This is just wrong in so many ways, but oh so good in so many others. I bought two pounds of applewood smoked bacon at the meat counter of the grocery store last week. I found this bacon to be way over-smoked. It has never had this much smokey taste before. I wasn't happy with it cooked as-is, so I decided to go bacon radical on it. The result was something so addictive I ate the entire plateful except for one piece that Michael ate and two that I dropped on the floor. They were stuck together and in trying to fling one off the other, they both ended up on the floor. This bacon was so good that for a moment I even considered eating the ones that hit the floor. The seven-second rule seemed appropriate for the first time in my life. Nurses are taught that the dirtiest part of any hospital is the floor. We weren't just taught this, it was drilled into our heads where it remains 30 years later, even with candied bacon at stake. In defense of my eating most of this plate of bacon, the pieces were cut in half before cooking. So there are really only six pieces of bacon. Minus the 1.5 that I didn't eat, I only ate 4.5 pieces. That practically makes it an Atkins diet meal, well, except for the brown sugar. The brown sugar masked the heavy smoke taste and melted into a gooey glaze. I feel faint thinking about it.
- 6 slices applewood smoked bacon (the peppered version would be great too)
- Brown sugar
- Cut the bacon slices in half and place on a heavy cookie sheet without the edges touching. That sets up the perfect storm for them to end up on the floor. Bake in a 350 degree oven until most of the grease is rendered out. Pour the grease off and sprinkle golden or light brown sugar evenly on each slice of bacon. Return to the oven until the bacon is crisp and the sugar has melted into a gooey glaze. DO NOT DRAIN ON PAPER TOWELS UNLESS YOU LIKE THE TASTE OF PAPER TOWELS. I drained mine on parchment paper, removing them to a plate before they cooled completely. Enjoy!