To me, Bacon Wrapped Asparagus just screams SPRING and a real start to my favorite season: Grilling Season! Asparagus is the best in the spring when the shoots are especially tender, sweet, and super affordable. It is the perfect side dish with any meal and if you’ve already got your grill hot from cooking dinner, then you can throw these on the grill to cook while your meat is resting. With the mild, woodsy flavor of the asparagus and the salty, rich bacon not much else is needed by way of seasoning. I typically only coat the shoots with olive oil, salt and pepper before wrapping in thinly sliced bacon.
The thin bacon really is a key element here. If the bacon is too thick or overlaps a ton when you wrap it you’ll end up with burned, overcooked asparagus and rubbery bacon. You want thin bacon that crisps up quickly so you don’t kill off your asparagus by leaving them on the grill too long. Another bonus, the inexpensive bacon is typically thinly sliced so score one for my peeps on a budget! Crisp bacon, tender asparagus. Got it?
Honestly, this love affair between bacon and all things edible is just the best ever. Trust me and embrace it. There is just something magical about that tasty piece of cured pork that lends itself to so many other flavor profiles. This bacon wrapped asparagus is the perfect example. Is asparagus good roasted on its’ own? Sure! I love it, actually. Add in a little bacon, wrap them up in adorable little portioned bundles and they not only look absolutely amazing, but they taste sooooooo amazingly delicious. Give this one a try, you’ll never look back.
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 4 strips bacon cut in half
- tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- kosher salt to taste
- cracked black pepper to taste
Prepare your grill to cook at medium high heat (around 400-450 degrees F). Rinse the asparagus and pat dry.
Lay flat on a cutting board and trim the ends by bending the bottom of the asparagus until it naturally snaps. This will ensure you don't have any woody pieces in your bundles. If you prefer to trip with a knife, trim at least an inch and a half up the stem.
Drizzle the asparagus with the olive oil and season to taste with the salt and pepper Gently roll around the cutting board to ensure all of the asparagus has been seasoned.
Gather the asparagus into bundles of 6-8 shoots and wrap with a half piece of the bacon. Try gently tucking the end of the bacon into itself at the end to secure. Toothpicks are also an option to secure the bacon, but be sure to remove them before serving.
Place the bundles directly on the grill grate and cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until the asparagus is tender and the bacon is crisp. Serve immediately.