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This football cheese ball is sure to score with your family and friends. Bacon, cheddar and ranch come together in this football shaped treat. Perfect for the big game or any get together!

bacon covered cheese ball in the shape of a football with cheese laces.

It’s that fun time of year when we really get locked into football. People who are just kind of fans are suddenly paying attention.

Even non-fans are wondering what they should eat during the big game.

The folks who are just there to watch the commercials need to eat too after all!  We start warming up for the big dance by making extra snacks during the playoffs.

We need to be good and ready, after all!

Football shaped cheese ball coated in ground up bacon with string cheese laces.

When we are planning the menu for a big football game, there are usually plenty of buffalo chicken options. We love our buffalo chicken dip and buffalo chicken taquitos

We also love venison chili, stuffed jalapenos and kickin’ corn dip. Soup and appetizers seem to be our game day go to menu items.

But not everyone likes the spicy food as much as we do, so I always try to have plenty of milder options as well.

This pig skin cheese ball is a perfectly fun and easy way to celebrate. The shape makes it festive football food but it is really perfect any time of year.

You can roll it into a ball of course. In fact, I recommend you do that for your next potluck.

Cheese, ranch and a pound of bacon are sure to make it popular no matter the shape. 

But right now, the football is the only way to go!

Football shaped bacon coated pig skin cheese ball on maple cutting board with crackers nearby.

I made this for the Sunday games last week. They were both nailbiters.

A pot of chili and 2/3 of this cheese ball disappeared in no time. Maybe it was all the stress?

That may have had something to do with it. But the fact that it is delicious didn’t hurt anything.

In fact, as each new person arrived my husband suggested they shouldn’t try the cheese ball. “It’s terrible” he said, trying to save what was left for himself.

Then he dug in for another bite. We were all surprised he didn’t end up skipping the crackers and just go for it with a spoon as time went on.

Plate of cheddar bacon ranch cheese ball in the shape of a football with crackers.

If you are looking for more fun football shaped food, there are always the stuffed pizza footballs and MiMi makes a mean cookies and cream cheese ball that is also cute as a football!

What are your favorite football watching snacks? Let me know in the comments below.

bacon covered cheese ball in the shape of a football with cheese laces.

Football Cheese Ball With Bacon

Servings: 24 Servings
Author: Carlee
This pigskin cheese ball is sure to score with your family and friends. Bacon, cheddar and ranch come together in this football shaped treat. Perfect for the big game or any get together!
5 from 8 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 16 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 oz ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 pound bacon cooked crisp
  • 1 stick string cheese


  • Chop the crisp and cooled bacon into small pieces.
    1 pound bacon
  • Stir together the cream cheese, ranch mix, cheddar and 1/3 of the bacon pieces.
    16 oz cream cheese, 1 oz ranch seasoning mix, 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese
  • Form into a football shape and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least a half hour.
  • Remove plastic wrap and football on serving tray. Press remaining bits of bacon into the ball to coat.
  • Use string cheese to make laces on the ball.
    1 stick string cheese
  • Serve with crackers.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 10gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 543mgSugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Sunday 21st of January 2018

Classic flavors that you can't go wrong with!


Monday 22nd of January 2018

Thanks, Jan!


Sunday 5th of February 2017

The pig skin cheese ball is super adorable! I'm sure it's just as tasty. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.


Tuesday 7th of February 2017

Thank you!

Jessica Jarrell

Thursday 2nd of February 2017

Cheeseballs are one of my absolute favorite things about the holidays, so I'm digging this football themed one! It sounds delish! Anything with bacon is always football-approved 😃


Thursday 2nd of February 2017

It's hard to go wrong with bacon and cheese! Thanks, Jessica!

Edye Nicole

Sunday 29th of January 2017

What a fun game day snack! You're always so inventive, Carlee :)

Blessings, Edye | Http://


Monday 30th of January 2017

Thank you!


Friday 27th of January 2017

This looks great. Great for the Sunday game days. You are our our most clicked link for Family Joy Blog Link Up party #52. Don't forget to join us Sunday-Wednesday to link up again. Have a great weekend.


Saturday 28th of January 2017

Hooray!!! Thank you so much!