Since I picked up a cooking rack for my Char-Broil Big Easy I’ve been able to cook all sorts of dishes that I used to have to reserve for indoor cooking. I love being able to cook an entire meal outdoors, and that means sides too. And not just your usual outdoor sides like corn-on-the-cob, or grilled veggies. This bang bang cauliflower dish cooks up in less than 40 minutes. The breading gives the florets just a bit of crunch. And the dipping sauce? Fantastic. Creamy, with just a hint of a spicy kick.
Depending on conditions, you may have to rotate the pans in the Big Easy as the cauliflower cooks so that each one cooks evenly. If you don’t have a cooking rack you can use the Bunk Bed Basket from Char-Broil, but you won’t be able to cook quite as much cauliflower at once. Whatever you do, do not over-crowd the florets or they will not cook completely.
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Bang Bang Cauliflower on the Char-Broil Big Easy
The best way to cook the cauliflower is to use a Big Easy Cooking Rack
. Replace the racks with 9" pie pans, or wrap the racks in foil.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
- 1 medium head of cauliflower cut into bite-sized florets
- 3 cups bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 2 large eggs beaten
- Fresh parsley chopped, for garnish (optional)
For the dipping sauce
- 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons honey
Fire up your Big Easy.
Combine bread crumbs and salt in a pie plate.
Place eggs into another pie plate.
Working in batches, roll cauliflower florets in the egg. Shake off excess then roll in the bread crumbs. Transfer to the pie pans for the Big Easy.
Cook in the Big Easy for 20-25 minutes. Keep an eye on the pans on the lower levels as they may brown quicker. I had to rotate my trays after 15 minutes to get nice even cooking.
Remove and let cool slightly before garnishing and serving with the dipping sauce.
My goodness. I’ve made bacon-wrapped tater tots before, but I had no idea how easy and great they’d be when made on the Char-Broil Big Easy. Crunchy bacon. Cheese. Brown sugar. Spicy rub. You don’t nibble these bacon-wrapped tater tots. You pop them in your mouth and close your eyes, bite down and start moaning in tasty pleasure. They’re just amazingly good.
I thought about serving these tots with some sort of dipping sauce. BBQ sauce. Or maybe mustard. Or Sriracha. But no, I wised up and served them hot off the cooker, as-is. They don’t need anything else on them at all. Make yourself a batch and you’ll see exactly what I mean. If you prefer a little kick, also try my bacon jalapeno tater tots.
You’ll need the Big Easy basket that comes with the Big Easy and the add-on bunk bed basket. It doubles the amount of cooking space in your Big Easy. For even more room, check out my Wingin’ator 3000 modification. Love your Big Easy as much I love mine? Check out my Big Easy Add-Ons page and my free Big Easy eCookbook!
Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots on the Char-Broil Big Easy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
- Frozen tater tots defrosted (You can fit 20 or so on a Big Easy with the bunk bed basket)
- Thin-sliced smoked bacon 1 piece for every 3 tater tots
- Brown sugar
- Finely shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
- Your favorite rub or spice mix
Fire up your Big Easy
Cut the bacon into 3rds and lay out on a flat surface.
Sprinkle the bacon with just a bit of brown sugar and cheese.
Place the tots on the bacon and roll them up.
Sprinkle the bacon-wrapped tots with the rub and place seam-side down in the Big Easy basket.
Lower the basket into the Big Easy and cook for 20-30 minutes or until the bacon has started to crisp (it'll crisp up further as it cools). Note that the tots on top in the bunk bed will tend to cook sooner, so keep an eye on them.
Serve and devour!