Candied Maple Bacon is thick cut bacon, baked in the oven until crisp, then candied with maple syrup and brown sugar for a little sweetness with a salty crunch.
Back in the infancy of this here blog, I shared a step by step tutorial on how to cook bacon in the oven. I’ll be honest–the photos are absolutely hideous. I’m 100% sure that I took the photos with my Blackberry with exactly zero natural light. Then I popped them up on the internet for all to see in their straight-out-of-the-camera glory.
My how things have changed.
Those old photos may have little to be desired, however the cooking method is sound. So sound that I bake bacon in this manner to this day.
While my photography skills have improved in the past eight years, so has my recipe for baking bacon. I still appreciate cooking all of the bacon at once without having grease splattering all over the entire kitchen. I also appreciate adding additional flavor to the crispy bacon. These days, I like to candy my bacon with real maple syrup and brown sugar. Then I might finish it off with a touch of freshly cracked black pepper to balance the sweet and salty flavor profile.
Trust me. It works.
It works so well, in fact, that Candied Maple Bacon is my family’s bacon of choice. The Sons love a few strips alongside easy overnight waffles or mixed berry baked french toast. I like a slab of candied maple bacon (or two) on top of a really great burger. And my Bacon Slayer? Well, he doesn’t much care how I serve candied maple bacon, just that I do.
I sure am a lucky woman to have married such a smart man.