Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tailgate Heros: Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots


Be forewarned. If you make these,they will disappear quickly! 

"Hey Napoleon...give me some of your tots!"

But that's okay. Tailgating is all about sharing food and good times, right? 

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots
Makes 4 appetizer servings

16 frozen tater tots
8 slices THIN bacon, cut in half sideways
2 Tbsp turbinado sugar
1 tsp season salt
¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Mix the sugar, salt and cayenne pepper together thoroughly.

Sprinkle about half of the rub on top of the bacon strips.

Top each half strip with 1 tot and roll up. TIP: If you have a more fatty end, start on the leaner end so the fat will be on the outside and can render easier. 


Place seam side down on a raised rack or a tray. The raised rack works better because it lets the hot air circulate around all edges. Also, it keeps the tot from sitting in oil once the bacon fat starts to render down.


Sprinkle the rest of the seasoning mix over the assembled tots.

Preheat your oven or grill to 450f. The grill should be set up for indirect heat so the tray or rack is not over direct heat. I used my Big Green Egg, plate setter legs up. (On a standard charcoal grill, push your hot coals to one side, an aluminum drip pan next to them and cook the tots over the drip pan.)

Cook the bacon snuggled tots until the bacon turns crispy, about 20 minutes. 

Sorry about the "naked" tots, I ran out of bacon.

Don't be alarmed if the bacon goes “boa constrictor” on a few of your tots and squeezes the heck out of them. Those still taste great. 


Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce, spicy ketchup, or other dipping sauce. 

See how the bacon crushed one or two of them?  Doesn't matter!

These also go great with a grilled steak burger.


Perfect for tailgating or “just because”. 

[Warning]  I'm not a nutritionist nor dietician but I am pretty sure these things aren't "health food" and should only be eaten in moderation.  We eat them 2-3 times a year.

40 comments:

  1. Can I steal/borrow your bacon tater tot creation. Most awesome.

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  2. What is Tarter Tots?
    Greetings from Chile.

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  3. What a great idea! Bookmarking this for a big game!

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  4. bacon. tater tots. sounds like a "marriage" made in heaven!!
    readwatchandrelax.blogspot.com

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  5. Going to try these. Sounds yummy. I will ignore the ldl/hdl counter.

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  6. Fran, to paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, Tater Tots are proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy.

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  7. No matter how many times I watch that movie it doesn't fail to crack me up! These bring tater tots to whole new level!

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  8. This is ideal for tailgating!

    Your post reminded me of my older son who has had this idea of selling tater tots in a variety of styles ( hence like just posted) on the FSU campus ( We are Gators living in Nole country).

    Velva

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  9. Hummmm bacon, potato, sugar and cayenne. Even without pictures it would sound great. By the way, great pictures.

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  10. That bacon has murderous intent, choking those taters like that! the only way to beat it into submission is to eat it...of that I'm convinced.

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  11. At the moment, I can't remember ever seeing something so perfect.

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  12. You should be ashamed of yourself. Something this good must be disastrous health-wise. And I WANT IT SO BAD!

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  13. Everything in moderation-these look delicious!



    Kim in MD

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  14. Chris... you are a genius!!! I want a huge plate of those right now.. I do not care that it's not even 6am yet!! I mean, it's bacon.. bacon is for breakfast, so it's ok, right?? :)

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  15. They may not be good for you, but I bet they are a real crowd-pleaser Chris.
    Sam

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  16. sorry Kirby but bacon is that proof, bacon wrapped tots is heaven from the oven.

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  17. OHGoodness...I think I may have found the perfect substitute for chocolates on Valentine's Day! These just say LOVE, do they not?!?

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  18. Good idea Chris - everything's better with bacon - even the lowly Tater Tot.

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  19. Those lil guys are adorable! Sounds like a great tailgating creation :)

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  20. What can I say... As soon as I layed eyes on those little taters of yummy-ness...it was OVER!! Gotta Make them...Gotta Have
    them!! What could be better!!!

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  21. I have used your recipe and created a monster...Made the bacon wrapped tots...then made burgers(with the cheese on the INSIDE), & heated up some meaty chili. I then put the bacon wrapped tots, chili, and extra bacon and cheese on two large buns...no veggies...it was the most epic burger of my life...It tasted like victory...

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  22. Chris, you are a naughty, naughty man! LOL!!! As bad as this is, I really need to make this. Skewer this up and you have a winner for the county fair...because you know in East TN, it has to fried and on a stick to win, but wrapped in back....totally over the top!

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  23. wow, Chris. I never would have thought to put the two of these together- I'm definitely going to have to give these a try!!

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  24. Oh how utterly sinful. I love it. I'm pinning it to my board. Superbowl menu here it comes! I'd show Naploean my tots anytime;)

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  25. I'm speechless .. except for "Hey Chris, give me some of your tots".

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  26. You and that bacon! You really know how to use it. :) You've started a few ideas...

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  27. Looks awesome. I may have to give them a spin at the Pats - Colts game.

    Also, thanks for the tips on the pulled pork. I am new to the Egg and Smoking and your recipe for pulled pork was on spot.

    I linked your blog off of my pulled pork post.
    http://cookingwithcrypt.blogspot.com/

    Keep the hits coming.

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  28. Good LORD! You are killing me with those babies. Bacon, sugar, potato = heaven!!! Nicely done my friend.

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  29. Sorry, but just the idea of these is really disgusting...

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  32. Oh my! Drooling all over the keyboard. Tater tots are my FAVORITE junky food and who can resist bacon with a dusting of sugar? Not me. : )

    Lexie | Lexie's Kitchen

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  33. Wow, I'll bet these are delicious!

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  34. These are wonderful. My kids would adore these oh and my hubby too!

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  35. Wow this takes my cooking game to a whole new level. My go-to used to be bacon wrapped hot dogs, but I'm definitely going to give these a shot!

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  36. Holy crudness!! You may have just won me over to the dark side of tater tots. (I have only bought them once in my adult life).....WOW!!! these look amazing. I think I just smelled them

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  37. oh my gosh, hubby would love this!

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  38. Bacon makes everything better.

    But to be honest, I don't think I'd have it in me to wrap a ton of tater tots, lol. Now if someone else did it and I was there to enjoy, I'd love it!

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  39. WOW! Looks so good.

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  40. YOU. ARE. A. GENIUS!!!!

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