Spicy Sweet Bacon

"No, no more bacon for me" …. said no one ever.

My love of bacon runs deep.
Avery does not like bacon; I have actually wondered if she was switched at birth.
While the salty, crunchy perfection of bacon is amazing and hard to improve upon,
I believe that I have.

I adapted my version from a recipe I found via Pinterest.  I made mine a little sweeter because of the 5-year old taste buds in my house, but she could handle the spice just fine.  With Olivia's love of cooking these days, she's learning to love real flavors and appreciating food that actually had a taste other than mac and cheese.

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees - we're roasting this bacon, my favorite way to cook bacon!  So little mess, it's just crazy.  Tin foil goes a long way for this process, so I highly recommend lining your baking sheet with it.  Also a cool rack is key.  It allows for all the fat to drip, giving you a great texture to the bacon.

Next, mix your spices.  For 6 slices of bacon, I mixed together 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp chill powder and 2 tsp brown sugar.  Next time, I might even swap the chill powder for ground smoked chipotle - super yummy.  I also amped the brown sugar because I wanted to see how crunchy and caramelized it would get.  It was like bacon candy.

Lay out your bacon and roast them for about 7-9 minutes without any seasoning on them.  After 10 minutes, take half your mixture and gently sprinkle seasoning evenly over the each slice.  Clean hands go a long way.

Roast for another 7-9 minutes.  Carefully flip your bacon and season the other side with your remaining mix.  Watch for spatters - bacon grease, while delicious, is not a recommended skin treatment.

Roast for another 8 minutes, or so until bacon has reached desired crispness.

This batch was enjoyed as a morning "snack" where I cut each strip into 4 pieces.  I see a few sandwiches and delicious breakfast sides in our immediate future as well!

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1 comment:

Cortney Niznick said...

I know I am crazy for not liking bacon but Ihate to cook it even more. I will be roasting it the next time I decide to be a good wife and make it for my bacon lovinghusband. Thanks for the tip!

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