The King of Bacon Recipes – Grilled Bacon

by Pamela

bacon recipes, how to make bacon, bacon, appetizer recipe, tailgate recipes

It’s football season so you know what that means – tailgate parties! What’s not to love about a tailgate? Friends, lots of food and (hopefully) an exciting game between rival teams. And this time of year it’s even better because you don’t have to wrap up like the Michelin Man to enjoy all the festivities. But are you racking your brain trying to think of some great tailgate recipes? I’ve got the answer – grilled bacon skewers.

Taking inspiration from the Big Flavor, Small Bites trend in McCormick’s 2014 Grilling Flavor Forecast, these skewer bites pack big flavor when served right off the grates. I think this might be the king of the bacon recipes, and quite possibly the king of the entire tailgate party. Who doesn’t like bacon? And this recipe doesn’t put anything in the way of your mouth enjoying that rich and crispy bacon flavor. No peppers, cream cheese, shrimp or other healthy vegetable to horn in on that great bacon flavor.

Grilled bacon might be the best of the bacon recipes out there

And talk about convenient, you can bring the bacon skewers to the party and toss them on the grill that’s already roaring with hot dogs, sausage and burgers or, you could make these up ahead of time and bring them to the party already cooked. It’s up to you. I think you could make quite the entrance holding skewers of this tasty bacon in both hands and start handing them out like Santa handing out presents on Christmas morning. An appetizer recipe to top all appetizer recipes.

But I haven’t told you the best part of this bacon recipe (well, okay…it’s bacon and that’s the best part but there’s more). The bacon is marinated in Lawry’s Sweet Southern BBQ marinade. This is one of McCormick’s new products for 2014. The sweetness and spices work magically with the salty, porky bacon flavors. I dare you to eat only one of these skewers…I don’t think it’s possible.

Easy bacon recipes - grilled bacon

This recipe only takes minutes to prepare and cook. The only real time requirement is the overnight marinating of the bacon. But since it’s just sitting there marinating, you’re free to do other things. Plus, it’s only two ingredients: bacon and Lawry’s Sweet Southern BBQ marinade. Bacon recipes, or any recipe, doesn’t get much easier than that.

I highly recommend just eating the bacon straight off the skewer (use those little wooden skewers, not metal skewers) as an appetizer. But if you’ve got any left over, you could pull it off the skewer and add it to your burger or hot dog.

This is how to make bacon - grilling it

So now that you know how to make bacon even tastier and there’s a game in just a couple of days, what are you waiting for? Get your butt to the store and pick up some bacon and Lawry’s Sweet Southern BBQ marinade! For more tailgate bite ideas, visit

The King of Bacon Recipes - Grilled Bacon
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You can fry bacon in a pan or cook bacon in the oven, but did you know you can grill bacon? This might be the king of bacon recipes - grilled bacon.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 1 20 Ounce Package Thick Cut Bacon
  • 1 Bottle Lawry's Sweet Southern BBQ Marinade
  1. Place bacon strips (pull the strips apart, don't just throw the whole chunk of bacon in) into a one gallon zip top bag.
  2. Pour the marinade over the bacon.
  3. Work the marinade around all the bacon strips.
  4. Remove as much air as possible, from the bag, seal it up and pop it into the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  5. Soak wooden skewers in water for as long as you marinate the meat.
  6. Heat up your grill but don't turn on all the burners or make sure to push the briquets off to one side. You need to cook the bacon over indirect heat.
  7. Thread the bacon onto the skewers. (Thread the skewers through the meat and not the fat, that way the bacon will stay on the skewers better.)
  8. Place the bacon on the spot of the grill where there's no flame (indirect heat) and cook for 6 minutes.
  9. After 6 minutes, flip the bacon over and cook for another 6 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat.
  11. Serve.
The bacon will be crisp on the edges and softer in the middle. It won't crisp up like it does when you cook it in a pan or in the oven.


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Mike May 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm

This is craziest best bacon ever. I let the bacon marinate overnight. Grilled low and slow for about 45 mins. The final result just about melts in your mouth. Great flavor, perfect on burgers. Thanks for posting!

Pamela May 3, 2016 at 9:44 am

Hi Mike, I’m so glad to hear you like the bacon. It really does taste better grilled than it does fried in a pan or in the oven. 🙂

JustAli October 4, 2014 at 11:19 am

Hard to improve on bacon. Well done!

Pamela October 5, 2014 at 6:40 am

Thanks Ali…it does really elevate bacon (as if it needed elevation). LOL

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 23, 2014 at 6:47 am

When I saw the title all I could think of was bacon on fire on the grill and what WERE you thinking?? I love this idea!

Pamela September 25, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Hi Maureen, I just needed to do something different. LOL Just don’t put it directly over the flame or you’ll have bacon briquettes. But the smoky flavor from the grill is so good on the bacon and the marinade gives it just a hint of sweet and sour. Now I’m drooling just typing this.

sippitysup September 22, 2014 at 2:10 pm

King indeed the arrangement looks like a crown. GREG

Pamela September 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Who says I didn’t strut around with this bacon crown on my head for an hour or two Greg? 😉

Jenny Hartin September 19, 2014 at 6:49 pm

You put bacon on a stick!!!!

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