Let's talk bacon. For many of us, it's a delicious creation that we will use to ramp up any dish. This Blackened Bourbon Bacon is next level and only a few steps to greatness!

Whether you want to kick up that summer cookout burger, enjoy fresh garden tomatoes with a B.L.T, add some fun to a Bloody Mary or just eat it on it's own, this bacon recipe will hit the mark!  Tangy, sweet a little spicy and BACON-Y (I'm sure that's a technical term somewhere!) - you won't regret giving this a try.

Blackened Bourbon Bacon
35-40 minutes total (25-30 minutes cook • 10 minutes prep)
Ingredients
  • 1 lb sliced bacon, avoid any pre-flavored like maple
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Bourbon Dark Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1-2 tsp Blackened Seasoning
Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Using either a roasting pan or sheet pan lined with parchment paper, lay bacon and try to overlap as little as possible (this may require two pans or batches for a whole pound). Pour the Bourbon Dark Balsamic in a small bowl and brush over the bacon slices. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the bacon - you may not need the entire 1/2 cup. Lastly, sprinkle the blackening seasoning over the bacon, using up to 2 tsp depending on spice preference.

 

Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes, turning the pan at the half way point to cook evenly and checking at the 25 minute mark for desired crispiness level. Alternatively, you can bump the temperature up to 400°F and cook for 8 minutes, but be mindful of burning. Move slices to a wire rack to let cool, as it is a bit sticky for paper towels to drain any grease.

Notes

Not a Bourbon fan or looking for a different flavor profile?  No problem!  Try one of the following Balsamics instead!

Maple Dark Balsamic, Espresso Bean Dark Balsamic, Kona Coffee Dark Balsamic, Sage Dark Balsamic, Fig Dark Balsamic, Caramelized Onion Dark Balsamic

 

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