Grilled Sweet BBQ Bacon

This grilled sweet BBQ bacon takes candied bacon to a whole new fantastic place. The bacon gets ‘happy’ overnight in an off-the-shelf marinade, getting infused with slightly sweet BBQ flavors. Skewered and onto the grill over indirect heat until just starting to get golden brown. Any more and the marinade will caramelize. After cooling (and I have to admit, some didn’t cool much before I devoured them) you have wonderous appetizer bacon-on-a-stick.
Grilled Sweet BBQ BaconI also took some of the bacon off the skewers and saved it for topping burgers later in the day. The bacon adds tremendous flavor to a burger. Way, way beyond your usual bacon.

Breakfast on the grill is great. Trying grilling up some biscuits to go with your bacon!

Grilled Sweet BBQ Bacon

Great eaten right off the skewers, or remove and use as the best burger topping ever!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 1 pound

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Separate bacon strips and place into a large resealable container or baggie.
  • Add the marinade. Seal and toss gently to coat.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight for best results. Turn the bacon over every few hours to get the marinade well-distributed.
  • Thread the bacon onto the skewers. I found it easiest to first fold the bacon like an accordion, then I fed the skewer through the middle.
  • Fire up your grill for indirect cooking.
  • Place the skewers onto the grill. Grill for 10 minutes then flip and continue grilling another 5-10 minutes or until the bacon is done. NOTE: The bacon will not be crispy. Do not let it cook until it gets dark.
  • If you are serving the bacon on skewers as meat snacks, let them cool before serving.
  • If you are using the bacon on burgers or sandwiches, immediately remove the bacon from the skewers before cooling. Once the bacon cools it will be very difficult to remove the skewers.

Chili Sauce for Chicken Fingers

I admit, not every meal I cook is from scratch. I’d say maybe 99% of them are home-cooked. But for that other 1% I’m a sucker for something pre-cooked, and often it’s pre-cooked chicken fingers (I use Tyson’s Crispy Chicken Strips, actually). I can’t help it. I like them. To make myself feel better about eating them I make my own sauce for dipping. This chili sauce is easy to make, which fits in well with the I-don’t-have-time-to-cook-dinner theme, and it goes great with chicken fingers.
Chili Sauce for Chicken FingersA little sweetness and a little fruitiness. It’s the perfect sauce for chicken fingers or nuggets (that reminds me, check out my homemade chicken nuggets!). It’s also fantastic for shrimp, boiled or deep fried. You can use thawed frozen mango and canned pineapple instead of fresh, making this sauce easy to make any time of the year.

Also try my copycat of Chick-fil-A’s chicken finger dipping sauce or my firecracker dipping sauce.

Chili Sauce for Chicken Fingers

Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup mango chopped
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chopped

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Serve cold or at room temperature.

Sriracha Honey Ham Glaze

It’s Easter time, and among other things, that means hams go on sale. I can’t pass up a cheap ham, so I grabbed a smoked spiral-sliced ham at the market. I warmed it up per the package instructions (does it get any easier?), but instead of using the odd-looking and somewhat questionable packet of glaze that came with the ham I brushed it with this great Sriracha honey ham glaze. Man, was it ever good! Just enough of that great Sriracha flavor and kick, with a tad bit of sweetness!
Sriracha Honey Ham GlazeThe Sriracha honey glazed ham was great by itself, but flat-out perfect on toasted ciabatta with extra sharp sliced cheddar cheese, mayonnaise and yellow mustard. I also chopped up the ham after glazing it and used it in an out-of-this-world great omelet. It was so good that I think I’ll go to the market early tomorrow and grab another ham while they are still on sale.

If you’re looking to step up your ham with a coffee-infused gravy, check out my red- and black-eyed gravies. Also make my cherry sauce glaze!¬† My pepper onion beer sauce makes for a great topping for ham!

Sriracha Honey Ham Glaze

Course Glaze
Cuisine American
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 /2 cup
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium low heat and heat thoroughly while your ham is cooking.
  • When the ham is done brush the glaze over the ham. If you want, save a bit of the glaze for brushing on the sliced ham.