Grilled Bacon


Grilled bacon is a delicious dish for breakfast or snack cooked on a hot grill. Whether you're camping or just like that added smokiness of cooking over a charcoal grill, this is the perfect option for you.

This grilled bacon recipe can also be made as air fryer bacon and oven bacon. It’s always a crowd-pleaser, no matter how it’s cooked!

crispy grilled bacon on a butcher block with sliced tomatoes and lettuce

The best way to get perfectly grilled bacon is to use indirect heat so that the bacon has time to absorb the flavors of the grill. Sprinkle on some fresh cracked black pepper or make it a treat and cook candied bacon by adding maple syrup.

This will be one of your favorite ways to cook bacon. Don’t forget to save any leftover bacon fat to use to fry your pancakes and eggs too or make bacon mayo!

How to cook bacon on the grill

Grilling bacon is different from sautéing it in a cast iron skillet on the stove. When you cook bacon on the grill, it’s best to use indirect heat, so it doesn’t burn, and the smoky flavors of the wood or charcoal have time to give the bacon more flavor.

  1. Heat one side of the grill.
  2. Brush the grill grates clean and spray or rub a light coating of vegetable oil on top.
  3. Place the bacon strips across the grates away from the grill fire. Turn the burners to medium-low and cook until done to your desired crispiness.
  4. Watch carefully to prevent burning, flip as needed to control cooking.
  5. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to soak up excess grease and cover with aluminum foil until you’re ready to serve.

uncooked bacon on a cutting board next to a small jar of oil and a brush

Best bacon for grilling

You can buy a couple of different types of bacon at the grocery store so knowing which one is best for grilling will ensure you get the best-tasting dish.

  • If you’re using indirect heat, you can use center-cut bacon, regular, or thick sliced strips of bacon. Any of these options will work well when the heat isn’t directly on the bacon.
  • When using direct heat, the best cut of bacon to use is thick cut. It holds up better to this high heat, ensures you can easily flip it over, and that it doesn’t stick to the grill.
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Grilled Bacon Ingredients

  • 12 slices bacon, thick cut
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil (for brushing grates)

Grilled Bacon Directions

  • Grilled Bacon
  • two images, the first is six bacon strips cooking on a grill, the second is cooked bacon in a pile

    What’s the difference between cured and uncured bacon

    Cured and uncured bacon are both cured, but they are preserved differently. While cured bacon is preserved with artificial nitrates, uncured bacon is preserved with natural nitrates found in vegetables.

    Since uncured bacon sits in a salt brine longer than cured bacon to help the preservation process, it can taste saltier. Be sure to consider this when adding it to other dishes since you don’t want them to be too salty. It’s easy to over-salt your dish when using bacon that is already naturally salted.

    Benefits of grilling bacon

    • Cooking bacon on the grill is perfect for camping or bringing that wonderful smoky flavor to your breakfast or burgers.
    • You can put the bacon on a grill pan on your outdoor grill and let it cook while you prepare other dishes for your meal while camping.
    • Another benefit is those beautiful grill marks on your pieces of bacon.
    • You get to avoid a bacon smell inside your house or camper. Although, that’s a favorite smell for some!
    • There’s also less chance of a grease fire when you’re cooking on a grill.
    cooked bacon in front of a carton of eggs


    You can easily make changes to this crispy bacon. Here are a few that you can try.

    Experiment with flavors

    • Brush the thick-cut bacon with barbecue sauce in a small bowl at the end of the cooking time, so it doesn’t burn.
    • Sprinkle bacon with brown sugar or maple syrup for a sweet undertone.
    • Sprinkle with your favorite Pork BBQ rub.


    Cooking methods


    On the grill

    • Place the bacon on bamboo skewers, so you don’t have to worry about them falling between the grill grates.
    • You can also place them in a pan on the grill over direct heat.
    • It’s best to use a wood-burning or charcoal grill for the additional flavors they bring, but you can also use a gas grill if necessary.

    Storage information

    Keep leftover bacon slices in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. It’s also possible to leave it in a zip-top bag at room temperature on the counter for one day.

    You can freeze cooked or uncooked bacon in the original package or a large freezer bag.

    You can eat these bacon slices cold or heat them up in the microwave until they’re hot all the way through. This won’t take long since bacon is not very thick.

    Grilled Bacon: FAQS

    Why is sugar added to bacon?

    Sugar is added to bacon to enhance the flavor and help cure it by drawing out moisture and acts as a preservative to prevent bacteria growth.

    How long does it take bacon to grill?

    It only takes about 10 minutes to grill bacon.

    What’s the difference between pork belly and bacon?

    Bacon can be cut from any part of the pig and is always cured and sometimes smoked, whereas pork belly is cut from the belly of the pig but not cured or smoked.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Grilled Bacon

    Servings: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 210
    Fat 15g
    Protein 12g
    Total Carbs 0g
    Net Carbs 0g

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