Forget the mixed nuts or corn chips. This maple bacon is the ultimate beer snack.–Billy Law
LC More Than Just A Beer Snack Note
We’re not going to argue with the author’s assertion just above that this maple bacon is something special when demolished with a beer in hand. We’re just saying, in the spirit of disclosure, that it’s more than that. It’s a weekend splurge alongside a cup of black coffee. It’s a mid-afternoon nosh that inspires and sustains. It’s a midnight nosh of the highest order. It’s, well, let’s just say it’s as close to porcine perfection as we can conceive. Which means the only thing saing yourself from inhaling the entire batch standing at the stove is divine intervention. Let us know how that goes.
- Quick Glance
- 15 M
- 55 M
- Makes 10 slices
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces) light or dark brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1/4 cup (2 ounces) maple syrup
- 1/4 cup (2 ounces) beer, preferably an ale or a stout
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
- 10 bacon slices, cut in half crosswise
- 1. Preheat the oven to 390°F (200ºC). Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and then place a wire rack on the sheet.
- 2. Stir the sugar, syrup, beer, and cayenne pepper in a bowl until the sugar has completely dissolved and you have a thick syrup.
- 3. Place the bacon on the wire rack and brush it with the syrup, flipping the slices to coat both sides. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the bacon from the oven and brush the bacon again with the syrup, once again flipping the slices to coat both sides. Pop the bacon back in the oven and cook for 10 minutes more. Repeat a couple more times until the bacon is crisp and browned to your liking, roughly 30 to 40 minutes total. [Editor’s Note: Obviously there’s going to be some wiggle room with the timing depending on how crisp you like your bacon. As you decide when to take it out of the oven, bear in mind, the maple bacon will become even crisper as it cools, so you don’t want to wait for it to be completely crisp before you remove it from the oven. We recommend baking it for no more than 40 minutes.]
- 4. Remove the maple bacon from the oven and let it cool and harden on the wire rack. We think you can take it from here.