Mmmm. Ok. So this is how it goes down : thick cut bacon (preferably local!) is baked on a wire rack for six minutes, flipped over, and cooked for another six minutes. This allows the meat to start cooking, and it also starts to render the fat just a bit. The bacon is then removed from the oven, and both sides are coated with the spicy maple glaze. I made a video to show you what I did!
The glaze is composed of maple syrup, freshly cracked black pepper, garlic powder, mustard powder, and cayenne. To be honest, I’ve also made the spicy maple glaze with chili powder instead of cayenne – I have to admit, it worked for me. It still provided the heat I wanted, but added another layer of flavor!
After both sides are coated with the spicy maple glaze, pop the bacon back into the oven. Bake for six minutes, flip, then finish baking for another six minutes. Boom. Bacon.
If you’ve need a fun garnish for Bloody Marys at brunch, I’m insisting that you try one with the spicy maple glazed bacon. But like I said earlier, you can use this on a BLT, put it into a grilled cheese sandwich, a wrap, or anything that needs a pop of heat and flavor.
Or just eat it on its own. That works, too. 🙂
spicy maple glazed bacon
- 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne
- 1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. mustard powder
- 4 slices thick cut bacon
- Line a baking sheet with foil. Place a wire baking rack on top of the foil. Lay four slices of thick cut bacon on the baking rack, and bake for six minutes at 400 degrees.
- Remove from oven, and use tongs to flip each slice of bacon over. Bake again for another six minutes.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine syrup and all spices. Whisk together to fully combine.
- Remove bacon from the oven, and use a brush to "paint" the top side of the bacon with the spicy maple glaze. Flip each slice of bacon over, and "paint" the other side.
- Repeat the same baking method as before : bake for six minutes, flip bacon over, and bake another six minutes.
- Serve hot, or use for garnish in your Bloody Mary!
If you do not like extra crispy bacon, please adjust your baking times as necessary.