BBQ Bacon Apple Pork Explosion

pork wrapped up

With August wrapping up and summer temps finally giving us a little bit of relief, that hint of brisk in the air has me dreaming about curling up with winter-warming comfort foods. But it’s a mixed emotion, because that also means grilling season has almost come to a close. Nooooo! Just in time for Labor Day, here’s one last, very pork-y grill-season hurrah that takes some wintery flavors and makes them work for summer.

Inspired by the Internet-classic bacon explosion, I cooked up an easy and outrageous grill dish earlier this month. Here’s how it went down:


1 Smithfield Mesquite Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet

1 simple package of good bacon

1 baking apple (I used mutsu; granny smith or any other crisp one should do)

1/2 lemon

Core the apple and cut it into as thin slices as possible. Toss these with the juice of 1/2 lemon.

Arrange the apple slices so that they cover all sides of the pork loin (they should stick right on).

pork with apples

Roll out a long piece of tin foil and lay your bacon strips out horizontally next to each other so they are almost overlapping.

Now plop your pork-and-apple down right in the middle.

pork with bacon

Wrap it up!

pork wrapped up

Fold the foil up around all sides of the meat.


Drop it on a hot grill for about 20 minutes, then flip and cook 20 minutes more.

Remove and slice into thin pieces of porky-bacon-appley goodness.

pork finished

This sponsored post is part of Endless Simmer’s 2015 series as a Blogger Ambassador for Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork.

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