Level-up your cocktail game with this Vegan Bloody Mary Bacon Salt! It’s a homemade rim salt recipe made from shredded coconut marinated in that classic salty/smoky/sweet trio with a hint of spicy tomato flavor and a dash of celery salt. Then, we bake it until crispy + grind it down with sea salt until powdery and ready for sprinkling. This crumbly vegan bacon seasoning is perfect for your morning tofu scramble and the best plant-based bloody mary topping!
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When we first started talking about / sharing our original coconut bacon salt recipe, we heard from a lot of people how much they loved to use it as a rim seasoning for Bloody Mary cocktails!
As soon as T and I heard this idea, we were SOLD. Genius. Who doesn’t like a little vegan bacon with their morning cocktail?!
We were convinced we could make this combo even more epic by creating a spicy celery-salt-infused version of our original bacon salt. We wanted to create the BEST smoky seasoning that would pair perfectly with this classic brunch cocktail.
So that is exactly what we did…
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How to Make Vegan Bloody Mary Bacon Salt
If you’ve ever made our original bacon salt, this method will be very familiar to you! It’s pretty much the same, except we’re going to blend our marinade ingredients together before pouring them over the coconut.
The marinade ingredients we’re going to use here:
- Soy sauce – For the salty! Feel free to sub tamari or coconut aminos as you please.
- Maple syrup – For the sweet! Pure maple syrup is best for flavor, but you can also use agave if needed.
- Liquid smoke – For the smoky flavor! If you can’t find liquid smoke, try a smokey flavored BBQ sauce instead!
- Vegan Worcestershire – A classic Bloody Mary ingredient! Check the ingredients on the brand you’re using to make sure it doesn’t contain anchovies.
- Tomato paste – To add that tomato vibe.
- Hot sauce – Any kind will do!
- Celery salt – Don’t skip this one – it’s a must for Bloody Mary flavor!
- Horseradish – We use prepared horseradish. Stay away from “horseradish sauce”, as they usually contain dairy or eggs.
Blend these ingredients and pour allllll over your shredded coconut. Stir and let it sit for all the flavors to hang out for a bit.
After marinating, you’ll bake the Bloody Mary Bacon Salt until it’s crispy and gorgeous.
Then, you’ll finish with a few pulses in the food processor to make everything nice and crumbly.
Vegan Bloody Mary Rim Salt Tips
A few things to keep in mind while you’re baking, so you get the best results:
- Make sure the coconut is spread evenly across your baking sheet.
- Set a timer and stop to stir the coconut thoroughly every 5 minutes. This part is VITAL because coconut bacon burns super easily. (This is a painful truth for pretty much anyone who has ever tried to make coconut bacon.)
- The coconut is ready when it’s mostly browned but you start to see a few burnt spots. After making about a million batches of this stuff, trust me. You want to see a few small burnt areas of coconut; this is the sweet spot!
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We can’t wait to hear all the fun ways you find to use this killer vegan seasoning. You can let us know in the comments below (rate the recipe while you’re there!) or tag us in your bacon-filled creations on Instagram. If you’re not already following along, we’re @theplantpowercouple with the “the”.
Until then, we’ll be enjoying a delightful brunch cocktail, courtesy of this Bloody Mary Bacon Salt. Cheers to you!
For the marinade:
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1 Tbsp hot sauce
- 1.5 Tbsp celery salt
- 1 Tbsp prepared horseradish
- 1 Tbsp liquid smoke
For the bacon salt:
- MARINATE THE COCONUT: Measure your coconut into a large mixing bowl. Add all the marinade ingredients to a small blender and blend on high until fully combined. Pour this over the coconut and mix thoroughly, so all pieces are completely coated. Set aside to let marinate for 20 minutes.
- PREP FOR BAKING: While the coconut is marinating, preheat your oven to 325F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- BAKE COCONUT BACON: Transfer the coconut onto your baking sheet and use a spatula or wooden spoon to smooth it out as evenly as possible. Place the baking sheet in your preheated oven and set a timer for five minutes. When the timer goes off, use your spatula to stir the whole tray of coconut, making sure there are no pieces stuck to the sides or parchment. Then, even it out again. This step is so important because this stuff burns easily! Place your baking sheet back in the oven and repeat this step 3-4 times for a total of 20-25 minutes. You want the coconut to be toasted but have a few slightly burnt spots.
- MAKE THE BACON SALT: Finally, add your coconut bacon to your food processor with the sea salt. Pulse about 10-12 times or until everything is combined and the coconut is a nice, almost powder-y texture.
- STORE/SERVE: Let the coconut bacon salt cool and store it in an air-tight container in your fridge. Use it to rim your bloody mary drinks or vegetable juice, sprinkle it on tofu scramble, or use it as a seasoning any time you want a little spicy bacon-y flavor!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 50Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 462mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated and may not always be accurate.
Vegan Bloody Mary Bacon Salt was first published on Plant Power Couple in August 2018. It was most recently updated in April 2022.