Grilled Bacon Wrapped Dates & Cranberry Mules

December 15, 2023

Entertaining at your campsite? This fun and easy app is a crowed favorite featuring sweet and savory grilled flavors. Make it a real party by adding our bright cranberry mules.

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Dates


  • Toothpicks or bamboo skewers 1
  • pound thin-cut bacon
  • 1 (5.2 oz) container garlic & herb soft cheese (such as Boursin)
  • 30 dates
  • 30 Marcona almonds
  • Balsamic glaze, for drizzling



  1. – Soak toothpicks or skewers in water for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat, 400°F.
  3. Cut bacon strips in half so you have short pieces.
  4. Cut a slit in each date and add about ½ tsp of cheese followed by and almond. Place dates, cheese-side down, on a piece of bacon, wrap it up and secure with a toothpick.
  5. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  6. Place on hot grill, cover, reduce heat to medium and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until bacon is crispy on the bottom.
  7. Use tongs to flip each date and cook the other side un7l crispy, about 8-10 minutes.
  8. Place on a serving tray and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
    Note: this recipe can be prepared in the oven – preheat oven to 425°F, arrange dates on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through.


Cranberry Mules


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz orange liqueur (such as Cointreau)
  • 4 oz cranberry juice
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • Ginger beer, for topping
  • Cranberries and rosemary sprigs, for garnish



  1. Fill mule mug or cocktail glass with ice.
  2. In a shaker, combine vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry juice and lime.
  3. Shake to combine and pour over ice.
  4. Top with ginger beer and garnish with cranberries and rosemary.

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