Football Eats: Smoky Guacamole with Bacon for #SundaySupper

Snack on this smoky guacamole with bacon while tailgating or watching the big game at home. Smoked avocados? It’s easy with the smoking gun!

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September is upon us and it’s not just about the kids going back to school. No, I’m not talking about cooler weather or autumn. I’m talking about the start of football season. Love it or hate it, that’s another blog post. But, you can’t argue that we have some great eats for tailgating and game day parties. From nachos and chili to burgers and bbq, I love everything about football munchies. It’s unhealthy, it’s delicious and man, and it’s never-ending! And the #SundaySupper crew has some great football munchies for you – Bring it on!

One must-have dip for the big game is guacamole. I have already shared with you my love and adoration for the glorious, green avocado. Back in July, bloggers of all venues, including myself, were invited by California Avocado Commission to celebrate the avocado at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Every restaurant featured the avocado in an assortment of new menu items.

We were treated to an amazing time and a mind-blowing feast at the Catal Restaurant. I was able to sip on a margarita and catch up with my pal, Mimi Avocado, and the CA Avocado team. What stood out the most, was the suckling pig with smoked avocados.

When I took a bite of the avocado, it truly was cold, green, unblemished and smokey. OMG.

“How did you do this????” I asked the chef.

He explained in detail this contraption he used to cold smoke the avocados. My husband (the engineer) was in awe, and we continued to ask more questions about this smoking contraption. How did it work? What exactly was it? Where can I get one?!! Chef Steven was kind enough to answer all of our questions and share his secret. He quickly returned to the kitchen to retrieve The Smoking Gun™.

It’s an ingenius way of adding smoke flavor to ANYTHING without destroying the food. It also works on drinks. I knew I had to get my hands on one.

After contacting the wonderful folks at Polyscience, they sent me a smoking gun to try out for myself. Not owning any kind smoker, the hubby and I had a bit of fun.

Just a teaspoonful of wood shavings was needed. The fan in the gun sucks in the smoke generated from the burning shavings, then shoots it through a tube, which is tucked inside a bowl holding the food you want smoked. Remove the tube when the shavings are all burned, and close the lid on your bowl for 5 minutes and let the smoke work it’s magic.

Football Eats: Smokey Guacamole with Bacon

This gadget is easy to use and adds tremendous smokey flavor. And it worked amazingly with my Smoky Guacamole with Bacon. Yes, smoked bacon. And seasoned with some smokey paprika and charcoal infused black Hawaiin sea salt.

Smoked foods and football. A match made in heaven. Along with bacon. Anything with bacon.

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Smokey Guacamole with Bacon

Cold smoke your avocado and you have the perfect game-day dip! Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 3 bacon, strips
  • 3 avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 2 TBS red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, fresh, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 serrano chile, seeded and diced
  • 1 TBS lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp black sea salt


  1. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and add:
    • 3 bacon , strips
  2. Cook until crisp, about 3 minutes, then turn over and cook other side.
  3. When completely cooked, remove from heat and place bacon strips on a plate covered with paper towel.
  4. While bacon cools, cut into small 1/2-inch cubes:
    • 3 avocados , peeled and seeded
  5. Place avocado pieces and crumbled bits of bacon in a large bowl and scatter over it:
    • 2 TBS red onion , diced
    • 1/4 cup cilantro, fresh , chopped
    • 1 garlic clove , crushed
    • 1 serrano chile , seeded and diced
    • 1 TBS lime juice
    • 1/8 tsp paprika
    • 1/8 tsp black sea salt
  6. Cover bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and place tube of your handheld Smoking Gun™ smoker into the bowl.
  7. Turn on the smoker's fan and light the wood chips.
  8. When chips are all burned and bowl is filled with smoke, remove tube and completely seal the bowl.
  9. Let smoke sit for 5 minutes, then remove the cover.
  10. Coarsely mash the ingredients together and serve immediately.


Serving Suggestions: Serve with tortilla chips or assorted vegetables.

Cooking Tips: You can still enjoy this dip without the use of a handheld smoker.

Prep Time:

Yield: Serves 6

Cook Time:

Smokey Guacamole with Bacon Detail

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71 Responses to Football Eats: Smoky Guacamole with Bacon for #SundaySupper

  1. Pam @ The Meltaways at #

    I have never seen anything like that! How cool! I can only imagine how awesome the guac was with a smoky flavor! Delicious!

  2. These sound so good. What a perfect appetizer for a tailgate party!

  3. Hezzi-D at #

    You can never have too many guacamole recipes! This one looks delish.

  4. Thanks so much for the special gadget tip, no wonder your Smokey Guacamole with Bacon looks so good!

  5. Renee at #

    I’ve never had bacon in guacamole before or smoked avocados either. The flavor combo is intriguing. A different way to kick up regular guacamole.

  6. Wow, that´s a great idea to smoke avocados! Love this recipe!

  7. What an excellent combo! WOW…..What a great #SS addition!

  8. Wow Laura! I need one of those guns now!

  9. You had me at bacon.

  10. What a cool little tool. Bacon in guac is about my favorite thing in the world!

  11. Katie at #

    Ok, this has got to be one of the coolest gadgets I’ve ever seen, and I love the idea of using it to smoke some avocados! The guacamole sounds amazing…I wish I had some right now for myself 🙂

  12. Avocados and bacon… a match made in heaven!!

  13. Laura, this contraption is genius. You have me wanting one.

    This guac looks so good, and I can’t wait to try it. Pinned! Happy #SundaySupper!

  14. I need a smoking gun!!!

  15. Mimi Avocado at #

    I saw a Smoking Gun at Williams Sonoma and remembered our delicious dinner at Catal with the California Avocado Commission. Glad you guys were able to pull the trigger on that smoked guac!

  16. Now I want a smoking gun, too! How brilliant is that contraption?

  17. That Smoking Gun is one nifty contraption. So cool – I may end up getting one! I can think of a dozen things to do with it without even trying. And this recipe looks exceptional. Really good stuff – thank you.

  18. WOW! No way, I am so impressed 🙂 This looks amazing and I love the technique!

  19. Bea at #

    Oh, avocados and bacon – sounds supper delicious!

  20. I am so jealous, I want a smoking gun! My hubby is not going to be happy as I hound him about this new toy. 🙂 And bacon in guac is perfect!

  21. Sheila Fretz at #

    This looks amazing but how do we get a smoking gun?

  22. A Smoking gun… WOW! Very cool! I am a huge avocado lover and you can fine me in that group on pinterest! Mimi Avocado is awesome! Add bacon to the mixture and of course you have a winning recipe! Great post! Interesting! See you tonight on twitter for #SundaySupper @fromagechick!

  23. Okay, I NEEEEEED that smoking gun (how many times would people want “the smoking gun” in their hands ;P)! That is THE coolest thing ever and I can just imagine how amazing the guac tastes. Sigh. Off to wish-list it somewhere…

  24. I’ve been curious about those smoking guns… now I feel as if maybe I should get one myself!

  25. I had seen those guns before but would never have thought to use it with guacamole. What a wonderful idea. Now I have something else going on my wish list!!

  26. Megan at #

    1st- that dinner sounded amazing. 2nd-I’m jealous of your polyscience. 3rd-I cannot wait to try this!!!!!

  27. Patsy at #

    You had me at smokey guacamole! Now, I need to look into that cool gadget!

  28. I’m thinking I’d pretty much fall in love with this guacamole…and now I wish you lived in Texas so I could invite myself over to sample a bowl with you!

  29. Very cool, I will have to show my hubby as he is the smoking king in this household. He loves his smoker!! And we love what comes out of it. Never thought to smoke avocados. Great idea!!

  30. Wow…this is all so new to me! I’ve never had a smoked avocado, but it sounds delicious, as does your guacamole!

  31. Wow, I have never heard of smokey guacamole. My mouth is watering at the thought, and your pictures sure help. Now I really want some guacamole;)

  32. Sarah at #

    girl you fancy! a smoking gun! I would love to have one so I can smoke my avacado too!

  33. How ingenious is that smoking contraption! What a great outing that must have been. Lucky girl!

  34. I can never get enough guac, this is such a fun and unique version!

  35. Laura, your photos are gorgeous! I wish my photography skills were this good. And I’ve never heard of this method of smoking before – very cool! I love guacamole – way to go for adding delicious bacon 😉

  36. What a great appetizer, I love the idea of smokey guac!

  37. Next time I make guacamole, I’m going to add a whole lot of bacon! I bet it’s going to be delicious! 🙂

  38. Patti at #

    What a neat gadget! Love the recipe!

  39. I love anything with avocado and I can only imagine how great the smoky flavor would be. Must tell the Grillmaster about The Smoking Gun.

  40. Soni at #

    Wow, that’s so cool!I can only imagine how delicious it must have tasted :)Love the other flavors you’ve added in this guac too :)On the lookout for the smokey gun!!

  41. Sunithi at #

    Yummy ! That pic just made mt stomach grumble 🙂 Love the chips too !

  42. Susan at #

    I’ve debated buying the smoking gun before, but eventually figured out to hack cold smoking – does it really work? I love that added bacon to the guacamole. I’ve had it before, but never think to do it myself at home!

  43. That is one neat kitchen gadget and I want one!! 😀

  44. Carla at #

    Oh they used one on top chef masters few weeks ago! I so want one now. Thanks for sharing your new toy! I am not a fan of avocados but I’d be willing to try them smoked in this dip.

  45. Very cool! I will add to the list of ppl that have said they want a smoking gun too! That is really awesome! Your pictures are amazing! When can I invite myself to a football game at your place? 🙂

  46. Ok…that’s a pretty neat little gizmo! There are so many possibilities. The Guac looks great!

    Jamie @

  47. Melanie at #

    How interesting! I’ve never seen anything like that! Thanks for sharing


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