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BBQ Bacon Cheese Ball

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
You'll be everyone's favorite when you show up at a party with this BBQ Bacon Cheese ball! It's easy to throw together, and simple flavors everyone likes.


  • 7 Slices Bacon divided
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup [Fisher Nuts] Pecan Halves
  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese Softened
  • 1 Tablespoon Sour Cream
  • 1/4 Cup BBQ Sauce [ Our homemade is our favorite]
  • 2 Green Onions chopped and divided
  • 1 1/4 Cup Colby Jack Cheese shredded (cheddar is fine)
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • Ritz Crackers for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 400 and line a cookie sheet with foil.
  • Place the bacon on the sheet and sprinkle 5 slices with brown sugar.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp depending on thickness.
  • Remove to drain off any grease and allow to cool.
  • Chop the bacon into fine bits keeping the brown sugar bacon and regular bacon separate.
  • Set aside.
  • Heat a skillet to medium heat and add the pecans.
  • Toast, moving the nuts occasionally, about 3 minutes.
  • Remove to a cutting board to cool and then pulse in a food processor or blender until it's in small bits. Do not over pulse or it will be a powder.
  • In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, bbq sauce, one green onion, grated cheese and seasonings.
  • Stir to combine and then stir in the bacon without the brown sugar.
  • Place in the fridge to set for 30-60 minutes.
  • Remove the bowl from the fridge and form into a ball.
  • Place the nuts, brown sugar bacon bits on a plate and toss to evenly combine.
  • Roll the cheese ball in the nuts, pressing to get everything to stick.
  • Garnish with extra green onions.
  • Serve immediately or wrap in saran wrap for up to 24 hours.
Nutrition Facts
BBQ Bacon Cheese Ball
Amount Per Serving (1 /4 cup)
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 271mg12%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 5g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.