Bacon grease and butter are glorious cooking fats. They’re reasonable priced (one comes free with bacon), deeply flavorful, and both promote a good amount of browning. Rather than choose between these two earthly delights, you should combine them to create a fantastic compound butter.
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Honestly, all of the best compound butters contain an animal fat – remember chicken butter? – but bacon butter might be the best. Its slightly smoky character means it’s great simply spread on toast or a tomato sandwich, but it’s also extremely well-suited for cooking; I mean, think of the pancakes alone.
To make it, simply combine 110g of butter with two tablespoons of bacon grease (both room temperature) and beat them together until you have a nice, fluffy spread. Once that’s consumed, try it with another (duck) fat. Any rendered animal (duck) fat will work.