By Sarah Wilson
This grilled Brussels sprouts recipe transforms sprouts into a much more tempting option than the boiled variety. First they're coated in a garlic marinade then threaded onto skewers with bacon, before the heat and smoke work their magic. Once grilled on the best barbecue, this tasty combo takes centre stage rather than being the support act.
It takes no time to prep them either. You can hang the skewers into the cooking grate or place them directly on the grill. Rotate the skewers so that they're facing the other way at approximately the half way point. Cooking time may need to be reduced by a few minutes, so make sure you keep an eye on them. The recipe serves four people.
Keep reading to find out how to make these seasonal skewers, then head over to our winter grilling tips for more advice on cooking outdoors this season.
- With thanks to Weber for sharing this recipe with us
BACON AND BRUSSELS SPROUT SKEWERS
- 1 kg Brussels sprouts
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- freshly ground salt and black pepper, to taste
- 200g bacon
1. Bring a large pot filled with water to a boil on the side burner of your grill or on a stove.
2. Clean the Brussel sprouts, trimming off the tip of the stem and removing any tatty leaves. Cook the sprouts in the boiling water for 3-5 minutes, then rinse them in cold water and pat dry. Our top tip? Adding 1 tsp of baking powder to the boiling water to help to keep your Brussels sprouts looking fresh and green.
3. In a large bowl, combine the oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper and mix together. Add the sprouts to the mixture and stir, so they're completely covered. Let them marinate for about 10 minutes.
4. Add the sprouts and one piece of bacon to each skewer, weaving the bacon between the sprouts. The bacon should be in a continuous wave starting at the top of the skewer and moving between the sprouts.
5. Meanwhile prepare the barbecue for direct heat, to approximately 180°C.
6. Place the skewers on a grilling rack and cook for 10-15 minutes, turning them once.
Want to learn how to grow Brussels sprouts ready for next year's Christmas dinner? Our step-by-step guide has all the advice you need.
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Sarah Wilson has been a lifestyle journalist for many years, writing about gardens since 2015. She's written for Gardeningetc.com, Livingetc, Homes & Gardens, as well as Country Homes & Interiors and Modern Gardens magazines.
Her own (small urban) garden is a work in progress - so many ideas, not enough space to cram them in. Hero plants include her ever growing collection of ornamental grasses, black bamboo and ferns, and the perennials like salvias and penstemons that come back reliably year after year. All very restrained though when in fact she'd love to pack her garden with gaudy dahlias and giant cannas, so these are top of her wish list for what to grow next.
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