Friday, January 18, 2013

Perfect Bacon

I don't care what people say about pork...bacon is GOOD.  I know where mine comes from, how it is raised, and even the people who raise them so I feel pretty dang good about eating it.  But as with anything, moderation is important, and although you will be sorely tempted, eating this whole pan is probably not a good idea!

Cooking bacon, albeit seemingly easy, does require some degree of patience.  Here is my recipe for perfection.

1/2 lb. bacon
1/4 c. real maple syrup
2 tsp. fresh ground pepper

Preheat an oven to 400 degrees.  Place a cooling rack inside of a sheet pan and put bacon strips on rack.  This allows the fat to drip and for them to cook evenly.  Using a basting brush, light coat each strip with maple syrup and then generously pepper.  Cook about 10-15 minutes, depending on thickness, and to your desired doneness.

When it isn't so freaking cold outside, I prefer to do this on the grill because I hate smelling like bacon two days later...regardless of the ventilation, it still lingers through the whole house!

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