Grilling your food is a great way to break the mundane routine of the Monday through Friday schedule. It can be very relaxing and rewarding to prepare a nice piece of meat with spices and rubs, throw it on a scorching hot grill, crack open a homemade brew and enjoy the evening. Whether you’re with family, friends or just spending the evening by yourself, grilling is a fantastic way to prepare a meal.
Now let’s add bacon into that mixture! Nowadays there’s almost no foods or meals that you can’t prepare on the grill with a little imagination and innovation. Bacon wrapped foods have been around for years and years. The salty, crispy taste of your breakfast bacon has become so much more versatile in recent years with the countless flavor combinations seen today. Let’s indulge ourselves in not only wrapping our food in bacon but also grilling it!
Who can resist bacon wrapped shrimp. Tasty and bite size, before you know it you’ve eaten a dozen! Shrimp cook very quickly, so you want to precook your bacon almost completely, but make sure it is still floppy enough to be pliable. Season your shrimp with some spices, a rub, or barbeque sauce. Next you want to wrap your pliable bacon around your shrimp but be careful not to overlap it (overlapping will prevent your bacon from obtaining that oh so desirable crisp). Skewering your shrimp will pin the bacon to it and keep it in place. I find the best way to skewer bacon wrapped shrimp is individually instead of a bunch on a long skewer. This way the cook more evenly and the bacon has a chance to crisp on all surfaces which wouldn’t happen if there was more than one on a skewer.
Cooking times will vary depending on the temperature of your grill and the size of your shrimp but generally you can tell if shrimp are done when they turn pink, possibly 7 to 10 minutes.
How about a quick and easy grilled bacon wrapped treat? Hot dogs are perfect on the grill. Just add bacon and it’s a delightful twist on a classic. As with the shrimp you want your bacon to be pretty much cooked all the way. Hot dogs are another food that typically cooks in about 7 to 10 minutes on the grill. Get your grill nice ad hot to crisp up the already cooked bacon. Wrap the pliable bacon around the hot dog as many times as it will go. Pin one end of the bacon to the hot dog’s end with a toothpick and repeat that step on the other end with a second toothpick. Throw them on the grill and enjoy!
Maybe a little something with some more substance to impress your guests? Why not wrap lamb chops or a nice strip steak in bacon. Strip steak will take a little bit longer to cook than the previously mentioned foods, however, unless you plan on slow cooking a piece of meat on the grill over low heat your best bet is going to precook your bacon to some degree before wrapping your cut of meat.
Chicken breast grilled and wrapped in bacon is another impressive and heartier meal to serve your guests. Make sure to season your chicken breast well and precook just a bit before wrapping and securing the bacon to it and putting it back on the grill.
How about the ever so popular sweet and salty combo? Grilled fruit has gained a ton of popularity in recent years and for a great reason, it’s delicious and versatile! Grilled peaches or melon, such as cantaloupe or honeydew are wonderful and tasty fruits to throw on the grill to really carmelize their sugars and bring out their flavors. These kinds of fruits cut in a creative way and skewered with a small slice of bacon can bring so much to the end of your meal with flavor and crunch.