Easy Bacon Gravy Recipe perfect for biscuits and gravy. This bacon grease gravy tastes amazing and is made with pantry basics.
Bacon Gravy Recipe
This easy bacon gravy recipe is perfect for biscuits and gravy! Made with bacon grease, it tastes amazing and comes together with pantry basics.
This bacon grease gravy is a fun twist on classic sausage gravy and one of those comfort foods beloved by all. I have been working on making different flavors of country gravy for my husband's favorite biscuits and gravy breakfast.
My husband grew up in Alabama and still LOVES southern food anytime he can get his hands on some. I grew up near Seattle and have spent 15+ years learning to cook his favorite meals. When I made shrimp and grits for him for a date night at home, I won wife of the year in his eyes. LOL!
Try pouring this bacon fat gravy over Bisquick waffles for an epic breakfast. It would also be delicious over cornbread, toast, or anything else you’d like to savor with gravy.
Other ideas include pouring this gravy over chicken fried steak, chicken, smothered pork chops, or French fries to make poutine.
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients for making an epic Bacon Gravy! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
- Bacon Grease/bacon fat
- Salt and Pepper
Optional - Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper
We use this bacon grease gravy to make biscuits and bacon gravy.
Bacon Grease - If you don't keep bacon grease in the fridge you can also use fresh bacon grease. The amount of bacon you need to cook to get a ¼ cup of grease will depend on how fatty the bacon is. Lately most of the bacon I have found at the grocery store is super fatty so it doesn't take much to get enough grease. Thick cut bacon will provide the most grease.
If you like a peppered gravy try making this recipe with peppered bacon. Different flavors of bacon will add extra flavor to this homemade gravy.
Flour - All purpose flour is used for this recipe. We have not tried any alternative flours with this recipe.
Biscuits - This can be served over homemade biscuits or store bought refrigerator biscuits in a can.
Cast Iron Pan/Large Skillet
How to make Bacon Grease Gravy
This recipe can be made right after you cook bacon or you can use bacon drippings that you have stored in the refrigerator.
If you are using fresh bacon grease make sure to remove bacon before starting this recipe.
Step 1 - Heat bacon grease over medium heat. Add in flour and cook until the flour bacon grease mixture is turning slightly brown. Whisk it together so it doesn't burn. This is your roux to start the gravy
Step 2- Add in cups of milk one cup at a time. You want to add milk and whisk at the same time. Keep the heat at medium heat and whisk until bacon fat gravy is smooth and starts to thicken.
Step 3- Add in salt and pepper, stir to desired consistency.
Optional - add in chopped bacon pieces or serve them over the top of biscuits and gravy.
Preparation and Storage
Make Ahead: Make this recipe right after you cook bacon and reserve the grease. If you’d like to have bacon drippings for future use, cook more than you need and store the bacon drippings in the fridge. Remove the bacon before starting this recipe if you use fresh bacon grease to avoid too much fat in your gravy.
Storage: Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to four days.
Freezing/How to Freeze: Southern Living recommends that dairy-based gravy not be frozen due to the texture changes that happen when milk thaws.
How to Reheat: Reheat leftover bacon gravy using the stove or microwave.
Substitutions: If you don't keep bacon grease in the fridge, you can also use fresh bacon grease. The amount of bacon you need to cook to get a ¼ cup of grease will depend on how fatty the bacon is. Lately, most of the bacon I have found at the grocery store is super fatty, so getting enough grease doesn't take much. Thick-cut bacon will provide the most grease.
Vegetarian + Vegan Option: Use your favorite plant-based bacon and milk to make this comforting dish vegetarian and vegan-friendly! Greedy Girl Gourmet has a bacon grease substitute guide with vegan options.
Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free bacon and flour substitutes to eliminate gluten from this recipe.
Smaller Serving Size + Larger Group/More Servings: The written recipe yields six servings. Scale it down for fewer servings or up for more portions.
Make it Spicy: Add cayenne pepper or spicy Cajun seasoning to make this bacon gravy spicy!
Sugar-Free: Plant-based milk typically contains less sugar than cow’s milk, so use one of these alternatives to lower the sugar content of this dish. The bacon may also contain sugar, so choose a variety lower in sugar if this is a dietary concern.
- This bacon gravy tastes amazing over mashed potatoes, serve over biscuits, add to a gravy dish and let your guests pour it over whatever makes them happy.
- This recipe uses all-purpose flour to thicken and form the roux. We haven’t tried alternative flours to make this bacon gravy.
- We love enjoying this bacon grease gravy over homemade biscuits or store-bought refrigerator biscuits in a can; it only depends on how much effort you want to put into mealtime.
- Try this recipe with peppered bacon if you like peppered gravy. Different flavors of bacon will add extra flavor to this homemade gravy.
What to Serve With Bacon Gravy
This bacon gravy tastes amazing over mashed potatoes or biscuits! Serve it in a gravy dish to let your guests pour it over whatever makes them happy.
Sides: Kale & Apple Potato Salad, Crock Pot Parmesan Potatoes, Crockpot Creamed Corn, Easy Macaroni Salad, Crock Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Slow Cooker Candied Sweet Potatoes, Easy Broccoli Slaw, Cheesy Ranch Potatoes, Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole
Main Dishes: Bacon Pot Pie, Crock Pot Cheese Grits, Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese, Loaded Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes, Crock Pot Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole, Camp Stew, John Wayne Casserole, Crockpot Turkey, Sausage Biscuit & Gravy Casserole
When to Serve
- Biscuits and Gravy Night
- Family Gatherings
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- Whisk together bacon grease and flour in a skillet. Cook over medium heat until mixture starts to brown. Whisk so it doesn't burn.
- Add in milk 1 cup at a time continually whisking until gravy is smooth and starts to thicken.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. You can add in bacon crumbles if desired.