This is for all the lady bosses and fella bosses out there. We see you, wielding your grilling utensils like a pro. We’re here to help you up your game by incorporating just about everyone’s favorite add on (for my house its kind of like a main course) BACON.
And since we know that looking good, while tailgating is just about as important as the food you eat and company you keep, we have some great shops to keep you looking your best.
They say that 25 percent of all grillers are grilling on game day. But while this fun little trivia may or may not be completely accurate, it still shows how much we love snacking during the fall, especially when football is on. Gameday simply makes every snack about a hundred times more special (it’s science really). You get to dress up in your team gear, wear face paint and act like a
lunatic fan (is that just our family?).
It’s one of the most magical times of the year, where football games bring families and friends together in front of their TVs or in the stadium parking lot. The anticipation works up an appetite—this might as well be scientifically proven by now.
And if you’re ready for an epic tailgating session, we’re here with the ultimate guide on how to cook with bacon for game day. Why bacon, you ask? Well, it’s true that there are countless recipes out there for you to try, but it’s also true that just about everybody loves bacon.
It’s still a matter of opinion, of course. But you’re probably here reading this guide on how to grill with bacon because you agree that bacon is the best.
Nothing goes better with beans, and burgers, and even jalapenos, more than bacon. It’s flavorful, it’s high in protein, and it’s probably bad for your health. But who says we can’t indulge in the good things every now and then?
For those of you who are following a strict diet, game day is probably the perfect day to give yourself a break. Call it a cheat day, if you will.
Why should you grill with bacon for game day? Well, it’s just delicious. You can wrap so many different ingredients in bacon—you’re free to get creative with the recipes as long as you’re grilling the bacon right.
Bacon is tasty and nearly everybody loves it—but we also know it can be a challenge to cook. One word to summarize the experience is “splatter”. We’re all familiar with how violent these things can be when they’re being cooked- HOT!
But beyond this, there’s another challenge you should be aware of: the smell.
Now here’s the thing about bacon: it smells good. We all know that. You can probably imagine the smell right now, just by reading this. But the smell can outstay its welcome, especially if you cook it indoors. The smell of bacon tends to linger, so even if you like the crispy, salty smell of it, you might just get sick of it.
Unless you live in a massive house, we suggest you cook this one outdoors. You don’t want to be smelling day-old grease after game day is over.
Take it outside and use a tiny grill. It will cook quickly and evenly. But make sure to wrap the bacon in tin foil so you dont lose all the grease and taste- or cook it in a pan. You also get the bonus benefit of not having to deal with any lingering smells. It will still splatter all over the place, but not anywhere you have to care too much about.
Anything that cooks fast on the grill is great for tailgating. Years of tailgating experience would tell you that. But if you want to enjoy your snacks more quickly, prepare as much food as you can ahead of time. A little preparation is key here. If you’re going to wrap anything in bacon and it has to be prepared ahead of time, you need to do so before driving off to the stadium.
To avoid having to bring a carload of ingredients, try using sauces, rubs, and marinades. If there are essentials that you need to pack, have a checklist for them. Some of these things are easy to forget. You don’t want to leave behind your napkins and tin foil.
Making bacon on the grill is simple. Just use a cast iron skillet to make the process easier.
First, preheat your grill to 400°F. Place the cast iron skillet on the grates to preheat it too. If your skillet is a bit old and rusty, do this one first.
Next, place the strips of bacon down. Lay them out on the skillet and close the grill. Don’t leave it behind. It cooks for just about 7 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of each strip. Open the grill and use tongs to turn the bacon over. Cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes after flipping each strip.
You’ll know it’s ready when the bacon is gold and crispy. Notice how the color is much more appetizing compared to stove-top bacon.
The last step is to enjoy your grilled bacon. Use tongs to place the bacon on a plate lined with paper towels. You’re ready for that tailgating session now!
Now one thing you need to master if you want to become a professional is how to grill bacon-wrapped foods. Even if you’re not trying to become a chef, you’ll still want to know how to grill bacon properly, especially because bacon-wrapped snacks are great for game day.
Wrap your seafood, your vegetables, and your meats with bacon to give it that extra flavor. Wrap shrimp, scallops, and cheese stuffed peppers. Bacon-wrapped boneless stuffed chicken is also getting more popular these days.
But while making these delicacies, make sure you avoid grease fires. Bacon-wrapped foods are not as easy to grill as just plain bacon. You need to watch out for grease fires.
Unfortunately, grease fires are very common when cooking bacon-wrapped snacks. If dripping bacon fat comes into contact with lit charcoal or propane flames, you can expect a fire to flare up. Always cook bacon-wrapped food with indirect heat. You’ll greatly minimize the risk of grease fires that way. Use a disposable aluminum drip pan underneath the food when grilling with indirect heat.
The only challenge now is actually getting your bacon to cook at the same time as the other thing wrapped by it. To accomplish this more easily, use thinly sliced bacon instead of thick cut varieties.
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