You guys. I'm sorry. I'm sorry that I didn't share this with you sooner. I'm sorry that you need to go to the store right now just to buy a pound of bacon and dark brown sugar. I'm not sorry for how much you're going to enjoy this candied bacon.
I first made this candied bacon a couple of months ago in a fit of inspiration from Alton Brown when he posted a photo on Facebook or Instagram or something. I sort of forgot about sharing it with you all until last weekend when I was in Orlando for Food Blog Forum and we were served deliciously crispy bacon in cute little jars with chalkboard labels. As if I didn't already know it, I was definitely reminded how much everybody loves bacon. I've made it a few more times since then, and I hope you all will enjoy it!
Without further adieu. Candied bacon. The perfect balance of sweet from the dark brown sugar, then heat from the cayenne pepper. Plus a little cinnamon for good measure. It's good stuff, folks. By the way, if you really want the crowd to go wild, serve it on pulled pork sliders. Ridiculous.
You certainly don't have to add all the extra goodness in order to prepare your bacon this way. Roasting bacon in the oven is such a great way to make bacon without splattering yourself with hot grease first thing in the morning. It also frees up valuable stove-top space for making French toast and eggs.
P.S. In other bacon news, Krispy Kreme just paired up with a minor league baseball team and made a hot dog covered with bacon and jam in a glazed donut bun. Whoa.