Friday, January 22, 2010

Spicy Glazed Bacon

It's sweet, it's salty, it's spicy....we're talking some serious yumminess here. Take a good quality, thick-sliced bacon, sprinkle it with light brown sugar, cayenne and black pepper, bake until sizzling hot, crispy and sticky...ohmyYYY. My friend Jamie said, "It was like candy in bacon form. I thought I was dreamin' ...."

Spicy Glazed Bacon

8 slices thick-sliced good quality bacon (I use the Applewood smoked bacon from Costco)
3 T. light brown sugar
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more, I use a heaping 1/4 tsp)
1/4 tsp black pepper (or more)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lay bacon on a rack on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. While bacon is baking, mix brown sugar with cayenne and black pepper. Make sure peppers are evenly distributed in the brown sugar. Remove bacon from oven. Sprinkle each slice with 2 tsp of the brown sugar/peppers mix. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Turn bacon over, sprinkle with any leftover sugar mixture (if desired) and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until crisp. Watch bacon carefully--the bacon can quickly overheat and burn. Cooking times are all approximate...the thickness of your bacon will make a big difference in the cooking times...use your best judgment and keep your eye on it for the last few minutes.

This recipe was adapted from a one published in "The 150 Best American Recipes"

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