Mix up your fall appetizer and side dish game with bacon wrapped grilled delicata squash finished with a maple syrup glaze.
5 from 1 vote

By Christie Vanover | Published October 27, 2022 | Last Updated November 8, 2022

Home | Recipes | Bacon Wrapped Grilled Delicata Squash Rings

Whether you’re looking for a new side to serve with Thanksgiving dinner or a changeup for your weeknight, this simple recipe only has 4 ingredients. It’s sweet and savory, buttery and crispy.

Bacon Wrapped Grilled Delicata Squash Ring.

What is delicata squash?

Delicata squash is a winter squash that is shaped like a small football. It’s primarily yellow with green or orange stripes.

The interior is yellowish-orange and has a slightly sweet flavor and super smooth and creamy texture.

Unlike other winter squashes like butternut squash and pie pumpkins, the skin of delicata squash is tender (or delicate) and enjoyable to eat, once it’s cooked. Because the rind is softer, it’s also not as challenging to slice, which makes this recipe really easy to make.

Delicata squash can usually be found in the grocery store in the fall and winter, since that’s the time of year when it’s harvested.

three delicata squash.

Ingredients

ingredients: delicata squash, bacon, maple syrup, bbq rub.
  • Delicata Squash: This oblong squash can be found during winter squash season in the produce section of your local market.
  • Bacon: Use regular bacon, not the thick-cut. Regular bacon will cook up and crisp better.
  • Maple Syrup: I recommend using pure maple syrup, instead of the pancake syrup. It has a more natural flavor. You could also use honey or hot honey.
  • BBQ Rub: For this recipe, I used BBQ Guys Signature Kansas City Rub. My Spiceology Pork Rub would also taste great on these delicate squash slices. Or you can use a simple sprinkle of kosher salt and black pepper.
bottles of BBQ rubs on black background

How to make grilled delicata squash

This recipe can cooked on a grill or smoker. In either case, you’ll need to create an indirect heat zone. If you’re using a pellet grill, just set the temperature to 300F degrees.

If you’re using a charcoal grill, move the coals to one side and cook the squash over the side without coals or use a deflector to block the direct heat.

If you’re using a gas grill, turn on one burner and grill the delicata squash on the side with the burners turned off.

  1. STEP ONE: Wash the squash. Using a sharp knife, slice off both ends and discard. Slice the squash into 1/2-inch thick slices.
sliced delicata squash.

While the skin of a delicata squash is delicate, if you buy one that has a little growth on the side (like pictured below), trim it off. It will taste woody and won’t be pleasant on the palate.

hard growth on side of delicata squash.
  1. STEP TWO: Using a metal spoon or knife, remove the seeds from the center and discard. (You can also clean them and smoke them for a flavorful garnish on salads)
Slicing delicata squash into rings and removing seeds from center.
  1. STEP THREE: Wrap one slice of bacon around each ring. Start by placing the bacon at the 3 o’clock position and tuck it under and through the ring. Pull it up at the 6 o’clock position. Fold it back over at the 9 o’clock position. And finish the wrap at the top.
  1. STEP FOUR: Season both sides lightly with rub. 
sprinkling seasoning on squash rings.
  1. STEP FIVE: Place the slices of squash onto the grill over indirect heat, and cook for 30 minutes. Flip, and cook for 30 more minutes.
tongs holding bacon wrapped delicata squash and adding to grill.
  1. STEP SIX: After the squash has been on the grill for one hour, brush maple syrup on top and cook for 5-10 more minutes. Test them with a fork or knife to ensure the squash is tender and cooked through and make sure the bacon is crispy to your liking.
brushing syrup on bacon wrapped grilled delicata squash rings.

How to serve grilled delicata squash

These bacon wrapped delicata squash rings can be served as an appetizer or side dish. Each squash yields 8-10 rings.

They taste wonderful when they’re fresh and warm from the grill, but they’re also delicious when they’ve cooled off. You could make them in advance, refrigerate them and serve them with a traditional veggie platter or alongside a bowl of Grilled Wild Rice Kale Salad.

Bacon Wrapped Grilled Delicata Squash Rings on platter.

Storage

Grilled delicata squash can be saved in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

You can also freeze them for up to six months and reheat them in a 400F degree oven or air fryer.

GCG Pro Pitmaster Tips

  • Check the rind before you cut it and remove any hard brown pieces
  • Cook these over indirect heat, so the bacon doesn’t cook too fast or flare up
  • Wait until the end to add the maple syrup, so it doesn’t burn

Health benefits of delicata squash

Delicata squash is a great, healthy vegetable that is low in calories and rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C. A one-cup serving has around 7 grams of sugar.

Adding the bacon and maple syrup obviously makes this more indulgent, so if you want to make a simple grilled delicata squash, just brush the rings with a little olive oil or vegetable oil, season and follow the rest of the steps (with or without the maple syrup).

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you tell when a delicata squash is ripe?

It’s a little challenging to know when squash are ripe, because the exterior rinds are pretty hard. If you press the squash from the bottom (where the flower blooms), it should feel firm and not squishy.

What’s a good substitute for delicata squash?

Acorn squash is a pretty good substitute for delicata squash, because it also has edible skin that becomes tender when cooked. Because an acorn squash is wider than a delicata squash, you may need to use 1 1/2 to 2 pieces of bacon per ring.

Do you need to peel the skin of a delicata squash?

Nope. The skin is nice and tender. It’s delicate. Get it? Delicate…delicata. Once it’s cooked, it’s soft enough to eat.

How long does it take to grill delicata squash?

If you cut the rings so they are about 1/2-inch thick, it will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes at 300F degrees for them to become tender. If you cut the rings thinner, they will cook faster. That works great if you’re not wrapping them in bacon. But with the bacon, I recommend cooking at 300F degrees so it doesn’t cook too fast.

Want even more great grilling recipes and tips? Subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok for my latest grilling adventures. If you make a recipe, I’d love for your to leave a comment and rating below. Thanks.

Bacon Wrapped Grilled Delicata Squash Ring.

Bacon Wrapped Grilled Delicata Squash Rings

Mix up your fall appetizer and side dish game with bacon wrapped grilled delicata squash finished with a maple syrup glaze.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 18 rings

Ingredients
 

  • 2 delicata squash
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp BBQ rub

Instructions
 

  • Heat Grill: Heat your grill or smoker to 300F degrees with an indirect heat zone.
  • Slice: Wash the squash. Slice off both ends and discard. Slice the squash into 1/2-inch thick slices. Using a spoon or knife, remove the seeds from the center and discard.
  • Wrap: Wrap one slice of bacon around each ring. Season both sides lightly with rub. 
  • Grill: Place the rings onto the grill over indirect heat. Cook for 30 minutes. Flip. Cook for 30 more minutes. 
  • Glaze: After they’ve been on the grill for one hour, brush maple syrup on top and cook for 5-10 more minutes. 

Video

Notes

For a smaller serving size, you can cut the rings into half moons and use a half slice of bacon. 

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 169mgPotassium: 239mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 709IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg

This estimate was created using an online nutrition calculator

Brag About Your BBQShare it on Instagram using #GirlsCanGrill