Happy Saturday Visitors to Castle Baconia!
Yes this is the Kingdom of bacon and I am the King……..my mission is to bring you a fabulous baconized recipe every single Saturday until I run out of recipes. Heck, I’ve even been known to “re-run” a recipe once in a while too! This week I’m doing a recipe sent to me by a loyal subject, SammyP at 15andMeowing.
This is a recipe that has fascinated me for years – actually it also fascinated Angel Sammy who was King of Baconia before I inherited the throne. Candied bacon. I bet you’ve heard of it but have you made it? It’s really easy to make and I don’t think I can adequately describe in my own words how amazing this tastes. You can buy maple cured bacon in the grocery but this is one step beyond that. The brown sugar and pepper takes it to a whole different level!
Maple Candied Bacon
1 pound thick sliced bacon
1/4 cup bourbon barrel aged maple syrup*
1/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil topped with a sheet of parchment paper.
- To make the maple and brown sugar glaze, combine the maple syrup and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves and mixture just starts to bubble. Remove from heat and reserve.
- Arrange the bacon strips on the prepared baking sheet, overlapping slightly if needed.
- Bake until the bacon slices start to brown, about 15 minutes. Blot the excess grease with paper towels.
Brush generously with the glaze and sprinkle generously with the black pepper. Continue baking for 5 minutes.
- Turn the bacon strips, blot extra grease, and brush generously with the glaze. Sprinkle all over with freshly ground black pepper.
- Continue baking until bacon strips are crispy and browned, about 10 more minutes. Your exact cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of your bacon. Watch carefully towards the end of cooking time so bacon doesn’t overcook.
- Remove from the oven and cool. Blot any excess grease. Arrange on a platter and serve. Makes 12 pieces.
Oh boy……give this recipe a try – you’ve just GOTTA!
Your King about to begin his bacon coma nap! See you next Saturday