Bacon is pretty fantastic on its own, but if you want to guarantee an empty platter at your next brunch, coat the smoky goodness in some sugar and spice and everything nice. There are lots of versions of this dish, but I like twisting mine into little corkscrews. Apart from its visual appeal, its always good to give people a sense of what they’re eating, and the slight twist is just enough to tell your diners this is not run of the mill bacon.
Sweet & Spicy Bacon Twists
Serves 6-10 as a brunch side.
1 package of your favorite bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar, be generous!
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment. Put a wire rack on top.
Mix brown sugar and cayenne in a shallow bowl.
Cut the bacon in half, and individually coat strips in sugar-cayenne mix on both sides. For some mysterious reason, the sugar will stick to some bacons better than others. If yours isn’t adhering well, moisten the bacon in a little bit of water.
Twist the bacon and use the wire rack to tuck the ends. This will help prevent the bacon from untwisting while it cooks.
Bake 20-30 minutes, or to your desired level of crispness. Some of the sugar mixture will melt off while it cooks, so if you want your bacon on the sweeter side, feel free to sprinkle extra sugar on your twists halfway through cooking.