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Sweet and Spicy Maple Bacon

Is there a more universally loved food than bacon? I don't think so. So delicious, and couldn't be easier to prepare — simply fry or bake it up, drain and serve — perfection!

But this brunch and breakfast staple CAN be improved upon, and you need look no further than this addictive recipe!

Bacon slices are coated with a mix of sweet and spicy ingredients, and then baked till crisp. And if you've never cooked bacon in the oven before, this will be a game changer for you. I started doing this years ago - and not only is there zero spatter and mess, the bacon cooks up perfectly flat and straight. And there's no draining either, as the fat drips directly onto the baking sheet!

While this is clearly a fabulous side dish for a special brunch or breakfast, don't stop there! Place the bacon in a tall glass or other vessel and serve with drinks at your next party. Or chop into bits and fold into cookie dough, pancake batter, ice cream - the sky's the limit!

RECIPE: Sweet and Spicy Maple Bacon

Makes one pound

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound thick cut bacon

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375. Place a wire cooling rack (lightly sprayed with non-stick cooking spray) atop a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or tin foil. Set aside.
  2. Whisk maple syrup, brown sugar, chili powder and salt in a shallow dish or pie plate. Working with one strip at a time, dredge the bacon slices in the mixture, coating both sides evenly. Lay on the wire rack, making sure the slices don't touch.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through. Let cool completely; serve at room temperature.

Images via Sheri Silver

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