Serve these baked maple and brown sugar glazed bacon strips as part of a hearty breakfast with pancakes or French toast or cut the bacon strips into pieces before baking and use the glazed pieces on appetizers or in burger mixtures. The bacon would make an excellent topping for chicken or turkey burgers. Crumble the bacon and add it to a pan of cornbread or these apple muffins.
This bacon is so easy to make-- just be sure to line the baking pan with foil so you won't have a baked-on mess to clean off the pan. If you want to spice the bacon strips up a bit, sprinkle lightly with some cinnamon sugar just before baking.
Save the collected maple and bacon flavored drippings to replace other fats for flavorful sauteed meat or vegetables. Or add the drippings to homemade cornbread or cornbread muffins.
This is a great snack or breakfast bacon recipe, glazed and baked to perfection. Or cook the bacon until it's flexible but not crispy and use it to wrap around a meatloaf or pork tenderloins.
- 12 to 16 ounces bacon, thick sliced
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Heat the oven to 350 F.
- Line a rimmed jelly roll pan, half sheet pan, or roasting pan with foil. The pan should be large enough to hold a large cake cooling rack. Place a large cooling rack in the pan and brush a little vegetable oil over the rack. Or spray the rack with vegetable oil cooking spray.
- Lay the bacon strips over the rack, overlapping slightly if necessary.
- Combine the brown sugar and maple syrup in a bowl or small saucepan. Heat just until warm (stovetop or microwave). Brush the warmed sugar mixture over the bacon strips.
- Bake the bacon in the preheated oven for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until nicely browned slightly crisp.
- Serve the sweet maple flavored bacon with pancakes or French toast, or use the bacon as a topping for burgers or appetizers.
Makes about 6 to 8 servings.
- Sprinkle the bacon strips lightly with cayenne pepper and freshly ground black pepper for an unexpected burst of heat. Or add some sriracha sauce or sambal to the maple mixture.
- Maple and Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog Bites: Heat the oven to 400 F. Cut each strip of bacon into thirds and wrap each piece around a 2-inch piece of hot dog or mini hot dog. Place the wrapped hot dogs on the oiled rack, seam-sides down, and brush with some of the warmed brown sugar and maple syrup mixture. Bake for about 23 to 25 minutes, turning about halfway through the cooking time and basting once again.