Perhaps ‘carrot candy’ would be a better name for these maple bacon carrots, done up right using the Char-Broil Big Easy. Who knew that carrots could be so addictingly good? Slightly sweet, slightly smoky with a little crispy bacon, these treats disappeared in no time. Fortunately you can fit up to two bunk bed baskets into a Big Easy so you can actually make a pretty good sized batch at once. You’ll want to make as many as you can.
I used baby carrots, but you can also use full-sized carrots. Try to pick ones that are all roughly the same size or your cook times will vary. That’s why I went with the baby version. They’re all roughly the same size so they all got done at the same time.
For a little kick, sprinkle the carrots with a little bit of cayenne pepper or chipotle pepper powder just before serving.
- Carrots (baby carrots or equally-sized big carrots, peeled and cut down to fit into a Big Easy)
- Thin-sliced bacon (cut into thirds for baby carrots, use full-sized pieces if using large carrots)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Maple syrup (use the Grade A real stuff, not the fake syrup)
- Fire up your Big Easy.
- Wrap carrots in bacon and sprinkle with pepper.
- Transfer carrots to the Big Easy basket, bacon seam side down.
- Place into the Big Easy and cook until the bacon starts to brown and shrink and the larger of the carrots is slightly tender, 25-30 minutes. I lifted the basket out and poked them with a long bamboo skewer.
- Brush the carrots with maple syrup. I use a long brush for this. Just lift the basket up, holding it with one hand, and brush with the other. Return to the cooker and cook another 3 minutes.
- Remove the basket from the Big Easy and remove the carrots to a platter to cool a bit. The bacon will crisp while they cool.