Maple Candied Black Pepper Bacon

cuisine American
difficulty Simple
season Year Round
serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

1 pound453 grams thick sliced all natural bacon (sodium nitrate free) 6 tablespoons6 tablespoons pure maple syrup 4 tablespoons4 tablespoons dark brown sugar freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C).
  2. Line a half sheet baking tray with aluminum foil (for easy clean up) and place a wire cooling rack on it.  
  3. Arrange the bacon on the rack. Dip a pastry brush into the maple syrup and brush one side of the bacon with the syrup. Sprinkle the bacon slices with the brown sugar and several grinds of ground black pepper over each piece.
  4. Flip the bacon and repeat step 3.  
  5. Place the bacon in the preheated oven and bake until browned and crisp, about 18 minutes (keep checking starting at 15 minutes).
  6. Cool until the bacon strips have stiffened and can stand up straight when put in a cup or VASE.

SERVES 4 TO 6

Kitchen Notes
Only use thick sliced, all natural, dry rubbed, uncured bacon such as Wellshire Applewood Smoked Bacon. It is a bit pricey, but delivers the perfect texture and piggy taste. Real maple syrup from the sap of the sugar maple is the only sweetener that will work in this recipe. For the ultimate unforgettable to die for experience, try this recipe with WESTON TABLE BARREL-AGED BOURBON & RYE MAPLE SYRUP. Light brown sugar may be substituted for the dark.