posted November 12, 2019
Bacon Wrapped Maple Glazed Carrots
Bacon Wrapped Carrots
There is truly nothing in the world that isn’t better with a little bacon wrap (especially when that bacon is homemade!). Now, I’ve wrapped a lot of things in bacon (scroll below to see just a few links to these bacon wrapped recipes). I guess you could say I’m a bacon connoisseur. This hopefully gives me a little credibility when I tell you that you HAVE to try these carrots. Please.
They’re easy to make yet extremely delicious. You simply wrap a carrot in bacon, drizzle it with maple syrup and salt and pepper, and cook it on the grill. Simple, and oh-so flavorful!
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Carrots
These bad boys are cooked on the grill, helping the carrot to cook to just the right doneness. I like to cook these on my pellet smoker, but you can cook them on a gas grill, or even in your oven. The bacon on the outside gets caramelized right at the end with a sticky sweet maple glaze, and the carrots on the inside are absolutely the pinnacle of tender perfection.
Aside from tasting amazing, these bacon wrapped carrots are beyond simple with only 3 real ingredients. Congrats! You’ve just simplified prep in advance of your big holiday dinner. I like to wrap all of the carrots in bacon either the night before or earlier in the day then cover and refrigerate for an additional time saver.
If I’m adding these carrots to a holiday dinner (these guys are incredible with Thanksgiving), I find them easily cooked right before dinner is served. After I finish cooking my big turkey and pull it off the grill to rest for 30 minutes, I turn up the temperature a bit on my smoker or oven and get these carrots cooking. They will be ready to plate up and serve right as the turkey is ready to carve.
Ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Carrots
Not only do these carrots taste amazing, they only require you to pull 5 things out of your fridge and pantry. I like to consider them the perfect side when you don’t have a lot of food in your fridge.
Here are the 5 ingredients you’ll need for these bacon wrapped carrots (exact amounts are available in the recipe card below):
- Whole Carrots
- Maple Syrup
Tips for Making Bacon Wrapped Carrots
Before you stick these guys on the grill, here are a few tips to keep in mind when making them to ensure they come off the grill cooked to perfection.
- Wrap tightly. Don’t just slap the bacon on the carrots. Take time to neatly wrap them and tuck them in on the ends to make sure the bacon won’t come off mid-cook.
- Use 100% pure maple syrup. I highly recommend using 100% pure maple syrup for these carrots. It will make all the difference in the way they cook and taste. And while the real stuff does tend to cost a bit more, a little goes a long way.
- Watch out for grease fires! This goes hand-in-hand with wrapping your bacon tightly. If you have any bacon hanging down or lots of pieces falling off, you’re setting yourself up for some sad carrots. Keep an eye on them and check them periodically to ensure all is well on your grill.
More Bacon Wrapped Recipes
Let’s wrap all the food in bacon! I’m a firm believer that bacon makes [almost] everything better, meat and veggies included. Check out a few more bacon wrapped recipes below to kick your sides up a notch!
Bacon Wrapped Carrots Recipe
Bacon Wrapped Maple Glazed Carrots
- 3 pounds whole carrots
- 1 1/2 pounds bacon
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- Preheat your indirect grill or smoker to 400 degrees F. This can also be done in an oven, if needed.
- Thoroughly scrub and peel each carrot. Wrap each carrot in a piece of bacon, overlapping the ends so they are secured. Sprinkle each carrot with salt and pepper.
- Place the wrapped carrots on the grill grates (or on a baking sheet, if using the oven). Close the lid and cook for 25-30 minutes or until the bacon is golden and crisp.
- During the last 5 minutes of grilling, brush the carrots with the maple syrup. Grill until the syrup starts to bubble, remove from the grill and serve.
**This post was originally published March 2018. It has since been updated with more information and helpful tips. The recipe remains the same.
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