Maple Glazed Jalapeño Bacon

 We often joke in my family that it’s a prerequisite to love bacon. While we are only half serious, my family’s love for bacon is serious business. Bacon is love – there’s a reason Emeril’s saying “Pork Fat Rules” became popular! It’s an instant pick me up to any bad day and there isn’t a dish out there of which can’t be improved by a few strips of quality bacon.

On a Tuesday evening whilst the littles were enjoying the gorgeous spring weather outside, the beginnings of dinner was coming together in my kitchen. I decided to take BLT’s to another level, and I’m beyond crazy about the results. This bacon:: it’s more addicting than candy. It’s also insanely simple and utilizes items you’re bound to already have on hand in your kitchen.

Good food should be simple. Tailor this recipe per your liking heat wise. These are spicy! I’m a part of the some like it hot club. Omit the jalapeños to make them milder, or for a sweet bacon, simply use the maple syrup. Please use the real deal, though! None of the Aunt Jemima stuff. {sorry, Aunt Jemima: we are simply seeking some pure food, no offense!}

  • 1 lb all natural thick cut Hickory smoked nitrate/nitrite free bacon
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, dark Amber 
  • 2 tbsp. red pepper flakes 
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced 

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Lay out the bacon strips on a cooking sheet spaced so each piece doesn’t touch. Generously brush each piece of bacon with the maple syrup.
  2. Sprinkle with the red pepper flakes and place 2-3 slices of jalapeños atop each piece of bacon.
  3. Bake 20-30 minutes or until done per your liking. Eat alone or on a BLT.

Bon Apetit, friends!

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