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Sunday, August 14, 2016

K.C.'s Award Winning Turkey Bacon Explosion #SundaySupper


     At long last, the recipe is finally here!  Ever since I posted about our Poultry Grill-Off, people have been asking for the winning recipe.  Can you blame them?  It has a lot of things going for it.  First of all, it is award winning after-all.  It did beat out the competition at our event.  Secondly, if you've been around for long, you know that my brother K.C. is the grill/smoker master of the family.  If he made it, there is a good chance it has been researched and tweaked and perfected.  Then there's the name, bacon explosion, it just sounds like something you have to try!




    The problem was there was so much going on during our grill-off.  I was busy explaining the judging rules and helping the contestants get their meats plated and cut into bite sized pieces for sampling.  So, I didn't really get any pictures of the finished products. Now if that isn't a head slapper, especially for a food blogger!  So though I was able to post about the fun day we had, it was hard to post the recipes of the top entries.



    Luckily we are always happy to have people over and my brother and Matt are always happy to light the grills.  So we hosted a mini do-over.  A smaller group and no judging sheets, but the top two poultry recipes were made and photographed.   I still had a swarm of hungry folks over my shoulder, so the pictures aren't the best.  But believe me both the char siu chicken and this turkey bacon explosion are worth making!  In an added twist of fate, the day that worked best to have our mini grill-off reunion happened to be the weekend before the bacon event for Sunday Supper.  Erica from The Crumby Cupcake must have read our minds when she scheduled this!



    This turkey bacon explosion is a poultry twist on K.C.'s now famous bacon explosion.  Normally he does pork on pork, but we went turkey for his entry in the poultry competition.  Both are really good.  Just think about it, crispy crumbly bacon rolled up in ground turkey or pork and wrapped in a bacon weave then slow smoked.  Add a little of your favorite rub and BBQ sauce you are are really in business!  It makes for a fun presentation and is sure to be a hit with all of the bacon lovers in your life!




K.C.'s Award Winning Turkey Bacon Explosion


Ingredients:

2 lbs bacon
2 lbs ground turkey
1-2 tsp of your favorite BBQ rub
1-2 cups BBQ sauce (a thinner glaze type sauce works best)

  1. Place ground turkey in a gallon zipper topped bag and press into a square.  Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Cook a pound of bacon until crisp.  Crumble and set aside.
  3. Basket weave the other pound of bacon.  Sprinkle with rub.
  4. Carefully open the zip top bag and cut down the sides.  Invert the square of ground turkey onto the bacon weave, season with half of the BBQ rub.  Sprinkle crumbled bacon over the turkey. Drizzle with a couple of tablespoons of BBQ sauce.
  5. Roll ground turkey and cooked bacon into a tight roll.  Then roll the basket weaved bacon over the ground pork roll.  (You can kind of see in the video, KC uses the bacon weave to get the turkey roll started, but leaves then puts the bacon weave back down. Once the turkey is rolled up, he rolls it back towards him bringing the bacon weave with it.)
  6. Place in low smoker for a couple of hours, or until it reaches 160 F.  Or you could grill it over indirect heat if you don't want to worry about smoking it.  KC. has done this on his gas grill, his smoker and a charcoal grill and all of them work great.
  7. Once the bacon explosion reaches temperature, spread remaining BBQ sauce over it and cook until warm and yummy.  
  8. Let rest for a few minutes, then slice and serve!

Now lets see what the other Sunday Supper taste makers are serving up with their bacon.  I can almost smell them all from here!

Bacon in Appetizers
Bacon for Breakfast
Bacon for Dessert
Bacon for Dinner
Bacon in Beverages
Bacon for Lunch
Bacon as a Side Dish
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32 comments:

  1. Sounds like a delicious competition and a well deserved winner!

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    1. It was so much fun and all of the entries were so unique! Thanks!

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  2. What a fun competition and CONGRATULATIONS on winning! How exciting! It looks amazingly delicious and I can see why it won!

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    1. Thanks! We had so much fun hosting the competition! All of the entries were really good, but it is easy to see why this was the favorite!

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  3. Wow that looks quite the dish and congratulations on winning the competition!

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    1. Isn't it something? My brother has made a few different versions now and they have all been fun but this is the first award winning one!

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  4. Oh wow, I love this! Turkey and bacon makes such an awesome combination :-) I bet it would be amazing on a sandwich!

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    1. It would make a super sandwich! Like a meatloaf sandwich on steroids!! Thanks, Jessica!

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  5. I would have to say that is a work of art!

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    1. Thanks! It really is a sight to behold, isn't it?

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  6. This bacon explosion would be a huge hit with the menfolk in this family! I've been wanting to weave bacon on my meatloaf, and you did it so beautifully!!! Congratulations on the win!

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    1. Thanks! There is just something about bacon weave that makes it extra good! It looks really nice too. A nice shiny glaze and a bacon weave and anything would be tasty!

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  7. Sounds like a fun day! Love how easy this recipe is!

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    1. It was sooo much fun! It really is easy, but is a bit of a showstopper none the less!

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  8. This has to be amazing and would win awards in our house! I have to smile when you talk about being too busy to photograph the finished dishes. I've learned to only photograph with a manageable group and even that is pushing it!

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    1. It's hard! I try to limit things I really want pictures of to when we are entertaining immediate family only. They are a grumbly bunch, but I am immune to their grumbles. Anyone else and I feel bad making them wait for dinner! I've tried making a few things for parties before and I never get enough or good enough pictures when I do it. It's so hard though because it'd be nice to kill a couple of birds with one stone!

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  9. Oh how this goodness runs in the family!! So I'm 100% sure this would be a taste explosion in my mouth!! Wish I would've been a judge!!!! ;-)

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    1. You should come for our next event! We have decided to have friendly competitions every few months. Hopefully we can actually make that happen!

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  10. Wow...this sounds amazing!

    Would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, and tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  11. I think you win the award for most bacony bacon recipe this event! Congratulations to you and K.C. for the award winning recipe!

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  12. Fantastic idea! I am a pork lover and sounds great with turkey too! Yum!
    Thanks for the recipe!
    Michelle

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    1. It's hard to go wrong with the pork version, but this worked perfectly for the poultry grill-off! So perfect it won!! Thanks!

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  13. We have two different big weekends in September where my husband wants to smoke an impressive piece of meat for company. I think he needs to make this! Sounds so good!

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    1. This would be perfect! We really like the original one with ground pork but the turkey version was perfect for the poultry grill-off!

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  14. I have been waiting with bated breath for this! My husband is the griller/smoker and we talked about this after your cook-off, now I can clue him in on Matt's recipe. It looks so good, and I'm sure that it will taste even better! Thanks for the "do-over" so you could show us how scrumptious it looked!

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    1. It's a tough life when you "have" to remake good food! I hope you love it!

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  15. Congratulations!
    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday Top Ten this week. Thanks so much for sharing with us and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Yay!! Thank you so much, Miz Helen!

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  16. Looks great! Thank you for sharing at the September Country Fair Blog Party! We enjoy seeing your posts.
    Laurie - Co-Host

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    1. Thanks, Laurie! And thanks for hosting!

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