Baked bacon is great, baked sweet and spicy bacon is even better!
Bacon isn’t a food that is normally kept on hand in our house. However, recently our Air BnB guests left behind an entire whole packet. Now since I’m not one for food waste, I couldn’t just throw the bacon away. So I figured I’d season it up with some piri piri dry spice and then counter the heat with some sweet from maple syrup for a sweet and spicy bacon recipe. With a vegan, a pescatarian, and a plant based diet follower all in the house, the aroma of freshly cooked sweet and spicy bacon was gonna be a major problem. Ain’t nothin “clean” about eating bacon. Admittedly I’m riding dirty with no remorse.
Rather than frying the bacon in a skillet/pan, I went with my preferred method of baking it in the oven. I prefer baking for a few reasons. One it’s easy to be consistent, two you can cook large quantities at a time, and three texture wise you have more control over reaching the desired level of crispiness. Then there is the added benefit of being able to personally season the bacon while maintaining the taste integrity. When frying things like spices and maple syrup are blasted in a high heat skillet thus destroying off some of the flavor. I’m passionate about all things piri piri so always have it on hand, but feel free to substiture your own preferred spices. It’s bacon, so it’s not like you can go wrong.
With baked bacon, it’s pretty much set it and forget it. While it cooks you’re free to multi-task.
Great beats, better eats. Enjoy this sweet and spicy bacon!
Sweet and Spicy Bacon
Recipe for sweet and spicy bacon featuring spicy piri piri spice mix and glazed with maple syrup.
- 8 slices bacon
- 1/2 tbsp piri piri spice
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season bacon with piri piri spice
On a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet, arrange bacon in a single layer. Bake until fat is rendered and bacon is beginning to brown, about 15 minutes.
Remove bacon from oven and brush both sides with maple syrup. Return to oven and bake until bacon is browned and sticky, about 5 minutes. With tongs, transfer to a wire rack, then set rack on baking sheet and let bacon drain. Serve warm.