Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible


How to Build a Bacon Weave

By Steven Raichlen

Follow the step-by-step instructions below:

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Moisten your work surface with a damp paper towel and cover with parchment paper, plastic wrap, or heavy-duty aluminum foil. Arrange several slices of bacon (we’re using 8 here) horizontally in tight parallel rows.

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Begin to build the weave: Starting in the center, fold back the even-numbered strips (for example, 2, 4, 6, and 8).

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Lay a slice of bacon perpendicular to the folded bacon.

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Unfold the even-numbered strips over the newly added bacon strip.

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Now, fold back the odd-numbered strips (i.e., 1, 3, 5, and 7).

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Lay a second perpendicular slice of bacon next to the first, then unfold the odd-numbered strips over it.

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Continue weaving the bacon, alternately folding and unfolding even- and odd-numbered strips of bacon.

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The finished weave is pictured above. It’s optional, but at this point, we like to cover the bacon weave with plastic wrap and roll it gently with a rolling pin to tighten the weave. (Rolling will also thin the bacon and expand the dimensions of the weave slightly.) Chill until ready to use.


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