"Bacon makes everything taste better." There's a phrase you hear/read a great deal all over the internet. Whether it's on Facebook or Twitter or on any of the million or so chat rooms and forums on the world-wide web people are constantly extolling the virtues of bacon. But does bacon really make everything taste better? Over the weeks and months to come I'm going to try to answer that question by grilling or smoking a range of food items wrapped in bacon. So stay tuned for some weird and whacky cooking experiences. In our first installment of "Does Bacon Rally Make Everything Taste Better" we're going with something basic. Saltines! I was scrolling through Facebook the other day when I came across a picture of a bacon wrapped saltines on the page of Chef Barry Martin. It seems Barry had written this strange food item up on Char-Broil's website. I'm afraid I didn't read all that much of the article because I didn't want to get to many ideas on how to do this. It only took a couple of minutes to decide this would be the first installment of D.B.R.M.E.T.B. For more details on how this appetizer/snack came about check out the link to Char-Broil's website.
Making bacon wrapped saltines is about as easy as it gets. Barry’s version uses thin sliced bacon but since I only had thick sliced I went a head and used it. Take a half slice of bacon and wrap it around a cracker. I “rubbed” my version with Simply Marvelous Cherry rub and cooked them for about 20 minutes using high heat (about 400 degrees) on my Weber kettle with indirect heat.
When the bacon was at the point of perfect crispy goodness I lightly sauced the bacon with a sweet BBQ sauce. I was surprised that the saltines did not turn into a soggy mess. Instead I was left with a nice crispy, somewhat fried” cracker that tasted fantastic with the bacon.
I’m actually going to probably make these again. They are a great little bite and a good conversation piece. Changes for next time would include more spice/heat when rubbing maybe even a piece of jalapeno under the bacon.
Does Bacon make saltines better? Yes!