This is how we serve and eat vegetables in Viking land. Everything tastes better with bacon. It is not just a statement, but a fact. I’m convinced that even vegans would drool over these asparagus servings.
The beauty of these wonders is that it is super easy to make. It’s somewhat healthy and provides you with a nice screen side dish, while also getting your daily dosage of vegetables. You could of course make a simple garden salad as well, spicing up your meal further.
Honestly, you don’t need many ingredients, and the cooking time on your Traeger is roughly 30 minutes. Some recipes might say 15-20 minutes, but it depends on how many asparagus you put in each wrap. The more asparagus in a bindle, the longer the cooking time.
Another key factor in cook time is the bacon you chose. Nice thick streaks will take a little longer than the cheap 80% fat streaks you buy on sale.
Also, the bacon should not turn too crisp. The main objective is to cook the asparagus in the bacon fat, enough time to make them soft and yet with a little crunch to the bite.
Some would argue that the asparagus is only there to prevent the bacon from slipping through the grate, which is absolutely an excellent school of thought.
Before you start preparing the food, turn your Traeger on and set the temperature to 450F. By the time it reaches the desired temperature, you will have finished preparing the asparagus bacon.
- 1 pack of thick-cut bacon
- 1 bunch, 1lb, of Asparagus
- Meat Church Gospel BBQ rub
For delicate creations like this, and for fish, I like to use a BBQ grill mesh. They are fairly inexpensive on Amazon and prevents food from falling into the grill itself. The only downside, they are a pain in the arse to clean. And don’t be fooled, they get very hot too, so handle with gloves when you remove foods. Totally worth the investment.
Time to show the asparagus some bacon TLC!
Step-by-Step bacon love!
- Wash the asparagus thoroughly
- Cut off the hard white ends on each branch
- Place 3-4 asparagus in a small brush
- Tightly wrap one slice of bacon around the asparagus, leaving the top free
- You only need to cover the stalk
- Place the bacon love bites on a large tray
- Sprinkle the Meat Church Gospel BBQ rub over the bacon, while turning them around.
- You want the rub to cover all sides of the bacon.
- Be mindful not to be too aggressive to avoid the bacon unwrapping
- When done, walk over to your Traeger (or some other pellet grill), and gently place each bacon bundle on the BBQ mesh.
- Close the lid and let the pellet power take over, and start the gentle process of merging bacon and asparagus into a wonderful creation
- Check them around halfway through the process, roughly 15 minutes, and turn them gently
They might need more or less time. It is you as the home-chef who decides the level of bacon crispiness you desire. I grill by bacon wraps for 30 minutes.
Once done, take them off and let them cool for 5-7 minutes before you sink your teeth into the tender asparagus soaked in bacon grease.
It is almost as if heaven is calling!