I brought this same dip to a family party last year, but made in the slow cooker. It has become a legend in the family and requested many times since (maybe “legend” is a stretch…just let me have my proud moment lol). Well, if you know me, I have to experiment with my Traeger to see if wood fired flavor can improve my recipes… so Traeger Caramelized Onion Bacon Dip had to be a thing.
Let me just say YUUUUMMM! I seriously thought the slow cooker version was pure perfection…but the Traeger version did not disappoint with the extra smoky flavor and brought that little extra something-something.
You can serve this with tortilla chips, crackers, Fritos Scoops (my personal fave), or toasted French bread. Really on a spoon this would be addiciting.
My husband is not even an onion fan and he devours this dip like it’s going out of style 🙂
How to Make Traeger Caramelized Onion Bacon Dip
First, thinly slice four yellow onions and put them in a greased cast iron skillet or casserole dish.
Add some butter, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, kosher salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.
Place this in the Traeger grill/smoker (or any other type of smoker you have) set to 275 degrees.
The onions will take about three hours total, more or less time depending on how thin they are sliced.
Stir them a few times throughout.
If you are weird like me, I got some sort of happiness or satisfaction each time checking them and seeing the process of caramelization.
I know, I know…SO weird, but my family still keeps me around… I think because I feed them 😉
The other components of this dip are cream cheese, bacon, mozzarella cheese, mayo, and green onions.
Cook the pound of bacon in a large skillet over medium heat.
Use kitchen scissors to cut the bacon into bite size pieces into the skillet.
Cook 5 to 8 minutes, stirring a few times and remove the bacon and put on paper towels to absorb the extra grease.
Shred the cheese and dice the green onions as well.
And when the onions are perfectly golden brown and caramelized, add the extra yumminess.
No need to stir at first.
Simply add the cream cheese, mayo, mozzarella, bacon, and green onions.
Let this go on the Traeger, still at 275 degrees, for about 30 minutes.
By then everything will be nice and melty.
Stir until evenly combined and you can let it smoke for another 15 minutes.
I like to add a little more cheese over top, it melts in no time.
Makes for a prettier presentation in my opinion 🙂
Garnish Traeger Caramelized Onion Bacon Dip with more bacon and green onions for the WIN!
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Traeger Caramelized Onion Bacon Dip
Traeger Caramelized Onion Bacon Dip is my family's favorite appetizer! Serve with crackers, chips, or toasted bread for an amazing party food
- 4 yellow onions
- 4 Tbsps butter
- 3 Tbsps brown sugar
- 3 Tbsps balsamic vinegar
- kosher salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes
- 8 oz block cream cheese
- 3/4 cup mayo
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup diced green onions
- 1 pound cooked and crumbled bacon
Slice the onions and put them in a cast iron skillet or foil pan. Add the butter, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, kosher salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.
Put the skillet or pan on the Traeger grill/smoker set to 250 degrees for about 3 hours. Stir it every half hour.
Note: Cook time will depend on thickness of onion slices and smoker temp, they may be ready before the 3 hour mark or they may take a little longer.
Add the cream cheese, mayo, mozzarella cheese, green onions, and cooked bacon crumbles. Cook on the Traeger still set to 250 degrees 30 to 45 more minutes, stirring a few times.
Once it's all melted together serve with crackers, Fritos Scoops, or toasted French bread.
Note: I sliced a French baguette, brushed each slice with olive oil and seasoned with kosher salt and pepper. Then baked in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes.