I think the whole candied bacon thing is kinda well known by foodies but NOT as known by the everyday folk. In fact, I would go as far to say us foodies, the ones who have used bacon in a baked goods, they (the everyday folk) might say we are crazy. Really, they think we are CRAZY! Go ahead you normal folk, think we are crazy, don’t try it. YOU are the ones missing out, trust us!
I have tried candied bacon chocolate frozen yogurt and oh man, DELICIOUS! At the county fair last year, chocolate covered bacon was all the rage. And of course I tried it. I have made peanut butter, butterscotch bacon cookies, YUM. I know it sounds weird, but it’s the whole salty and sweet thing. You have the saltiness of the bacon combined the the sweetness of the chocolate or butterscotch. IT WORKS! Have you ever had caramel corn, or cheez its and coca cola, or chocolate covered pretzels? I know you have, and I know you love it! So stop rolling your eyes and give it a chance!
Okay, so candied bacon is common. But what about a lower fat version, candied TURKEY bacon. Really the only reason I made this is because turkey bacon was the only bacon in the house and I really wanted to try candied bacon. So I followed the same instructions for candied bacon. DELICIOUS results. The house smelled of rich fatty bacon, I love that smell! And they tasted like sweet/salty little gems.
1 word to describe them: Addictive!!!
I had one strip, then another, and almost another. But then I realized, “look, you need to stop, just cuz the turkey bacon is low fat, you added TONS of sugar to these bad boys.” Okay okay. So instead of eating the strips plain, I chopped them up and added them to dishes. Those are coming later…
Recipe adapted from The Kitchn
turkey bacon (I used 8 slices)
brown sugar (I used about 1/2 a cup)
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat. Place bacon on lined cookie sheet, making sure not to overlap any edges. Lightly sprinkle each piece of bacon with brown sugar (about 2 tsp/each) and place cookie sheet in cold oven. Set temperature to 350 degrees and bake 20-25 minutes.
Around 18 minutes check on them. Keep checking on them from 18-22 minutes to make sure they aren’t burning (since all ovens are diff. temps). But a little darkness on the bacon is good, you just don’t want charred bacon.
Remove the pan from oven and place the cookie sheet on a wire rack. Sprinkle kosher salt over bacon pieces. Once the pieces cooled enough to handle, I put them straight on the wire rack to let them cool completely.
*I didn’t sprinkle any salt on them because well, I just forgot. But I know it would have made these EVEN MORE addicting!
The bacon gets a little burnt on the ends and is just DELICIOUS that way. I can’t speak highly enough about candied bacon. If it weren’t for bacon I would be vegetarian.