Bacon Explosion w/Filling
*** NOTE: This recipe is best if started in the oven and finished over a charcoal grill.
* 1/2 lb chopped bacon
* 1 med onion, chopped
* 1 clove garlic, chopped
* 1 tsp ground pepper
* 2 Tbsp instant coffee grounds
* 1/2 bottle pancake syrup
* (1) 1.5 lb pkg thick sliced bacon
* (2) 1 lb roll of Jimmy Dean Premium Pork Sage Sausage
* Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Filling first! Toss your chopped bacon, onion, garlic, and pepper in a frying pan together and cook until bacon is crispy. (Even if you are a chewy bacon lover, cook the bacon until at least a little crispy. It will be recooked in the oven and will soften up a bit.)
Lower the heat 1/2 way (low to med heat) and add a 1/4 of a bottle of syrup. Let cook down for about 10 minutes. Watch and stir often to prevent burning. Add the other 1/4 bottle of syrup and the coffee. Continue to simmer until it has a thick consistency.
Set aside for later.
Assembly time! It will be easiest to do this withing the baking pan you plan to bake in. This prevents you having to transfer.
With your thick bacon slices, create a tight lattice.
Flatten the two packages of sausage on top of the weaved bacon. Keep the sausage even in thickness and within the boundaries of the bacon weave’s edges.
Add the filling you had set aside. Make sure to pour the filling on top of the sausage (further away from you), leaving and inch on both sides and 1/4 of the surface below (closer to you) free of filling.
Time to roll!
Lifting up under the top end of your creation ( end with most of the filling), making sure you have the weave in hand, begin to roll towards you. You don’t want to roll too tight causing the filling to squeeze out the sides. When you have everything rolled up, press down on the sides, sealing it up.
Place foil over the dish. Place in preheated oven for 45-60 minutes. This is where the dish will do most of the cooking.
You can save the dripping after the baking to make a gravy topping for the final dish.
Take your assembled Bacon Explosion and place on the grill, bottom down. Be careful, this may be the hardest part. It did seem pretty easy for us because we had a disposable wire rack that we transferred the explosion to in the kitchen and took that and placed it on the grill.
Cook bottom side down for 2 minutes. Flip to top side down for 2-3 minutes. Repeat for other two sides left. Total grill time is about 8-11 minutes.
Remove from grill, let cool for 5 minutes and enjoy!
NOTES ON THE RECIPE:
* You have many opportunities to make adjustments to this recipe. You can chose to use any flavor of bacon, different type of sausahe or meat for the second layer, and create your own filling..
* I am open to any suggestions or ideas on how to improve this recipe.