Coconut sugar caramelizes with melting bacon grease as bacon slowly cooks in the oven to form a candied shell. It’s bacon with a “wow” factor! It would make a lovely side dish for a Christmas brunch that is extra special.
I recently tried this method out, and I thought it would be a really fun recipe to share as the last post for our 12 days of Christmas series. By the way, check out the following giveaways still running as part of the series: Win Steeped (a nourishing tea book) and Nourishing Christmas Cookie for a Healthy Holiday, Fair Trade Box with coffee, tea, chocolate, and more, and Grain-free Meal plans and ebooks!
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As far as the recipe below, I personally like the cinnamon and black pepper, but they are very subtle, and in the background flavors to the more prominent caramelized coconut sugar. It will still taste great without them too. As mentioned before, if you need coconut sugar, this is one of the best deals I’ve seen on coconut sugar. #affiliate
- 10 slices of bacon
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar (or whole cane sugar, such as rapadura)
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Generous sprinkle of black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and put parchment paper on a baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, toss the sugar, cinnamon and black pepper together. Put the bacon on the baking sheet, and sprinkle sugar mixture over the bacon. Turn bacon over and rub the sugar onto the bacon, until it is all coated.
- Gently twist the bacon (if desired) and lay on the sheet. Cook for about 20-25 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked through. Remove from oven. It will crisp up as the candy coating cools.
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I have some sugar-free beef bacon from US Wellness Meats. Do you think it would work okay in this recipe? And do you think honey would work, or would it be too wet?
My concern with the beef bacon would be it not having enough fat to form the candied outside…but people do use honey or maple syrup- sometimes they just half cook it in a pan first, and then coat it with honey or maple syrup and place in the oven.
Hmm, so I wonder if it would work if I cook the beef bacon first in some tallow in a skillet on the stovetop, then add the honey to the skillet and stir to coat, then transfer to the oven. Maybe that would add enough fat for it to get the candied outside?
1/3 Cup Coconut Sugar — correct?
Merry Christmas! 🙂 <3
Yup! Sorry about leaving that out. I updated it. 🙂
How long do they keep for? Or how long do they stay crunchy? Thanks