Bourbon-Brown Sugar Bacon
A couple of years ago, I discovered the wonder that is oven bacon. Growing up, the only way that bacon was ever made in our house was in the microwave. It has its merits – it’s quick, easy and has virtually no clean-up; however, once I realized how absurdly awesome it is to make bacon in the oven, I’ve never looked back.
For Sunday dinner this past week, we grilled hamburgers and had a spread of pasta salad, potato salad and fruit salad since it was a holiday weekend. On Sunday morning, my husband showed me a recipe he saw on Food and Wine for a hot brown burger that included slices of bourbon-brown sugar bacon. He really, really wanted me to make that bacon for our burgers, and it was only a matter of seconds before I had the oven preheating!
This might be the most amazing bacon I’ve ever eaten, and I’ve eaten A LOT of bacon. The bourbon flavor is super subtle and the brown sugar caramelizes on the bacon, making it taste almost (almost) like candy. It was absolutely phenomenal on our burgers, and it would be just as good on any sandwich, in a salad, or along with your morning eggs… or on its own for an awesome snack.
Now I just need to recreate that entire burger and I think my life will be complete!
One year ago: Homemade Sloppy Joes
Two years ago: Peanut Butter-Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies
Bourbon-Brown Sugar Bacon
- 8 to 10 slices of bacon, however many will fit on your baking sheet
- 2 tablespoons bourbon
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Lay the slices of bacon down on the baking sheet, as many as will fit.
- Using a pastry brush, brush the bourbon evenly over the slices of bacon. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the bacon.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the bacon is dark brown and crispy. Using tongs, remove to a paper towel-lined plate and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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I dont eat Pork..has anyone tried this with turkey bacon.
sound very tasty
Just had this bacon in a fabulous restaurant in Myrtle Beach SC called Hook & Barrel, incredibly delicious food!. I went immediately looking for the recipe. This sounds exactly like the way their bourbon bacon tasted!! I know this will be Awesome!!! Could hardly stop eating this outrageously delicious appetizer!
Thank you for this creative recipe!
I did this a couple of times… And is the best bacon ever…. The last time.. I made them with rum…. And turns out wonderfull ..😊
Love this recipe! My only change is that I drained the bacon on paper plates because the first batch of it stuck to the paper towels. Otherwise, my husband and I made it for our family for Christmas and everyone loved it!
i try this yesterday… didn `t have boubon so i used rum… and it was amazing…….
My mom always made bacon in the microwave too. I agree it’s fine but when we tried oven cooked bacon last year I fell in love. So good!
We had the best ever BLT for lunch today. If I wasn’t such a food policeman I would have dipped some bread in he drippings. Delicious!!! Love that little guy.
Hahaha. This is too funny. I just stumbled on your comment here. A friend and I just ate at Hook and Barrel and had the bacon – to die for. So I was looking for a recipe too. What a coincidence!! 11/15/20.
What a tasty snack! And of course, bacon makes everything better :)
If you love oven baked bacon, you have to try making bacon on the grill outdoors. My husband glazes it with maple syrup and then cracks black pepper on it. It is amazing! My extended family loves this when it is on our brunch menu.
I like my bacon crisped up in a frying pan. I have tried the microwave but not the oven though. Sounds interesting.
My son-in-law is going to go nuts over this one! Bourbon and bacon are his two favorite flavors.
Oh, dear God, this sounds incredibly delicious! Definitely making this, and right soon.
My mother turned me on to cooking bacon in the oven about 100 years ago. If you are careful you get wonderful results. if not that, standing over the frying pan and watching and turning. I found I get the worst results from microwave (i’m sorry). I’ve tried it with the brown sugar and no bourbon and it was very good. Thanks for all you do Michelle!
sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try it. I really enjoy your blog.
I’ve made similar bacon with maple syrup, and I’ve cooked all bacon in the oven for years. So much easier! I’m assuming this recipe is for regular (thinly) cut bacon, not thick cut. Pls advise. Thx!
Hi Linda, I made it with both regular bacon and thick-sliced and it worked with both. I just needed to cook the thick bacon a few minutes longer.
I LOVE the convenience of oven bacon, and the cleanup is so easy! I can never get it to crisp up exactly the way I like though, any tips? Because I neeeeed to try this recipe! Looks incredible!
Cook it longer in the regular oven or finish it in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 min, depending on how done it is from the oven, how crisp you prefer, and how many slices you’re making.
Hi Cristina, I make sure to cook mine until nice and dark brown, then remove it immediately to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. It comes out nice and crispy!
Now I’m hungry! There’s nothing better than bacon! I have actually never tried making bacon in the oven…although in all the restaurants I’ve worked in, bacon is cooked in the oven. I need to give it a try!
This bacon would score me all of the points with my boyfriend. It looks like I’ll be treating him to this bacon very soon.
Looks delicious! I may give this a try, but will likely substitute some good maple syrup for the brown sugar.