Saturday, April 9, 2011
BBQ Red Snapper
Vegetarians, please come back later. Fish haters this might change your mind. If fish eyes make you squeamish, just squint. For those of you who love grilled fish, keep reading, here's a quick, easy, and delicious way to cook a whole snapper or any other pan sized fish on the grill.
Normally the fish department at our local grocery has mostly farm raised fish, like salmon with color added. Color added? Today they had fresh wild caught red snapper, I splurged on one for dinner.
Since it's hot and humid today I decided to use the BBQ grill for the fish. Years ago I used to fish in high mountain lakes in California and I'd cook fish over on open campfire. Today I decided to try the same technique on our BBQ grill.
I stuff the fish body cavity with sliced lemon and then wrap bacon slices around the fish. I hold the bacon in place by inserting toothpicks on an angle into the end of the bacon and through the fish. Press firmly to get the tooth pick to penetrate the fish skin. The bacon prevents the fish from sticking to the grill and keeps it moist.
Don't forget to eat the fish cheeks; some say that's the best part of the fish. Sorry there aren't any leftovers, end of story.