Brown Sugar Bacon

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David and I recently had some amazing bacon with our brunch at Beatrix in Chicago. It was bacon cooked with brown sugar and coarsely ground black pepper. It was amazing. There are many recipes for brown sugar bacon online, but I chose this one from Gina Neely. It tastes pretty close to the bacon we had in Chicago, and we both really enjoyed the little kick from the chile pepper. This mouth-watering bacon is of course delicious all by itself, but would certainly still shine next to some steaming scrambled eggs or Belgian waffles.

from: Food Network
serves: 2-4

1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or ground chile de arbol
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus extra
1/2 pound thick cut bacon, 8 slices

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Mix brown sugar, cayenne pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper together. Shake with bacon in a zip-top freezer bag until bacon is evenly coated with the mixture.

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Line a baking sheet with a wire rack and place the bacon strips on it. Pat any remaining spice mixture onto the bacon. Adjust pepper mill for a coarser grind and sprinkle the bacon with additional ground pepper to taste.

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Bake until bacon is crisp- it could take anywhere from 15-35 minutes. The bacon I used was very thick, and took closer to 35 minutes. Remove from oven and using tongs, place bacon on a serving plate to cool slightly before serving.

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