If you're like me, you think bacon is the caviar of the pig. So salty, smokey. A meat that invokes feelings of desire like no other can. Is it possible to make bacon even better? I'll take bacon anyway I can, but this Spicy Candied Bacon has made me even more of an addict.
Keyword bacon, candiedbacon, sweetandspicybacon
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 20minutes
Servings 6maybe? Lol.
half sheet pan
1.5lbthick cut smoked bacon
1 tbsp100% maple syrupnot the fake stuff
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Line half sheet pan with aluminum foil.
Place racks inside sheet pan on top of foil.
Lay bacon strips on top of racks, without any overlap or slices touching.
Place pan on middle rack in oven and bake for 16 minutes. Time might vary slightly due to uneven oven cooking, inaccurate temperature, and/or the exact thickness of the bacon. The goal here is to cook the bacon until it is almost crispy. After the first 12 minutes, check every one minute [without opening the oven door].
While bacon is cooking, mix the maple syrup and sriracha in a small bowl. The 1:1 ratio is fairly mild. If you like more spice use more sriracha; less spicy use more maple syrup. Set aside.
When bacon is almost crisp, carefully remove and place on heat safe surface.
Using a pastry brush, lightly coat the top of each slice of bacon with the mixture.
Return the pan to the oven.
Bake an additional 3 to 5 minutes, watching very closely. It only takes a matter of seconds for the bacon to go from perfect to burned. When the bacon is a deep golden brown, it's probably time to remove pan from oven.
Spread bacon in a single layer on top of paper towels to cool and remove any excess grease. The bacon will become slightly more crispy as it cools.
Try not to devour it before trying in other forms (e.g., BLT sandie, an upgraded breakfast side, in a dip, more!). I dare you!
Tip: When I stated timing is EVERYTHING, I meant it. It is absolutely necessary to "baby sit" the bacon during the final minutes of cooking. Enjoy!