Brown Sugar Bacon Recipe
This recipe is not for the faint of heart! It is super tender and has a rich flavor. By saying that it has a rich flavor, I mean that similar versions are also known as “Millionaire’s Bacon”, if that gives you any indication of how wonderful this dish is. If you love bacon, then you will adore this version of candied bacon.
Why is Candied Bacon Called Millionaire’s Bacon?
The verdict is still out on this question, but there are some theories. One of them being that it is so succulent, you will feel like a millionaire when you eat it. Another is that young people will love it so much, they will break the bank buying bacon instead of homes! It does, however, seem pretty clear that it gained popularity first in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to The Food Network.
My Easy Candied Bacon Recipe
It is important that you use thick cut bacon. If it is not thick cut, it will likely burn. This is because the bacon will dry out and cook too quickly, leaving the sugar to become dry and scorched.
I begin with 6 slices of Thick Cut Bacon. Put it in a medium bowl.
Add 1 heaping Tablespoon of Light Brown Sugar
Add 1 Tablespoon of water.
Mix and massage the bacon until it is completely coated with the brown sugar. At this point you can add some spice. Fresh cracked black pepper and cayenne pepper are popular (1 tsp each), but I prefer to just stick with the brown sugar. Some prefer only adding the black pepper, which makes it a brown sugar pepper bacon recipe.
After you have massaged your bacon and all the brown sugar is used, let your bacon rest for a few minutes. While it is resting, preheat your oven to 350° and prepare your pan. Cover a sheet pan with foil and place a baking rack on it. Spray the rack with non-stick baking spray, such as Pam.
When your oven is preheated, lay the bacon on the baking rack.
Put it in the oven and set your timer for 20 minutes.
Check on it at the 20 minute mark, just to make sure the sugar is caramelizing nicely and not drying out. If it is drying out too much, you should turn the heat down to 325° for the remaining 10 minutes. If it still looks nice and moist, leave it at the 350° mark for another 10 minutes. If you like you bacon a little more crispy, you can leave it for 15 minutes, but watch it closely!
When done perfectly, it will look this delicious!
It pairs perfectly with some scrambled eggs and our Simple 7 Up Biscuits!
If you are a first-timer, you are in for a real treat!
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