homemade crumbled bacon in a jar

Homemade Bacon bits (Kirkland Bacon crumbles copycat)

Learn to make this all time favorite bacon bits in the comforts of your home. Nothing tastes better than homemade for a fun sprinkle on your salads, compound butter and dips.
Course pantry staple, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade bacon crumbles, how to make bacon bits
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 86kcal


  • 1 lb thick cut bacon


Stove top Method:

  • Cut bacon into small pieces.
  • Fry in a cast iron enameled skillet/ braiser till crispy.
  • Transfer to a paper towel lined plate absorb the oil. Use immediately or store for later.

Oven method:

  • Arrange bacon on cooling rack placed on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 400 F for 15-20 mins or to desired crispiness.
  • Let it cool then pulse a few times in a food processor.

Air Fryer method:

  • Place bacon in the air fryer basket. You need to work in batches.
  • Air fryer bacon for 7-8 mins at 400 F flipping half way through.
  • Let it cool then pulse a few times in the food processor.


  • Don’t over crowd the pan or air fryer. See blog post for more tips.