Great Moments on the Grill: Bacon Explosion!


For the month of July, we asked for your photos and videos of your best grilling moments for our contest, Great Moments on the Grill. The prize? A brand new Weber grill worth $500 from Appliances Plus in Somers.

We were looking for anything funny, creative or delicious, from blizzard burgers and downpour steaks to delicious juicy platters of food. And we got them: 19 people entered 34 photos. (We didn’t get any videos, though.) So from now until the winner is announced on Aug. 25, I’ll be featuring these photos on Small Bites.

Dave Nielsen of Putnam Valley sent in 6 photos of his day making the Bacon Explosion, the heart-attack-on-a-plate dish that’s made of sausage-stuffed bacon. He added some cheese for good measure.

When he’s not making bacon-sausage loaves smoked on a grill, he makes other dishes, such as Pork Chops, Chicken, Drunken Chicken and Ribs.

Here are his photos:

Bacon Explosion Family Affair:

Putnam Valley secret ingredient:

The rest, and Dave’s recipe, after the jump.

Dave says:

The bacon explosion is a fixture here on Lake Oscawanna in Abele Park. The bacon explosion is a near quarterly event here. The Core team consist of Paul and I (Neighbor and Neighbor as we are known respectively).

Paul is the master of the Smoker, while I am behind the perfection of the weave the the adjunct ingredients. Lisa (Paul’s wife) if the originator of the challenge and my girls Emily, 4 1/2, and Kate 2 1/2, are the cheerleaders and co-consumers of the end result round out the team. My wife, Sara is a referee on the virtues of Bacon etc… as a result of her dislike for Bacon she is effectively excluded from the team, but none the less much apart of the festivities.

The recipe, he says, we inspired by the New York Times article on the popularity of the recipe on the Internet: Take Bacon. Add sausage. Blog. You’ll find the recipe at that link, too. The article appeared on Jan. 28, 2009, and Dave and the gang made their first Bacon Explosion on Super Bowl Sunday that year.

Dave says the subsequent Oscawanna Lake editions are as follows

  • Part 1 Superbowl Sunday 2009
  • Part Duex Memorial Day 2009
  • Part 3 July 4th 2009
  • Part 4 Labor day 2009
  • Five Alive Superbowl 2010
  • Part 6 Memorial Day 2010
  • Part 7 July 4th 2010
  • Pending…
  • Part 8 “The Liz Edition” Labor day 2010

(Ha! Thanks on that one, Dave!)

“While there have been some variations, as you might expect,” Dave says, “the current standard is as follows:”

Dave’s Bacon Explosion Ingredients

2 packages Niesses Maple Smoked Thick Sliced Bacon

75 percent Sweet Italian Sausage (uncased)

25 percent Hot Italian Sausage (uncased)

Crumbled cooked bacon (Middle Filling)

Smoked Gouda (Middle Filling)

Dinosaur Barbecue Original Sauce

Smoked to perfection served on Pilsbury Grands Biscuits

And, says Dave, the Bacon explosion is ‘”not for the faint of heart — pun intended.”

Just to prove his dedication, he also let me know that this July Fouth, in additon to the Explosion, he had an appetizer of Beef Tenderion with crusted with Salt and Pepper amongst other spices etc… topped with Paul’s signature onions and Gorganzola or Blue Cheese.

Dave, my hat is off to you.

Here are the rest of his photos……

The only way to do the explosion…Correctly:

Explosion perfection:



Family Dining at it’s Bacon Finest!:


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. BACON EXPLOSION is the BOMB!!!!!!!!!!! Always there to enjoy my Brother In law and neighbor’s cooking!!!!
    have to kick it up a notch so you can win next year!!

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