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Bacon Wrapped Pork and Beef Skewers

These simple Bacon Wrapped Pork and Beef Skewers are the perfect Grilling or BBQ recipe. A delicious combination of meat and spices. Perfect for family or casual get togethers.

Bacon wrapped beef skewers on a wooden board.


 

I was in the supermarket the other day deciding what the heck I was going to make for lunch. Lately I have been wandering the food aisles aimlessly like a lost puppy wondering what I could serve with a bowl of some simple, but delicious tossed Green Beans or a simple tomato salad.

Finding myself in the meat department I couldn’t help but notice the grilling section. Skewers of Italian sausage and beef, looked good.

But why not change it up a bit? I could mix some ground pork and beef together, add some spices and wrap it all up in bacon or really thin pancetta. Sounded good to me! So let’s get started.

Pork & beef skewers on a wooden board.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Ground pork
  • Ground beef
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Bacon or Pancetta – thin slices

Meat Marinade

  • Olive oil
  • rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
Ingredients to make the pork & beef skewers.

How to make Pork and Beef Skewers

In a small bowl mix together olive oil, chopped rosemary, thyme and oregano, set aside.

Making the sauce in a glass bowl.

Form into the shape of a sausage. Wrap well and tightly with bacon or pancetta.

Forming the skewers and wrapped in bacon.

Place skewer down the center of the meat.

A skewer down the middle of the skewer.

Cook on pan grill or barbecue until cooked. (low – medium heat). Brush both sides with the sauce.

Grilling the pork & beef skewers and brushing with the sauce.

Serve immediately with a simple salad or your favourite side dish.

How to make a simple salad

Your choice of tomatoes, seeded if desired, toss with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon oregano, salt to taste and 5-7 fresh basil leaves chopped, you could also add some chopped celery and or onion, add a little balsamic vinegar if desired.

What else to serve with skewers

With dishes like this I like to serve something on the lighter side, maybe a simple caprese salad, roasted veggies or even some oven roasted Potatoes. Of course these are just a few side dish ideas, I am sure you have your own favorites.

The pork & beef skewers on a wooden board with a tomato salad.

Tips for making the best skewers

  • If you use wooden skewers be sure to soak them in water first, this will keep them from burning while grilling. Soaking for about 30 minutes should do it.
  • It’s best to use a ground beef that is 80% lean and 20% fat.
  • Keep your eye on them while grilling so they don’t burn.

How to store leftovers

Store any leftover skewers in an airtight container and refrigerate. They can be re-heated in a low oven. They will keep for up to 2 days in the fridge.

How to know when meat is cooked

Pork is cooked when it reaches the internal temperature of 150-160F.

Pork & beef skewers on a wooden board.

I think if they were made smaller they would make an amazing appetizer, everyone loves skewers. I will be making these again on the weekend when our friends come to visit, but this time on the barbecue. Buon Appetito!

Bacon wrapped beef skewers on a wooden board.

Bacon Wrapped Pork and Beef Skewers

Rosemary Molloy
Bacon Wrapped Pork and Beef Skewers, a perfect bbq recipe, delicious main dish or appetizer. Serve at your next family get together or party.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 5 servings
Calories 284 kcal

Ingredients
  

FOR THE MARINADE

  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh thyme chopped
  • ¼-½ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

FOR THE MEAT MIXTURE

  • ½ pound ground pork
  • ½ pound ground beef*
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (or to taste depends on how salty the bacon or pancetta is)
  • 10-15 slices thin slices of bacon or pancetta

*It’s best to use a ground beef that is 80% lean and 20% fat.

    Instructions
     

    FOR THE MARINADE

    • In a small bowl mix together olive oil, chopped rosemary, thyme, oregano and salt, set aside.

    FOR THE MEAT SKEWERS

    • In a medium bowl mix together ground pork, ground beef, oregano and salt.
    • Form into the shape of a sausage. Wrap well and tightly with bacon or pancetta. Place skewer down the center.
    • Cook on a pan grill or barbecue until cooked. (low – medium heat). Brush both sides with meat sauce before and after grilling. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

    FOR A SIMPLE SALAD

    • Your choice of tomatoes, seeded if desired, toss with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon oregano, salt to taste and 5-7 fresh basil leaves chopped, you could also add some chopped celery and or onion, add a little balsamic vinegar if desired.

    Notes

    If you use wooden skewers be sure to soak them in water first, this will keep them from burning while grilling. Soaking for about 30 minutes should do it.
    Store any leftover skewers in an airtight container and refrigerate. They can be re-heated in a low oven. They will keep for up to 2 days in the fridge.
     

    Nutrition

    Calories: 284kcal | Protein: 11g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 213mg | Potassium: 181mg | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.8mg
    Did You Make This Recipe?Please leave a comment below or pin it to your Pinterest account!

    Re-posted from July 27, 2015.

    11 Comments

    1. When do you use the marinade? Is the marinade the sauce that is mentioned also? Does it go on after grilling? Sorry, I’m a bit confused

    2. This may seem like a crazy question, but how do you keep the bacon or pancetta from unrolling around the meat roll? I didn’t see any toothpicks or the like holding it together.

      1. Hi Mary, not a crazy question, if you wrap it around tightly and once it is wrapped and then firmly form the shape. It holds, it’s never fallen off when I have done it. Hope that helps.

    3. 4 stars
      I made this today and the family loved it. Its so easy to prepare and cook. Thank you for the website that shares many great family recipes that are changing our weekly menus. Love the recipes 😍

    4. You make it hard to stay on a diet. Never thought to use ground meat wrapped in bacon or pancetta. Gave this recipe to my kids for the next barbecue. Thank you.

    5. 5 stars
      You can never go wrong with bacon!! Pancetta as well. The recipe looks delicious and I see your cherry tomatoes are doing well – yum! Once our patio tomatoes ripen I’ll have to get a picture. Hope you get some cooler weather soon — we’re getting lots of rain.

      1. Hi Marisa, that is so true I love both! Actually yes my cherry tomatoes are doing very well. To tell the truth I can’t wait for the fall. No rain in site. Good luck with your tomatoes, looking forward to a pic. Have a great day.

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