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How to Cook Bacon on the Grill

how to cook bacon on the grill

Smoky, crunchy, salty, and delicious. Bacon is one of the few foods that is almost universally adored. It is truly deserving of its own food group.

Americans can’t get enough of it; the average American eats roughly 18 pounds of bacon each year. It’s great on burgers, sandwiches, salads, eggs, and by itself!

Bacon is usually fried in a skillet on the stovetop. Between the hot oil spitting up at you as you cook and getting rid of the excess fat afterwards, it can be a mess.

A cast iron griddle is one of our favourite ways to cook bacon on the barbecue. Grilling bacon is a great way to add flavor to your backyard burgers or a weekend camping trip. Keep reading to learn how to cook bacon on the grill.

How to Cook Bacon on the Grill

Freshly grilled jalapeno bacon with tomatoes.

Begin by preparing your gas grill while waiting for the bacon to come to room temperature, which should take around 10 minutes. This will allow the bacon to cook more evenly and in less time. If you can get it, go for center-cut bacon because it’s leaner and better for grilling.

Keep track of how much bacon you put in the grill pan. If you layer the bacon, it will not cook uniformly, and you may end up with undercooked or raw bits. Keep the bacon strips a couple of inches apart when placing them in the grill pan.

Excess grease can drip into the flames, causing huge flare-ups and catching the bacon strips on fire. This is why we use indirect heat to cook the bacon. Stay close to the grill to monitor the temperature, doneness, and any potential flare-ups.

 

Tips For Grilling Bacon

To prevent your bacon from sticking to the grill, clean it first. When it comes to cooking bacon, we favor indirect heat since the low-and-slow method results in more evenly cooked strips. If you’re grilling with lump charcoal, pellets, wood, or briquettes, the smoke produced during the cooking process will enhance the flavor of your bacon. The savory flavor of bacon mixes very well with apple, cherry, and pecan wood when cooked in a smoker.

 

Cooking Time

The length of time bacon takes to grill depends on its thickness, the temperature inside your grill, and how crispy you like it. Depending on all of those factors, it could take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes per side when you cook on medium-high heat. Keep an eye on the bacon and remove it from the grill when it seems crispy and fully cooked on both sides.

 

Cooking Bacon on the Grill: Step By Step Guide

  • A cast iron skillet is the greatest pan to use. Begin by placing 3 slices of bacon in a cold pan over medium heat. You want to remove as much fat from the bacon as possible without it burning. This means that if the pan becomes too hot and the bacon begins to burn, or if it becomes too cool and the bacon stops sizzling, you may need to move it about a little.
  • Whether you’re using a gas grill or a charcoal grill, you’ll want to set up zones so you can control the temperature and switch to a cooler zone if necessary. If the raised spherical bumps of bacon or the borders start to turn black, your skillet is excessively hot and should be moved to a cold zone.
  • Turn the bacon over frequently while cooking to ensure that it cooks evenly on both sides. If there are hotter spots in the pan, shifting places in the pan helps. The fat from the bacon will render into the pan as it cooks. If the bacon is completely submerged in the fat, drain it carefully.
  • This is quite hot and combustible, so proceed with caution.
  • It is generally recommended that the grease be drained into a large dry empty metal can or another pot, then allowed to cool completely before discarding.
  • Depending on the thickness of the bacon, it should take roughly 10-15 minutes to cook. Keep an eye out for a deep brown tone. To drain any residual fat, transfer to paper towels.

 

Health Benefits Of Grilled Bacon

Slices of crispy fried bacon on a chopping board.

Bacon has been shown in studies to lower blood pressure and even blood sugar levels. Choline is a vitamin found in bacon and it may help with avoiding memory loss.

Bacon provides several of your daily vitamins and minerals, ensuring that you have plenty of energy to get through your day. Thiamin, niacin, zinc, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, and riboflavin are all found in bacon. Bacon is also a major source of food with one of the highest protein-to-fat ratios of any food.

Make Sure Your Bacon Is Stored Properly Before Grilling

Don’t just put the opened packet of uncooked bacon back in the refrigerator if you have leftovers. Store it in a sealed container or resealable plastic zipper bag, or wrap it securely in plastic wrap and aluminium foil to keep it from drying out (and making the whole of your fridge smell like bacon).

If you can’t eat a package of bacon in a week, your best choice is to freeze it. The USDA recommends eating frozen bacon within one month of purchase. Wrap the unopened bacon in a layer of aluminium foil to prevent freezer burn (and label it with the date). If you cook tiny amounts of bacon, flash-freeze separate strips so they don’t freeze into a single slab and you can simply defrost as needed.

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