Pepper Candied Bacon

Prep time: ~7 Minutes

Cook Time: ~25-30 minutes

Prep oven for a medium roast environment, to about 550-630˚ F

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb. thick cut applewood smoked bacon
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Foil-line a baking pan, and add a cooling rack onto it to elevate the bacon for full heat on all sides. Bacon needs to be arranged in a single layer.

Mix the brown sugar, maple syrup, cayenne and black peppers together and put aside ready to drizzle over the bacon.

Place the baking pan with the bacon into the oven, keeping away from the flames so it cooks a little slower. Cook until the top half is done enough to be flipped (anywhere from 5-10 minutes). Remove the pan and flip the bacon on the rack, and drizzle or spoon the candy mixture onto the bacon and spread it over with your spoon or a barbecue brush. Placd back in the oven and keep a close eye on the bacon while it finishes cooking. It should take between 10-15 more minutes, depending on how crisp you like your bacon to be. You want the sugar to thicken and caramelize a little, but not to burn. About half way through finishing, you might want to pull the pan out and spread the melted sugar over for a better coat.

Once the bacon is done to your liking, allow it to cool on the rack for about 10 minutes before ingesting. The idea is for the sugar to cool and harden a little which makes it firmer and easier to handle.

 For an additional flavor sensation, try adding black peppercorns instead of cayenne! This is an amazing recipe and sure to be a hit with anyone who tries it.