David Burtka’s Crunchy Maple Peppered Bacon
Have candy for breakfast with this delicious (and easy) recipe from chef David Burtka.
Most cooking instructions for bacon recommend a 375-degree oven, but I like to put mine up to 400 degrees. I’m all about crispy bacon.
Then I ready my handful of ingredients and prep work. I get a cup of maple syrup, and I put foil on the sheet pan (it’s easier to clean that way). The bacon is laid on top of the foil in a single layer — I try to only use Nueske’s bacon…it’s the best. The ultimate. And also one of my rules in life: never skimp on bacon.
Let it cook for about 10 minutes, until it starts to render. Then I take it out, and with a cooking brush I dab the syrup on the bacon…trust me, it’s really hard to spread, so just go with the dab method. Then I add a bunch of cracked black pepper. Put it back in the oven for about 5 minutes, and then take it out again to flip it. It can be a little sticky and hard to flip at this point because of the maple syrup, but with a pair of tongs and a fork you’ll be fine. I believe in you. Then dab the other side with syrup and add more black pepper, and cook it for another 5 or 10 minutes until it’s nice and crispy.
Usually when you take bacon out of the oven you want to put it on a paper towel to drain, but because with this recipe there’s maple syrup on it, you want to put it on a flat, dry surface in one single layer — do not overlap them, or they will all stick together. When cooled, they will crisp up like candy. ‘Cuz, well…that’s what it is: candied bacon. Delicious, crispy, peppered, candied, maple bacon. Mmmmm.
Crunchy Maple Peppered Bacon
Servings: 4-6 servings
- 1 lb bacon
- 1 cup maple syrup
- Fresh cracked pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cover a large sheet pan in foil, edge to edge.
Place bacon on the pan in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes or until bacon has started rendering.
Remove bacon, then dab with maple syrup and sprinkle pepper.
Cook for another 5 minutes.
Remove bacon and flip, add syrup and pepper on the other side, then cook for 5-10 minutes more until crispy.
Remove bacon and place on a flat, dry surface. Let cool for 5 minutes and enjoy.
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