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How to Make Rafferty’s Hot Bacon Dressing

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If you love eating at Rafferty's then you are going to flip when I tell you that I have figured out how to make Rafferty's Hot Bacon Dressing!

Rafferty's has always been mine and Stephen's date night restaurant. It is a little on the pricey side, so we use it as a special place to go for just the two of us when we want to be alone and enjoy a fabulous steak dinner.

With my steak dinner, I get a salad that is covered in hot bacon dressing that will cause you to blow your top!

No, it's not hot with spices, but it is warm, gooey, and filled with bacon. I am telling you, it is the ultimate dressing for any salad. It's not very healthy because it is full of sugar, but drizzled over a plate of greens, it becomes pure heaven!

How to Make Rafferty's Hot Bacon Dressing

This post was originally published in Jan 2010 but has had some changes made to it so we are republishing it with new photos!

To make this dressing, start by frying up 8 slices of bacon. Whatever you do, do not pour off that grease because you are going to use it for the dressing.

While your bacon is frying, dice up 1/2 an onion. I like to use sweet Vidalia onions because they add a little something extra to a dish.

When the bacon is done frying, remove from the pan and place it on a cutting board.

Throw your onions in the pan and let them saute in the bacon grease until they are translucent.

While the onions are finishing, chop up the bacon and throw it back into the frying pan with the onions.

Add in 1/2 cup of sugar and let remove it from the heat. Let it hang out while the sugar is melting. In another bowl, combine the 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar with the tablespoon of cornstarch and make a slurry.
Once the sugar is melted, add the cornstarch slurry to the bacon and mix well.
At this point, you can leave it in huge chunks like this, or you can take an immersion blender and puree part of it. When you do, it comes out to this amazing thick dressing that is to die for when poured over a salad.

Here is my version and believe me, it tastes even better than the dressing at Rafferty's!

If you love salad, then you will definitely love this recipe for my delicious Rafferty's Hot Bacon Dressing. 

Want more dressing recipes? Try these out!

Yield: 2 cups

Rafferty's Hot Bacon Dressing

Rafferty's Hot Bacon Dressing

This copycat version of Rafferty's Hot Bacon Dressing is amazing and even better than the restaurant's!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 8 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 an onion, diced
  • 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Bacon Grease leftover​ from cooking the bacon
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar


  1. Fry bacon in the pan until crispy. Remove from the pan and place on cutting board.
  2. Take the diced onion and throw into the bacon grease and cook until translucent. Add back in the bacon.
  3. Add the sugar to the pan with the bacon and onion and allow the heat to melt it. Add in some salt for taste. Remove from the heat.
  4. Mix together the cornstarch and vinegar to create a slurry and pour in the pan with the bacon and onion.
  5. Mix together until it begins to thicken a bit.
  6. Use an immersion blender to puree some of the dressing. Mix together well and pour over salad.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 27Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 106mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

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Brenda S Berrier

Sunday 31st of January 2021

Why is there no honey in this recipe, I always thought Rafferty was called HOT HONEY BACON dressing. Just checking to make sure I have the correct recipe. BTW all of your recipes are great. Thanks

Jennifer Sikora

Thursday 4th of February 2021

Because the original rafferty's dressing does not have honey in it. It is called Hot Bacon dressing. And thank you for the compliment!


Sunday 24th of January 2021

I will try this, I love that dressing.


Thursday 24th of December 2020

I am so excited I found this! My husband and I used to live in Kentucky and Rafferty’s is our FAVVVEEEE! I got him started on it because it was the spot my mom and I went to almost every Saturday when I was growing up. This Christmas we’re in NC with just us and our baby girl and I decided to make our fave Rafferty’s meal for Christmas dinner. Marinated ribeye, loaded baked potato, in addition to a few other Christmasy dishes and this dressing is what will absolutely complete it! Can’t wait to make it, I’ve been craving Rafferty’s for monnnntths 🤤

Jennifer Sikora

Friday 25th of December 2020

I am so excited to hear that! This is why I try hard to re-make all my restaurant favorites. You will truly love the taste of this dressing.

Charlie Stewart

Thursday 24th of September 2020

Yes it is the best dressing ever! Had few days ago in Evansville, We ALWAYS get this dressing every time we go to Raffertys in Louisville. KY. area. Trying your recipe tonight for supper.

Jennifer Sikora

Monday 28th of September 2020

Hope you liked it Charlie


Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

Thank you for this! I am pregnant and almost an hour away from Rafferty’s. This has been a craving for weeks. This tastes just like I remember!

Jennifer Sikora

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

So happy I could help. It is THE BEST salad dressing ever.

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