If you invited me to a cocktail party, I’d bring this.
Sweet and smoky bacon…
slathered in pure maple syrup with a crisp, candied crust.
It takes only 5 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes in the oven. I even foil the baking sheet a million times for easy clean up.
Honestly, the hardest part of this recipe is getting the bacon out of the bag.
Maple-candied bacon makes a great hors d’oeuvre (is that how you spell it?) to serve with cocktails.
Any leftover bits can be thrown into salads and of course, there’s always the BLT.
Just a little warning my friends… these candied beauties are hard to resist!
- 1 lb. good quality bacon, sliced
- 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
- ¼ c. brown sugar
- 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- ½ tsp. Kosher salt
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- Preheat your oven to 350 F.
- Wrap a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and top with a wire rack.
- In a large bowl, add the maple syrup, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, Kosher salt, and cayenne pepper. Mix well.
- Add the bacon to the bowl and toss gently with your hands. Make sure that all of the slices are evenly coated* See note below.
- Place the bacon in a single layer onto the wire rack.
- Bake in the center of the oven for about 20 minutes. The bacon will be a bit brown, but will most likely need to bake for another 10-15 minutes. It should look slightly dark (not burnt) and crispy. If you take it out too soon, the texture will be chewy. Be patient!
- Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes on the rack. Don't let them sit too long or else they will stick.
- Once cool enough to handle, you can break the bacon into chards (you'll have about 32 pieces). Alternatively, you can leave them whole.
- Serve at room temperature.