The s'mores flavor you didn't know you need in your life: caramel bacon s'mores. Salty, sweet and extra gooey, you can cook these on the grill for a campfire-free s'mores experience!
When it comes to summer, there are a few dessert recipes that are always on my bucket list: strawberry shortcake, popsicles, and s'mores! And while I love a good classic s'more, it's super fun to get creative with them.
One of our favorite s'mores flavors is to swap out the chocolate for a peanut butter cup...the salty peanut butter adds so much extra flavor, and we just love it!
These grilled caramel bacon s'mores are another fun flavor to experience. Crispy, salty bacon, gooey marshmallow and melted chocolate plus a drizzle of caramel sauce...these are so messy but it's so worth it!
Reasons you'll ♡ caramel bacon s'mores
- the salty bacon adds so much extra flavor to the s'mores
- you can cook them on the grill or on a campfire
- they are a fun new way to eat s'mores!
Cooking s'mores on the grill
Classic s'mores are simply roasted marshmallows, usually cooked on a stick over a campfire, sandwiched by graham crackers with a slice of chocolate. While we love eating s'mores this way, sometimes we also want to eat s'mores in our backyard, and we use our barbecue to cook them.
For this recipe, we will start by lining an old cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and placing onto the grill. We will arrange the bacon slices onto the foil, and grill with the lid down, 5 minutes per side.
Next, we place marshmallows on metal skewers onto the foil as well. Grill for a few minutes, rotating marshmallows as needed, until they are soft.
Assembling the s'mores
Make sure that you have your assembly line ready: graham cracker halves, a slice of chocolate, sliced bacon and caramel sauce. When marshmallows are soft and slightly toasted, you will place atop a graham cracker topped with chocolate, bacon, and a small drizzle of caramel sauce (pictured below), then place a second graham cracker on top and squeeze to pull the skewer out.
Cooking without a grill
You could certainly cook these over a campfire as well. I would recommend cooking your bacon through in a cast iron skillet first, then toasting your marshmallows on sticks over the campfire. The benefit to doing it this way is that your marshmallows will toast properly, adding that toasty and slightly smoky flavor to the s'mores.
If you are absolutely desperate for s'mores and have no campfire or grill, here's what you can do: bake your bacon in the oven, then place marshmallows on a foil-lined baking sheet under the broiler. Keep a close eye on them and pull them out when they are toasted, and use a small spatula to scrape them off the foil and onto your s'mores.
- make sure to use jumbo-sized marshmallows and not mini ones
- you can also roast the marshmallows over the grill in a similar way to how you do it over the campfire
- feel free to omit the caramel sauce for a slightly less messy s'more
- turn it into a sundae: sprinkle chopped bacon, chocolate sauce, toasted marshmallow and crumbled graham crackers over ice cream
- swap the graham crackers for chocolate chip cookies
- swap the chocolate for a peanut butter cup
- add banana or strawberry slices
- add peanut butter
- swap chocolate for nutella
More summery desserts
- Lemon Meringue Pie Bites
- Brown Butter Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Blondies
- Healthy Zucchini Bread
- Key Lime Greek Yogurt Mini Cheesecakes
- Cream Cheese Swirl Blackberry Coffee Cake
- 4 slices bacon
- 8 squares milk chocolate
- 8 graham cracker squares (broken in half)
- 8 jumbo marshmallows
- 8 teaspoons caramel sauce
- Heat barbecue on medium-high heat.
- Line an old baking sheet with aluminum foil. Arrange bacon on cookie sheet.
- Cook (with barbecue lid down) for 5 minutes per side or until cooked through.
- When bacon is nearly cooked through, place marshmallows on skewers and heat over barbecue. Don't place the marshmallows directly on the grill, but either hold them over the grill or place on the cookie sheet (as pictured).
- Cut the bacon into small, bite-sized pieces before assembling the s'mores.
- Assemble the s'mores: Place a square of chocolate over one half of the graham cracker square. Place bacon over the chocolate, then a marshmallow and drizzle of caramel sauce.
- Top with second half of graham cracker square and serve immediately!
- campfire- first, cook your bacon in a cast iron skillet. Then, toast the marshmallows, camping style (aka: on a stick over a campfire). Assemble as directed above.
- kitchen- bake your bacon in the oven. Place marshmallows on a foil-lined baking sheet under the broiler. Broil for a few minutes, keeping an eye on them, and carefully scoop off of the pan using a small spatula onto the s'mores.
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