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! I’m craving another batch, but even more than the cupcakes I’m craving this Candied Bacon (I’ve made 4 batches this week already! SERIOUSLY).
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! I will warn, 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. I did pick it apart and eat what I could though.
I can’t stress enough the fact that you don’t want to wait until the bacon is crisp to stop, the glaze keeps the bacon softer. Judge it by the color, size, etc… use your eyes. If you think your getting close you can always check it after 3-4 mins instead. ;It takes awhile to get close, but then it goes from perfect to burnt fast. I’ve started pulling them out prob one turn before I should, but I also suffered from a burnt batch once and I’m NOT about to waste more bacon!
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, no one wants CHEWY bacon, blech.
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! (and if you DON’T love it don’t tell me – it will break my heart)
- 1 lbs center cut thick cut bacon
- 1 C packed light 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 (I put a silicone mat underneath to make clean up easier)
- 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
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, ALTHOUGH I don’t share well so it’s not like they get much… Kind of depends on if they are around when I finish a batch.
So what do you think? Does it sound amazing? or is it just not your thing?
My recipes that use Candied Bacon