Trust us when we say that when you know how to cook bacon on the grill, you won’t want to cook it any other way.
When most people think of the word “bacon”, images of crisp, flavourful, strips of meat hot from the frying pan spring to mind. In fact, stove top cooking is only one of many ways to cook bacon. For instance, you may want to consider cooking bacon on the grill for outdoor events like barbecues. Not only is this cooking style just as effective as stove top frying — it’s also virtually free of clean-up!
Purchase thicker-cut bacon.
When in the supermarket buying bacon for your BBQ, go for the thickest cut you can find! Thick slices of bacon are easier to handle on the grill, as thinner slices may break in half, falling through the grates, or more easily burnt.
Season the bacon during cooking.
Bacon tastes amazing with or without any forms of seasoning. However, this doesn’t mean you cannot spice it up! Here are just a few examples of seasonings that work well with bacon — simply sprinkle these directly on the bacon right before cooking: rosemary, red pepper flakes, minced garlic, black pepper or brown sugar.
Heat your grill.
Like grilling any other meats, you need to get your grill to the right temperature before getting started to grill your bacon. But bear in mind before lighting the charcoal, make sure to pile them only on one side of the grill, so you have a cool side once the fire’s up.
Oil the grill grate.
When the grill reaches the ideal heat to start cooking, quickly paint the grill with a small amounts of oil or butter to prevent it from sticking to the grill when cooking. You can do so either by using a grill brush or an oil-soaked newspaper in a pair of tongs.
Place the bacon onto the cool side.
As the bacon cooks, the fat will naturally drip into the grill. Therefore, if you cook the bacon over the coals, it can lead to a massive flare-up as the bacon fat ignites. To avoid the danger of burns or fire, only cook using indirect heat. The bacon fat will still drip down into the grill, but since there are no coals underneath, flare-ups will be minimal.
Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
When your bacon turns dark brown or red, coupled with its delicious aroma, its sign that your bacon’s done! Remove the bacon from the grill strip-by-strip and place it onto a plate lined with several layers of paper towels. Allow the paper towels to absorb some of the excess fat and it can be served!
Now, time to whip this crispy goodness up in your next BBQ party. Both children and adults will surely swarm around you for more!