I don’t eat bacon often, but when I do it’s like a high-five in my mouth.
When I eat BEER-CANDIED BACON, its like a HIGH-FIVE AND FIST PUMP in my mouth. You following?
I adapted this recipe from Tide & Thyme and just gave it a little makeover.
Bacon is bacon, right? Wrong. I prefer UNCURED BACON. Cured bacon typically uses chemicals and additives for preservation including synthetic nitrates (which are linked to diseases), while uncured bacon uses natural nitrates from salts and seasonings.
The original recipe also calls for brown sugar, I always substitute TURBINADO for brown sugar. Turbinado is a type of raw sugar that is less processed and less refined.
WITH THAT BEING SAID…
Beer Candied Bacon
1 lb thick-cut, uncured organic bacon
1 cup organic turbinado
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp beer
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Combine brown sugar and beer in a small bowl, whisking well to form a thin syrup. Set aside.
3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place a wire cooling rack on top. Place the pieces of bacon on top of the rack, overlapping if necessary. Place in oven and cook for 10 minutes.
4. Remove from oven and brush one side of the bacon with the beer syrup. Flip with tongs, and coat the other side with the syrup as well. Return to oven and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and repeat process another time or two more, until bacon is crispy and browned, and you’ve used all the glaze.
Cool on wire rack for about 1 hour before serving.
Monetary cost: $13
Emotional Cost: More like a positive emotional bonus
Lesson Learned: Never have another football watch party without making this!
Verdict: Easy, delicious & addicting.