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Cheesy Bacon Ranch Tailgate Fries

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Tailgate Fries

  • 26 September, 2022

Feeds: 10-15 people | Prep Time: 10min | Cook time: 30min | Total Time: 40min

Cheesy french fries… need we say more? They’re a game-time staple without the arena cost. We’re skipping the fake processed cheese and doing these the old-fashioned way.

These are going to be a quick favorite for your tailgate parties.  

Items you’ll need



  • 5 slices bacon (you can skip steps 2, 3, and 5 if you get it pre cooked) 
  • 1 22 ounce bag waffle cut fries
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups shredded medium cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 2 green onions diced


  1. Heat the kamado grill to 450 degrees. 
  2. Lay your bacon slices on the grill. Close the lid for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Open the lid (NOTE: be careful to watch for flare-ups that can happen with the bacon grease.) Flip the bacon and close for another 1-2 minutes
  4. While the bacon grills, Toss french fries with oil.
  5. Remove the bacon, chop it into small bits, and set aside
  6. Tear off 4 to 6 pieces of 12-inch aluminum foil. Depending on how many you’re serving. Crimp the ends to make the shape of a boat.
  7. Divide the french fries among the boats in a single layer. 
  8. Place the boats on the grill and close the lid. Cook for 15 minutes. Turn and cook another 10 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
  9. Divide cheese evenly among fries. Sprinkle with bacon. Continue cooking until cheese has melted, about 5 more minutes. 
  10.  Remove from grill, drizzle ranch dressing over the top and sprinkle with green onions. Serve immediately.

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