Saturday, April 6, 2013

Bacon is the Most Important Meat of the Day! (Candied Bacon)

 I have 2 heroes this week.  Jon & Steve.  They let me in on a little secret hiding out in Webster, NY.  Tony Costanza's International Sausage Shop. Oh My God!  This little gem MAKES their own flavored Bacon.  They make their OWN BACON!  And sure, they have your run-of-the-mill flavors like Maple and Peppered, but they also have flavors like Raspberry Chipotle, Honey BBQ, Mango Pineapple and Buffalo Style.  Can You Dig It?  Jon & Steve brought me in a pound of Raspberry Chipotle and a pound of Honey BBQ, and saved me a drive.  But I'm telling you, their bacon is worth the drive!

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Candied Bacon

8 ounces sliced bacon (Try using a flavored bacon...for this recipe I used Honey BBQ Bacon)
1/2 -3/4 packed cup brown sugar

Don't preheat your oven.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Stick a rack on top. Set aside.

Add brown sugar into a long shallow baking dish (long enough to accommodate the bacon). Pat strips of bacon dry with paper towels, then dredge bacon in brown sugar. Transfer sugary bacon strips onto rack nestled over your baking sheet. Pop bacon into the cold oven. Turn the heat to 350 degrees.

Flip bacon strips after 15 minutes in the oven. At this point, you'll want to check on the bacon every couple of minutes - it can quickly go from cooked to burned. I've found that my thin-cut bacon is done after 20-22 minutes. Baking time will vary depending on the thickness of your bacon - a thicker bacon should take an extra 5 minutes.  When it's done, you want the bacon to be glistening with the sugar glaze. Let it cool on a rack and it will crisp up.

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