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.
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.
- Ground pork
- Ground beef
- Bacon or Pancetta – thin slices
- Olive oil
How to make Pork and Beef Skewers
In a small bowl mix together olive oil, chopped rosemary, thyme and oregano, set aside.
Form into the shape of a sausage. Wrap well and tightly with bacon or pancetta.
Place skewer down the center of the meat.
Cook on pan grill or barbecue until cooked. (low – medium heat). Brush both sides 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.
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.
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 Pork and Beef Skewers
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.
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. 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.
Re-posted from July 27, 2015.