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How to Make Gravy with Bacon Grease (Easy Recipe)

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This easy-to-make recipe for country breakfast bacon gravy is perfect served with biscuits, home fries, bacon and eggs. This bacon gravy recipe is homemade and delicious.

country breakfast with bacon eggs biscuits and gravy

what is bacon gravy?

bacon gravy is a white, homestyle country gravy recipe

You may be wondering, can you make gravy with bacon? Learning how to make bacon gravy is easy and fun. Bacon gravy is a Southern delicacy, especially where I’m from. We especially love to serve it with biscuits or skillet potatoes.

For generations, Appalachian families have fried bacon, then used the “grease” to create homemade gravy. This milk gravy with bacon grease can also be made with sausage and black pepper, depending on your preference. Follow along to learn how to make white gravy.

gravy dripping from a piece of bacon

how to: white bacon gravy recipe with leftover grease

You can make homemade white breakfast gravy from bacon, flour and milk! Follow along to learn how to make breakfast gravy.

Fun fact: biscuits and gravy originated in Southern Appalachia in the late 1800’s according to the Washington Post.

Sounds silly, but it’s easy to make a nice country breakfast gravy with bacon grease. To make this easy white country gravy, we will make a roux.

To make a roux for gravy, heat up a pan and add your favorite strips of bacon (make one entire package). I prefer just plain bacon for making the gravy and medium heat the entire time.

Then, move the crisp, fried bacon to a plate with a napkin (to catch extra grease).

Next, add in 1 or 2 tablespoons of self-rising flour regular flour to the pan. Whisk after each and repeat five times for a total of approximately 9 tablespoons of flour.

Finally, add in 1/4 cup of milk. Whisk. Repeat about 4 times or until gravy is at your preferred thickness.

close up of gravy dripping down biscuits

expert tips for making country gravy with bacon

Whisk and don’t stop!

First, if you’ve never made homemade country breakfast gravy, you’ll need to remember is to keep whisking each time you add a tablespoon of flour.

And, especially take note to keep whisking after each bit of milk is added.

bacon fat grease in pan
bacon grease

brown vs. white gravy

I like to add a bit more flour and milk to my gravy, but if you prefer a darker gravy, follow these tips:

  • To begin, fry your bacon until very crisp
  • Add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time for a max of 4-5 tablespoons. Allow more time for the flour-grease mixture to cook and get dark.
  • slowly add in 1/4 cup of milk.
  • Next, add in another 1/4 cup milk and repeat if too thick for your preference

storing leftover bacon gravy made with flour

I recommend eating this gravy within the first day or two of making. You may notice that the bacon fat (grease) will separate from the rest of the mixture.

Before reheating, give it a good stir and all is well.

breakfast with bacon gravy biscuits and eggs

what to serve with bacon gravy

Usually, breakfast gravy is served over top of buttermilk biscuits or with jam/jelly.

However, you may serve with other country favorites, such as:

  • country steak
  • eggs, bacon, or home fries
  • with chicken, biscuits and shredded cheddar cheese
breakfast with bacon gravy biscuits and eggs

Breakfast Bacon Gravy (country style)

This filling and traditional country breakfast bacon gravy is perfect served over biscuits, with eggs and, of course, bacon grease!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 92kcal
Author: Amber


  • 1 pkg bacon
  • 9 tbsp flour self-rising
  • ¾ cup whole milk (or 2%)
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp salt or to taste


  • On medium heat, fry bacon until crisp. Remove.
  • Add flour, whisking in 1 tbsp at a time.
  • Add milk, whisking in ¼ cup at a time. If too thick, add more milk until gravy reaches desired consistency.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 1183mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg

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