I recently got together with some friends for a little grill session. We wanted to have kabobs, but needed a fun new twist on them. That's when I had the idea to just wrap everything in bacon! It actually worked way better than I expected. Normally I wouldn't think to use cauliflower on the grill, but since it was wrapped in bacon it was slowly basted by bacon fat the whole time it cooked to make a tender, juicy, and flavorful option. Zucchini is a standby when making kabobs, and the bacon wrap only made it more interesting. And normally you wouldn't really be able to grill fragile meatballs, but because of the bacon wrap the meatball held together great! The only thing that didn't really work out was the bacon wrapped pineapple. The pineapple was too juicy and caused the bacon wrap to not really adhere to the pineapple and fall apart on the grill. We used Jones Dairy Farm Applewood Smoked Bacon which was a perfect choice for the kabobs. It is a nice thickness that cooks fully in the amount of time it takes for the veggies to get tender, and it has so much flavor that it really enhances the veggies.
We made a simple salad of zucchini, tomato, and lettuce to put under all of our bacon wrapped items.
Our meatballs were chicken, cilantro, garlic, sesame oil, and broken up rice noodles. Feel free to use any meatball recipe for these.
Cauliflower wrapped in bacon.
Zucchini wrapped in bacon.
Meatballs wrapped in bacon!
Get them all nice and browned up. Yummmm.
Then you can just pop all the bacon wrapped things onto your salad plate.
This meal really tasted like the perfect casual summertime grill party.
The funnest part is that you could really get crazy with this idea and wrap all sorts of different veggies in bacon!
This post is sponsored by Jones Dairy Farm. If you guys haven't tried their applewood smoked bacon, you should really get on that! I have been seeing it pop up at more and more grocery stores and it is a great find.
Jones Dairy Farm also wanted me to let you know that they recently released a free online Cookbook with 125 recipes in it, one for each year that they have been around! Crazy! And there are even a couple recipes in there from me, so that should be enough reason for you guys to check it out right?
As always, check out their facebook page for more great recipe ideas.