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Smoked Bacon Cheese Ball

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Our two favorite food groups: bacon and cheese. Get the party started off right with this savory appetizer.

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  • 1 Pound cream cheese, room temperature

  • 1/4 Cup sour cream

  • 1/2 Pound bacon, sliced

  • 4 Tablespoon green onion, finely chopped

  • 1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder

  • Salt

  • Crackers, for serving

  • 1

    When ready to cook, set grill temperature to 180℉ and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke, if available.

    180 ˚F

  • 2

    In a medium baking dish, add the cream cheese and sour cream.

    • 1 Pound cream cheese, room temperature

    • 1/4 Cup sour cream

  • 3

    Place the baking dish directly on the grill grates. Close the lid, and smoke for 20 minutes, or until desired level of smoke is reached.
  • 4

    Remove the baking dish from the grill and increase the Traeger temperature to 350℉.

    350 ˚F

  • 5

    Place the bacon slices directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the bacon is crispy and fat is rendered.

    • 1/2 Pound bacon, sliced

  • 6

    Remove the bacon from the grill and let stand at room temperature until cool.
  • 7

    In the bowl of a food processor, add the smoked cream cheese, sour cream, green onion, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, and salt. Pulse until combined, then turn out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Form the cheese mixture into a ball and wrap tightly. Refrigerate until well chilled.

    • 4 Tablespoon green onion, finely chopped

    • 1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese

    • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder

    • To Taste Salt

  • 8

    Chop the bacon into small pieces and place on a plate with the chopped chives.
  • 9

    Remove the cheese ball from the fridge, unwrap and roll in the bacon mixture. Place the cheese ball on a plate and serve with your choice of crackers. Enjoy!

    • Crackers, for serving

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