4.86 from 7 votes
Smashed Potatoes with BBQ Bacon
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Smashed Potatoes with BBQ Bacon ~ a recipe that hits on all cylinders! Crispy edged potatoes; sweet and tangy from the bbq sauce brushed bacon! Drizzled with a little cold sour cream for a last burst of flavor!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: smashed potatoes with bacon
Servings: 8
Calories: 281 kcal
Author: Michele Hall
  • 2-3 lbs small potatoes mixing red, gold and purple optional (SEE NOTE 1)
  • 6 pieces bacon
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce We like Famous Dave's Devil's Spit
  • 3 tablespoons Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Rinse and scrub potatoes.
  3. Place potatoes in a pot of water and turn heat to high. Bring to a boil and cook for 20-25 minutes. Potatoes should be softened, but al dente so that when you smash them they do not disintegrate.
  4. While potatoes are boiling you can start the bacon.
  5. Brush both sides of bacon with BBQ sauce and place on large metal baking sheet.
  6. Place in the oven, turning once and cook until crisp and browned. About 20 minutes.
  7. Remove bacon to plate for later use.
  8. Leave bacon drippings on baking sheet for added boost of flavor for potatoes.
  9. Increase oven temperature to 400*
  10. Once potatoes are to done boiling, drain water and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  11. Place potatoes with 2 -3 inches in between them onto the baking sheet. (The bacon drippings will till be on the baking sheet.
  12. Using the palm of your hand, press firmly to "smash" (slightly flatten) the potato.
  13. Once all potatoes are smashed drizzle olive oil over top of potatoes.
  14. Then generously season the potatoes with salt and pepper.
  15. Place baking sheet back in oven, baking for 20 or so minutes. Check on the potatoes and flip them at 10 minutes. You will also need to crumble the bacon over the potatoes after you flip them.
  16. Potatoes are done when the edges are crisped and golden brown.
  17. Taste potatoes and add salt and pepper as needed.
  18. Serve immediately will sour cream dolloped over the top or in a bowl for each person to serve themselves.
Recipe Notes

The smaller the potatoes are the better. Larger potatoes will work, but you want the pieces to be bite sized when serving. Fingerlings work as well as any tiny potatoes.

You can boil potatoes and prepare ahead of time. After boiling, go ahead and slightly smash the potatoes and place in a bowl in the fridge for use when needed. Take potatoes out when you start preparing bacon so they can come closer to room temperature before baking. Smash the potatoes fully on baking sheet after you have browned the BBQ bacon.

These work as both a hearty appetizer or as a side dish.