us look at some recipes that use the crockpot to cook bacon:

  1. Kalua Pig

To make Kalua pig in a crockpot, take 3 kilograms of pork roast, 3 strips of bacon, some fine raw sea salt, and 5 cloves of garlic for bonus flavor.

Line the bottom of the crockpot with bacon strips, and season with a fraction of the salt. Cut some slits into the roast and lodge the garlic pieces. Place the roast in, cover, and cook for 16 hours.

  1. Cheesy bacon

For cheesy bacon take 3 slices of bacon, small chunks of chicken breast, some cheese, milk, salt, and pepper.

First layer the base of the crockpot with bacon strips drizzled with olive oil. Cook at medium heat until the bacon strips become crispy. Add some shredded cheese and bacon bits. Put a layer of the chicken pieces and more cheese. 

Pour the milk on the layer and add salt and pepper. Cook at high flame for 4 hours and serve hot.

  1. Crockpot Chicken and bacon casserole
  • To make crockpot chicken and bacon casserole, take 2.2 pounds of chicken, some mushrooms, onion, garlic, thyme, carrots, tomato paste, and potatoes and add them to the crockpot.
  • Take a cup of chicken stock and pour it over the ingredients.
  • Stir to mix the ingredients.
  • Let the casserole cook for 6-8 hours, covered.
  • Make a cornstarch slurry and add it to the crockpot.
  • Add a cup of cream and shut the crockpot.
  • Let it cook for another 15 minutes at high power. 
  • Serve the crockpot chicken and bacon casserole alongside peas and broccoli.

In this brief guide, we answered the question, can you cook bacon in a crockpot? We discussed some recipes to cook bacon in a crockpot and the taste and texture that bacon has when cooked in a crockpot.

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