Friday, September 17, 2010 at 9:25AM
Yesterday I promised to tell you why my apartment has been smelling like bacon for the past three days. Actually, I'm stumped.
No! I'm kidding. It's because I was inspired to make sweet bacon.
Over Labor Day weekend, John and I traveled to St. Louis for a wedding (more on that later). At the rehearsal dinner, one of the passed appetizers was sweet bacon. I loved it. I started following the server around. I lost interest in the other appetizers. And the guests.
Not really. But the bacon was very good - a nice thick cut with that zing of sweetness that comes from baking it with brown sugar. Or so I was told.
So I decided to recreate it. Sweet bacon is surprisingly easy to make. You can use any kind of bacon. I generally like the pork variety and I also like a nice thick cut (the pre-packaged varieties tend to be on the thinner side, but that's ok). Here is what you will need:
Ingredients (modified slightly from Epicurious):
1 1/2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 lb thick-cut bacon (12 slices)
Fire up your oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix together the brown sugar and the cayenne in a small bowl.
Then, lay out your bacon slices on a broiler pan (great because the slots in the broiler pan allow the grease from the bacon to drip down, yielding a less greasy bacon overall). Cook the bacon for 15 minutes on one side (keep a sharp eye on it - if you use thinner bacon slices, you will need less time). After this time, flip the bacon over and sprinkle with the sugar mixture. Continue to bake until you have achieved your desired level of crispiness.
Great for a brunch with a nice asparagus and tomato omelette. Or you can chop 'em up and make some maple bacon scones. And YES, I do have a recipe for that. Which I will post shortly. Please stand by....