Bacon – Perfect and Easy Recipe

Bacon – Perfect and Easy Recipe

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Bacon – Perfect and Easy Recipe
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Are you curious about cooking bacon on your George Foreman Grill? Traditional pork bacon has quite a bit of fat. Therefore, it makes sense that a Foreman contact grill is a convenient and healthy tool for preparing bacon. The grease splatter is contained when the top is closed and the excess fat ends up in the drip tray. The result is flat, crispy, leaner bacon strips, and less of a mess on your stovetop. What’s not to like about that result?

Bacon is one of those foods that every meat eater seems to enjoy and even crave. I have even known a few vegetarians who occasionally indulge in a slice of bacon at the breakfast table. The salty, crunchy treat is hard to pass up.

When you shop the prepared meat section of your market you may notice that there are endless brands and variations of bacon to choose from. The most common variety is cured and smoked pork bacon. Cured bacon is preserved with what is referred to as pink salt. This is basically salt that contains nitrates and nitrites. The smoking process can be either a cold or hot smoke method. The nitrates prevent bacterial overgrowth and contribute to bacon’s pink color.

Many of us are not fond of nitrates. You can easily find bacon that is labeled “uncured”. Uncured bacon is a misnomer because bacon is still cured with salt, mainly celery salt, sugar, and spices. And, there are naturally occurring nitrates in the curing process. You can also find bacon sourced from organic and sustainably raised pigs. These are good options for those who are being mindful of what they eat and the environment.

If you thought pork was the gold standard for bacon, think again. Of course, there is lean turkey bacon available. There is also beef bacon, duck bacon, lamb bacon, and even salmon bacon. The latter 4 are more commonly found in specialty markets and butcher shops.

For this article we are exploring grilled pork bacon and grilled turkey bacon. We will look at a couple of ways to grill the bacon and what to do with it, other than just eat it right off the grill. Don’t be surprised if it never makes it to the table. Grilled bacon is that good!

If the bacon does not disappear, make a grilled bacon and avocado sandwich. A recipe follows.

Perfect Grilled Pork Bacon

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of pork bacon slices

Total time: 13 minPrep time: 5 min – Cook time: 8 min – Serves: 4 people

Directions:

1. Preheat your grill to high for 5 minutes with the top closed. Make sure the drip tray is in place. Have paper towels ready for the cooked bacon.

2. Place as many bacon slices as will fit in a single layer on the grill. If they fit, place them horizontally to get some nice grill marks. Close the lid and grill for 7 minutes. Check the bacon and continue to grill if needed. You can also flip the slices halfway through the cooking if your grill does not cook evenly.

3. Remove the cooked bacon to the paper towels. Empty the drip tray. Cook the next batch of bacon until all of it is grilled. You can keep the batches warm in a low oven, if desired.

Grilled Turkey Bacon

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of turkey bacon slices
  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) for the grill

Total time: 15 minPrep time: 5 min – Cook time: 10 min – Serves: 4 people

Directions:

1. Preheat your grill to high for 5 minutes with the top closed. Make sure the drip tray is in place. Have paper towels ready for the cooked bacon.

2. Coat the grill plates with EVOO. Place as many bacon slices as will fit in a single layer on the grill. If they fit, place them horizontally to get some nice grill marks. Close the lid and grill for 5 minutes. Flip the slices and continue to grill for up to 10 minutes total.

3. Remove the cooked bacon to the paper towels. Recoat the grill plates with EVOO and cook the next batch of bacon until all of it is grilled. You can keep the batches warm in a low oven, if desired.

Grilled Candied Bacon

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of your favorite bacon slices
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsps freshly ground black pepper

Total time: 13 minPrep time: 5 min – Cook time: 8 min – Serves: 4 people

Directions:

1. Preheat your grill to high for 5 minutes with the top closed. Make sure the drip tray is in place. Have paper towels ready for the cooked bacon.

2. Place the bacon slices on parchment paper or foil in a single layer. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and pepper. Coat the bacon with 1/2 the sugar mixture. Flip the bacon slices over and coat the other side with the remaining sugar and pepper.

3. Place as many bacon slices as will fit in a single layer on the grill. If they fit, place them horizontally to get some nice grill marks*. Close the lid and grill for 7 minutes. Check the bacon and continue to grill if needed. You can also flip the slices halfway through the cooking if your grill does not cook evenly.

*Keep in mind that sugar will caramelize and char when in contact with high heat. The grill marks will be black. If that does not appeal to you, partially cook the bacon before placing the sugar and pepper on it. Then, return the sugared slices to the grill and finish cooking until the coating is caramelized and the bacon is thoroughly cooked.

4. Remove the fully cooked bacon to the paper towels. Empty the drip tray. Cook the next batch of bacon until all of it is grilled. You can keep the batches warm in a low oven, if desired.

5. Serve the bacon all by itself as a crunchy, sweet snack.

Grilled Bacon and Avocado Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices whole grain sandwich bread
  • 3 TBS softened butter
  • 4 tsps mayonnaise
  • 4 slices cheese (mozzarella, Monterey jack, or mild cheddar are nice)
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 8 slices grilled bacon
  • 2 slices from a large, ripe tomato

Total time: 8 minPrep time: 5 min – Cook time: 3 min – Serves: 2 people

Directions:

1. Preheat your grill to high for 5 minutes with the top closed.

2. Butter one side of all 4 pieces of bread. Turn the bread over so that the unbuttered sides face up. Spread the 4 slices of bread with mayonnaise. Assemble each sandwich with these layers: one slice of cheese, 1/2 the slices of avocadoes, 4 bacon slices (broken in half), 1 slice of tomato, and another slice of cheese. Top with the second slice of bread.

3. Place the sandwiches on the hot grill and close the top. Cook for 3 minutes until the cheese has started to melt and the bread is golden brown with some light grill marks.

4. Cut the sandwiches in half and serve with chips, fries, or slaw.



Comments: 15

  1. Stacy - July 15, 2015 at 8:09 pm Reply

    I hate frying bacon !! I can’t wait to try grilling it on my George Foreman !!!!

  2. Mike - September 28, 2015 at 3:04 am Reply

    I do this all the time. I prefer the thick sliced bacon, so I let it go for an extra minute or two.

  3. sam lowe - January 17, 2016 at 3:51 pm Reply

    Thanks for this web site. Saved me. Misplaced my cook book.

  4. Mike - July 24, 2016 at 5:48 pm Reply

    I don’t know which grill you used but mine took about 13 minutes to get 3 to 4 slices done. It was not as crisp as I like it but it is great bacon and a lot less mass. This was regular cut bacon and doesn’t seem to shrink as much. It also produces a really clean grease for flavoring other dishes.

    • steve - March 31, 2017 at 6:00 am Reply

      Mike you may not have your grill hot enough. I do 375 or 400.

  5. Denyse Prendergast - October 11, 2016 at 7:53 pm Reply

    Is bacon cooked on the foreman grill crisp, or chewy?

  6. james johnson - November 18, 2016 at 8:44 pm Reply

    Ive been using your machine to cook regular bacon into fat free miracle food without any loss in flavor. Your amazing machine now lets me live completely off my favorite food ever, bacon. I havent been losing any weight yet , but i have faith that the diet effects will kick in at any moment and then ill be skinny as a rail. Thank you for a miraculous product! i feel the healing beginning!

  7. Critchie - February 7, 2017 at 2:05 pm Reply

    DO you need to use oil?

    • Khrys - March 8, 2017 at 12:58 am Reply

      Nope. Don’t need to use oil at all!

  8. Silverfox616 - July 1, 2017 at 12:31 pm Reply

    I found by accident cooking bacon on the George Foreman is wonderful, mine is the one with the red/green light so it heats to green put the food on and within minutes bacon was done, do have to watch, this model is fast!

    • Liz - December 16, 2017 at 8:39 pm Reply

      Same here! It comes out perfect!!

  9. N - August 31, 2017 at 9:24 pm Reply

    This was terrific advice! Thank you.
    I got it down to: 5 minute pre-heat, 5 minute cook, flip, 3 more minutes. Remove. worked like a charm.

  10. Marj Leavitt - February 24, 2018 at 2:29 pm Reply

    I have been cooking my bacon on an older model and it works great. I got a new one that allows temp selection so i have been puzzled as to what temp bacon should be cooked on the grill.

  11. CandidKids Creations - May 17, 2018 at 3:23 pm Reply

    I just cooked bacon on the Evolve grill for the first time and had to make some adjustments along the way. I started with 400 degrees and 5 minutes on the first side, but half the slices burned. The next batch, I reduced the time to 4 minutes and then did 3 minutes on the other side, but the edges were still burned. Finally, I lowered the temperature to 375 degrees and found 4 minutes on each side was the best, but I still had to put a couple pieces back on for an extra minute. I think the grill may not cook evenly since the ones near the top and center were the ones that burned and the ones near the front were the ones that needed the extra time. Even so, the taste was great, and I have a nice jar of clean bacon grease in the fridge to use in other cooking.

    Next time I’m going to try a different brand and see if that will cook more evenly. Now I have an excuse to have to buy more bacon!

    Thanks for posting!

  12. Dee - August 5, 2018 at 10:36 am Reply

    Thank you to whoever posted the temperature- that really helps. I downloaded the recipe book and discovered that temps are not listed so it does me no good. Bummer- some of the recipes look delicious, but I can’t make them with the incomplete recipe.

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