Grilling vegetables all alone just doesn’t seem right, so wrapping them in bacon is always a tasty solution. These green beans also get an additional boost from a simple glaze.
Green beans, such as Haricot vert or snake beans, are wrapped in a slice of bacon. As the bacon grills and crisps over the fire, the whole bundle is glazed with a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce.
These bundles make an excellent appetizer or side dish with any meal. As they are wrapped they are pre-portioned out, making a great choice when cooking for a larger group to make sure everyone gets an even serve.
Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans Recipe
- 1/2 cup Texas-style BBQ sauce or your favorite sauce
- 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
- 1 pound fresh green beans such as haricot vert or snake green beans, stems removed
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 6 slices bacon cut in half
- mesquite grill wood
- 12 wooden toothpicks, soaked
- Light the mesquite grill wood. Once glowing, allow the grill to reach medium heat of 350 to 450 degrees F (177 to 232 degrees C).
- For the glaze, whisk together the BBQ sauce, sugar, red pepper flakes, and garlic in a heavy, grill-proof saucepan. Place at the back of the grill over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has melted.
- Toss the green beans in the oil, then season with salt and pepper.
- Wrap 5 to 6 beans with a half slice of bacon, creating a bundle. Place bundles, seam side-down on a tray. Continue this process until you have made 12 bundles. Secure each bundle with a wooden toothpick. Set aside.
- Place the bacon-wrapped bean bundles onto the preheated grill. Grill the bundles for 10 to 15 minutes, turning frequently. After the first 5 minutes start to baste them with the BBQ glaze. Remove from the heat when the bacon begins to char at the edges. Serve 2 warm bundles per guest.
Grilled Side Dish
Grilled Side Dish