Posted by: scootrah | August 30, 2014

NATIONAL BACON DAY! Time for Grilled Bacon Halos

IT’S NATIONAL BACON DAY! And in honor of this momentous and delicious event, I bring you the ultimate in bacony goodness that will definitely BLOW.YOUR. MIND.

Have you ever cooked bacon on the grill? It’s easier than you think and when you do it right ends up smoky, crisp and delicious. Then paired with cheese, onion, pineapple and BBQ sauce, how could you go wrong? My partner Rolland sent me an online recipe clip for a version of this a couple months back and I wish I’d made them sooner because they’re ridiculous! I intended them to be an appetizer – and there’s no reason they shouldn’t be – but they could also be a meal in themselves. We literally ate so many of them the first time I made them we never got to what I’d made for dinner.

Then last week we went to visit my mom and brother and I made some up to throw on the grill with the big T-bones and prawn skewers Todd had for our dinner. While he was eagerly devouring his second helping, he casually said, “You have to top a burger with these…” GENIUS! 

And so I present to you the miraculous creation of GRILLED BACON HALOS so you too, can enjoy this little bit of heaven on a plate.

Start with a can of pineapple rings, some mozzarella/string cheese sticks, an onion, bacon and BBQ sauce

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Cut the onion into nice, fat rings, so you have some “curve” to them when you separate the rings….

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…take your mozzarella stick and tear it into fourths, then fit the pieces inside the onion ring…

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…and top that with a pineapple slice. Make sure you’ve drained it well first…

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…now drop the end of a piece of bacon through the hole and pull a bit out to the side…

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…start wrapping the bacon around the ring – overlap the pieces slightly – you’ll need two slices of bacon per ring…

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…once the ring is completely and tightly covered by the bacon so the cheese won’t ooze out, sprinkle a little of your seasoning on it – I used some creole seasoning mix, but you can use what you want – paprika, garlic powder and cayenne are all good choices. If you don’t think the bacon is sticking to the ring, skewer it with a couple of toothpicks so they stick together (soak them in water for about 15 minutes so they don’t catch fire on the grill)…

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…put it on the grill pineapple side down first and grill this bad boy over medium heat for about 10 minutes (if your grill is too hot, the bacon grease will run out quickly and cause flare ups, which means you’ll have Satan’s burnt version of these – not a good thing). I cooked mine with the cover to the grill on…

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…turn the ring over and continue to grill another 10-15 minutes until nice and crispy. Now’s also a good time to baste with a little BBQ sauce so they will get a good cooked-on glaze. My brother Todd’s BBQ sauce is perfect for it and you can get the recipe if you CLICK HERE

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…remove from the grill and let stand for about 10 minutes – the cheese is molten in there and you don’t want to burn yourself…

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…eat them as an appetizer, put them on their own bun, or top a grilled burger with a halo of their scrumptious bacony love – delicious!

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Like tasting HEAVEN on a plate!

P.S. I was describing the amazingness of these halos to my friend EJ and she said “Hey – I bet that would be really delicious basted with teriyaki sauce with a grilled chicken breast in place of the burger!” Uh, YEAH IT WOULD!

So there you go – two culinary masterpieces for you to try with the angelic BACON HALO – can’t you hear the angels singing their praises?

Happy National Bacon Day and have a great Labor Day Weekend!

 

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  1. Delicious is right! My 11yr old decided to make the Labor Day BBQ spread this year using your blog recipes. He made the grilled bacon halos, burgers with bacon and jalapenos, Todd’s BBQ sauce, a marinated rack of lamb and grilled brussel sprouts. My pals were quite impressed (and stuffed by the end of the day!) Now I just need to teach him how to open the wine bottles…

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    • Glad to know the recipes were simple and easy – And how great is it to have your kid want to do the cooking?! – Scott

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