Food fads come and go. Certain recipes make the rounds of the blogs and television shows with everyone putting their little spin on them. Bacon cooked with a coating of brown sugar is one of those recent fads. And even though it has been around for several years, I’d never tried it.
I always thought it would be delicious, though. I mean, who doesn’t love it when your pancake syrup spills over a little bit onto the bacon? Just ask my grandchildren. They’ll accidentally-on-purpose pour a little syrup over onto the bacon every time. And besides, most any combination of salt and sweet is like nectar to a Southerner. We love to put a spoonful of preserves inside our ham and biscuit. And there’s that classic combination of fried chicken and waffles drizzled with a little syrup.
So, you can imagine my disappointment when I was most definitely under-whelmed by the Brown Sugar Bacon.
I had been looking forward to making this last Sunday morning and had my game plan firmly in mind. I placed a cooling rack inside a baking pan. Carefully arranged the bacon on the cooling rack and mixed up the brown sugar and pepper.
Sprinkled the bacon evenly with the brown sugar mixture and popped it in the oven. And waited. With anticipation.
While the bacon was cooking, I made some grits, fried eggs, and toast. With our beautiful breakfast before us, BeeBop and I sat down to eat. We each took a few bites, looked at each other, and said “I’d rather have plain bacon.” I’m not sure what we were expecting, but we were definitely disappointed. Oh, the bacon was okay…just not delicious.
So, I’m curious. Have you tried this particular sugar-coated bacon food fad? And I really want to know if you liked it. My recipe is below. Can you spot anything I did wrong? I so wanted to love it, and I’m still optimistic! Let me know what you think!
- 8 slices thick-cut bacon
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp. ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Place a cooling rack in a baking sheet and place the bacon slices on the cooling rack.
- Mix together the brown sugar and pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture over the bacon.
- Cook for 15-20 minutes or until desired crispness.
More recipes for sugar-coated bacon from around the internet:
- Brown Sugar Coated Peppered Bacon from The Homesteading Housewife
- Caramelized Bacon from Land O’ Lakes
- Bacon Wrapped Pretzels with Brown Sugar and Cayenne Glaze from Creative Culinary
- Spicy Candied Bacon from Serious Eats
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