Wrap it in Bacon! Best bacon wrapped recipes

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Bacon-wrapped dishes that offer endless variations. Look at all the possibilities! That common saying “everything goes better with bacon” certainly makes sense. Let’s face it. Even something kind of tasty becomes spectacularly delicious with a bit of bacon around it.  That is just the magic of bacon. Snacks wrapped with bacon satisfy every time.


Bacon-Wrapped and ready to serve

When it comes to bacon wrap dishes, I think most people think of appetizers. You know, like crispy bacon around shrimp or asparagus with bacon. Don’t get me wrong, those are amazing. In fact, those disappear from appetizer platters fast. But why not think outside the bacon wrap box?   Time to expand the bacon horizons… blaze a new trail… and find more recipes to wrap bacon around.


What can you wrap bacon on?

Get that bacon around beef, fish, poultry, shellfish. Or, take the bacon around veggies or even around fruits. Indeed, plums (prunes) with bacon around them are a wonderful treat from eastern Europe. Finger foods and party appetizers featuring bacon mean no leftovers.

Tips & Tricks for Tying bacon around meats and poultry

Wrapping meat with bacon presents different challenges than doing veggies. So you need to know a few tips and tricks for getting the best results with each. Essentially, with meats you need to make sure not to overcook the bacon while the meat cooks. However, with veggies, it is the opposite. You need to make sure the bacon is cooked enough but not overcook the veggies. 

When you plan on wrapping meat in bacon, you have to take into account a few things. How thick should the bacon be? What kind of bacon works best? To use toothpicks or not? Different meats cook at different speeds and temperatures. So what works great for chicken might not be ideal for bacon on beef. 

So, for wrapping bacon around a pork tenderloin, go with a bit thicker cut of bacon. The bacon keeps the moisture in the tenderloin while it cooks. However, if you are doing bacon around some chicken skewers then go with a much thinner slice of bacon. Chicken cooks quickly. With beef, it depends.

Are you wrapping the bacon around a tenderloin or a kabob of cubed steak? Use the thicker slice for the former and the thinner for the latter.


How do you make crispy wrapped bacon things?

The goal with bacon wrap food is simple. The bacon must crisp up right when the meat, veggie, or fruit, or whatever finishes at the same time. Sometimes, it is necessary to parboil or par-bake the bacon first to give it a head start. Most veggies and fruits benefit from some bacon prep. 

I know it sounds weird to parboil bacon, but the goal is just to get the cooking started and make sure the bacon is fully cooked. Also, you don’t want the bacon to take so long cooking that your veggie or fruit is way overcooked along the way. If you don’t want to parboil, then par-baking achieves the same result. Let the bacon cook through, but take it out and let it cool before it starts to brown and crisp up. 

Be careful and let it cool first. If you wrap with hot bacon then you will be cooking things before you even get everything in the oven. 

How do you wrap things in bacon without toothpicks?

You don’t have to go through the trouble of using a toothpick unless you want to. As long as the bacon wraps around completely and you can hold it in place with the weight of the contents you are set. Once the bacon begins cooking and gets crispy enough then it will hold the shape and stay on. 




Bacon-Wrapped Appetizer Recipes

I think most people think about bacon wraps for appetizers, finger foods, and snacks. Which makes sense. A little bit of bacon around most anything makes it go from “maybe” to “can’t wait”. Here are a few suggestions for easy bacon appetizers. 


Bacon & Cheese Phyllo Wrapped Pickled Asparagus sq


Wrapped Veggie Appetizers:


Bacon & Cheese Phyllo Wrapped Pickled Asparagus (pictured above)

Bacon-Wrap Hot Brussels Sprouts

Bacon-Wrap Water Chestnuts

Onion Rings with Dorito Bacon Wrap

Bacon-Wrap  Jalapeno Poppers



Wrapped Meat Appetizers:


Aloha Bacon Wrap Sausage Bites

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog Bites

Bacon Meatloaf Appetizer Bundles

Spicy Sugar Bacon Smokies

Bacon-Wrapped Bleu Cheese Meatballs

Bacon Cheese Pastry Puffs

Bacon-Wrap Chicken Wings

Bacon-Wrapped Sausage Bites



Wrapped Seafood Appetizers:

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp with Avocado Dip




Bacon-Wrapped Meal Ideas

Although most people use wrap bacon dishes for appetizers, there are plenty of main courses to do too. Remember, bacon makes everything better, right?

Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Pork Ribs


Bacon-Wrapped Pork Recipes:


Kraut Stuffed Bacon Wrap Brats

Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Pork Ribs (pictured above)

Grilled Bacon Wrap Pork Chops with Rosemary

Bacon-Wrap Pork Loin with Sauerkraut Stuffing

Gouda Cheese and Apple Stuffed Pork Chops

Traeger Bacon Sausage Bites

Brown Sugar Dijon Bacon-Wrap Pork Tenderloin



Sweet & Spicy Bacon Chicken

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Recipes:


Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrap Chicken

Bacon-Wrap Barbecue Chicken

BBQ Bacon Wrap Water Chestnuts

Sticky Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

Teriyaki Bacon Wrap Chicken Livers


Bacon-Wrapped Lamb, Beef and Venison Recipes:


Bacon-Wrapped Lamb Medallions with Red Wine Sauce

Bacon-Wrap Tacos

Applewood Bacon Wrapped Venison Loin with Raspberry Preserves


Seafood Recipes: 


Bacon-Wrap Shrimp

Bacon-Wrap Scallops

Traeger Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Southwest Bacon Wrap Adobo Grilled Shrimp

Roasted Fish Wrapped in Bacon

Cod Wrapped in Bacon


Veggie Recipes:


Grilled Bacon Wrap Asparagus Bundles

Paleo-Friendly Sweet Potato Wedges with Bacon


Bacon-Wrapped Sweets & Dessert Recipes

You can even do bacon wrap dishes for savory desserts. You might get a few looks like “what the heck will you NOT wrap bacon around?” but pay no mind. These bacon wrap dessert recipes work just as wonderfully as any wrapped bacon appetizer or main course will. 


Bacon Cannoli 

Bacon-Wrap Donuts 

Bacon Weave Ice Cream Sandwiches

Bacon-Wrap Pineapple Mozzarella Rings

Goat Cheese Bacon Wrap Dates

Bacon Chocolate Roses

Bacon-Wrap Deep Fried Twinkies Covered in Chocolate

Smoked Bacon-Wrap Red Apple

Deep-Fried Bacon-Wrapped Peanut Butter Balls

Roasted Pears with Goat Cheese Wrapped in Bacon

Pineapple Spears Wrapped in Bacon

Bourbon Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Dessert Chocolate & Peanut Butter Grilled Cheese with Bacon Wrap

Bacon-Wrapped Cinnamon Rolls



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  1. These looks so scrumptious! My family is going to be thrilled that I found these great recipe ideas!

  2. Yum! We love bacon anything here at the house! Bacon is a must here! Can’t wait to try some of these recipe!

  3. You have all the courses wrapped up with this roundup. The appetizer recipes are really great, perfect for parties.

  4. Bacon is always so yum and your recipe are awesome. They are so creative and best planned for any party platter too. Thanks.

  5. Bacon is always a good idea, and there are some fabulous ones here! Such a tasty post, and you have given me such inspiration!

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