"This makes a great party snack." — Chef John
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packed brown sugar
ground black pepper to taste
Candied bacon is exactly right! It took an hour to get to the point of doneness in my photo, and that was turning it up for the last 15 minutes. I did everything that was listed in the recipe, and the results were worth it. Interesting. I had a package of bacon that weighed 1.25 pounds, and half I used for this and half I fried as usual. The ingredients for the candied part was just right for that amount of bacon. The saltiness of the regularly fried bacon was so pronounced after tasting the candied bacon! We had friends over for brunch, and the guys preferred the regular, but we gals loved the candied. We were thinking of cutting the bacon in half, skewering it on pretty little sticks, and serving it for a party. Trust me, it would be a hit! Thanks again, as usual, Chef John!
Double the maple syrup mixture and use the bacon Chef John uses because it lays flat nicely and you won't run out of the mixture when you coat the bacon every 5 minutes; Other wise, not bad.
Double this recipe or you will cry because you run out of delicious candied bacon and you will want MORE! Any thick cut bacon works great. I followed another reviewer's tip of doubling the maple syrup the second time I made this recipe. Very good.
I've done this without the liquids, just with the bacon, brown sugar and black pepper. In that instance, known as PIG CANDY! Great warm, or if you have any left over, cold. YUMMMMMM....
This is great and I like it a lot better if it is done on a smoker with hickory smoke.
This was so delicious! Sweet (not too sweet), and full of bacon-y goodness!! I used about half a pound of bacon, and it disappeared (between me and my fiance) within 30 minutes.
I rated this recipe already, but wanted to clarify: I originally gave it 3 stars as stated in my review. However I reevaluated my decision and changed it to 4 stars which I think was more fair for my experience with this recipe. I liked the outcome of it-the candy bacon comes out tasty- it was just a lot of work to do, as you have to constantly baste the bacon. I may experiment with this recipe some more, but I am also interested in looking at others.
Wanted to make it easier, quicker, and less mess so tried with precooked bacon - hormel from costco. Placed aluminum foil on baking sheet for easy cleanup. Basted bacon immediately then baked and basted every five minutes until desired crispness - it does crisp up more as rests. May baste less often if don't want it too sweet. Turned out great even though thinner than original recipe. Husband and boys loved it. Will stick to rack if leave on too long.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 94
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