You know Homer from the Simpsons?
You know how he liked to drool at delicious things?
That’s what this bacon did to Mike and I. It was so fantastic. Chewy, crispy, salty, sweet, spicy goodness. Oh my lawwwwwd. Amazing. And this was also week 43 of the cooking challenge, which was themed “candied.”
You could do any number of things with candied bacon. Cook with it, bake with it, top a salad with it. Or you could follow Mike and my lead and just pig out on it as soon as it comes out of the oven. In fact, just try not to. I dare ya!
Maple Candied Bacon
Makes 1lb of candied bacon
1lb good quality bacon
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp honey mustard
1/2 tspn ground cayenne pepper
1 pinch of salt
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the ingredients minus the bacon, in a bowl to combine. Lay the bacon slices out on a sheet pan that is covered in either a Silpat or aluminum foil. I went the foil route because as the fat renders off the bacon, you are left with a dripping fatty mess. Tossing foil is 100% easier than scrubbing grease off a Silpat.
Using a brush, cover the bacon (both sides!) with the maple syrup mixture. Bake them for about 35-40 minutes. The longer you go, the crispier the bacon will be. We like a bit of chew left, so we pulled them out around 35 minutes.
Eat them with anything, or just by themselves! Yum!