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David Burtka’s Crunchy Maple Peppered Bacon
David Burtka

David Burtka’s Crunchy Maple Peppered Bacon

Have candy for breakfast with this delicious (and easy) recipe from chef David Burtka.

David Burtka is a theatre, television and film actor, a chef and best-selling cookbook author. He’s also married to the Wondercade Editor in Chief.

April 4, 2023 1:00 am

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.

Man cooking maple peppered bacon on dish with eggs
David preps his meat
David Burtka

Crunchy Maple Peppered Bacon

Servings: 4-6 servings

Copy Ingredients

  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • Fresh cracked pepper

Copy Directions

    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cover a large sheet pan in foil, edge to edge.

    2. Place bacon on the pan in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes or until bacon has started rendering.

    3. Remove bacon, then dab with maple syrup and sprinkle pepper.  

    4. Cook for another 5 minutes.

    5. Remove bacon and flip, add syrup and pepper on the other side, then cook for 5-10 minutes more until crispy.

    6. Remove bacon and place on a flat, dry surface. Let cool for 5 minutes and enjoy. 

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