How To Set Up a Bacon Bar Buffet for Brunch

by Tonya Staab
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Wow your family and friends with this serve-yourself bacon bar buffet for brunch, perfect for lazy Sundays, holiday entertaining, or parties.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield.

So, you have family and friends coming over for the holidays and you want to do something a little different?

How about a bacon bar?

You know you want one. The possibilities are endless with both sweet and savory dishes.

I’m going to show you a few simple ideas here, thanks to Smithfield, including egg and bacon breakfast tacos, bacon Bloody Mary’s, biscuits with cherry bacon jam, and maple bacon donuts. But, if you scroll all the way to the bottom, I’ve got a list of other ideas that you can use for your own bacon bar too.

Bacon bloody mary recipe for brunch.
A bacon Bloody Mary is the perfect addition to a bacon bar for brunch.

Bacon bar buffet

Let’s start with an egg and bacon serve-yourself taco bar, shall we? I mean tacos AND bacon, need I say more?

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Taco

A bacon and egg breakfast taco bar
Bacon and egg breakfast taco self-serve tray for brunch.

Crispy bacon, your favorite scrambled or fried eggs, and potatoes cooked in a skillet with 2 tablespoons of bacon fat are the perfect staple ingredients for your taco bar.

Set up a small portable camp stove and guests can warm their own corn tortillas.

How to use a portable camp stove to heat tortillas outdoors for a taco bar
A portable camp stove for heating tortillas outdoors.

Don’t forget condiments such as fresh cilantro, lime wedges, homemade tomato, and onion salsa, and whisk a couple of teaspoons of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce into 1/3 cup of sour cream to make a tasty sauce to drizzle over the top.

condiment ideas for a breakfast taco bar
Condiments for a breakfast taco bar.

Biscuits With Cherry Bacon Jam

How about cherry bacon jam served with warm biscuits? These are amazing and the cherry bacon jam is a new favorite condiment. You can find the recipe over at Smithfield for this.

homemade cherry bacon jam recipe
Homemade cherry bacon jam in a dish to be served with biscuits.
cherry bacon jam with biscuits for brunch
Biscuits with bacon cherry jam for a bacon brunch

And it wouldn’t be a bacon bar if there weren’t bacon donuts too.

Mini maple bacon donuts

These mini maple bacon donuts are the perfect addition to your bacon bar. You’ll find my recipe for Mini Maple Bacon Donuts here.

Homemade mini maple bacon donuts recipe
Mini maple bacon donuts for brunch.

To top off your bacon bar, I think we need a cocktail to serve alongside tea, coffee, and juice.

Bacon Bloody Mary recipe

A Bacon Bloody Mary is a perfect choice and the mix can be made a day before and refrigerated.

bacon bloody mary recipe
A homemade bacon Bloody Mary recipe.

A Bacon Bloody Mary

Serves: 6 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 10 tomatoes (quartered)
  • Vodka (3 oz per drink per 6oz of homemade tomato juice)
  • 2 rashes of bacon (per cocktail)
  • 1 celery stick (per cocktail)
  • 2 tsp white sugar
  • 1 heaped tbs bacon grease
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbs Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbs Sriracha
  • 2 limes (juice) + quarters for garnish
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated horseradish
  • large pinch of salt & pepper


  1. In a large pot on the stove heat the bacon grease, and then add the tomatoes, water, and sugar. Simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the horseradish, Sriracha, Worcestershire, lime, salt, and pepper. Stir until combined, and then use an immersion blender to blend until completely combined.
  2. Pour into a jug and refrigerate until cold and ready to use. This mix makes approximately 48 ounces of fresh Bloody Mary mix.
  3. Place ice cubes into a glass, and then in a separate jug or shaker combine 6 ounces of tomato juice with 3 ounces of vodka. Stir until combined, and then pour over the ice cubes. You can rim the glass with a little coarse salt if you like.  Add two rashes of cooked bacon and a celery stick, and then garnish with lime.

Recipe: by Tonya Staab

Search for bacon bar ideas on for even more delicious recipes to create the ultimate bacon bar for brunch.

Bacon bar with bacon and egg tacos, mini maple bacon donuts, a bacon Bloody Mary, and cherry bacon jam with biscuits.
The best self-serve brunch that is all about bacon.

You didn’t think I was just going to share my own bacon brunch ideas, did you?

The Smithfield Bacon Bar takes entertaining to a whole new level with easy-to-make, delicious bacon recipes. You can mix things up with different Smithfield bacon varieties, like Peppered Brown Sugar, Sea Salt Caramel, and Caramelized Bourbon Bacon, and pair with warm flaky biscuits, sweet jams, and more.

brunch ideas using bacon

Creating your own Smithfield Bacon Bar is the perfect holiday entertaining idea and don’t forget to share your bacon bar photos on social media using the hashtag #SmithfieldBaconBar. Over on the Smithfield Bacon Bar page they have even more fantastic bacon recipes, along with prepping and serving ideas, and free printable bacon bar labels that you can customize.

bacon signs for a brunch

More ideas for a bacon bar at home

  • mini quiche
  • baked bacon baskets
  • bacon and spinach muffins
  • egg and bacon pizza or flatbread
  • bacon cinnamon rolls
  • bacon puff pastry twists
  • candied bacon

Are you looking for more delicious brunch ideas? Take a look at these:

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David December 7, 2016 - 5:55 pm

My favorite recipe overall are these “cinnamon rolls” we make that uses bacon and cheese in place of the cinnamon and sugar.

David December 7, 2016 - 5:52 pm

My favorite recipe from their site is the bacon cheddar biscuits

Melissa December 7, 2016 - 6:52 pm

The Caramelized Bourbon Bacon looks amazing!

Melissa December 7, 2016 - 6:56 pm Reply
Rust December 8, 2016 - 8:09 am Reply
Rose December 8, 2016 - 10:16 am

My mouth is watering!

MaryB December 8, 2016 - 12:23 pm

Cherry bacon jam with thyme sounds delicious.

Geoff December 8, 2016 - 2:36 pm Reply
Geoff December 8, 2016 - 2:39 pm Reply
carol clark December 8, 2016 - 8:55 pm

Cherry bacon jam with thyme

Susan Christy December 11, 2016 - 11:14 am Reply
Lauren December 11, 2016 - 6:18 pm

I like the Bacon Jam recipe.

Tonya Staab December 19, 2016 - 8:43 am

Congratulations, you were the winner of this giveaway. Please check your email. Have a great day.

Jody August 20, 2022 - 1:59 pm

Where did you find that portable tortilla warmer, that is so cute. I would love to get one.

Tonya Staab August 21, 2022 - 9:38 am

I found all of it at Walmart – the small green gas tanks and portable camp stove can be found in the camping section. I found the hurricane candle holder in the candle section – just make sure the green gas tank fits inside.


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