A couple of years ago, I discovered the wonder that is oven bacon. Growing up, the only way that bacon was ever made in our house was in the microwave. It has its merits – it’s quick, easy and has virtually no clean-up; however, once I realized how absurdly awesome it is to make bacon in the oven, I’ve never looked back.
For Sunday dinner this past week, we grilled hamburgers and had a spread of pasta salad, potato salad and fruit salad since it was a holiday weekend. On Sunday morning, my husband showed me a recipe he saw on Food and Wine for a hot brown burger that included slices of bourbon-brown sugar bacon. He really, really wanted me to make that bacon for our burgers, and it was only a matter of seconds before I had the oven preheating!
This might be the most amazing bacon I’ve ever eaten, and I’ve eaten A LOT of bacon. The bourbon flavor is super subtle and the brown sugar caramelizes on the bacon, making it taste almost (almost) like candy. It was absolutely phenomenal on our burgers, and it would be just as good on any sandwich, in a salad, or along with your morning eggs… or on its own for an awesome snack.
Now I just need to recreate that entire burger and I think my life will be complete!
Bourbon-Brown Sugar Bacon
Yield: 8 to 10 slices of bacon
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 to 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Bacon is baked in the oven in a bourbon and brown sugar glaze.
8 to 10 slices of bacon (however many will fit on your baking sheet)
2 tablespoons bourbon
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Lay the slices of bacon down on the baking sheet, as many as will fit.
3. Using a pastry brush, brush the bourbon evenly over the slices of bacon. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the bacon.
4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the bacon is dark brown and crispy. Using tongs, remove to a paper towel-lined plate and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
(Recipe from Food and Wine)