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Bacon Explosion – Cooking With KC

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This bacon explosion is loaded with bacon goodness just as the name suggests. Whether you call it a fatty or an explosion, this meaty rolled treat is part smoked meatloaf and part something altogether different. It is sure to win any bacon fan over.

Spiral of bacon fatty with bbq bacon mixture in the center, a ground pork layer and bacon lattice weave on the outside.

My brother K.C. decided to host family dinner this week.  And boy did he do a good job!!  

You may remember the last family dinner he hosted.  We filled ourselves on a crab feast of epic proportions!  He really spoiled us that go around.  

This time he knew he had a winner on his hands too.  He made a bacon explosion, which gets rave reviews every time he makes it for us.  

We have had it a few ways, but this is his favorite way to make it and we all agree!  This gets to the heart of the matter, bacon on pork on bacon.  How could it not be fabulous?!

First he makes a basket weave of bacon.

Strips of bacon weaved together in a tight lattice pattern.

Then he adds some rub, followed by ground pork, BBQ sauce and crumbled bacon.

Layer of ground meat on top of bacon lattice with crumbled cooked bacon and bbq sauce on top.

Then he rolls up the ground pork and rolls the bacon around it.

Ground meat rolled around the crumbled bacon center with hand getting ready to roll the bacon weave around the ground meat log.

Then the masterpiece is ready to hit the grill.

Partially cooked bacon explosion an grill with bacon lattice cooking and meat thermometer checking the internal temperature.

He smokes it for a couple of hours, and once it reaches temperature he bastes it in more BBQ sauce!

Cooked bacon explosion with shiny bbq sauce coating the exterior.

Doesn’t that look good?!  It is pretty hard to resist!

Yield: 8 Servings

Bacon Explosion

bbq bacon explosion being cut into slices showing crumbled bacon center and bacon lattice weave exterior.

This bacon explosion is loaded with bacon goodness just as the name suggests. Whether you call it a fatty or an explosion, this meaty rolled treat is part smoked meatloaf and part something altogether different. It is sure to win any bacon fan over.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes


  • 2 lbs bacon
  • 2 lbs ground pork
  • 1-2 tsp of your favorite BBQ rub, KC used Blue Hog’s rub
  • 1-2 cups BBQ sauce


  1. Cook a pound of bacon until crisp.  Crumble and set aside.
  2. Basket weave the other pound of bacon.  Sprinkle with rub.
  3. Spread ground pork over bacon and drizzle with a couple of tablespoons of BBQ sauce.
  4. Spread crumbled bacon over the ground pork.  Roll ground pork and cooked bacon into a tight roll.  Then roll the basket weaved bacon over the ground pork roll.  
  5. 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. used his gas grill as a smoker. 
  6. Once the bacon explosion reaches temperature, spread remaining BBQ sauce over it and cook until warm and yummy.  
  7. Let rest for a few minutes, then slice and serve!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 991Total Fat: 64gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 37gCholesterol: 219mgSodium: 2726mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 68g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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KC also grilled some corn on the cob and bacon wrapped deer loin for dinner.  MiMi made some pasta salad and a cheese and sausage tray for appetizers.  I was in charge of dessert, so I made grilled doughnut shortcakes.  We all went home plenty full!

Grilled venison tenderloin medallions wrapped in bacon with plate of corn on the cob in the background.

Thanks for sharing!


Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Thursday 14th of July 2016

This recipe is from before I met you and your blog, I am so glad it was featured on Carole's Chatter! My husband has recently taken up smoking meats. I am sure if I helped him assemble this he would be as excited as I am to try it!


Thursday 14th of July 2016

You guys are going to looooove it! My brother made a turkey version for our poultry cookoff and it was an easy winner.


Tuesday 18th of August 2015

Now THIS is my next dinner. It looks so delicious! I can never turn down bacon. And pork wrapped in bacon? Perfection. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!


Wednesday 19th of August 2015

Bacon does make everything better!


Saturday 16th of May 2015

This looks so amazing! Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. Hope you will joins us again this week.


Saturday 16th of May 2015

It is one of our favorites. He doesn't make them super often, but they don't last long when he does!


Wednesday 13th of May 2015

This is definitely an "in moderation" food, but it is so good that it is really a special treat when he makes one for us! Thanks for stopping by!

Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy

Sunday 10th of May 2015

That is a masterpiece! Wow! Thanks so much for sharing at Idea Box!


Sunday 10th of May 2015

It is sooo good! My brother is always making delicious stuff. Thanks for hosting. I hope you are having a wonderful Mother's Day!

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