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If you check out the lower right side of this website, you will see my Instagram feed. There you can find pretty much everything I grill (that doesn’t always make the website) as well as some pretty amazing shots I share from other BBQ enthusiasts. You can follow my Instagram feed directly without having to come to this website by clicking on that link. Why am I telling you this? Because recently I shared someone’s bacon wrapped meatballs on Instagram and someone else suggest that I wrap mushrooms with bacon and grill them. I was stumped as to why I hadn’t done that before. I hadn’t even thought of it. I love grilled mushrooms. I love anything wrapped in bacon. Why hadn’t I combined the two? And of course I had to tweak the recipe a bit and put my own touch on it.

Almond Stuffed, Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms

12 baby bella mushrooms (the brown, white cap mushrooms that vendors try to pretend are baby portabella mushrooms but are not ports at all) Substitute white button mushrooms
24 almonds
6 tsp brown sugar, divided
6 slices of bacon
12 toothpicks

First up, brush the dirt off the mushroom. Don’t wash it off. Mushrooms are sponges and will soak up the water, diluting the flavor. Then yank out the stems like below to make room for the almonds and brown sugar:

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There is a fungus among us

Next up, put a half teaspoon of brown sugar in each mushroom and top with a couple almonds:

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Almond stuffed (and some brown sugar)

Then, slice the six pieces of bacon in half, wrap each half slice around the almond stuffed mushrooms and skewer with a toothpick to keep the bacon in place:

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Mmmmm Bacon

Prepare the grill for medium heat and direct grilling. You read that right. I know what you’re thinking. Direct grilling and bacon? Better grab the hose, check the date on the fire extinguisher and have the fire department on speed dial, right? Not this guy! I have a Char-Broil TRU Infrared Grill. The infrared part means there is a shield between the heat and the meat so the heat is radiant rather than convection. This results in juicier meat as well as no flare ups. That metal shield keeps the bacon grease from dripping onto the flames. WINNING! If you want one of these grills, I can hook you up with a 15% discount from Char-Broil.com (just click on that link above) and enter in discount code: B15ST

If you don’t have a TRU Infrared grill, a cast iron pan will shield the fire from the bacon grease.

Now place the almond stuffed, bacon wrapped mushrooms on a 350 degree grill:

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On the grill

See, smoke but no fire:

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Sometimes when there’s smoke, there isn’t any fire

The goal here is to brown the bacon on the top and bottom:

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Mmmmm browned bacon

Ready to serve:

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Be careful, they’re molten hot when they first come off the grill

Let them cool before scarfing down these glorious apps. They will be lava hot. But how do they taste? In the end, you get the sweet from the brown sugar contrasting the savory of the bacon and the crunch from the almonds countering the sponginess of the mushrooms. All in all, an outstanding appetizer.

As usual, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below or send me an email.

Almond Stuffed, Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: BBQ
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Baby bella mushrooms stuffed with almonds and brown sugar, wrapped in bacon, and grilled.
Ingredients
  • 12 baby bella mushrooms (the brown white cap mushrooms that vendors try to pretend are baby portabella mushrooms but are not ports at all) Substitute white button mushrooms
  • 24 almonds
  • 6 tsp brown sugar, divided
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 12 toothpicks
Instructions
  1. Brush the dirt off the mushrooms with a paper towel and remove the stems
  2. Stuff each mushroom with a half teaspoon of brown sugar and two almonds
  3. Slice the bacon in half and wrap each mushroom with a half slice of bacon and skewer with a toothpick
  4. Prepare the grill for medium heat (350 degrees) and direct grilling
  5. Place the almond stuffed, bacon wrapped mushrooms directly over the heat
  6. If you don't have a infrared grill, try using a cast iron pan to keep the grease from hitting the flames or hot fire
  7. Brown the bacon on both sides on the grill (about 15 minutes, total)
  8. Remove from the grill and allow the bacon wrapped mushrooms to rest and cool or risk 3rd degree burns on your tongue
 

 

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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one comment

Nice, Scott! I have grilled bacon wrapped mushrooms before but have never seen or heard of using brown sugar as a stuffing. That had to be a pretty incredible flavor profile!

A question about the IR grill…I have heard that they are awesome grills that are nasty to clean. Do you have any issues with keeping the internals on yours clean?

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