Man Log

This post is for my brother and his buddies in the Pro Shop at the Chevy Chase Club. Tomorrow we return to our regularly scheduled programming. I apologize in advance if this artery clogging, heart-attack inducing recipe offends.

bacon wrapped sausage recipeHello, my name is Wes; Baked Bree is my (much) better half. After some gentle insinuation, slight cajoling, and finally the use of strong arm tactics, Bree has allowed me one opportunity to guest post on her blog. As excited as I am to do this, I am also a little fearful. This is Bree’s blog, and it is fantastic. I am generally sarcastic and irreverent, but not today. I do not dare bite the hand that quite literally feeds me. I am so proud of Bree and her blog; I hope I can do it justice….man log style.

One thing I have learned from reading Bree’s blog is that food has much more meaning when it has a story behind it. Man log most definitely has a story….and it begins about 1,000 miles off the Pacific Coast of Central America. After about the 6th hour of every flight, conversation always turns to food. One of our crew members casually mentioned a bacon-wrapped concoction that sounded delicious. When we pressed him for details, his response was “It was my birthday, I was too drunk to remember how we made it.” We only had three clues…there was sausage, cheese, and a blanket of bacon. Just how the blanket was made or how the ingredients fit together we were not sure.

Our crew spent the next three days figuring out 1) how this thing was made, 2) how we could get all the ingredients in the country we were deployed, and 3) how we could cook it. #2 was easy….we have a guy in-country who can get anything. We gave him cash, and that was that. #3 brought up a bit of a discussion. I suggested cooking it in the oven on the airplane. The flight engineer immediately shut that down….something about a grease fire on an airplane. I guess he had a point. #1 would have to wait until we had what we needed. Speaking of, here is what you need for 1 man log (will feed about 4 people easily):

bacon wrapped sausage recipe
1 package of bacon
1 good sized sausage, or one pack of ground sausage
Cheese of your choice

The great thing about man log is that you can church it up any way you like. Ham? Go for it. Chorizo? NICE! Good cheese? Why not?

bacon wrapped sausage recipe

Once back at our lodging establishment, we got our hands on a grill, some hardwood for a fire, and an outdoor tile floor for our prep area. I do not recommend making yours on the ground. We made three man logs that night; refining our tactics as we went along. Brahma beer, a little ingenuity and some burnt arm hairs provided us all a meal that we still talk about. Without further ado, here is the man log, made in an actual kitchen, using (semi) sanitary procedures.

Remove the sausage from the casing and brown in a small pan.

bacon wrapped sausageWhile the sausage is browning, start working on your blanket-o-bacon. I like a 7 x 7 lattice. The tighter it is woven, the better.
bacon wrapped sausage recipePlace your filling in the bacon blanket. Be careful not to overfill the blanket; you won’t get a good roll but you will get a HUGE mess. I marked off the fill area for my helper with toothpicks (remove these before rolling).

bacon wrapped sausage recipe

Here is where it gets tricky…roll the log as tightly as you can and seal the ends with toothpicks. I use a wide spatula to get started, then use my hands after that.

Place your man log on a rack over a cookie sheet, and bake in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes or until the bacon is crispy. I went with the oven over the grill because 1) you don’t have to turn it in the oven and 2) I didn’t feel like using the grill tonight. Make sure that you put your log on some sort of cookie sheet that has raised sides. The last thing you want is to burn your kitchen down with bacon grease…and this CAN happen!

bacon wrapped sausage recipe

When the bacon is crispy, remove from the oven and let stand for a couple of minutes…just long enough for the cheese to stop being runny.

bacon wrapped sausage

Slice into pinwheels, get your napkins, and enjoy!

bacon wrapped sausage recipe

Man log is like the opening of A Tale of Two Cities in many ways. It is the best of food, and it is the worst of food. It is a treat born of genius and ridiculous at the same time. It is both beautiful and gross. All I can ask is that you try it. I guarantee the man log will be a topic of conversation wherever you serve it!

bacon wrapped sausage recipe

man log recipe

Man Log

Yield: serves 8

Man Log - Bacon wrapped sausage and cheese roll. I'm not proud of his one, but my husband insisted. This was a deployment creation and now a legend.

Ingredients

  • 1 package of bacon
  • 1 good sized sausage, or one pack of ground sausage
  • Cheese of your choice

Instructions

  1. Remove the sausage from the casing and brown in a small pan.
  2. While the sausage is browning, start working on your blanket-o-bacon. I like a 7 x 7 lattice. The tighter it is woven, the better.
  3. Place your filling in the bacon blanket. Be careful not to overfill the blanket; you won’t get a good roll but you will get a HUGE mess. I marked off the fill area for my helper with toothpicks (remove these before rolling).
  4. Here is where it gets tricky…roll the log as tightly as you can and seal the ends with toothpicks. I use a wide spatula to get started, then use my hands after that.
  5. Place your man log on a rack over a cookie sheet, and bake in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes or until the bacon is crispy. I went with the oven over the grill because 1) you don’t have to turn it in the oven and 2) I didn’t feel like using the grill tonight. Make sure that you put your log on some sort of cookie sheet that has raised sides. The last thing you want is to burn your kitchen down with bacon grease…and this CAN happen!
  6. When the bacon is crispy, remove from the oven and let stand for a couple of minutes…just long enough for the cheese to stop being runny.
  7. Slice into pinwheels, get your napkins, and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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This Post Has 53 Comments

  1. Rachel Lesiw

    Dude. Wes is so cool it’s redonkulous.

  2. Ivan S.

    Oh my God, I’m so hungry now after reading/watching this!! Awesome recipe!

    1. bakedbree

      thanks Ivan!

  3. amanda

    wow, my hubs would love this… perfect football watching food i think! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      most definitely.

  4. Momma McCall

    This has boy time/ super bowl party written all over it. I think ya did a great job as a guest blogger! My favorite part was: “Man log is like the opening of รขโ‚ฌล“A Tale of Two Cities.” You made me giggle. Looking forward to sharing this with The Hubs.

    1. bakedbree

      he did do a good job, didn’t he?

  5. MsNJohnson

    It looks dangerously good!

    1. bakedbree

      It is definitely a “special occasion” food for sure.

  6. Anne

    Wes! Bree!

    I love the look of the Man Log! My husband and daughter will also love it – who wouldn’t love salty meat with cheese melted all over it! Grant you, I will be enjoying my oatmeal as they dive into their eggs and Man Log but, I know it is going to be a hit at our house. Thanks Wes for providing a story and great recipe and thank you Bree for taking more beautiful pictures! I am off to the store to make up some of your chocolate chip cookies. Those I will eat! Have a great weekend and I will see my Clay soon!
    Anne

    1. bakedbree

      Lol…. Boys and their bacon. See you on Wednesday!

  7. The Blue-Eyed Bakers

    Gah we love this! The bacon log has definitely come up in dinner suggestions before…go Wes go!

    1. bakedbree

      It smelled really good. The boys devoured it.

  8. Tara

    OH…EM….GEE!! That is all kinds of unhealthy! lol Looks delicious though!

    1. bakedbree

      Yes. Unbelievably unhealthy.

  9. Kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    Um……….really? This is fantastically over the top. Like REALLY over the top!

    1. bakedbree

      Really. And yes. Way over the top.

  10. Autumn

    I had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading this post. I heard about the ‘man log’ but seeing it brings it to a whole new level. love the teamwork!

    1. bakedbree

      I was not sure how Man Log would be received, but I had to post it, so peeps would leave me alone about it!

  11. Jessica

    Bree and Wes – my suggestion to make the ‘roll’ easier and possibily tighter is to build the lattice on parchment paper, then use the paper to help roll the log. You don’t have to keep it on the paper when you bake it. But, I bet that would help with the hardest part of the ‘man log’ ๐Ÿ™‚ I will probably need to try this, and very soon. The men in my life would be huge fans of the man log. No doubt about that!

    1. bakedbree

      that is a GREAT idea! Why didn’t I think of that?

  12. Erin ledford

    Does seem like a great superbowl party item!

    1. bakedbree

      believe it or not, we have had bacon wrapped hot dogs and they were alarmingly delicious. They had maple syrup all over them too.

  13. Joe

    Wes I can’t wait to get my man log cookin!

    1. bakedbree

      have fun!

  14. Tanya

    Oh my gosh, my husband will love this! Actually I think my older daughter will also. They are both bacon lovers and like my husband says, ” I just take my Lipitor and everything is fine!” Your husband did a good job of telling the story behind it and then creating the dish (can we call it that?). Thanks for sharing-

    1. bakedbree

      that is funny! He did a good job didn’t he?

  15. Kimba's Kitchen

    WHOAAAAA!!! What an amazing MAN LOG!! I love it!! Does that mean I’m really a guy?? Hhhmmm….

    1. bakedbree

      It is totally okay to be a woman and be intrigued by the man log!

  16. Andrea Eickelmann

    So my sister’s boyfriend makes something very similar to this but they call it a pork bomb. Instead of cheese the entire log is basted with bbq sauce while it is grilled. It is also stuffed with raw sausage, last time it was deer sausage but I like the cheese idea better. Better yet you put a slice of the non cheese version between two pancakes with a liberal pouring of maple syrup for a heart-attack inducing breakfast sandwich. YUM

    1. bakedbree

      That sounds oddly delicious. I love the name.

  17. Melody

    This looks oh so delish. I am going to make this for my husband’s 30th birthday party next month! It’s definitely a special occasion item.

    1. bakedbree

      Yes, a special occasion for sure, but what is more special than a 30th birthday?

  18. Ed

    Wes,
    Well done! Bacon may be one of the best foods ever. Can’t wait to try this. Looks like you guys had fun making it.

    1. bakedbree

      As much as it grossed me out, we really did have a good time. My house smelled pretty fabulous as well.

  19. PK

    here is an idea mold the sauage and cheese into balls flatten like a hamburger then wrap the bacon around it in a deep cookie sheet … easier then cuting them after it is cooked and can be made bite size for parties

    1. bakedbree

      Good idea!

  20. dak0

    Wow, that’s an idea with bacon. My friends definitely will love it.
    And two cooking men, great.

    1. bakedbree

      Thanks, Man Log is a phenomenon in and of itself.

  21. Katie

    Have you perhaps tried adding peppers or salsa or maybe topping with scrambled eggs?

    It looks completely unhealthy, but I think that’s what makes it look so delicious.

    1. bakedbree

      No, I really haven’t. Why try to healthy up something so terrible for you? Moderation, right?

  22. bbqesquire

    This looks amazing! I want to try it!

    1. bakedbree

      Ha! Amazing for a lot of reasons. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Kat

    If you put it on a piece of wax paper, it would be easier to start the roll because you could just pick up the edge and fold it over, no lost bacon strips!

    1. bakedbree

      thanks kat.

  24. Kiran

    This looks awesome. My husband’s friends are coming over this weekend. Can’t wait to make this!!!

    1. bakedbree

      They will love it.

  25. Deborah

    How long do you cook it after you wrap it? The end directions are blocked off in black.

    1. bakedbree

      I don’t see any black on my end. It takes abut 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked through and crispy.

  26. Vivian Reynolds

    So when you roll it how do you keep it together? Like I know toothpicks on the end but what about long ways down the whole thing?

    1. bakedbree

      Toothpicks hold it together.

  27. Leona

    Hi Bree! I’m all girl, and while my waist (and heart!) may protest, I would TOTALLY eat this “dude food”! Sigh – more trips to the gym? Thanks for letting Wes contribute!

    1. bakedbree

      Haha! I hope that you like it. (And don’t mind the gym. ๐Ÿ™‚

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