Whatever Wednesday: Bacon with Brown Sugar and Sriracha

Bacon with Brown Sugar and Sriracha
Bacon with Brown Sugar and Sriracha

Before I start my rhapsody on the glories of bacon and Sriracha, let me just confess that this wasn’t my idea and isn’t my recipe, which is why we’re posting it on Whatever Wednesday.  For that we can thank Scott Hutcheson, whose recipe was provided in his blog, and then was picked up and discussed by another blog, True Laurel, where one of my friends saw it and pinned it on Pinterest. I had to try this. I’ve made some minor modifications, because I’m used to cooking my bacon in oven, I like it really crispy, and I’m way too lazy to use a baking rack and then have to wash it afterwards.  It works perfectly fine just on the baking sheet or piece of stoneware (but it does work best on the stoneware between the two), but you will want to use some tongs to remove the bacon from the baking sheet and place them on a sheet lined with paper towels to drain after baking.

Okay, I’m beginning the rhapsody.  Two of my favorite foods in the whole world, together at last.  (Sounds like an ad for an duet album on TV when they still had ads like that right?) In any case, the guy who thought this up was a culinary genus.  It’s beyond awesome.

Bacon with Brown Sugar and Sriracha

  • a package of Hormel’s Black Label Applewood Smoked Thick Cut Bacon
  • a bottle of Sriracha (you squeeze it onto the bacon from the bottle, using probably no more than 3 Tablespoons or so)
  • 3-4 Tablespoons of brown sugar

Preheat your oven to 375°F.  Lay your bacon strips out carefully so they do not overlap on your baking sheet or stoneware. (I’m using the Pampered Chef large bar pan stone.

Bacon laid out on stoneware
Bacon laid out on stoneware

Take your Sriracha bottle and run a line of Sriracha down each strip of bacon.

Sriracha lines on bacon
Sriracha lines on bacon

Once you have the Sriracha on the bacon, take a basting brush and spread the Sriracha evenly over each strip of bacon.

Spreading Sriracha evenly over bacon strips
Spreading Sriracha evenly over bacon strips

Now sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the bacon strips.  I found it was easiest just to use my fingers to do it.

Brown sugar sprinkled over Sriracha covered bacon
Brown sugar sprinkled over Sriracha covered bacon

Bake for 15-20 minutes.  Check on your bacon at about 15 minutes so it gets to the proper level of “done-ness” for you.  Again I like mine really crispy, so I’ll let mine go longer until it’s where I want it.

Bacon just out of the oven
Bacon just out of the oven

Once it’s out of the oven, use a fork or a pair of tongs to lay them on some paper towels to drain away the excess bacon fat.

Bacon on paper towels
Bacon on paper towels

Enjoy, it’s really, really good!

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