Thick-cut bacon is spread with brown sugar, red pepper flakes and ground mace before taking a long sauna in a low temperature oven. The sticky, spicy, sweet slices of Slow Candied Bacon that emerge are nothing short of addicting.
January mail just isn’t as fun to get as December mail. In December, I eagerly await the sound of mail hitting our entry floor as it slides through our mail slot and rush to see if we’ve received any holiday cards. I love seeing photos of our family and friends that live all around the country but especially love those that include a letter with tidbits of what the family has been up to for the past year. It’s like old fashion Facebook of sorts for those of us that don’t use Facebook.
Yes, I admit it, I don’t use Facebook unless it’s for Melanie Makes. Even that took me a long time to warm up to…
The sad news? Of the 81 cards we received – yes, I counted them yesterday before recycling them – only five contained a letter. Wah, wah. But of those letters, I can always count on the card sent by Andy’s Aunt Joan to include a recipe. Such a clever idea. In fact, when she and Uncle Bob visited in November, she told me about “the best appetizer ever.” Said appetizer just happened to be the recipe included in this year’s Christmas letter. Slow. Candied. Bacon. I mean, was there any doubt that I’d be giving this a try? Nope!
Thick-cut bacon is spread with brown sugar, red pepper flakes and ground mace before taking a long sauna in a low temperature oven. The sticky, spicy, sweet slices that emerge are nothing short of addicting. This Slow Candied Bacon is perfect as a snack or appetizer. Can you think of a more perfect gameday bite to nosh on?
A quick note about mace, as if you’re like me, it’s not something that is already in your spice arsenal. Mace is similar to nutmeg as it comes from the same large tree but comes from the dried covering that covers the nutmeg seed. Mace tends to be a bit sweeter than nutmeg, however, which makes it the perfect choice for this recipe and also lends it’s warmth to this snack as well. Definitely worth a trip to the spice aisle on your next grocery run!
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ¾ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¾ teaspoon ground mace
- 16 ounces thick-cut bacon
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, red pepper flakes and mace.
- Arrange bacon slices on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The slices may touch but should NOT overlap.
- Spread brown sugar mixture evenly over bacon slices.
- Bake for 2 hours.
- Allow bacon to cool for five minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- If not serving immediately, bacon should be stored in air tight container between parchment paper.
You need to do something for me. Make this Slow Candied Bacon and double the recipe. It’ll be love at first slice and then you’ll find yourself lamenting the fact that only a few slices remain and, in theory, you should be sharing with those around you. Consider yourself warned.
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