Bacon Wrapped Crackers: A Perfect Appetizer

Can't really call it a recipe, more of a process. It's super simple and kinda odd, but these bacon-wrapped crackers are seriously good!
bacon wrapped crackers on a white plate

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Crispy club crackers wrapped in delicious, fatty, salty bacon with just a hint of brown sugar. A winner for game day or any day. 

I know what you’re thinking… bacon-wrapped crackers? Is that really a thing? I was skeptical, too, until I tried them. Now I’m sold, and you and your guests will be too. 

fingers holding a bacon wrapped cracker, with a plate of them in the background
That bacon couldn’t look much crispier!

Ingredients required 

  • Club Crackers – you could also use other crackers like saltines or ritz.
  • Thin-cut bacon – You want to use thin-cut bacon, as the thicker stuff won’t work.
  • Brown sugar – You could also use a drizzle of maple or honey.

Tools required

Customize your bacon-wrapped crackers

While it doesn’t get much easier, there are many ways you can customize these.

If you want spicy, go with a spicy rub or lodge a slice of jalapeño between the cracker and the bacon. 

Want something more cheesy? Sprinkle parmesan along with the bacon and a few cracks of black pepper. 

Craving sweetness and spice? A brush of sriracha and brown sugar is also a good combination if you really want to get creative.

The cracker is your canvas! 

How to make bacon-wrapped crackers

Cut each slice of bacon in half and wrap each cracker lengthwise very loosely.

If you wrap the bacon too tight, it will bend the cracker during the cooking process and may break apart. 

Tuck the end of the slice of bacon underneath the cracker and set them on a wire cooking rack with the end of the bacon facing downward.

Place the wire rack down with the baking sheet underneath. 

raw bacon wrapped crackers on a wire rack
The reason I like the rack is that you get better air circulation, and the cracker doesn’t get soggy sitting in the bacon fat. 

After you have wrapped each cracker with bacon, sprinkle a pinch of brown sugar on top and rub it in gently with your finger to get an even application. 

sugar coated raw bacon wrapped crackers on a wire rack

Place the crackers into your smoker at 225°F and smoke with a mild wood like pecan or cherry.

I used my Traeger Timberline 1300 with cherry pellets from Bear Mountain BBQ.

After 15 minutes at 225°F, increase the temperature of your smoker to 350°F to crisp up the bacon. It should only take another 15-20 minutes at that point. 

If you see a few of your crackers bending, take a spatula and carefully press them down to flatten.

You may lose a few during this process, but once you get it down, you are good to go. 

cooked bacon wrapped crackers on a wire rack

The end result is rendered bacon with a crispy cracker underneath. It’s like magic.

The brown sugar on top gives it a subtle sweetness that will have you coming back for more.

These are seriously addictive. 

Want to wrap more game day food in bacon?

bacon wrapped crackers on a white plate

Bacon-wrapped crackers

Club crackers wrapped in bacon, sprinkled with brown sugar and smoked till crispy.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 355kcal
Author: Jordan Hanger

Ingredients

  • 10 club crackers
  • 1 lb bacon thin cut
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat your smoker to 225°F.
  • Cut the bacon strip in half and wrap each cracker lengthwise tucking the ends underneath.
  • Lay each bacon wrapped cracker on a wire cooking rack on top of a baking sheet or foil pan.
  • Take a pinch of brown sugar and sprinkle on top of each piece of bacon. Gently spread the brown sugar with your finger on the bacon for an even application.
  • Smoke the bacon wrapped crackers at 225°F for 15 minutes and then increase the temperature to 350°F to finish.
  • The total time should be around 30-40 minutes or until the bacon is cooked to your liking.

Nutrition

Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 546mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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