The Bacon Series: Caramelized Bacon

by Dinner Hero on March 6, 2014

caramelized bacon

Bacon lovers rejoice!  Please make this the next time you need to take an appetizer to a party.  It won’t last long, but you’ll be the star of the party while it lasts!  It’s the perfect mix of sweet and savory on top of BACON!

caramelized bacon collage

I lined a sheet pan with foil (this makes for easy clean up!) and then added a baking rack sprayed with cooking spray.  Cut the bacon in half and then spoon on the topping.  Then pop it in the oven for 25-30 minutes.  It’s so easy and so yummy!

The Bacon Series: Caramelized Bacon
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ cup chopped or whole pecans
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ lb. thick-sliced bacon

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil (for easy cleaning) and place a wire baking rack on top. Spray the rack with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the brown sugar and pecans in a food processor and process until the pecans are finely ground. Add the salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper and pulse to combine. Add the syrup and pulse again to moisten the crumbs.
  3. Cut each bacon slice in half crosswise and line up the pieces on the baking rack without touching. With a small spoon, evenly spread the pecan mixture on top of each piece of bacon, using all of the mixture. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the topping is very browned but not burned. If it’s underbaked, the bacon won’t crisp as it cools.
  4. While it’s hot, transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels and set aside to cool. Serve at room temperature. (The caramelized bacon can be made early in the day and stored at room temperature.)

 

 

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