Surprise Dad with some homemade Bacon Candy for Father’s Day! We’ve been seeing Candied Bacon literally everywhere! It’s all the rage! One of our employees stumbled across this Bourbon Candied Bacon recipe by The Proof that she really likes and just had to share with the rest of the world. It seriously looks AMAZING. You can serve it at brunch with some waffle and eggs, or if you’re feeling like living dangerously, we’d even eat it on it’s own.
10 to 12 slices thick cut Applewood-cured bacon
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup bourbon
Optional: 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, cayenne pepper
Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Place the bacon strips on a foil-lined baking sheet. Combine the brown sugar, bourbon and optional spices, and stir until the sugar dissolves, then brush the mixture on one side of the bacon. Cook the bacon for 10 minutes, then flip the bacon and brush the mixture on the other side. Continue cooking until the bacon is crisp and browned, around 10 to 15 minutes.
Note: For crisper bacon, use a metal cooling rack on top of a baking sheet to cook the bacon.
If you’re looking for an even more simple and KID FRIENDLY version, use high quality maple syrup and paint both sides of the bacon prior to baking. Midway, paint more maple syrup on the bacon and continue cooking until bacon is done!