Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

Bacon-Grilled Prunes or Dates

Recipe by Steven Raichlen

  • Yield: Makes 24
  • Equipment: Best of Barbecue Knotted Skewers and Best of Barbecue Grill Shield (or an aluminum foil grill shield)

  • 24 large pitted prunes
  • 4 ounces Gouda or Gruyère cheese, cut into almond-size pieces
  • 8 strips thin-sliced bacon, each cut into thirds

Step 1: Set up your grill for direct grilling and preheat to high.

Step 2: Stuff each prune with a piece of cheese. Wrap in bacon and secure with a knotted skewer.

Step 3: Place the grill shield on the grate towards the front (the long side should be parallel to the front of the grill) and arrange the prunes on the grill so the exposed part of the skewers are over the shield (this keeps them from burning). Grill just long enough to brown the bacon, turning with tongs, 4 to 6 minutes in all.