Earlier this month here and on Facebook, I asked Home Ec 101 readers to submit their questions and concerns about grilling. Erica Mueller asked for tutorials including how to make bacon on the grill. Well Erica, yesterday it was 102ºF and a friend of mine mentioned California Dreaming and I couldn’t get their salad out of my head. It was far too hot to cook bacon in the oven, so I grabbed a quarter pound of bacon and an old, already warped sheet pan to conduct my latest grilling experiment. If you are lucky enough to have a cast iron skillet, use that instead.
Do not use your favorite sheet pan.
Do not use sheet pans with a nonstick coating. I buy my sheet pans from a restaurant supply store and rotate one or two into use as needed.
Do not grill bacon directly over the flame. You’ll create flare ups that will be hard to control.
Do enjoy tasty bacon from the grill.
It couldn’t have been easier. Start or light your grill. Arrange the bacon on your sheet pan, place the sheet pan over the grill and proceed to cook your bacon just as you would on the stove in a pan.
Just like when you cook bacon on the stove, you don’t want to toss cold bacon into a hot pan. Place the bacon in the room temperature pan and then proceed.
Since you typically have less control over the heat of the grill than you do the stove, it is important to not leave the bacon unattended. Try not to move it too much, but do rearrange if hot spots develop that would scorch the bacon. Also consider moving the pan on the grill or rotating it occasionally to ensure more even cooking. (Use a towel or oven mitt, metal conducts heat).
Charcoal grillers may want to note that this process is so quick that it would be wise to have other items to grill when the bacon is through. You don’t want to let those coals go to waste.
Within a few minutes, you’ll have bacon without heating up the kitchen.
I file that under: WIN.
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