You have to cook to eat. You can’t be a good cook and be a noneater. I think eating is the secret to good cooking. Julia Child
Mmmmm. I love bacon. I know, that’s really not very PC, but I just can’t help it! It smells good, it tastes good, it’s just… good. A couple of years ago at the state fair, they had something called “Bacon on a Stick”. I don’t usually go to the fair but I did that year (and seriously, it was to get the bacon on a stick!). It was wonderful! I did find a recipe for it, but you have to use a big, uncut chunk of bacon, not slices. We have a wonderful local butcher shop that I’m sure could accommodate, but I keep forgetting.
I’ve been researching candied bacon recipes and couldn’t find one I really liked (a lot of them call for maple syrup, but I wanted something a bit different). I thought about it for awhile and I decided to substitute a mixture of orange juice and pineapple juice for the maple syrup, use brown sugar, and freshly ground black pepper. Yowza! This is good. It’s a bit of work to to make it, only because you have to mess with it every few minutes to baste it, so make a large batch – you can freeze it. And it’s definitely a treat worth fussing over.
Here’s what you need. That’s rice vinegar hiding in the back. Preheat your oven to 350°.
First, line a jelly roll pan (cookie sheet with sides) with tin foil, and put a cookie rack on it. The bacon grease will drip onto the tin foil.
Put the bacon strips on the rack – you can put them right next to each other, but don’t overlap them – they’ll stick to each other.
Bake it for about 10 minutes, take it out of the oven, flip each piece over, and bake for another 10 minutes.
While the bacon is cooking, mix together the brown sugar, vinegar, pineapple juice, orange juice, and pepper.
Baste the bacon, and bake for 5 to 7 minutes. Basta again, and bake for 5 to 7 minutes. After the third time, flip it over (you only need to do this once).
About halfway done here. Keep going! It’s worth it!
And we’re done. But…let it rest for about 2 minutes and then put it on either parchment paper or non-stick foil. If you let you cool on the rack, it’ll stick like crazy! As it cools it’ll stiffen up. We had it with pancakes (yum!). You could eat it just a snack, or use it in your favorite recipe.
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Adjust the rack in the oven so it’s midway between the top and the middle.
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Cover a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil, and place a rack on the pan (so the grease can drip off).
- Lay thick cut bacon strips on the rack, not overlapping
- Bake for about 10 minutes, flip, and bake another 10 minutes
- Baste each piece with glaze and return to the oven for 5 to 7 minutes. Turn the bacon over the the third time you baste it (you will only need to turn it once).
- Continue basting every 5-7 minutes until it is cooked through (it will stiffen quite a bit as it cools).
- Let it rest for a couple of minutes and remove it from the rack – if you wait until it’s cool it’ll stick. Place on parchment paper or non-stick foil and cool completely.