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Recipe for candied bacon

Serves 4

As the bacon cooks, the rendered fat mixes with the sugar, which liquefies in the heat, creating a thin coating similar to toffee. When cool, the bacon has a candy-like shell with a satisfying crunch. Use traditional thin-cut bacon for this.

½cup packed light brown sugar
Black pepper, to taste
1pound thinly sliced bacon

1. Set the oven at 350 degrees. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil. Set 2 wire racks on sheets of foil.

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2. In a bowl, combine the brown sugar and pepper.

3. On the sheets, place the bacon strips in a single layer. Sprinkle them with the sugar mixture, using your fingers to spread it evenly on each slice. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the bacon is nicely browned and caramelized.

4. Transfer the bacon to the wire racks to cool.

Adapted from Smokestack Urban Barbecue

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