Bacon Sriracha Football Cheese Ball

Tailgating is a well-loved Wisconsin tradition. Celebrate the big game with a delicious cheese ball, featuring creamy, Sriracha gouda cheese and candied bacon in every bite.

Wisconsin Cheese Bacon Sriracha Football Cheese Ball Recipe
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Active Time
40 Minutes
1 Cheese Ball



Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Cream Cheese, Gouda or Mozzarella can be used in this recipe.


  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place a lightly greased baking rack on an aluminum foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Arrange bacon strips in a single layer on rack; rub with brown sugar. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Cool completely. Crumble bacon; cover and refrigerate.
  4. Meanwhile, beat the gouda, cream cheese, butter, green onion, soy sauce, garlic powder and pepper in a large bowl until mixture is combined.
  5. Transfer to plastic wrap; shape with wrap into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Shape cheese ball into a football. Rewrap; refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  6. Press bacon onto football just before serving. Place mozzarella on football for laces. Serve with vegetables and pretzels.

Recipe Tips

  • Too spicy? Substitute a mild Wisconsin gouda cheese. 
  • Shredded Wisconsin pepper jack cheese would also work in this recipe.


Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Roth Sriracha Gouda is a whole milk gouda flavored with Sriracha sauce—made with chili peppers, garlic, sugar and salt—and it gives the cheese a spicy zing!

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