Sometimes the best things come from the most unexpected combinations and a perfect example is these smoked bacon wrapped Oreos.
I’ll be honest, I was a little skeptical when I started seeing these float around social media. I just couldn’t wrap my head around a combination like bacon and cookies.
Then, I decided to give in and try it out and I ended up being pleasantly surprised. They are sweet, smoky, and delicious – plus, they are super easy to make!
Bacon makes everything better
The first step is to grab some bacon (I love when recipes start with that, don’t you?). The key is to use thick-cut bacon because it holds up in the smoker and gets perfectly crispy when smoked low and slow.
You can’t go wrong with this thick cut bacon from Porter Road, created using cherry wood smoke.
If you smoke your own bacon at home, that’s even better, but the store-bought kind will work just fine. If you are not a fan of pork bacon, this recipe would do great with beef bacon as well.
A great trick is to place your bacon in the freezer for about 15 minutes before you’re ready to use it. When it’s cold it’s much easier to handle when you’re wrapping it around something.
Now, you don’t want to use a whole strip of bacon for each Oreo because you want a more even bacon-to-Oreo ratio, so you’re going to slice the pound of bacon right down the middle to create half-slices.
America’s favorite cookie
While the recipe calls for good, old-fashioned Oreo cookies, don’t let that stop you from getting creative! There are Oreos in every flavor and color you could imagine, so feel free to grab whatever kind you want.
Also, this recipe is not limited to Oreos. Bacon-wrapped chocolate chip? Why not! Bacon-wrapped Girl Scout Cookies? Worth a try! The possibilities are endless.
How to make bacon wrapped Oreos
1. Wrap the cookies
Like I said before, these are extremely easy to make and won’t take you longer than about 10 minutes to prep. Simply take your half-slice of thick-cut bacon and wrap it around the Oreo. Once it’s wrapped, just place the bacon seam-side down to keep it together.
One word of caution that I learned the hard way is not to wrap them too tight. I noticed when the bacon was cooking in the smoker that it tightened up quite a bit and the cookies got soft as they heated up. If you wrap them too tight, they might crumble and fall apart.
2. Add some extra BBQ flavor
Now, you could season these with just a touch of sea salt and they would be fantastic, but I like to top each one with a sprinkle of BBQ rub.
If you are using a store-bought rub, then opt for something that is made for pork and has brown sugar as a primary ingredient.
If you prefer to make your own rub at home, then a blend of brown sugar, salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika will do the trick!
3. Fire up the pit
Honestly, these cookies would taste great in the oven, but smoking them adds an extra layer of flavor that can’t be beaten. I like to use lump charcoal with a few Pecan chips sprinkled on top.
You’re going to pre-heat your smoker to 250°F and wait for the smoke to be almost translucent. Clean smoke can even have a blue tinge to it (you’ll hear people refer to it as “blue smoke”).
It’s normal for the smoke to be white or gray as the charcoal and wood are heating up, but you always want to cook with clean smoke to prevent a bitter, acrid flavor that dirty smoke can give. This is especially important with this recipe because the cookies are going to soak up a lot of that smoke flavor quickly.
Once your pit is hot, just place the cookies with the bacon still seam-side down directly on the grates.
They only take about an hour to cook, but I recommend spritzing them with a little bit of apple juice about halfway through. The apple juice will keep the bacon moist and prevent it from drying out or getting too crispy.
After about an hour, or when the bacon is crisped to your liking, just pull them off and they’re ready to enjoy!
More bacon-wrapped goodness
- Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
- Smoked Pig Shots: The Ultimate Tailgate Snack
- Texas Twinkies: Jalapeño Stuffed With Leftover Brisket
Smoked Bacon Wrapped Oreos
- 16 Oreo cookies
- 8 strips thick-cut bacon
- 2 tbsp pork BBQ rub
- Pre-heat your smoker to 250°F.
- Slice the thick-cut bacon in half to create half-strips.
- Wrap each Oreo in a half-strip of bacon and place them seam-side down.
- Sprinkle a bit of BBQ rub on the top of each.
- Place the bacon-wrapped cookies on the smoker, still seam-side down, directly on the grates.
- After about 30 minutes, grab a spray bottle and spritz them with a little bit of apple juice.
- After 1 hour, or when the bacon is crisped to your liking, remove them from the smoker and they are ready to enjoy!