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.
- 1 lb. thickly sliced bacon
- ¾ C packed dark brown sugar
- ¾-1¼ tsp smoked chipotle chili powder
- Preheat oven to 350ºF*.
- In a small bowl evenly mix together the dark brown sugar and chipotle chili powder. ¾ teaspoon chipotle chili powder produces a mild heat and 1 to 1¼ teaspoons produces a medium heat. If you really love spicy food you could add more, but be careful!
- On a large plate rub the brown sugar mixture onto both sides of each slice of bacon. The brown sugar should coat the bacon, but it shouldn’t be caked on. If you over-apply the sugar it will drip and burn when you cook it.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil to make clean-up easier later. Place an oven safe baking rack on the lined baking sheet. Next, evenly arrange the bacon on the baking rack so that it’s touching, but not overlapping.
- Bake in a 350ºF oven for 40-45 minutes. Do not flip the bacon. The bacon is done once it starts to appear crispy. Different people like their bacon cooked to different levels of doneness so adjust the cooking time to appeal to your particular preference.
- Once cooked, allow the bacon to cool for 5 minutes and then place it on a plate or a piece of wax paper so that it can cool without sticking to the baking rack. Take care not to burn yourself on the hot sugar. Do not place the bacon onto paper towels as the candied brown sugar will stick to it. Enjoy after the bacon has cooled for 5 more minutes or serve at room temperature.