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K.C.’s Award Winning Turkey Bacon Explosion

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This bacon explosion is for the birds! It is made with turkey instead of pork. It’s almost like a yummy jazzed up and rolled up meatloaf that is smoked to yummy perfection. 

slices of turkey bacon explosion on platter ready to eat.

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!

KC holding the winner's plaque with his name on it,

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! 

    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. 

Cutting board with slices of turkey bacon explosion being cut off the roll.

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.

Yield: 12 Servings

Turkey Bacon Explosion

slices of turkey bacon explosion on platter ready to eat.

This bacon explosion is for the birds! It is made with turkey instead of pork. It’s almost like a yummy jazzed up and rolled up meatloaf that is smoked to yummy perfection. 

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


  • 2 pounds bacon
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons of your favorite BBQ rub
  • 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!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 631Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 155mgSodium: 1824mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 45g

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

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This bacon explosion is for the birds! It is made with turkey instead of pork. It's almost like a yummy jazzed up and rolled up meatloaf that is smoked to yummy perfection.

Thanks for sharing!


A Day in the Life on the Farm

Sunday 3rd of June 2018

Meatloaf on the grill....genius.


Tuesday 5th of June 2018

Isn't it? Thanks!

Laurie - Country Link

Tuesday 6th of September 2016

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


Tuesday 6th of September 2016

Thanks, Laurie!


Sunday 21st of August 2016

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!


Monday 22nd of August 2016

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

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Sunday 21st of August 2016

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!


Sunday 21st of August 2016

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


Saturday 20th of August 2016

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


Sunday 21st of August 2016

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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