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Bacon Bark sticks, a dog treat recipe. Bacon Bark sticks, a dog treat recipe.
Do all of you out there love dogs just as much as I do? Some people say I have a problematic obsession with my dog, Dexter, while I see no problem whatsoever, he’s just my special little baby pie and I love him so much (insert baby voice here). My boyfriend and I adopted our little darling last Labor Day while out enjoying a day off with some friends. We noticed a dog adoption going on in the distance so we walked over, saw Dexter, and that was that. Well for my boyfriend, at least. He was the one who fell instantly in love with this mild mannered mutt who chose to sit on his lap rather than run around and stretch out his legs like the other potential adoptees. Anyways, the rest is pretty much history and now we spend a good amount of our free time catering to our special little guy we love so very much. One of the extra special things I like to do for Dexter is make him healthy, homemade dog treats. I also cook him homemade meals…but that’s a whole other story! This particular recipe is a dog biscuit recipe made with real bacon and bacon fat. Although the amounts are small, I would still recommend limiting small dogs to 1 bacon stick a day and medium/large dogs to about 2-2 1/2. Dexter is a little picky when it comes to his snacks and is usually not a fan of dry biscuits, but he loves these and can’t seem to get enough….it’s the bacon, obvi! I hope your loved ones enjoy this as much as mine does! Doggies/pets are just the best….just the absolute best…love ’em…okay sorry, I’m done! :)

xx Jenny
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Bacon “Bark” Sticks
Makes 24

Ingredients:
1 egg
1 ¼ cups goat’s milk (dairy milk is okay as well)
1 tablespoon honey
4 tablespoons bacon fat
¼ cup bacon, crumbled
2 3/4 – 3 cups Oat Flour

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a large bowl whisk together the egg, milk, honey, bacon fat, and bacon.
3. Stir the flour in, ½ cup at a time until full incorporated.
4. Knead the dough until fully combined.
5. Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface into a 4” by 12” rectangle.
6. Using a pizza cutter, cut out 4” by ½” sticks until all the dough has been used.
7. Line the sticks on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
8. Cool completely before serving.
9.   Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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  1. Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen Not Specified Not Specified

    We can’t see Dexter’s gorgeous underbite!!!! P.S. Is it weird that those biscuits look delicious and I kinda want one?

  2. Kianne Holnagel Not Specified Not Specified

    This is such a great idea. I cannot wait to see what else you make. Oh and Milton requests something Kosher. Byron isn’t picky.

    • Robyn Not Specified Not Specified

      Oh PLEASE don’t use the bacon FAT. It is the most saturated fat of all, and your baby could end of with pancreatitis which is VERY PAINFUL and very expensive to treat.

      • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

        The amount I use is VERY minimal for the number of bark sticks the recipe makes and please REMEMBER that this is a TREAT! Your dog should only be given 1 or 2 a day and sparingly! My dog who’s around 7 enjoys these guys a couple times a year and is in very great health!

  3. Tina Not Specified Not Specified

    Sophie and Henry will go mad for these treats! I’m glad you shared this recipe, I’ve been thinking of what to make for a yummy fall treat. They love Frosty Paws in the summer or apple slices frozen in ice. I might give one of these a taste myself! Nothing better than bacon in my mind…except bacon and chocolate. : )

    ~Tina

  4. Tristan Not Specified Not Specified

    Dexter eats better than I do. Kaya will love these! As may I…

  5. Kristy Not Specified Not Specified

    Hey

    Would love to hear your home made dog food recipe

    Plan to make treats today

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Hi Kristy! Here is what I usually feed Dexter per meal (he’s about 15-16 lbs)….when I’m not giving him his “raw food”:

      3 tablespoons steamed vegetables, minced (either green beans, bell pepper, sweet peas, zucchini)

      1/4 cup lean ground turkey or beef, poached and drained

      2-3 tablespoons low sodium chicken broth

      2 teaspoons all natural pet kelp

      1)Mix together and serve.

      **sometimes I add in a tablespoon or two of cleaned/poached chicken liver or mince up 1/2 a hard boiled egg and mix it all together.

      I’m no holistic dog food expert by any means (not even close!!). I just did a bit of research and slowly introduced these meals into Dexter’s diet. He took to it very well right away and didn’t get sick. Plus, I’ve never seen his coat so shiny :)

      I also like giving him an ounce or two of goat’s milk or plain goat’s milk yogurt because the live cultures and bacteria are great for his stomach!

      • Jodi & Kolchak Not Specified Not Specified

        I LOVE that you home cook for Dexter and make him special treats. We home cooked for our dogs too, before we switched to raw and it was so good for them. You’re right, that shiny coat makes a difference!!

        I don’t want to offend, but the recipe you mention in the comment above regarding what you give Dexter as his regular meals, may not be meeting Dexter’s needs for vitamins, minerals, and particularly calcium – unless you’re also supplementing this with multivitamins or AAFCO complete kibbles etc. The deficiencies may take some time to show up, but I would hate too see it be a problem – especially since you’re trying to feed him so well!

        This is in no way a criticism – just a canine nutrition student who is trying to help! In any case – thank you for the treat recipe!

        I would strongly urge you to consult a canine nutritionist for a balanced recipe and cont

        • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

          I feed dexter a raw food diet and when I do cook for him I add pet kelp. He’s extremely healthy and my vet gives me props for taking such good care of him.

      • Jean Not Specified Not Specified

        I commend you for what you are doing for Dexter! Anyone who does not agree that home cooking is better, free of preservatives and other things in commercial pet food, should take the time to research. There are many recipes out there , balanced in protein, carbs, fat that our pets need, and they will thrive on it!

  6. Caroline @ Between Your Ears Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh my goodness! What a cutie. I’m going to have to make these next time I puppysit Winston — he absolutely loves people food, so I’m sure he’ll love these! Or EVEN BETTER HIS CHRISTMAS PRESENT!! and wrapped in a mason jar just like you show here with a pretty red bow! Perfection!

  7. The Sweet Cupcaker Not Specified Not Specified

    cant wait to try these out for our little ones!

  8. Ashley Not Specified Not Specified

    Awww, thanks so much for sharing, Dexter is so spoilt! :)

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  10. Shannon Not Specified Not Specified

    These look so good and are really cute! But, a lot of dogs are allergic to wheat (and most grains) :(

    • Teri Lyn Fisher Not Specified Not Specified

      Well you should check with your vet before you make these treats for you dog. And yes, like humans, dogs are allergic to a lot of stuff too. So please check with your vet to make sure your dog is in the clear!

  11. nicole {sweet peony} Not Specified Not Specified

    wow my little baby would go crazy for these! he’s a little pomeranian named maverick :) can’t wait to make these for him!

  12. Skinny Fat Kid Not Specified Not Specified

    Izzy would love these! This is one of the first recipes I’ve found without peanut butter which is not allowed in our house!

    • Mary Not Specified Not Specified

      I am allergic to peanuts, but I use soy butter (wow butter) for myself and my dogs. Sunbutter is also good.

  13. Debbie Not Specified Not Specified

    I think my dogs will totally love this recipe, thank you!

  14. Janine Not Specified Not Specified

    My little buddy would love these! Do you know how long they stay good in an airtight container?

  15. P Not Specified Not Specified

    may try this if I can find the time…have pit bull that is a real sweetie pie !

  16. Nicole Not Specified Not Specified

    I love the idea of these, and the photographs and styling are great, but found when I tried out the recipe that it needed a LOT more flour (I ended up mixing/kneading in a total of 3 1/4 cups). Not sure exactly what’s going on, if there was a typo, or something like that, but I don’t think that the dough would have been rollable without adding the extra cup of flour.

    PS Dexter looks like a real sweetheart!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Really?! Hm…I’m planning on making Dexti some treats this week so I’ll check it again. I was so careful wit this one bc it involves one of the loves of my life! I did write this recipe a very log time ago, so maybe there is a typo. Thanks for letting me know, I’ll get back to you when I figure it out!

  17. Ashlee Not Specified Not Specified

    Does anyone know if these freeze well? We don’t give our dogs treats too often, not every day, maybe once or twice a week. But if this makes 24 bars, even though I have 2 big boys, I still don’t think I’d use them in a week. But if I could freeze them & use a few each week that would be better!

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  20. Donna Not Specified Not Specified

    Dex is a cutie! My Buster is a Jack Russell Terrier and I also make his meals ever since he had a problem as a puppy – almost exactly what you feed Dexter! I do try to give him healthy store bought treats but have been thinking to start him on homemade ones. Luv this bacon idea – I don’t usually let him have bacon – so he will be surprised!

  21. Gail Not Specified Not Specified

    ahhh yes..been looking for a good recipe…for bacon strips..i make my fur-babies..treats as reading about what they put in milkbone cookies (and a few of my doggies were allergic to them)
    this sounds right on..i think the ratio between the WW and 24 cookies is not that bad..and i wouldn’t give every day anyway..tfs..loooove dexter..loves ya

  22. Aletha Not Specified Not Specified

    We made these treats to spoil our neighborhood dogs at my daughter’s summer project, a pet stand. She’s 8 and loves the puppies….so we make homemade treats to sell at our stand.

    We did use about a cup more flour and also refrigerated the dough before rolling to make super roll-able.

    Our dogs sampled them first, and they are a hit! Thanks for the recipe!

  23. Jacki P Not Specified Not Specified

    This sounds wonderful for my four-legged boy! Any recommendations on how to make this dairy free? Rudy is allergic to it, among other things, but pork isn’t one of them!

  24. Cortney Not Specified Not Specified

    hmmm… I wonder if my next door neighbors dog will like these ?I heard she loves bacon!!!
    Welll so do I . I just might eat some bacon while i’m making these treats! :)

  25. Liz Not Specified Not Specified

    I just made these and concur that I had to use an extra cup of flour. I also added a honey egg wash before baking and topped it off with some low sodium bacon flavored salt. They are still baking, but I already know they will be a hit! :)

  26. Joan Not Specified Not Specified

    Our vet recommended your recipe…can’t wait to try it out!

  27. Jacque Not Specified Not Specified

    Jenny, thanks for the great recipe! I also make my dog’s food and spend hours reading labels on treat packages to try to find something I will let her eat! What is interesting, though, is that I find far more healthy choices on the shelves for dogs than for human food. What’s up with that?My dog is a 45-lb Schnauzer/Pomeranian mix and just as cute and precious as Dexter…in a Schnauzer kind of way. I am excited to try these.

  28. Jackie Not Specified Not Specified

    Just came across your site and am very anxious to make these for my Jake (collie). He has had few stomach issues and we have been monitoring his treats lately. I prefer to make homemade, rather than the store bought as I have done in the past. Thank You

  29. Jackie Not Specified Not Specified

    Just came across your site and am very anxious to make these for my Jake (collie). He has had few stomach issues and we have been monitoring his treats lately. I prefer to make homemade, rather than the store bought as I have done in the past. Thank You

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  33. Holcomb's Haven Homestead Not Specified Not Specified

    Just a little hint
    Wheat is a top allergy for dogs. If your puppy, like mine, has this allergy you could substitute rye, barley, oat, or almond flour.

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      My dog doesn’t really have a wheat allergy himself (but I know that most do), but since posting this I have started using oat flour as a healthier alternative..thanks for the additional suggestions! :)

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  35. Mary Welz Not Specified Not Specified

    Thanks for recipes for my dog.

  36. Lynn Not Specified Not Specified

    Bacon and bacon fat can cause pancreatitis in dogs and I would not recommend feeding this treat

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Definitely talk to your vet before making these, but in such quantities, it’s usually not an issue at all.

  37. Beth Meyer Not Specified Not Specified

    Hi Jenny – I just wanted to say THANK YOU for this awesome recipe! Our dog Dottie went absolutely bonkers for them. I posted a little tidbit on my website’s blog giving you a shoutout and link to the recipe – I hope everyone in the whole world makes these treats!

    Here’s the link =) Keep up the great work! http://www.dottiedog.com/2/post/2014/02/best-bacon-treat-recipe-ever.html

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  41. Gemma Not Specified Not Specified

    Thanks for the recipe, I cook for my little chihuahua Chaplin ( who’s a very picky eater). Always looking for new recipies to try. I always replacement flour with oatmeal flour but I grind it otherwise my little guy won’t eat it, this also makes for a more flour like consistency. I added half a grated apple to your recipie. Happy to say it passed the taste test. Thanks!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Glad you enjoyed them. I love the idea of the grated apple, will add that in the future. Thx!

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  45. Edward Moreira Bahnson Not Specified Not Specified

    Thanks for the recipe! I baked a modified version (sorry about that), but I used chicken broth instead of milk and I added thyme for extra aroma. Wellington (our 5 mo Airedale) loves the treats! They are a great idea, super easy and fast to prepare and bake.

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      I love that you subbed the mill for broth..and added thyme! I’ve been using goat milk for this recipe for quite some time, but I bet it would be great with the broth!!

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  47. Victoria Not Specified Not Specified

    Thank you for your recipe.Can I substitute milk for water? Also, do I need to use honey. Does honey play a particular role in your recipe other than as a sweetener? Thank you.

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