Yesterday I promised to tell you why my apartment has been smelling like bacon for the past three days. Actually, I’m stumped.
No! I’m kidding. It’s because I was inspired to make sweet bacon.
Over Labor Day weekend, John and I traveled to St. Louis for a wedding (more on that later). At the rehearsal dinner, one of the passed appetizers was sweet bacon. I loved it. I started following the server around. I lost interest in the other appetizers. And the guests.
Not really. But the bacon was very good – a nice thick cut with that zing of sweetness that comes from baking it with brown sugar. Or so I was told.
So I decided to recreate it. Sweet bacon is surprisingly easy to make. You can use any kind of bacon. I generally like the pork variety and I also like a nice thick cut (the pre-packaged varieties tend to be on the thinner side, but that’s ok). Here is what you will need:
Ingredients (modified slightly from Epicurious):
1 1/2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 lb thick-cut bacon (12 slices)
Fire up your oven to 350 degrees F.