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How To Make Black Pepper Bacon Christmas Tree Garland [Recipe]

black pepper bacon garland

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “You know what my Christmas tree needs? MORE BACON,” then I have a solution for you – a Christmas garland made out of crispy, peppery bacon!

Just like the nostalgic paper rings you used to make as crafts when you were a kid, in this case I’ve substituted everyone’s favorite cured pork product.

The process is much the same, loop the strips of bacon into one another to form a chain. Here I’ve secured them with toothpicks while in the oven. You’re welcome to leave the toothpicks in to make the garland more punk rock, but getting rid of the spikes makes it much more festive.

Check out our recipe after the break…

Even Darth Vader is celebrating the holidays with a garland of bacon!

vader bacon


  • 1 rasher of bacon (8-10 slices)
  • Black pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prep a baking sheet with foil, then place a wire rack on top.

2. Cut the bacon in half to get double the amount and get each slice to be approximately 6 inches long.

bacon garland step 1

3. Take one half slice and roll it into a ring. Secure with a toothpick.

bacon garland loop step 2

4. Slide another half slice into the ring, then bring it around and secure the loop.

bacon garland ready

5. Repeat until all the slices are used. Obviously, for a longer garland more bacon will be necessary.

6. Carefully lift the garland onto the prepped baking sheet.

7. Season with freshly ground black pepper.

bacon garland prep

8. Bake for 20 minutes or until crispy.


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