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Tater tot bombs are all the rage on Pinterest, so I decided to take it one better and make grilled tater tot bombs. What is that exactly? Well, they’re tater tots, obviously, with some bacon and brown sugar as well as added kick of some BBQ rub. So in a word, A.MAZ.ING!

And yes, guys can go to Pinterest. Lots of grilling stuff on there and I get a TON of inspiration from Pinterest.

Grilled Tater Tot Bombs Ingredients:

24 tater tots
your favorite BBQ rub (we used some Code 3 Spices 5-0 rub)
8 slices of bacon, cut into thirds
brown sugar

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Only four ingredients for this rippin’ good recipe

The star of this show is the one and only – BACON!

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bacon, Bacon, BACON!

This is a sponsored post by Farmland and their Bacon Club, and as many of you know, I won’t do a sponsored post unless I absolutely believe in the product. When Farmland Bacon contacted me, I didn’t have to research the product or do some sampling. I mean it’s bacon! They had me when I saw who the sender was in my email even before I opened it. It’s Bacon!

So let’s make some grilled tater tot bombs. Hit the tots with your favorite BBQ rub:

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Rub them tots!

Then grab a slice of bacon and lay it flat on a cutting board and place one of the tater tots at the end of the slice:

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Tater tot, meet bacon. Bacon, meet tater tot.

Roll the tater up in the bacon until there is some overlap and then slice:

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In the immortal words of Chevy Chase in Vacation, “Roll ’em up!”

You should be able to get three tater tots per slice of bacon, four if you stretch it.

Next roll the bacon wrapped tater tot in some brown sugar:

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Who wouldn’t want to roll around in brown sugar?

I went ahead and double skewered my soon to be grilled tater tot bombs. They can rotate and flip back over when trying to turn them on a single toothpick. I had some long toothpicks so I was able to do two tots on the same two toothpicks but also did a couple singles. Here’s what one looks like ready for the grill:

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Let’s get them on the grill!

Speaking of the grill, I have my mighty fine, Cardinal red, Grill Dome Kamado Grill lit and riding about 325 with a plate setter between the fire and the grill grates:

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There is not a prettier grill out there, or one that functions as good as this does!

Place the tater tot bombs on the grill and close the lid:

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On the Grill Dome

So a few of the tots lost their ends like this one:

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I’m guessing that wouldn’t have happened had I just made up a batch and put them on the grill. It’s not that simple for a grill blogger like myself. My process goes like this. I set out all the ingredients, stage a couple different set ups and take a bunch of pictures, then take bacon shots, then shots of the bacon club logo, then the making of the bombs (you get the idea), on my way to just short of 400 pictures. That’s right. I have to take 400 pictures to get 15 that are worth anything. I’m not a great photographer. I’ve improved a lot, but I have a long way to go. I live by the rule of quantity makes quality. In other words, I need 400 blind squirrels to find 15 nuts.

Because it took so long to take all the pictures, the tater tots were completely thawed and thus fell apart somewhat. They should hold up much better for someone not taking 400 pictures while grilling.

Here are the tot bombs about 15 minutes in and ready to flip over:

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Ready to flip

Here they are at the 30 minute mark, after flipping at 15 minutes, and these bad boys are done. Timing might be a little different on your grill. Just look for the bacon to brown and crisp up a bit, but don’t expect the bacon to be super crisp. That’s not how these work:

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Here’s a close up of a couple right before I mowed them down:

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That looks good enough to eat. #DontMindIfIDo

I highly recommend letting these cool for a couple minutes or risk an emergency room visit for burns to your mouth. OK, it’s not that bad, but these puppies are scorching on the inside when they come off the grill.

And here is the aftermath myself and my best friend, Chad, had after we taste tested the grilled tater tot bombs to make sure they were worthy of this website:

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They Are Worthy!

Just a warning. These things are so good, you might be tempted to eat the toothpicks. Don’t do that.

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If you have any questions or comments about these amazing appetizers, feel free to leave them below or shoot me and email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Grilled Tater Tot Bombs
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: BBQ
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 2
Tater tots, dusted with BBQ rub, wrapped in bacon, coated in brown sugar and then grilled. Yeah, I know that sounds ridiculously good, because it is!
  • 24 tater tots
  • your favorite BBQ rub (we used some Code 3 Spices 5-0 rub)
  • 8 slices of bacon, cut into thirds
  • brown sugar
  1. Dust the tater tots with the BBQ rub
  2. Roll each tot in ⅓ slice of bacon and then dredge them in brown sugar
  3. Skewer the tots with toothpicks
  4. Prepare the grill for two zone or indirect grilling with coals on one side and nothing on the other, or in the case of my Grill Dome Kamado, put the plate setter down between the coals and the meat
  5. Target temperature inside the grill is 325
  6. Place the tater tot bombs on the grill and close the lid for approximately 15 minutes
  7. Once the bacon browns on the bottom, flip them over for another 15
  8. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes or risk burning.
And now a collage for your viewing pleasure… Grilled Tater Tot Bombs

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas, the Original Grillin’ Fool, was sent off to college with a suitcase and a grill where he overcooked, undercooked and burned every piece of meat he could find. After thousands of failures, and quite a few successes, nearly two decades later he started a website to show step by step, picture by picture, foolproof instructions on how to make great things out of doors so that others don’t have to repeat the mistakes he’s made on the grill.
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We LOVE bacon wrapped tots but try to limit ourselves to having them a few times a year during tailgate season. I like how you double stacked them, great idea for making it easier to handle and serve them. I’m switching to that.

I think the ones where the bacon squeezes the tots like an anaconda are the best tasting ones!

Damn, that’s a sexy kamado, isn’t it? Are Grill Domes like Thermapens where each owner insists their color is the best?



Yeah, the red Grill Dome is obviously the superior grill, with that copper color a close second!

What about stuffing with pepperjack cheese & sprinkle with hot sauce then roll in brown sugar?



I never thought about doing that, but man does that sound amazing! I need to try that!


I wonder if you can buy cheezie tots and use..hmmm…might have to try some maple bacon, too…



I’m sure that cheesy tots would be fantastic…


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