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Bacon-Pork Pops on Lemongrass Sticks

A great Asian twist for grilling on a stick.


  • 1/2 Lb Thin cut bacon, minced
  • 1 Lb Ground pork butt
  • 2 Cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 Tbs minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tsp grated peeled ginger
  • 1 Tsp sugar
  • 2 Tbs soy sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 Stalks lemongrass, cut into twelve 4-inch sticks
  • Sweet chili sauce, for dipping


  1. Preheat the broiler. Lightly mix the bacon, ground pork, garlic, cilantro, ginger, sugar and soy sauce in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Dampen your hands. Form the meat into 12 balls. Thread a piece of lemongrass halfway through each ball; press the meat mix down the stalk to form a sausage-like football shape, leaving some of the stalk uncovered for the handle.
  3. Put the pops on a foil-lined broiler pan and broil until golden brown 3-4 minutes per side. Serve with sweet chili sauce