Smoked Bacon Sweet Potato Salad

Have you ever found a recipe that immediately resonates with you, only to find that the ingredient and tool list is way beyond your reach? That’s what this guy was.

The original recipe sounded great, but I didn’t have a lot of the ingredients, no one here likes too much spice, and I’ve never even heard of a stovetop smoker. A whole lot of adjusting was in order. So I took the basis of the recipe, all the things that sounded great, and made my own version using what I had to make it great. Luckily, it worked and we all loved it and it mostly disappeared after the one meal.

But let’s get poppin.

Smoked Bacon Sweet Potato Salad Smoked Bacon Sweet Potato Salad

Let’s start with the rub. I reduced the spice level and left out the Adobo because I thought we didn’t have any. I also reduced the amount by about 75% because there was SO MUCH in the original recipe. What did she do with all of it? Taste the rub as you go and adjust it. It’s not set in stone. It’s especially flexible if you like to spice it up because I took a lot of that out, but a hearty dose of cayenne would be great. Smoked salt would be heaven too.

Also, if you could watch your ingredients around your tea much more closely than I do then bonus.

Smoked Bacon Sweet Potato Salad Smoked Bacon Sweet Potato Salad

There is also a double dose of bacon because not only is it crumbled in the salad but you fry up your potatoes in the grease too. It’s a pervasive flavor in this dish, so if you don’t want that just add the crumbled bacon. I cooked the potatoes before frying them, but you could simply fry them up in the grease if that floats your boat too.

So chop and cook your sweet potatoes. Add the bacon and dressing. Stir stir stir.

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I like to add lots of fresh chives to mine because yum. Serve hot or cold because it’s good both ways.

Smoked Bacon Sweet Potato Salad

Smoked Bacon Sweet Potato Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Ingredients

  • 3 small or 2 medium sweet potatoes, about 3-4 cups, peeled and chopped
  • 4 slices bacon
  • Spice Rub
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/3 tsp dried mustard
  • Dressing
  • 1/2 mayonnaise
  • 3 T grain mustard
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1-2 T chopped chives or scallions

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop sweet potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Boil in salted water until fork tender. Drain and remove.
  2. In a pan, fry bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and drain, reserving rendered fat in pan.
  3. Toss potatoes with spice rub and fry in bacon grease until the rub is fragrant. If you can get a little crisp on the potatoes, all the better.
  4. In a small bowl, mix dressing and adjust to taste. Crumble cooled bacon and add to dressing.
  5. Mix potatoes and dressing together. Adjust flavoring. Serve warm immediately or cooled in the refrigerator for several hours.
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Smoked Bacon Sweet Potato Salad

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