Sparks BBQ

Grilled Asparagus Wraps

Sparks BBQ in downtown Traverse City started with a passion for backyard grilling. Encouraged by family and friends’ endless compliments, owner and pitmaster Dean Sparks opened up a food truck at The Little Fleet. Serving slow smoked pulled pork, baby back ribs, and sandwiches topped with homemade coleslaw; the truck was a flaming success.

Today, barbecue lovers can also find Dean at his new brick and mortar restaurant at 439 E. Front St. Or fulfill your grill desires at home with one of Dean's favorite recipes for grilled asparagus wraps.


  • 1 pound asparagus, washed & trimmed
  • 1 pound sliced deli ham (rectangle shaped)
  • 16 thin slices of smoked Gouda cheese


Place one slice of cheese on one slice of ham. Lay 2 to 3 stalks of asparagus on ham, roll up and stick with a toothpick. Cook on a grill over medium heat until cheese starts to melt and ham begins to darken in color. Remove and serve immediately.

Photo(s) by Dean Sparks