Cinnamon Bacon Backyard Sweet Potatoes

I think that is the most clever name I’ve ever come up with for a recipe. Don’t you think?! Backyard because they are cooked on the grill and your grill IS IN YOUR BACKYARD!! Damn I’m good.

Let’s get serious though. These are simple, delicious, and a perfect side dish to any grill feast. I’ve made these probably 4 times in the past week. Sergio came up with the bacon part though, so I can’t take full credit. The man’s a genius.

These are especially perfect for late Saturday night grill parties. Which my household has hosted many this summer. All we do is grill out and sit in the backyard on Saturdays. And this past weekend was no different. After watching my buddies Sergio and Jon representing CF Broadway compete in a CrossFit competition over the weekend, we decided to celebrate with gorging our faces and drinking high volumes of alcoholic beverages. I know what you’re thinking, this is becoming a pattern Juli, which is true, but we are trying to have as much fun as possible before Sergio leaves for deployment.

Anywho, Laura and I strung up 2 strings of Halloween lights (candy corn to be exact) outside so we would have some light in the backyard. It did nothing. We have no lighting back there and it gets quite dark in our neighborhood. Talking to people without seeing their face can sometimes be weird. Soon we will have our entire backyard decorated with white xmas lights, but our ghetto Halloween ones had to do this time around. Once those were hung, we got straight to the point. Vodka sodas and grilled sweet potatoes were the main event. When more and more people started showing up, the shots came out. You see, everyone at our house that night were CrossFitters. Meaning we don’t drink a ton, but when we do, we go hard. And that’s what we did.

Go big or go home. All or nothing theory. So once we got to the bar, where even MORE CrossFitters were, sh*t got real. This is what it looked like: we played imaginary double dutch in the middle of the bar, danced until the lights turned on, and suffered some minor bruising and soreness from erratic movements on the dance floor. Somehow, when Sergio and I are intoxicated, we seem to have a choreographed chair dance. I know what you’re thinking…dirty things…but it wasn’t like that. I don’t know exactly what our moves looked like, but they were good, I just know it.

After the bar, we stopped by to get pizza for the group. Even in my drunken stooper, I still didn’t eat the pizza. Drunken JB still knows gluten isn’t her friend. So I had some of the pepperonis off the top and ate some of Jon’s leftover pork chops. I drunkenly ate pork chops. I find that slightly hilarious.

Oh. And I dropped my phone in the toilet. Yeah, I think it’s about time I get my life together.


Cinnamon Bacon Backyard Sweet Potatoes

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3-5 1x


  • 2 long skinny sweet potatoes or yams (to keep the slices the same size), thinly sliced (about 1/81/4 inch)
  • 4 pieces of US Wellness Meats Nitrate Free Bacon, diced
  • 1/21 teaspoon cinnamon
  • sprinkle of salt
  • 2 large pieces of aluminum foil


  1. Turn on your grill.
  2. Lie out a large piece of aluminum.
  3. Sprinkle a couple pieces of bacon on the foil. This will help the sweet potatoes from sticking.
  4. Place sweet potatoes on top and spread out evenly. It’s fine if they overlap, it doesn’t have to be perfect. They will all cook.
  5. Sprinkle with cinnamon, salt, and add the rest of your bacon on top.
  6. Slightly curl up the sides of the foil, place a smaller piece of foil on top, then lock in all the sides around the foil. Like a little package. Or packet. Whatever
  7. Place on top rack of grill and let cook for about 25-30 minutes or until they are cooked completely through and soft. If you place it on the main part of the grill (I don’t know grill terms) they will cook quicker, but will more likely burn a bit.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


47 thoughts on “Cinnamon Bacon Backyard Sweet Potatoes”

  1. There is only one suitable drunken after bar food up here in my part of Canada…. Poutine. Ohhhh Poutine and your melty gravy cheesey goodness. And dairy, how I hate you for your evilness to my body and how you’ve ruined my torrent love affair with intoxicated Poutine eating. Seriously though, it should be a food group and in some parts of Canada is very well is. Thanks for the potato recipe, I’ll be trying it out tonight. 🙂

  2. High five on avoiding the pizza! The first Friday of every month, we have a competitive WOD and afterwards, everyone but me drinks large volumes of alcoholic beverages. I genuinely do not understand how they don’t throw up after busting ass and then drinking.

  3. I swear I made this exact same dish last night, but with peppers, onions and steak instead of sweet potatoes and bacon. This seriously sounds good though and I may try it tonight ( I have a slight grill addiction ). My biggest hurdle is coming up with creative side dishes, so this will help.

  4. Just started reading your blog last week, I am a cross-fitter newbie and I think I love you. Thanks for all the recipes and humor 🙂

  5. Those look really good!!

    I purposely leave modestly healthy leftovers in the fridge on bar nights. Otherwise, yeah….pizza ensues. Anyway, I find the fact that you ate pork chops incredibly amusing. Should you continue on this path of drinking just know you will eat some weird things drunkenly. My personal gave? Last summer when I was borderline alcoholic (think partying 5+ nights a week – it was ugly, fun, but ugly) I once at a spinach salad. With homemade dressing. And walnuts. It was weird. I’m weird. Okay good times, can’t wait to eat me some grilled sweet potates!

  6. Just finished my breakfast and yet my mouth started watering when I read the title of the recipe. These will be made and soon!

  7. Seriously, you should try out for Food Network. They need a paleo show on there. You have the cooking down, the looks for TV 🙂 , and it seems you have the personality that a lot of people can relate too. 🙂

  8. Vanessa Rodriguez

    Has anyone tried these in the oven?…maybe bake them then place them on broil. Sound delish:D

    1. I made them in the oven. I didn’t really know what temp to use, so just went with good ol’ 350 F. They took a looooooong time! Plus, the potatoes on top were kind of mushy. Still tasted GREAT, though, and the house smelled amazing while they were cooking. I’d just recommend a higher temp.

    2. I just made these in the oven for my paleo-eating 17 yr old and 21 yr old daughters. 350 at 25 min. and it was perfection. Be sure to slice the potatoes very thin!

  9. We demolished that pork chop. We didn’t even cut into it like civilized people. We took turns taking bites out of the whole chop – caveman/woman style.

  10. Looks delicious! BTW – do you have a website that you go to besides the one that comes up when I type in CrossFit competitions to find different competitions? I finished 64th in my region this year during the Open (soooo frustrating) – and I want to do competitions throughout this year.

  11. I made something similar to this over the weekend, too! Only difference was that I added kale. I love kale so so much. I just rinsed it off and put it in the packet wet and everything steamed perfectly. Sooooo delish!

  12. Sweet potatoes, good! Bacon, good! Not having to turn on the oven to heat up the house, GOOD!

  13. Made ’em this past week and they were terrific. Had them as a leftover side last night and they were even more ridiculously delicious straight outta the microwave!!!!! Homerun 🙂

  14. Just discovered your fantastic blog – thanks for inspiring my menu for this week! I’m easing into the Paleo lifestyle after enjoying Crossfit for the past few months. You’ve just gained another loyal reader.

  15. Laura (another one :)

    We made these on the top rack while heating the grill for steak- without sugar and added a few onion slices. They were super good! I am winning over my non paleo bf and his junk food junkie son 🙂

  16. My husband is the cook in the family and I have been trying to get him to cook more paleo. We made these sweet potatoes over the weekend and they were delicious. I think sweet potatoes are my new best friend!

  17. I love this! I made it on the grill a few weeks ago and fell in love! I wanted to share it with my coworkers, but no grill is available at work so I made it in the crock pot and paired it with the short ribs recipe. Grand reviews! Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. AManda, did you cook on low and for how long? I totally wanna make this tomorrow night but not sure if I can talk hubby into firing up the grill.

      1. Becca, it really depends on the time frame you have. Obviously for a faster cook time turn it on high and leave it for a few hours or until they are tender. Otherwise cook it on low and leave it all day!

  18. I have taken to modifying this recipe from time to time to suit my cravings. On occasion I’ll skip the cinnamon and add sliced red onion with a lil S&P add some shredded chicken that’s been drenched in 1/3 of a cup Frank’s Red Hot with about a Tablespoon or two of Kerrygold melted in and sliced avocado. Blame it on the fact that I woke up one day craving a buffalo chicken pizza…

      1. Hey! I’ve made this recipe a million times now (LOVE it Julie!!!). I don’t own a grill so I always use the oven. I bake it at 350 for 30-40 minutes depending on how many sweet potatoes I’m using. Then I turn on the broiler for about 5 min. to get the top crispier. Turns out great!

  19. OMG!!! This is the 2nd time I’ve made these and they are by far one of my favorite recipes on here! So simple yet so effin tasty!!!!! My phone won’t let me give this 5 stars, but it’s easily 10 stars in my book!

  20. This is an amazing recipie! Made this in the oven and now I have a chance to try it on the grill! What do you mean when you talk about top racks? Don’t most grills just have one cooking surface, not racks like the oven? Also, what sort of heat did you cook it at (high, medium, low, etc)?

    1. every grill i’ve owned has two separate racks, one being slightly elevated above the fire so the dish isn’t on direct heat. that way the sugar in this dish doesn’t burn and the sweet potatoes have enough time to steam and cook through. i normally have the grill on high when this dish is on an elevated rack, but it could always be off to the side, where it’s not on as high heat OR cooked at a lower temperature.

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