Menu Description: “Bacon baked with brown sugar, crushed red pepper chili flakes, black pepper.”
If you like candy and you like bacon it’s a sure bet that you’ll go crazy over bacon candy. Although the basic recipe of sugaring raw bacon and baking it until crispy is not at all complicated or secret, the variations of this simple formula are numerous. My goal was to try as many techniques as I could to figure out what works best, and then customize the recipe to duplicate the incredible bacon candy you’ll find on the appetizer menu at the fast-growing 44-unit Lazy Dog chain.
Lazy Dog knows that really good bacon candy should be more than just sweet and salty, so chefs there sprinkle in some black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes to perk up the party. Thick cut bacon works best here, and you’ll need a rack for the bacon to rest on while it bakes so air can move around the slices. And do yourself a favor: line the baking sheet with foil for an easier cleanup of the inevitable greasy, sugary mess.
This bacon candy is great on its own as a small appetizer, sprinkled with fresh parsley and served upright in a cup, just like in the restaurant. Or you can use the Bacon Candy as a garnish in this amazing hack for Lazy Dog Crispy Deviled Eggs.
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- 5 slices thick cut bacon, uncooked
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- MInced fresh parsley
- Do This
Instructions1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a rack in the pan. Arrange the bacon side-by-side on top of the rack.
3. Combine the brown sugar and peppers in a small bowl.
4. Sprinkle around half of the sugar on top of the bacon slices and gently pat it down with your fingers.
Let it sit for 5 minutes so that the sugar absorbs moisture and sticks to the bacon. Gently flip over each slice of bacon and sprinkle the sugar on the other side. Use up all the sugar.
5. Bake for 35 to 50 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy. Thicker bacon will take longer to cook. Allow the bacon to cool for 30 minutes, then sprinkle it with some minced fresh parsley and arrange the slices upright in a glass or cup to serve.
Serves 2 to 3.
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I'm Todd Wilbur,
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For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.