Happy hump day! I’m still trying to get back to reality after a quick jaunt up to the Oregon coast for a bachelorette party. We had an absolute blast. Dune buggy ride on the sand dunes to the beach? Check. Eating a ridiculous amount of freshly caught crab? Check. Drinking way too much champs/ beer/ cider? Check. Taking advantage of a gorgeous day at the beach and getting sunburned? Check.
During a quick jaunt to Denver last year, I discovered “Man Candy” at a tavern. It was ridiculously thick bacon that had been candied and had a spicy kick at the end. In other words, it was delicious. Determined to create something similar, I started messing around with different ingredient combinations. I finally got something pretty close.
As any fan of bacon will state, there’s nothing like making it as quickly and easily as possible. I shared my method for perfect bacon with you all a while back, but this is a little different.
Also, if you like some heat, you can add some smoked paprika or even a few splashes of sriracha sauce. Drool.
Easy Candied Bacon
- 1 lb. thick cut bacon
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup brown sugar
- black pepper and grinder
- smoked paprika and/or sriracha sauce (optional)
- Jelly roll pan or rimmed cookie sheet (yep, there is a difference)
- aluminium foil (for easy cleanup!)
- oven-safe metal cooling rack
- basting brush
- Preheat your oven to 425 F. Line your pan with foil and place metal cooling rack in your pan (if you’re using two square racks, it’s okay if they overlap).
- Spread the bacon out over the rack as closely as possible, but without overlapping.
- Brush a healthy amount of maple syrup over the top side of each slice of bacon. If using sriracha, mix a small amount into the maple syrup before brushing on bacon. Sprinkle brown sugar, freshly ground black pepper and smoked paprika (if using) over each slice.
- Bake for 10 minutes before turning each slice over and repeating step 3. Return to the oven for an additional 15-17 minutes.
- Allow to cool before remove bacon from the rack.
There are so many ways to enjoy your candied bacon. Perhaps atop a dark stout chocolate cupcake..
or a deviled egg..
.. or on its own!
This stuff is a crowd favorite! It’s always devoured quickly when I’ve made it for gatherings. How will you devour your candied bacon?