B.L.T.'s are a classic. How do you improve a classic? The best way we know how here at Traeger - GRILL IT! And when we say grill it, we mean grill almost every single part of it (just spare that crisp lettuce). And while we're at it, we might as well add on some grilled avocado for that green, rich creaminess.
B.acon L.ettuce A.vocado and T.omato Sandwiches
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: 35 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Mesquite, Hickory or Alder
1 lb thick-cut bacon
2 large firm, ripe tomatoes (like beefsteak or heirloom), sliced in thick slices
2 avocados, sliced in half, pit removed
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 slices of thick-cut bread
2 to 4 tablespoons melted butter
4 pieces of crisp lettuce
It comes as no surprise that the key ingredient in this recipe is bacon. So make sure you get the thick-cut because you really want to be able to taste it.
Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the fire is established. Preheat the grill to 300 degrees F.
You can either cook the bacon directly on the grill grate OR if you want to collect and save that tasty bacon grease (bacon popcorn, anyone?), cook it on a baking sheet. Cook the bacon for about 30 minutes or until it's done to your bacon perfection.
After you pull the bacon off, turn the Traeger temperature up to High and preheat for about 10 minutes.
Basically every other ingredient, except for the lettuce, is going to get a good grillin'. Brush both sides of each slice of bread with melted butter. Drizzle olive oil over the cut side of each avocado.
Put the tomato slices, avocado halves (cut-side down) and bread slices on the hot grill and cook for a couple minutes per side, or until some golden grill marks appear.
Now it's assembly time. Slice the avocados in the shell (being careful to not cut through the shell) and then scoop out the slices to prepare them for the stacking. Sprinkle both the avocado slices and the tomato slices with a pinch or two of salt.
We suggest using a nice spicy mayo like a Chipotle Mayonnaise. (You can make this in about 3 minutes by throwing a small jar's-worth of mayonnaise in your blender with one or two chipotles in adobo sauce, depending on how hot you like it, and blend away!)
Generously slather on the chipotle mayonnaise and then layer with the lettuce, avocado slices, tomato slices and as much bacon as you can squeeze in there.
The B.L.T. has met its match.