Bacon Wrapped Corn with Honey BBQ Sauce

Hunting for a fun side dish for summer grilling?  This Bacon Wrapped Corn with Honey BBQ Sauce is a winner!

Hunting for a fun side dish for summer grilling?  This Bacon Wrapped Corn with Honey BBQ Sauce is a winner!Have you guys ever heard of Admiral Robert FitzRoy?  No?  Neither had I until this past Christmas.  Laura and I were walking through a discount store (Laura likes to call them “junk stores”), and they had a section dedicated to quirky holiday gifts.  That’s where I first saw the Admiral FitzRoy Storm Glass.  First invented in the mid-1800’s, this storm glass is a tool used to predict weather.  A special liquid is placed in a sealed tube, and the types of crystals which form inside the tube supposedly predict the weather.

If the liquid is clear, the weather will be sunny.  If the liquid is cloudy, rain is in the forecast.  If there are large flakes, it will be overcast (in summer) or snowy (in winter).  So this might sound like a bunch of hogwash, but the thing actually works.  We’ve had it sitting at the back of the kitchen counter for several months now, and it does an admirable job of predicting the weather.  To be fair, the storm glass doesn’t really predict the weather but rather just describes the current weather.  Thus, the FitzRoy Storm Glass reminds me of the old weather rock joke.  (I’ve included a photo of a weather rock below from the Craven Arms Pub in North Yorkshire, England.)

Image credit: Wikipedia

Regardless of its complete inability to actually predict anything, I still find the storm glass a fun toy.  And fun fact: Admiral Robert FitzRoy was actually the captain of the HMS Beagle…the ship that Charles Darwin took while doing research for his famous book, On the Origin of Species.

Hunting for a fun side dish for summer grilling?  This Bacon Wrapped Corn with Honey BBQ Sauce is a winner!Lately, the storm glass has been showing a lot of clear liquid.  Either that means the weather has been clear and sunny (which more or less it has been) or the storm glass is completely useless (which is also quite likely).  But you know what?  I’m ok with it!  It’s summer, and summer days are supposed to be clear and warm.  Summer days are supposed to involve the back porch and the grill.  Summer days are supposed to involve Bacon Wrapped Corn with Honey BBQ Sauce.

Hunting for a fun side dish for summer grilling?  This Bacon Wrapped Corn with Honey BBQ Sauce is a winner!Bacon really does make everything better!  Case in point: this Bacon Wrapped Corn with Honey BBQ Sauce.  We love grilled corn around here.  The little bits of charred corn are so tasty, and I always stock up whenever I find fresh ears of corn on sale.  (This area of New York state actually grows a lot of corn.)  But this time, I took the grilled corn one step further.  I wrapped each ear with a slice of bacon, and then I brushed a honey BBQ sauce over the entire ear while it grilled.  The flavor?  Out of this world good!

Hunting for a fun side dish for summer grilling?  This Bacon Wrapped Corn with Honey BBQ Sauce is a winner!Toothpicks are the key to wrapping the bacon around the ears of corn.  To be fair, once the toothpicks are pulled out, the bacon has a tendency to fall off.  But that’s ok.  The flavors of the bacon and the honey bbq glaze are infused into the corn…and you still have a grilled piece of bacon to eat once the corn is gone!  If you’re looking for a fun side dish for the grill, then try this Bacon Wrapped Corn with Honey BBQ Sauce.  While I have my suspicions about the FitzRoy storm glass, I have absolutely no reservations about this recipe.  I can predict with 100% accuracy that it’s delicious!  Cheers, friends!

Hunting for a fun side dish for summer grilling?  This Bacon Wrapped Corn with Honey BBQ Sauce is a winner!

Hunting for a fun side dish for summer grilling?  This Bacon Wrapped Corn with Honey BBQ Sauce is a winner!

Bacon Wrapped Corn with Honey BBQ Sauce

Hunting for a fun side dish for summer grilling?  This Bacon Wrapped Corn with Honey BBQ Sauce is a winner!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 376kcal

Ingredients

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup water divided
  • Tbsp corn starch
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic minced

For the Corn

  • 4 ears fresh corn
  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon

Instructions

For the Glaze

  • Mix ½ cup of the water with the corn starch until well combined. Set aside.
  • Using a small sauce pan, combine the remaining ingredients (½ cup of water, brown sugar, honey, barbecue sauce and garlic) over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a boil. Let mixture boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Set Glaze aside.

For the Corn

  • Preheat grill to medium heat.
  • Slice each ear of corn in half to create 8 half-ears of corn. Wrap each piece with 1 slice of bacon, using toothpicks to secure the bacon in place.
  • Place corn on grill and brush with the glaze. Close lid and grill for 20-25 minutes, brushing with more glaze and rotating every ~5-7 minutes. Once bacon is crispy, remove from grill and serve hot.

Hunting for a fun side dish for summer grilling?  This Bacon Wrapped Corn with Honey BBQ Sauce is a winner!

Looking for another tasty grilled corn idea?  Try this Grilled Mexican Street Corn!

This Mexican Street Corn is covered in crema, grated Parmesan, lime juice and feta cheese. It's messy...and VERY tasty!

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20 Comments

  1. I’ve never heard of Admiral FitzRoy but his storm glass sounds like fun. And probably at least as accurate as the weather on my phone, which rarely corresponds to the actual weather outside my window. (Except in summer. Summer weather in Phoenix is pretty easy to predict.) This sounds like the perfect side for a BBQ, and I’ll be up in Washington over Memorial Day—meaning it won’t be too hot for grilling and I can actually try it!

    1. Haha! I totally agree with you about the accuracy of weather on my phone, too. It’s supposed to be storming here today (according to the weather app), but it’s sunny and no clouds in the sky. Further proof that weather predicting is a guessing game! 🙂 This would indeed be a good recipe for Memorial Day picnics. Thanks, Kelsie!!

  2. Ha ha, I loved your story about Admiral FitzRoy and the picture of the weather stone. More so I love the idea of these bacon wrapped corn on the cob’s with BBQ sauce. I’m actually going to get the BBQ out on Sunday here (it usually comes out at least once a year!) so if I see corn available in my local supermarket when I go shopping for the weekend tomorrow, I might just make these beauties! Hope you guys are well, and are enjoying your holidays!

    1. Yes! I’m so glad to hear that your BBQ is coming out this weekend, Neil. Ours stays out pretty much full-time in the summer. Grilled meals are just so easy and delicious! Definitely keep an eye out for corn on sale…and then wrap that corn in bacon! 🙂

    1. Hey, that weather rock does a better job of predicting the weather than our local weather guy here. Haha! And with the long weekend coming up, I hope we have good grilling weather, too. Thanks, Kathy!!

  3. I need to find this gadget for my husband! He’d love it. I love these bacon wrapped corn cobs. Great idea, and, they’re pretty!

    1. Heh…I’m not so sure that weather predictor really does a good job. I think hanging a string outside of your window will be a better option, Mimi! 🙂 And bacon makes everything better, right?? Thanks so much, my friend!

  4. That Admiral FitzRoy storm glass is so cool! I’ve never heard of such a thing…

    Loving this corn too! Self basting with bacon on the grill? Yes please!

    1. So that FitzRoy storm glass does look really cool…but I’m not entirely sure how effective it is. I mean hanging a string outside of your window will probably be just as effective in the long run. 🙂 Thanks so much, Marissa!!

    1. Heck yeah! I say let’s experiment and try to cook this bacon-wrapped corn with the sun’s rays only. And maybe a magnifying glass, too. Hope you had a great long weekend, Jeff!

  5. I’ve just bought myself a charcoal grill after years of using gas. This looks like a fantastic way to break it in— although that Mexican street corn also looks tempting….

    1. Hey Frank! So I must admit that I love my gas grill for quick weeknight dinners. But for flavor? The charcoal grill wins hands down! We just grilled up some burgers on the charcoal grill over the weekend, and wow they were amazing. Nothing special…just good beef and charcoal. 🙂 And this bacon-wrapped corn made for an excellent side dish, too! Enjoy that grill, my friend!

    1. That storm glass is indeed fun, but I’m not so sure about it’s weather predicting powers. But this corn wrapped in bacon? Now that’s something you can bet on! It’s so good, Dawn! I mean bacon makes everything better, right??

  6. Hahaha – your comparison of Admiral FitzRoy Storm Glass to that weather stone is too funny! I’d never heard of Admiral FitzRoy Storm Glass – I need to look for one next time I’m in a “junk” store – cearly it might work better than the weather app on my phone has been doing here recently!
    But you know what will always work well for me ? Bacon! And that sweet glaze with smoky bacon paired with that corn – dude what a fantastic recipe! I hope this goes viral cos it’s too delish not to!

    1. Yes! Laura and I were just complaining about the weather app on our phones, too. It totally blew the forecast last Sunday. It was supposed to be low 70’s and partly cloudy, so we planned to plant the garden and do yardwork all day. Instead, it was mid-60’s and raining. All day. What the heck, Weatherbug!? I think I should just get a weather stone instead…haha!

      And bacon makes everything better…especially when brushed with that honey-bbq glaze. SO good, Shashi! 🙂

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