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how to cook bacon on the grill

How to Cook Bacon on the Grill

Eliza Cross
Enjoy the delicious smoky flavor of bacon cooked outside on the grill. You'll love the taste and the easy clean up!
5 from 18 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Bacon Basics
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 247 kcal


  • barbecue grill
  • wire brush
  • silicone brush
  • Long handled spatula
  • paper towels


  • 2 tablespoons canola or grapeseed oil, for brushing
  • 12 strips thick-cut bacon


  • Clean the grill grates thoroughly with a wire brush to prevent sticking.
  • Brush the grate with a light coating of canola oil or grapeseed oil.
  • Heat the grill to moderate heat, about 325 degrees F.
  • If you're cooking over charcoal, let the coals die down a bit before cooking the bacon. 
  • If you’re using a gas grill, heat the burners on either side of the area where you’ll cook the bacon, while leaving the burner directly underneath that area off. Close the lid until the temperature reaches 325 degrees F. 
  • Lay the thick cut bacon strips on the oiled grill grate, perpendicular to the grate lines. If you’re cooking on a gas grill, turn down the burners to medium-low once you add the bacon.
  • Watch the bacon very carefully and turn it several times using a long handled metal spatula, until it's nicely browned. 
  • Drain on paper towels and serve.


Instead of cooking the bacon directly on the grill, you can use a grill basket, griddle, large skillet or disposable aluminum pan. Make sure to have heatproof oven mitts on hand for moving the pan if needed.


Serving: 2slicesCalories: 247kcalCarbohydrates: 0.5gProtein: 14.1gFat: 20.6gSaturated Fat: 5.6gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 878mgPotassium: 215mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bacon cooking methods, grilling
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