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This Million Dollar Bacon is candied meat at its best! With only five ingredients, this candied bacon will be the star of your brunch spread.
I just love bacon. One of my good friends always jokes that I should have named my blog "Bacon Babe," and she isn't wrong! I have over 30 recipes on this site that use bacon, and no plans of stopping! This Million Dollar Bacon is a candied meat recipe that your family and friends will absolutely love!
I truly love to dress an ingredient up to make it shine, and this caramelized bacon is bacon at its very, very best. Here are some ways to use Million Dollar Bacon:
- Alone, as the star of your brunch
- Diced and added to pasta. Million Dollar Bacon Carbonara? I think yes!
- Add to turkey to make an unforgettable club sandwich
- Candied Bacon BLT's? Of course!
- Halve and place on a charcuterie board alongside cheese and jams
- On a breakfast sandwich with a fried egg
This Million Dollar Bacon can be adapted to your tastes. I kept it simple here, but will occasionally modify it by doing one of the following:
- 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
- a sprinkle of cayenne pepper in the brown sugar mixture OR over the bacon before baking
- add a few dashes of hot sauce to the brown sugar mixture
Anytime you bake bacon, I recommend placing a cooling rack in your baking tray, and placing the bacon on top of the cooling rack. This allows the bacon to be lifted out of the grease. The bacon will be crispy, and grease will drain down into the baking tray!
If you love this Million Dollar Bacon recipe, I think you'll also enjoy:
- Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
- Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese
- Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic Fig Sauce
- Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
- Meatloaf Sandwich with Tomato Bacon Jam
- The BEST Homemade Bacon Jam Recipe
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, optional
- 1 pound thick-cut bacon
- A dash of hot sauce (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place an oven-safe cooling rack in a baking tray. For easier clean up, you can always line the baking tray with aluminum foil.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, maple syrup, black pepper and (optional) hot sauce.
- Place baking on cooling rack. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- Remove bacon from oven. Flip again, and brush the top with brown sugar mixture.
- Return to oven for an additional five minutes, remove from oven, flip bacon and brush the over side with brown sugar mixture.
- Bake for a final five minutes, or until the bacon is cooked to your liking.