Bacon-Wrapped Halibut Tacos with Pineapple Salsa and Ginger Garlic Barbecue Sauce

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Bacon-Wrapped Halibut Tacos with Pineapple Salsa and Ginger Garlic Barbecue Sauce

Serves: 4 | Difficulty:

In each of our Midwestern homes, we have our favorite butchers and specialty meat shops for bacon. Just next door to our HQ in Galesburg, we have Thrushwood Farms. But we've been known to have a meat crush on the Smoking Goose, Nueske's, and Conscious Carnivore. We decided to bring this love affair to halibut taco week, because, well, it's delicious. The pineapple salsa lightens the flavors amongst so much goodness. ~ Chef Ali Banks

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Pineapple Salsa:
2 cups pineapple, ½-inch dice
½ cup thinly sliced spring onions or scallions
1/2 cup red pepper, 1/2 inch dice
1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, minced
1 lime, juiced
salt and pepper, to taste

Ginger Garlic Barbecue Sauce:
1 tablespoon minced garlic 
1 teaspoon grated ginger (we think a microplane works best)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup mustard 
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon molasses 
salt and pepper, to taste

Bacon-wrapped Halibut:
12-16 pieces of good bacon
1 pound of halibut, cut into cubes roughly the thickness of your bacon
toothpicks (if yours are MIA in your kitchen, just sear the bacon seam side down first and you'll be OK)

1 oz manchego cheese, grated
8-12 flour tortillas

Pineapple salsa: 

Combine in a large bowl. Set aside. This can be done the night before. 

Barbecue Sauce: 

Sauté garlic and ginger in a small sauce pan over medium heat for one minute. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer sauce for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool. 

Bacon-wrapped Halibut:

Wrap each piece in a slice of bacon, ensuring the bacon is wrapped all the way around the halibut with a little overlap.  Depending on how big the halibut piece, this will require somewhere between 2/3 and 3/4 of a slice of bacon. Attach the bacon to the halibut (and to itself) with a toothpick. 

Sear bacon-wrapped halibut for 2-3 minutes a side over medium-high heat. Cover the pan with a lid after flipping to ensure the halibut cooks through. When all pieces of beacon have browned, baste with barbecue sauce, turning to coat.  

Taco Assembly:

Nestle two pieces of halibut in a flour tortilla, drizzle with extra barbecue sauce and top with pineapple salsa and Manchego cheese to taste.