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Spicy Sweet, Candied Bacon

This one's got it all, Bacon, Spicy Heat, a hint of Chocolate, and the sweetness of the Dark Brown Sugar. How can you go wrong with these GREAT flavors.

You'll notice that the rub I've used is almost the same as my Butt Kickin' Cocoa Rub, but without the salt. I figured that there was enough salt in the bacon, and there was. So this one technically has "No Added Salt".

If you love bacon, you've got to try this one. While it's cooking, all you smell is bacon plus a little of the sweetness from the dark brown sugar. But when you taste the first piece, it's more addictive than my Spicy Pecans. I think I'm going to try a bacon flavored spicy pecan next.

Note: If you use a thick sliced bacon, it won't get crispy before the sugar and cocoa powder burn.

If you're a fan of small bites like this one, be sure to check out my "Bar Foods" Recipes.

  • 4 Slices Thin-sliced Bacon
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Butt Kickin' Blacken, Southwest Blend
  • 1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Method #1

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cut the bacon in 1/2 making to shorter pieces out of each slice. Cut each of these shorter slices in half again (lengthwise) making a total of 16 strips of bacon. Set aside.

3. Mix up the rub with your fingers, or a whisk, being sure to break up any lumps of brown sugar.
Bacon with a Rub, Picture

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4. Roll the bacon strips in the rub, being sure to get a good coating on the top and bottom of each piece. Place on a rack set in a sheet pan.

5. Let it rest to completely cool before serving. After it's cool, you can eat it as strips, or, chop it up to use as a garnish for your favorite ice cream.
Plated, Bacon Candy, Picture

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6. As you can see by the picture, these are pretty dark colored, to say the least. Don't let that fool you because the taste was Super. Because all I had on the boast when I was testing this recipe was my normal thick cut bacon. These cooked for 30 minutes, and still were not as crisp as they should have been. The moral, USE THIN SLICED BACON.

Method #2
Thick Sliced Bacon

Oven Baking Bacon, Picture

1. Place half strips of bacon on a rack in a preheated 300 degree oven.
Oven Cooked Bacon, Picture

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2. Cook until the strips are almost crisp.
Cooked Baon with a Spicy Rub, Picture

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3. Coat with the rub while it's still warm, and continue to back until the sugar has melted, about 15 minutes more.
How to Use
  • Crumble, then use it to top ice cream.
  • Set the thin strips in a shot glass, and snack.
  • Grind it to a powder, and make Bacon Popcorn, Bacon French Fries, or Bacon Potato Chips.
  • Crumble, then use on top of a brownie.

I think you get the idea, this is really something you can have FUN with!

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