The PBBB Sandwich: A savory peanut butter sandwich stuffed with bananas and crispy bacon and grilled to perfection. Be sure to check out the post for my sure-fire cooking technique for crispy bacon!
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The PBBB Sandwich

Betsy ran off for a weekend of skiing in Steamboat Springs a few weeks ago and left me at home with a fast approaching cookbook deadline.

When she came home, she barely mentioned the slopes, but said, “I had a sandwich.” I congratulated her on her sandwich but asked if there was anything specific about it.

She went on to describe this recipe for Peanut Butter Bacon Sandwiches. While this sandwich has no cheese in it, the final texture has a very grilled cheese feel to it. It’s really perfect after a cold day out on the mountain… so I hear…

The PBBB Sandwich: A savory peanut butter sandwich stuffed with bananas and crispy bacon and grilled to perfection. Be sure to check out the post for my sure-fire cooking technique for crispy bacon!

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Bacon Sandwich

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A quick and filling panini featuring a fantastic flavor combo with peanut butter, honey, bacon, and bananas.


4 slices good sandwich bread
1/4 cup peanut butter
4-5 slices bacon, crispy and chopped
2-3 tablespoons honey
1 banana, sliced thin
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
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Helpful Equipment

cast iron skillet


1) Lay out the bacon strips on a sheet pan or on a cooling rack and bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes until the strips are very crispy. Let the bacon cool slightly and chop it finely.

2) Lightly butter four pieces of good sourdough or sandwich bread.

3) Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add one piece of bread, butter side down. Spread on about two tablespoons of peanut butter.

4) Add in a drizzle of honey, sliced banana, and a big handful of chopped bacon.

5) Top with a second piece of bread, butter side up. Cook for about four minutes and flip. Slice and serve immediately!

You can also make this sandwich in a panini press or press the sandwich between two hot cast iron skillets until it’s nicely toasted on both sides.

Recipe adapted from a T Bar sandwich.

Peanut Butter Bacon Sandwiches

Good Ingredients

This sandwich only has a few ingredients but all of them bring some serious flavor.

Ok. The bread doesn’t really bring serious flavor, but you gotta put this stuff on something.

Peanut Butter Bacon Sandwiches basics

Simple stuff.

Let’s talk bacon because it’s obviously very important to this sandwich. Without it, the sandwich would be too soggy. The bacon brings a great crunchy texture and also  some saltiness.

You have to cook the bacon right though for all of this to work.

If you’ve read my best way to cook bacon post, you’ll know I like to bake my bacon on a raised rack so it gets very crispy. If you bake the bacon at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes, you’ll be in business.

Very crispy bacon. Peanut Butter Bacon Sandwiches

Bakin’ the bacon.

You can cook the bacon any way you like though as long as it’s very crispy.

Once the bacon is done, just chop it up so it’s in nice bits.

Perfect sandwich bacon. Peanut Butter Bacon Sandwiches

Nice and crispy!

Making the Peanut Butter Bacon Sandwiches

When you’re ready to get started, lightly butter the bread. You can use any sandwich bread for this bad boy, but I used sourdough.

Normally I use a bit more butter when I make grilled cheeses, but because the other ingredients are so rich, I kept the butter very light. Just enough to get the bread browning nicely.

You can barely even see the butter on my bread slices.

LIght butter on the bread.

Very light on the butter.

Heat your pan over medium heat and add a slice of bread, butter-side down.

Then spread on two tablespoons of peanut butter and a drizzle of honey. I photographed this off of the pan, but putting it together on the pan works also.

Hidden secret ingredient. Peanut Butter Bacon Sandwiches

Action shot.

Then add on your sliced banana and a big handful of bacon bits.

Pack on the ingredients. Peanut Butter Bacon Sandwiches

Pile it high!

When it comes to cooking this creation, you have many options.

1) If you have a panini press, toss it in there until it’s browned. Done deal.

2) Cook it like a normal grilled cheese. Just cook it over medium heat, for about 4-5 minutes per side, until it’s lightly browned.

3) Or you use my crazy homemade panini setup. I heated two cast iron skillets, put the sandwich down, covered the sandwich with foil, and then put the second pan on top. It creates a hot press thing that works really well.

My unique panini press. Peanut Butter Bacon Sandwiches

Get it?

Any way you cook it is fine though. There’s nothing really to melt like in a grilled cheese so you just want to heat the filling through. Basically when the bread is toasted, it’s ready to go.

I had to take a big bite.

The PBBB sandwich. Peanut Butter Bacon Sandwiches


These Peanut Butter Bacon Sandwiches are comfort food pure and simple. The flavors are perfect together though and you could do much worse than have this in your lunch plans.

Peanut Butter Bacon Sandwiches: A savory peanut butter sandwich stuffed with bananas and crispy bacon and grilled to perfection. Be sure to check out the post for my sure-fire cooking technique for crispy bacon!


12 comments on “The PBBB Sandwich

  1. Sounds like a very interesting sandwich, maybe this would be a good one to try on our ‘free’ day. :-)

    Hope the emergency sorts itself out soon!

  2. Sounds like my favorite sandwich at the T-Bar in Steamboat Springs! I currently live there and work on the mountain. Hope Betsy had a fun time, and if it was the T-Bar, I would reccomend trying their food any chance you get!

  3. Hey Nick-this sandwich look amazing. Love the PB and bacon combo. Yum. Wishing the best for you and your family.


  4. Hope the emergency turns out to be short lived. I’ve always made pb and b sandwiches. I don’t usually add bananas. Not my favorite. But, there is a hot peanut butter out on the market that I use with the bacon or sometimes with a roast chicken sandwich. It’s got hot pepper oil and pepper powder added to it for a real kick. You should try it sometime. I suppose you could do it by adding your own chipotle powder or cayenne…

  5. Forgot to mention this, but if you have a Whole Foods out there, they have a chocolate peanut butter (in the section where you grind your own) that would take this over the top!

  6. This is when I am sad that I am allergic to bananas. May have to try it without…or an alternative…

  7. Omg bacon, peanut butter, and banana sandwiches sounds amazingly delicious. I think I will coat the bread with some cinnamon butter and maybe add a little chocolate syrup over the bananas. :-)

  8. Ive been making bacon and peanut butter sandwiches my whole life! Its a family thing for us. I just toast my bread in the toaster and assemble, though and no honey. Short and sweet.

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