Didn’t think bacon could get any better? Well, bacon just never ceases to amaze us I guess. Also, don’t you dare underestimate bacon.
A few months ago I hosted a brunch for 8 people. Brunch is incomplete without bacon (obviously) and instead of standing over the stove cooking and turning each piece I wanted something easy. If only bacon could cook itself…holy frack it can! I even got crazy with the recipe a week later and added brown sugar and chili powder to make Bacon Candy. Yeah, Bacon Candy. It’s as good as it sounds. I like to cut the Bacon Candy up into bite size pieces and serve as appetizers at parties. It’s always a huge hit.
If you’ve ever had to cook bacon for a large group, don’t like hot oil popping on your arm or face, or want to try some new bacon flavors, this is for you!
Step 1: For easy clean-up, line a baking sheet with foil. I know your instinct will be to pre-heat the oven, but don’t. Some recipes out there will encourage you to preheat the oven, but they’re wrong and also, they’re wrong.
Step 2: Arrange the bacon slices on the foil and place the baking sheet on the center rack. (For Bacon Candy, sprinkle brown sugar and chili powder on the bacon after arranging on the foil.)
Step 3: Turn the oven on to 400˚. Close the door and do something else. The bacon is becoming amazing and doesn’t need your help right now.
Step 4: Check on the bacon 17-20 minutes later. When it’s golden brown, it’s pretty much done.
Step 5: Remove the baking sheet from the oven and transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined dish to catch excess oil.
Step 6: Once cooled enough, enjoy and share! Or don’t share. I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t.
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