So yesterday I shared my Maple Bacon Cupcakes, I have now consumed all 2 dozen with VERY little help, seriously I ate WAY more than my share! And now I’m craving another batch of this Candied Bacon (I’ve made 4 this week already!)
It’s AMAZING in the cupcakes and just as good completely by itself! It’s a good thing I’m missing one of my cooling racks our I’d be making a double batch RIGHT NOW! Okay, so while it’s SUPER simple it IS time consuming, so make sure you don’t have to, oh say, run out on an errand (and leave your husband in charge) you’ll come home to burnt bacon. No amt of sugar coating can save burnt bacon
Kay to start out, place a cooling rack in side a jelly roll pan (or brownie pan or cookie sheet, whatever you call these sheets with 1/2 inch sides). And then lay out your bacon (center cut, THICK bacon) flat over the top. You can put them super close but NOT overlapping. Place it in the preheated oven (350) for 10 mins, then flip the bacon and cook another 5 mins.
While your cooking the bacon mix up the sugar coating! Brown sugar, maple syrup and rice vinegar for a kick! I’ve seen some recipes with pepper too, but I didn’t like it personally. Stir it up , it will be thick but still runny.
Open your oven and brush the sugar coating onto the bacon, cook another 5 mins. Then every 5 mins flip the bacon and brush on more coating. This took me anywhere from 8-10 flips, it’s hard to know. Its slow coming up to cooked, but then it goes from perfect to burnt fast.
It will still be SOFT when it’s done, so don’t keep cooking until it’s crunchy or it will BURN. Go by looks, I was a little undercooked the first time and perfect the second time. Leave them to cool and they will harden up!
- 1 lbs center cut thick cut bacon
- 1 C brown sugar
- 7 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 5 Tbsp maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Place a cooling rack in side a jelly roll pan
- Then lay out your bacon flat over the top (You can put them super close but NOT overlapping).
- Place it in the oven for 10 mins, then flip the bacon and cook another 5 mins.
- While that's cooking mix the brown sugar, maple syrup and rice vinegar.
- Pull out the bacon and brush the sugar coating onto it, then cook another 5 mins.
- Every 5 mins flip the bacon and brush on more coating.
- This took me anywhere from 8-10 flips, its slow coming up to cooked, but then it goes from perfect to burnt fast.
- It will still be SOFT when it's done, so don't keep cooking until it's crunchy or it will BURN.
- Go by looks, it will shrink a bit, the red will get dark, the edges will get crunchy.
- Leave them to cool and they will harden up!
- Serve by itself, in cupcakes, on top of ice cream or anywhere your brave enough to try
Again I loved it chopped up inside these cupcakes as well as the extra’s in larger pieces on TOP of the amazing maple frosting recipe! The bacon bits do get a little soft when baked inside the cupcakes, but cut them small enough and that doesn’t matter! I wouldn’t leave big chunks in their though.
My SECOND favorite way to eat these bacon bits? On top of CHOCOLATE ice cream. Yup! Seriously AMAZING! I don’t think an ice cream bar should be without candied bacon bits EVER AGAIN! Try it… you’ll thank me!
Mmmmm How glorious does this pile of candied bacon look? GAH, I’m upset I don’t have any right now! So shiny and sugary and BACON! Glorious! It was a huge hit with the family too!
So what do you think? Does it sound amazing? or is it just not your thing?