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posted August 26, 2016

Dark Chocolate Caramel Brownies with Bacon Salt

Dark Chocolate Brownies with a bottle of Bacon Salt tipped over and spilling out

This recipe for scrumptious Dark Chocolate Caramel Brownies with Bacon Salt is going to be short and sweet today. We are currently in the middle of a big move in addition to a kitchen overhaul (stay tuned for a fun before and after blog post)! I have been almost completely absent from Facebook and Instagram this week as I attempt to unpack enough boxes for us to survive. So sorry! Thank goodness for Bacon Month keeping me posting all of August. If I ever consider moving again, somebody please send me this post so I can remember how much of a hassle it is!

A pan of brownies baking in a smoker with smoke rising.

After 2 weeks of house updates, these bacon enhanced brownies were exactly what I needed. Start with a good dark chocolate brownie mix (or if you like homemade, we LOVE using dark cocoa powder in this Fudgy Brownie Recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe). Drizzle on some caramel, and top the sticky, gooey brownies with a hit of homemade bacon salt! If you are in the middle of renovating your kitchen or like a little extra smoky flavor, bake your brownies on your grill over indirect heat like I did.

Dark Chocolate Caramel Brownies wrapped in string with a bottle of bacon salt spilling on the table.

Honestly, the bacon salt is what makes this recipe and I always try to have some on hand. It is super duper easy to make and is an absolutely beautiful finishing salt. It also makes the perfect gift for any foodie friends in your life. Just imagine replacing regular salt with bacon salt in your favorite recipes. Soups with just a hint of smoky bacon, rubs for your BBQ become bacon enhanced, and grilled vegetables take on new life! I feel like an infomercial saleswoman here, but honestly this stuff is good anywhere you use salt.

Finally, take a few minutes and follow the links below to check out more of these #baconmonth beauties! These bloggers have worked hard to bring their best bacon game to the table and create some amazing bacon inspired recipes for you.

Collage of foods that contain bacon

Bacon and Cheese Homemade Tater Tots from Ashlee Marie

French Onion & Bacon Dip from Around My Family Table

Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn from Cooking in Stilettos

Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Bread Sticks from A Dash of Sanity

Spinach & Bacon Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust from Bread Booze Bacon

Bourbon Bacon Chocolate Balls from A Simple Pantry

Coffee Maple Bacon from Nomageddon

Southern Bacon-Fried Cabbage from Love Bakes Good Cakes

Bacon Stout Risotto from Forking Up

Maple Bacon Monkey Muffins from It Is A Keeper

dark chocolate caramel brownie

Dark Chocolate Brownies with Bacon Salted Caramel

Prep Time : 10 mins
Cook Time : 45 mins
Total Time : 55 mins


  • 1 box dark chocolate brownie mix (batter prepared according to package directions)
  • 1 jar caramel sauce
  • 2 teaspoons bacon salt (see instructions below)
  • 1 jar caramel sauce
  • 2 teaspoons bacon salt (see instructions below)


  • For the bacon salt: Cook a few strips of bacon (6 to 8) until very crisp: 350 degrees for about 25 minutes should do it. Let cool, then pulse in a food processor until finely chopped. Mix with 1/2 cup kosher salt. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Preheat your grill for indirect heat to 350 degrees (or use your oven if you feel more comfortable).
  • Mix the brownies according to package directions and pour into a greased baking pan. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the caramel sauce over the brownie batter. Sprinkle with approximately 1 teaspoon of the bacon salt. Place directly on the grill grate of your preheated indirect grill.
  • Bake the brownies for 20-25 minutes, until the brownies have started to set up. Remove from the grill and drizzle with 2 more tablespoons of caramel sauce and sprinkle with more bacon salt. Return to the grill for 20-25 more minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the brownies comes out clean.
  • If you like extra caramel, drizzle another layer of caramel on the hot brownies and sprinkle with a final bit of bacon salt. Allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting them into squares. Clean your knife in between each slice to prevent the brownies from sticking to the knife.
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