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A “bouquet” of bacon roses in a vase with leaves and yellow spray roses.
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How to Make Bacon Roses

Nothing says “I love you” like a perfectly crispy bacon rose! Learn how to make exquisitely crispy, lifelike bacon roses and arrange them perfectly in a beautiful bouquet!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 Dozen Bacon Roses
Calories: 33kcal


  • frying pan
  • paper towels
  • 12 tooth picks
  • baking sheet with grate or draining surface on top
  • 12 green skewers
  • Italian Ruscus (or similar, non-toxic greenery)
  • a small vase


  • 12 slices bacon – thick cut


  • First, grab yourself some good, thick-cut bacon, and place your toothpicks and a paper towel on a flat service or cutting board. You’ll be using this paper towel surface to pat and roll your cooked bacon once it’s ready, so have another paper towel ready to pat the bacon dry.
  • Preheat your oven to 400 F.
  • Place only 2 pieces of bacon in your pan at a time. Cook until the edges are crispy on both sides, but it doesn’t look entirely done. Think “medium” cooked. Make sure to press with a spatula if it appears to be curling up. You want it as flat as possible. 
    Note: You’ll have only 15-30 seconds to perform the next step so be fast like a bunny! Your bacon is only malleable for a very short amount of time. That’s why you’re only doing 2 pieces at once.
  • Once it’s cooked “medium,” quickly remove from your pan and place flat on your paper towel. Use your other paper towel to quickly pat dry, and roll your roses! Once rolled, quickly secure the end with a toothpick. 
  • When your roses are rolled and secured with toothpicks, set on your baking tray while you cook and roll your other roses.
  • When they’re all done, place them in the oven for 20 minutes on the lower rack.
  • When finished, remove them from the tray and let them sit for 10 minutes before assembling your bouquet.


To Make Bacon Roses Ahead of Time
Simply make your roses and refrigerate them in a container with a lid. When you’re ready to assemble your bouquet, simply pop them in the oven at 350 F. for 5-10 minutes to crisp them right back up again.


Serving: 8g | Calories: 33kcal | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 52mg