Bacon is a hot commodity in our house – a pound of bacon rarely lasts for more than 2 minutes.
It’s hard not to indulge, especially when this smoky, sweet and salty candied maple bacon makes your eyes roll back into your head as you taste it. It’s SO good!
If you make this and love it as much as we do, please be sure to come back and Pin it! 😘
The buttery flavor can’t even be explained, because there isn’t a single bit of butter in this recipe, yet that decadence is still there (let’s agree to pretend that this is totally fat free for a minute, okay? 😂😂😂).
It’s the perfect side dish for a beautiful egg frittata, or some fluffy banana walnut pancakes. It even has a place on top of a leftover turkey sandwich, or in a messy bacon, egg and cheese breakfast burrito.
It’s perfect for a fancy brunch, or to pretty up some leftovers from Thanksgiving. But, it’s even better on Sunday morning, when it’s just you, your family, and a breakfast table that’s covered with sections of the weekend paper.
I came up with this recipe when my kids were on spring break and had their friends sleep over. They woke up one morning and said, “Can you make us something good for breakfast?! Z’s mom made us dutch baby pancakes yesterday…” <– I’m not competitive at all! 😉
Thankfully for them, I had just bought a pound of thick cut hickory smoked bacon and had some maple syrup sitting in the fridge, so I thought, why not?!
To start, I mixed the maple syrup with some brown sugar, honey Dijon mustard, and a touch of garlic and onion powders until it formed a paste. I spooned that onto one side of the bacon, and put it in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes.
Then, I took it out, flipped the bacon over, spooned the sweet paste onto the other side and baked it for another 25 minutes.
When it was done it was perfectly caramelized with a sweet, sticky coating.
The smoky, salty, sweet flavors rocked those kids’ world! They ate two pieces each along with their banana chocolate chip pancakes, and then talked about it for days!
- 1/2 lb thick cut smoked bacon
- 1/3 cup of pure maple syrup
- 1/3 cup of brown sugar
- 1 T dijon mustard
- 1/4 t fine garlic powder
- 1/2 t onion powder
- Cayenne Pepper (Optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350. While it is preheating, line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and then lay a wire cooling rack over it.
- Place the bacon on the wire rack in a single layer.
- Mix together the brown sugar, maple syrup, dijon mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper (if using). It should resemble a paste.
- Spoon the glaze onto one side of the bacon and then smooth it out with the back of a spoon, so that the bacon is completely coated.
- Place the pan of bacon in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven, flip the bacon over and repeat the glazing process. Bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the bacon is thoroughly cooked to your liking.
I hope you enjoy!