Traeger Smoked Bacon

We love bacon over here. And while no one in our household is going to turn any kind of bacon down, our very favorite bacon is Traeger Smoked Bacon.

We’ve had our Traeger for a couple years now, and we absolutely love it. This isn’t a sponsored post for Traeger, it’s just a whole-hearted endorsement of a product that is easy and versatile. Wood fired grills can be used to cook fast or slow; are able to bake, BBQ, braise, and smoke; and can make anything from ribs to pizzas to desserts.

And bacon.

You can learn more about Traeger Pellet Smokers on their Amazon page, and see if you need to add one to your birthday wish list. (affiliate link)

The ingredients list for this recipe has one thing on it. Bacon. The end. And the instructions aren’t complicated, either.

How to Cook Bacon on a Smoker

Preheat Traeger to 325 degrees.

When preheated, place bacon slices directly on grill grate and close lid. Our Traeger pellet grill holds a fairly tight two pounds of Kirkland bacon from Costco, which is our bacon of choice.

If your bacon isn’t too thick and your smoker cooks evenly, no turning is necessary. But if your pellet grill has hot spots, some slices may need turning, or will be done before others.

You’ll need to keep an eye on it the last ten minutes or so.

When bacon is to desired crispiness, remove from grill and enjoy!

I love that bacon cooked outside keeps my house from smelling like a diner all day, which my husband can’t understand. He thinks its great when the house smells like greasy bacon.

Our Traeger is a little too large to comfortably take camping or tailgating, so if we want to take our Trager Smoked Bacon on the road, we make up a few batches, throw the bacon in a ziploc bag, and take it with us.

Traeger Smoked Bacon is great on burgers, of course, but pellet smoker bacon also makes for a delicious addition to camping breakfasts without the hassle of bacon grease clean up.

Traeger Smoked Bacon

Traeger Smoked Bacon

Traeger Smoked Bacon tastes amazing and couldn't be easier! If you have a pellet grill, you have to try this easy pellet smoker bacon recipe!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 to 2 pounds bacon slices


  1. Preheat Traeger to 325.
  2. When preheated, place bacon slices directly on grill grate and close lid.
  3. Depending on the thickness of your bacon and the hot spots of your pellet cooker, you may need to turn the bacon about halfway throughout. If your bacon is thinner and your smoker cooks evenly, no turning is necessary.
  4. When bacon is to desired crispiness, remove from grill and enjoy!


We use a pellet blend of maple, hickory, and cherry, but your favorite wood pellets will be fine.

For more smoke flavor, cook at a lower temperature for longer.

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22 thoughts on “Traeger Smoked Bacon

  1. Great information thanks for share.Wood fired grills can be used to cook fast or slow; are able to bake, BBQ, braise.David Brown famous for delicious smoker recipes, expert cooking methods, cooking tips, and tricks as well as for his cooking recipes.

  2. The first time that I made this on my pellet grill, my boys age 9 and 15, both agreed that it was the best bacon that they ever had. I enjoy the easy clean up. And who doesn’t enjoy the smell of pellet grill in the morning?

  3. I’m trying this recipe for bacon on a Traeger grill. I’ve tried bacon on the Traeger but couldn’t remember how I did it. It’s BLT’s tonight!! I agree with you on the smell in house. I won’t cook bacon in the house anymore! It lingers for days and I hate it!

    1. I love this recipe for bacon on the Traeger! I’ve been using it for over a year now and it is my favorite!! Making BLT’s again tonight, bacon on the Traeger!

  4. I’ve been doing bacon on my traeger in foil wrapped cookie sheets for easy cleanup, how messy is doing it directly on the grill grates?

    1. You just need to wrap the tray below the grill grates with large tinfoil. Then only change those tinfoil sheets every month or so depending on how much you use it. Essentially no cleanup at all.

    2. I have a specific rack/pan combo from cuisinart I use for all my smoking of anything because anything with grease or anything period makes a mess in your grill and makes for a hard cleaning. Any drippings will fall right in the the pan versus letting it drip down in your grill drip pan. Its bad enough cleaning the soot from pellets out of your grill let alone grease and soot. Hope this helps you out. Oh by the way my pellet smoker /grill combo is by cuisinart by the way so you know

      1. your grill makes a mess because its a cuisinart its made to make a mess now if you had a real pellet grill like a traeger you would not have to worry much with bacon making ur grill a mess because all the grease would end up in thegrease bucket

        1. A real pellet grill is eitger a recteq or a yoder. Traeger is mid grade at best. I am only saying this because you were downing the other guys smoker. Everyone has their budget and reason for buying what they buy.

    3. I’m wondering about the mess too. I just got my Traeger Grill and cooked really thick filets on it last night. They were delicious! I tried to clean the grates and that thing under it. Wasn’t easy. My grill doesn’t look brand new anymore. Yippee. I’m going to cook bacon tonight.

  5. Reading your posts I threw a pound of bacon on the grill just now. Love my Treager Pro 340. Made my buttermilk biscut dough last night its covered in the fridge. Also did my sausage gravy last night. Getting ready for a big breakfast to break bread with family and neighbors!

  6. I use a cookie cooling rack to place my bacon on so when the grill is heated I just place the rack on the grill. I use thick cut from my local butcher and it takes about 40 min @325.

  7. My husband was always the one that cooked the bacon on the grill. Once he started that I never cooked bacon again! He has been in the hospital for 4 months now(no not from covid). I’m going to get brave and cook some for my granddaughters because they miss their Papa and love his bacon! Wish me luck! 4 months and no pellet grill cooked bacon is to long!!😁

  8. Im doing some smoked dove breast wrapped in bacon. My question is, because the dove cooks at a much lower temp. Can i partially precook the bacon in the over then wrap it around my dove breast and finish on the smoker?

  9. Hubby is right about the smell of bacon being great, at least until the next day, when it still smells like bacon, but There. Is. No. Bacon.

    Ran into that with steaks and my cast iron pan before I got my pit boss. Good to go now.

  10. Hello!!!.
    Save that bacon grease.
    It’s the best for cooking eggs and things later on.
    just catch it in a pan (saves that cleanup everyone is so concerned about. Then cool it and shape it. I keep it frozen and cut off what I need like its butter, but better.

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