Chipotle Brown Sugar Candied Bacon – Sugar and spice and everything nice; that’s what this dangerously addictive dish is made of!
For Father’s Day and Mother’s Day my husband and I plan a special meal for each other every year. The meal is “from the kids” of course, but I don’t think anyone wants the kids making anything more involved than cereal. The cereal is even a risk. It would likely result in a gallon of milk being dumped all over the kitchen floor. Minimally we’re looking at my 7-year-old leaving a trail of cereal pieces from the kitchen counter to the living room couch. My 1 1/2-year-old would then stomp on every little piece just for the fun of it.
The joys of parenting! And thus the need to eat our stress away with yummy Mother’s Day and Father’s Day meals… not made by the kids!
When Father’s Day comes around my husband always picks something meaty for me too cook for him. It would be kind of nice if he wanted to go out to eat (so that someone else could cook and clean up the meal). I suppose the fact that he prefers to stay in for the day is a compliment to my cooking and I’ll take that. Plus that bodes well for a food blogger!
In addition to a meat-based dinner extravaganza on the grill this year, I decided to make an extra special Father’s Day treat for breakfast – candied bacon! If you’ve never tasted candied bacon before you probably shouldn’t, because this stuff is like the crack of the food world. You’ll want to keep eating it until it makes you sick. Once you’ve realized that you’ve eaten through an entire package of bacon in a day you’ll feel compelled to make more. It’s a vicious cycle of eating bacon.
This is all because you take the bacon-ness of the bacon and coat it in sweet, caramelized brown sugar. Bacon is pretty much the best flavor known to humankind (someone could argue for chocolate), and it also seems like none of us can get enough of sweet things. I took the recipe a step further and turned it into Chipotle Brown Sugar Candied Bacon.
I love spicy food and I can’t even begin to describe how tempting the triad of bacon-ness, sugar, and heat is! It’s everything the Father in your life is going to go crazy for this Father’s Day. Don’t give him a bouquet of flowers or a tie, give him what he really wants. A bouquet of candied bacon. *Many candied bacon recipes call for baking the bacon at a temperature of 400ºF. I tested this recipe twice each at 400ºF and 350ºF and found that cooking the bacon more slowly at a lower temperature resulted in the sugar caramelizing better with less burning.
*Many candied bacon recipes call for baking the bacon at a temperature of 400ºF. I tested this recipe twice each at 400ºF and 350ºF and found that cooking the bacon more slowly at a lower temperature resulted in the sugar caramelizing better with less burning.