If you can not tell by now, I am a HUGE Bacon fan. I view bacon more as a condiment. You can add bacon to anything and it will make it better! You can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There is really no wrong time of day to eat bacon. You could even eat it right now as you are reading this.
How can you make this versatile and delicious pork product better? Add brown sugar! The result is something that my mom calls candied bacon. It is very simple to make and tastes amazing!
You will need:
-Thick cut Bacon -in the pictures I used 6 pieces, but really you can use as much as you would like.
– Light brown sugar – 1/2 a cup was more than enough to cover 6 pieces so you can use that as a reference for how many pieces you are making
– Baking sheet and non stick baking surface – I used parchment paper, but you can also use a silicone baking sheet such as silpat or any other kind you choose. The non stick baking surface will make clean up much easier.
To make the candied bacon you will need to:
1 Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F
2 Take your bacon strips and pat them down with brown sugar. I have found that if you spread out your brown sugar on a plate it is easy to press the bacon into the sugar so that sugar adheres to the bacon. Make sure you coat both sides of the bacon. In the pictures, I have shown about how much sugar you want on your bacon.
3 Place your brown sugar covered bacon onto your baking sheet with non stick baking surface. You want to make sure the bacon is stretched out and not on top of any other pieces. The sugar will melt onto the pan, so you want to leave some space between strips.
4 Put the baking sheet with non stick surface and bacon into the 325 degree F oven for 15-20 minutes. Time will vary depending on the size and amount of bacon used and your oven. Mine took about 18 minutes, but yours my vary. It is done when there is a nice golden brown color on the bacon and sugar next to the bacon. Sugar that has run off onto the sides will burn a little on the edges, but that is alright. If the sugar on the bacon starts to burn then remove the bacon. If you smell burning sugar then it is definitely time to remove the bacon.
5 When done, remove the pan form the oven and let the bacon cool on the pan for 10minutes.
After the bacon has cooled, it is time to enjoy your wonderful creation! You can use this amazing combination of bacon and sugar anywhere you would use bacon. On a sandwich, in a salad, as a desert… The only limit to its uses is your imagination! Later in the week, I will show you some uses I have come up with for it.
Have you had candied bacon before?