spicy grilled mushrooms and bacon in cast iron pan on grill

Spicy Grilled Mushrooms and Bacon

Ever find yourself grilling a beautiful piece of meat as your entrée and while you do…you run in and out of your house tending to a side dish to accompany it? Not anymore.

This dish was created for SABER Grills by Colleen Kennedy of Souffle Bombay. Bon appétit!

Mushrooms Bacon & Peppers Grilled

Ever find yourself grilling a beautiful piece of meat as your entrée and while you’re doing that, you run in and out of your house tending to a side dish to accompany it?

Problem solved with this gorgeous pan of mushrooms, bacon and peppers! While your entrée is doing its thing on your grill, make room for a cast-iron pan (or utilize your SABER side-burner!) and whip up this delicious side dish which can also double as a great as a lunch on its own, paired with a small salad.

To make it even easier, enlist the help of your kids! Trust me when I say that your kids, no matter what their age, will surprise and delight you when it comes to cooking. They get excited by the responsibility and they really take it seriously…after all, they love to eat, right? Allowing your children to help cook teaches them a life skill, plus I’ll bet the farm that they will at least taste whatever it is they helped cook! Next thing you know…you’ll have them helping you all the time, they will find new foods to enjoy, and you…well YOU may soon find yourself with a little extra free time!

My 10-year-old daughter gets to work on the garlic (see how she “claws” her fingers to keep them out of harms way and pinches the chefs knife right where the steel meets the hilt to be safe?). That’s my girl!

Young Girl Cooking Chopping Garlic sm

And see my son below? He’s cutting chunks of bacon to use in the dish off of a slab. That’s one of my favorite kitchen tips to give – Ask your butcher or your farmer’s market to cut you a hunk of bacon, I usually hold my fingers up and show them the width I want (usually 3 inches). Whenever I want to add bacon to anything like salads, a baked potato, soups, mac & cheese…all I have to do – or have one of my kids do – is slice a chunk of the bacon off, cook it up and ta-dah, homemade bacon bits! Just wrap it tightly after each use and it lasts and lasts!

Boy chopping bacon

My 13-year-old son, Connor, manned the grill for this one, adding in the mushrooms one by one, after the garlic, bacon and peppers had a chance to cook.  Easy dishes like this are allowing his confidence on the grill to grow!



  • 20 baby bella mushrooms, halved
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup bacon or pancetta, diced
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 shake or 2 of red (Cayenne) pepper
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

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  • Clean and halve mushrooms. Set aside.
  • Place pan on grill or side burner and melt 1 Tablespoon butter.
  • Add in bacon and peppers. Sauté 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add in garlic and sauté for a few minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Add mushrooms, remaining Tablespoon butter, and lemon juice. Toss well until all ingredients are incorporated. Allow it to cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add in seasonings, toss and remove from the grill once the level of doneness you prefer your mushrooms to be is reached.
  • Notes: If you enjoy onion, feel free to add in shallots or chopped onion as well to the dish.


Grilled Mushrooms Bacon & Peppers

These were a hit!! If you are looking for a great side dish to enhance your meal that you can easily cook on your grill…this is it.

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