Spicy Bacon Pimento Cheese is the Southern salty cheese spread that will make your party guests happy.
Pimento cheese is one of the quintessential Southern recipes. It’s amazing spread over crackers and chips. It’s stunning scooped onto a burger. And it is divine stirred into macaroni and cheese. I also recommend grilled pimento cheese sandwiches. Sometimes we even call pimento cheese ‘the caviar of the South.’
If you’re not from the South, this cheesy spread is made from shredded cheddar cheese, a spot of mayonnaise and diced pimentos, which are sweet and tangy peppers. Once you’ve got that recipe down, you can add stuff. I’d start by having fun with cheeses and adding applewood smoked bacon to the mix. That’s how I came up with this Spicy Bacon Pimento Cheese.
I made this Spicy Bacon Pimento Cheese to pair with a special gift from Pig of the Month BBQ. They sent me a huge box of deliciousness that included the thickest cut of Applewood Smoked Bacon and a whole host of other goodies:
- Pulled Pork
- Pulled Chicken
- Dry-style Ribs
- Key West-style Ribs
- Beef Brisket
- Love Me Tender Memphis Barbecue Sauce
- Key West Grilling Sauce
- Pig Candy (AKA candied bacon).
Doesn’t it all look amazing?!
I cooked up everything Pig of the Month BBQ sent me and invited a few friends and neighbors over for a barbecue. I loved this box because all the meats were really easy to prepare. I’m not an expert griller at all, but the instructions were easy and I didn’t even have to think about marinades or rubs! You can prepare most of the items in the oven or on the grill. Next time I have a barbecue, I’d love to get another of these boxes because it made the food prep super easy.
To go with the barbecue and the Spicy Bacon Pimento Cheese, I also made a simple slaw, a green salad and my Melon, Mint + Mozzarella Salad for sides and my Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake for dessert. This would be a great menu for a July 4 barbecue! (Or any summer barbecue menu, really.)
The last day to order Pig of the Month BBQ for Independence Day celebrations is June 28, so act fast! I’ve also got a chance for you to win the same box I got — enter to win at the end of this post! // susannah
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- 1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded extra sharp white cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 4–5 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled
- 1 (4-ounce) jar pimentos, drained
- sea salt, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Place all ingredients in a bowl. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.