In my previous posts about all the different bacon cooking methods, (Cooking Bacon in the Microwave, How to Bake Bacon in the Oven, Use a Machine Gun to Cook Bacon) I forgot to mention a popular one that actually has many advantages to it: making bacon on the George Foreman Grill (or similar home grilling machines). Why is cooking on this kinda awesome? Are there any drawbacks? Today, we’ll talk about how this underrated cooking method could actually save your bacon.
From Zero to One Hundred Million in Fifteen Years
The George Foreman Grill (for those people who do not have a television and are unaware of it), is an indoor grilling machine. It features two grilling plates in a clamshell that you jam (or place) food between. The plates are non-stick. As well, the whole design is shaped so that any excess grease drips down into a tray – making it allegedly healthier since the food doesn’t cook in the grease. It’s been super-popular. Since its introduction, the official George Foreman grill has sold over 100 million units. There are also a whole bunch of imitations, and they’ve sold a whack, as well.
The Ultimate Bacon-Cooking Device?
The benefits to cooking bacon are pretty apparent. Like baking bacon on a broiler tray, bacon grease can easily sluice off the bacon and be collected (for later use in your baking!). The bacon also stays flat, and doesn’t curl or stick. You can basically get every piece of bacon looking the same every time you cook it. Like baking, there is also less chance of you getting hit by splatter (except, of course, when you are opening the grill.) Finally, a chance to cook some bacon nekkid! Trying to be hip, obviously it isn’t working out to well.
Cooking on the grill is also incredibly easy. The bacon doesn’t really need you to pay attention to it. You’ll have to occasionally check to see if the bacon has achieved the amount of doneness you prefer. But a quick way to tell that your bacon is getting close is to watch the fat dripping into the tray. When you start, it will be white and thick. As you get closer to the right amount of doneness, the bacon grease will become thinner and more transparent. And it’s a snap for cleaning up. The grill is non-stick, so wiping down the plates when they are a bit warm will ensure there is no scraping.
Slow Bacon Can Be Good Bacon
The one major drawback to the grill is time: the grills do take a bit of time to cook on. The grilled slices may not also get the doneness you prefer – some people say that their bacon is not as crispy as they would like it to be when they use the grill. But overall, these are minor concerns when the benefits are so obvious.
George Foreman Grill in Action
This video shows you what bacon looks like when it’s cooked on the George Foreman Grill. After cooking for a few minutes, the bacon does pretty much look like the perfect ideal of bacon. Added bonus: I’m also totally enjoying the shots of the bacon bubbling away on the grill. Mmmmmmm. I can smell the deliciousness.
What do you guys think of the George Foreman Grill cooking method? Would you ever use it to cook bacon?