Grilled Balsamic-Molasses Bacon

Grilled Balsamic-Molasses Bacon Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Tie fresh rosemary sprigs to the handle of a wooden spoon with garden sisal or kitchen string, and use as an aromatic basting brush for the bacon.


Makes 6 to 8 servings
Total time: 1 Hours

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 1 Hours


14 (8-inch) wooden skewers
6 tablespoons molasses
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
14 thick applewood-smoked bacon slices
3 fresh rosemary sprigs
Freshly ground black pepper


1. Soak wooden skewers in water 30 minutes. Preheat grill to 250° to 300° (low) heat.

2. Stir together molasses and next 2 ingredients. Thread 1 bacon slice onto each skewer.

3. Grill bacon, covered with grill lid, 15 to 18 minutes or until bacon begins to brown, turning every 6 minutes. Baste with half of molasses mixture, using rosemary sprigs as a brush; grill, covered with grill lid, 5 minutes. Turn bacon, and baste with remaining molasses mixture, using rosemary sprigs. Grill, covered with grill lid, 5 minutes or until browned and crisp. Remove from grill. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper to taste. Serve bacon immediately.

June 2013