Chef Scott: Grilling with Bacon

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Iowa is Pork Country and Bacon is a big part of it.  So why not include some great bacon recipes when you start grilling this summer?

Chef Brad Scott, the director of Scott Community College’s Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, has four quick bacon-filled recipes that’s sure to satisfy your family’s taste buds.

50/50 Bacon Burger

This is a simple twist to the tried and true hamburger:

  1. Crumble pre-cooked bacon into a bowl with 80/20 ground beef
  2. Pat into burgers
  3. Season with salt and pepper
  4. Grill to medium well
  5. Toast your hamburger bun to complete the taste

Bacon Stuffed Grilled Avocado

Here's a taste that will make your grill simmer.  Take the taste of avocado to a whole new level:

  1.  Slice an avocado lengthwise (1/2 avocado per person), remove the seeds
  2. Scrape it out from the shell and put into a mixing bowl
  3. Fold in 1/2 cup per person of dried stuffing
  4. Fold in 1/2 cup of crumbled bacon
  5. Add 2 tbsp Chef's butter (a 50/50 combination of butter and margarine)
  6. Placed the mix into the emptied avocado shell (much like a twice baked potato)
  7. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of Parmesan cheese atop the avocado
  8. Grill for about 15-minutes on indirect or low heat

Cheesy Jalepeno Jumbo Dog with Bacon Wrap

This is what they should serve at the ballpark!  Turn that lifeless frank into something fantastic:

  1. Split 1/4 pound hot dogs down the center
  2. Slice Jalepenos lengthwise, remove seeds
  3. Place pepper into the hot dog split
  4. Break a slice of American Cheese into four pieces and add to the split hot dog
  5. Roll hot dog into a piece of bacon
  6. Place on the grill, flip constantly on high heat


Grilled Romaine Lettuce BLT

Here's a new take on the bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich that's a quick fix on the grill:

  1. Split the lettuce down the center, keeping the lower stem attached
  2. Drizzle the front and the back of the lettuce with olive oil
  3. Add salt and pepper
  4. Grill for 3 minutes on each side
  5. Remove from the grill and sprinkle with bacon
  6. Drizzle mayo over the lettuce
  7. Add diced tomatoes and croutons
  8. Sprinkle with bacon chunks
  9. Sprinkle with Bleu cheese

That's four different bacon recipes that will fill your grill and your love of "all things bacon-y"!

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