Maple Bacon Carrots on the Char-Broil Big Easy

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.
Maple Bacon Carrots on the Char-Broil Big EasyI 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.

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Maple Bacon Carrots on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Use a bunk bed basket or two to be able to cook more carrots at once.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Fire-Eater Potatoes on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Baby potatoes have such a wonderful creamy sweetness to them. I love them roasted so the skin gets just a bit crispy. They pop when you bite into them. The Char-Broil Big Easy is the perfect cooker for making a lot of things, and these Fire-Eater potatoes are one of them. Roasted potatoes hit with a nice seasoning mix that brings a little heat to offset the sweetness.
Fire-Eater Potatoes on the Char-Broil Big EasyYou can substitute any rub or seasoning mix you desire, but you might want to shy away from any that contain a lot of sugar which might burn in high heat. These Fire-Eater potatoes do cook quickly since they are smaller, but keep an eye on them if you do use a sweeter spice mix. For a little more mellow (but still super yummy!) potato using the Big Easy, try my roasted baby potatoes.

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Fire-Eater Potatoes on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You'll need a Big Easy Cooking Rack fitted with 9" pie pans as shown in the picture above, or you can use a Big Easy Bunk Bed basket lined with foil.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Place the potatoes in a large bowl.
  • Drizzle with just enough oil to lightly coat the potatoes.
  • Add the Fire-Eater seasoning and toss to coat.
  • Add potatoes to your Big Easy and lower into the cooker and cook until tender, 15-20 minutes depending on the size. I use a long bamboo skewer to poke the potatoes to test for doneness.

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French Fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Woo hoo! French fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy! Crispy, hot French fries! Perfection in a pan, and ready in only minutes. Don’t want to heat up the house with the oven making fries during the warmer months? Just toss some (frozen) fries into the Big Easy!
French Fries on the Char-Broil Big EasyI found the cook time on the fries to pretty much match the times on the package, so it’s about as no-brainer as you can get.

These fries would not have been possible without Char-Broil’s Big Easy Cooking Rack. It adds a ton of cooking area to the fryer. And best, you can add 9″ pie pans, giving you the ability to cook a whole bunch of things, like fries! Check out my post on the rack for tips and tricks.

You can also cook potato skins and hash brown patties on the Big Easy.

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French Fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You'll need the Big Easy Cooking Rack and some 9" pie pans to make these French Fries.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Frozen fries such as Ore-Ida
  • Your favorite toppings and condiments

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Divide fries between 9" pie pans. Do not overcrowd.
  • Lower rack into the Big Easy and cook until fries are crispy, 20 minutes or so.
  • Remove and top and garnish.