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Bacon- Delicious and Versatile Free Cooking and BBQ Magazine

Apart from simply being yummy, bacon is a delicious and versatile ingredient. It imparts a delicious flavor to everything. While bacon can be reasonably high in fat content with careful cooking, this reduces. Besides, there are many cuts available today from your butcher that are leaner but still retain that smokey bacon flavor.

Of course, moderation with bacon consumption is the key. It is also possible to buy uncured, reduced-sodium center-cut bacon. The center cut of bacon is the leanest. It may take a little research but Amazon offers many examples of low sodium uncured bacon. They still retain the distinctive flavor we expect from bacon. See Low Sodium Uncured Bacon

Here are a few bacon ideas that will tempt your pallet, whether you are barbecuing in the winter or only just cooking on your grill.

Bacon weave

Bacon- Delicious and Versatile Free Cooking and BBQ Magazine

Creating a bacon weave from strips of bacon will produce a kind of flavored layer cover for meats. It is particularly useful to moisturize cover and protect meats that may dry out on the grill. i.e., Pork Fillet, Skinless Chicken Breasts, and meat roasts like topside, which doesn’t have a lot of natural fat.

It is simple to create a weave. Click on the link below to watch a simple video on how to create a bacon weave.

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https://youtu.be/HNvPxp9BTXk

Candied Bacon

 

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This bacon treat is a perfect picky starter for your guests while they are waiting for the main event.

Set up your grill for Indirect Grilling, preheat to 325 degrees

Ingredients

14 Thick slices of bacon ( about ¼ inch thick)

1/3 rd Cup of Maple syrup, which has been warmed slightly as its easier to work

1 cup of Brown Sugar

Method

Use a rimmed baking sheet and cover with foil. ( Helps when cleaning later)

Take a wire rack that fits over the baking sheet and lightly oil.

Brush each Bacon slice with the maple syrup.

On another baking dish or a board spread out the brown sugar.

Take each syrup bacon slice and place it on the sugar. Turn over to coat both sides.

Place the bacon slices on the rack leaving about ¼ inch between each slice.

Grill the bacon on indirect heat until each slice browns becoming caramelized and crisp. This will take about 15mins.

Remove from the heat and serve!

Candied Bacon

Easy to make delicious candied bacon!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3

Equipment

  • Set up your grill for Indirect Grilling, preheat to 325 degrees

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 14 Thick slices of bacon about ¼ inch thick
  • 1/3 rd Cup of Maple syrup which has been warmed slightly as its easier to work
  • 1 cup of Brown Sugar

Instructions

Method

  • Use a rimmed baking sheet and cover with foil. ( Helps when cleaning later)
  • Take a wire rack that fits over the baking sheet and lightly oil.
  • Brush each Bacon slice with the maple syrup.
  • On another baking dish or a board spread out the brown sugar.
  • Take each syrup bacon slice and place it on the sugar. Turn over to coat both sides.
  • Place the bacon slices on the rack leaving about ¼ inch between each slice.
  • Grill the bacon on indirect heat until each slice browns becoming caramelized and crisp. This will take about 15mins.
  • Remove from the heat and serve!

Bacon Burnt Ends

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Here is another recipe using cubes of bacon for cooking on the grill.

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs Whole Unsliced Bacon
  • 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of a sweet Barbecue Rub
  • 18 oz Barbecue sauce
  • 6 oz Sweet Liquid Rib glaze

Method

  1.  Organize the smoker or grill for indirect cooking approx. 240 degrees. To increase the flavoring, add two pieces of wood flavoring like a cherry to the hot coals before starting to grill.
  2. Cut the bacon into one and a half inch strips lengthwise. Then cut each strip into one and a half-inch cubes.
  3. Mix in a bowl the sugar and BBQ Rub.
  4. Season the cubes with the sugar /rub mixture, evenly coating the cubes.
  5. Lightly coat the rack with a cooking spray. Place bacon burnt end pieces on the rack
  6. Place the rack on the smoker and cook for 1 hour. After sixty minutes, turn each burnt end and cook for a further hour.
  7. Mix the Rib Glaze and BBQ sauce.
  8. Remove the burnt ends from the smoker and place in a grill pan. Coat the sends evenly with the sauce.
  9. Place the container back on the smoker and glaze for 20-30 minutes.
  10. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool slightly before serving.

    Bacon Burnt Ends

    A delicious recipe for decadent Bacon
    Prep Time15 mins
    Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: American

    Ingredients

    • ingredients
    • 4 lbs Whole Unsliced Bacon
    • 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
    • 2 Tablespoons of a sweet Barbecue Rub
    • 18 oz Barbecue sauce
    • 6 oz Sweet Liquid Rib glaze

    Instructions

    • Method
    • Organize the smoker or grill for indirect cooking approx. 240 degrees. To increase the flavoring, add two pieces of wood flavoring like a cherry to the hot coals before starting to grill.
    • Cut the bacon into one and a half inch strips lengthwise. Then cut each strip into one and a half-inch cubes.
    • Mix in a bowl the sugar and BBQ Rub.
    • Season the cubes with the sugar /rub mixture, evenly coating the cubes.
    • Lightly coat the rack with a cooking spray. Place bacon burnt end pieces on the rack
    • Place the rack on the smoker and cook for 1 hour. After sixty minutes, turn each burnt end and cook for a further hour.
    • Mix the Rib Glaze and BBQ sauce.
    • Remove the burnt ends from the smoker and place in a grill pan. Coat the sends evenly with the sauce.
    • Place the container back on the smoker and glaze for 20-30 minutes.
    • Remove from the heat and allow it to cool slightly before serving.

     

Bacon Bits and Stories

  • There is Bacon of the Month clubs! Fulfill your bacon need by clicking on the link below. https://baconfreak.com/bacon-of-the-month-clubs/
  • Enjoy Chocolate bacon. It’s easy to make yourself just follow the candied bacon recipe above and then dip into melted chocolate. Bacon- Delicious and Versatile Free Cooking and BBQ Magazine
  • It is possible to buy a unique bacon rack to use in the oven or on the grill. It keeps grilling bacon tidy and prevents and flare-ups from dripping fat into an open fire. They are easily cleaned and easy to use See Bacon Racks
  • Bringing Home the Bacon:- These days, this phrase refers to making money. However, its origins are from the 12th century when churches would give a flitch (side) of bacon to any married man who swore before God that he and his wife had not argued for a year and a day. Men who “brought home the bacon” were known as exemplary husbands!

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Hi, I am a writer based outside Cape Town in South Africa. I come from a Barbecue obsessed family. With the great weather we have in Cape Town ( most of the year) we enjoy Cooking Outside in our Backyard as often as possible. South African's love to "Braai" anything! The trick to continuing to enjoy Barbecuing is loving the old favorites but experimenting with new foods and methods often.

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