Candied Bacon

Because bacon tastes good in every way shape and form...including dessert. I'll also just throw in that this tastes freakin' awesome with guacamole. Sounds weird. But it's amazing. 

Let me just say, that bacon is a leading reason I give when people ask me "why paleo?" BECAUSE BACON! SO MUCH BACON! "Is paleo hard, Finley?" ...Uhhh sure, eating bacon on the reg is a REAL struggle. Bacon in my omelette, bacon on its own, bacon in my salads, bacon wrapped around my burgers, bacon in my cookies, bacon as my candy...yeah...tough. Hmmm...dry piece of toast? Or candied f%*&ing bacon? ...Is that even a real decision anyone faces? God I hope not. 

Disclaimer: when I say "bacon on the reg", I'm not talking about the Oscar Mayer-loaded-with-sugar-and-nitrates bacon. I'm talking about the uncured, thick cut, clean bacon I find at my farmer's market and/or Whole Foods. I'm telling you, the difference in taste is just so supreme I can never go back. Sometimes finding 100% sugar free bacon is tough though, so if that's the case, stick to "uncured" and "nitrate-free." If I can't get bacon from my farmer's market, Trader Joe's uncured bacon is one of my favorites, and has super minimal amounts of residual sugar. No joke, my local farmer's bacon sells like Walter White's meth in Breaking Bad. If I don't place an order like a week ahead of time, it's a fight to the death at the market for who gets the last package(s) of bacon. I wake up Saturday morning with a mission...it's like my own personal bacon jihad or something. And trust me, it's a total war zone when my meat lady ("meat lady"...gross) announces she only has two packages of bacon left. I mean...obviously I win with a swift jab cross hook to my competition's gut, but it can be slim pickins. Don't mess with me and my bacon fetish.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. package of bacon (nitrate free, uncured, etc...)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp water

Method 

  1. Preheat your oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with an aluminum foil. I would advise placing wire racks on the cookie sheet for optimal and even heat distribution, but you will survive without them if you don't have any.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, sugar and water.
  3. Rub the sugary mixture all over the bacon slices and lay across the wire racks or baking sheet.
  4. Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the bacon is crispy. You definitely want crispy bacon for this recipe (as opposed to the flimsier kind).
  5. Eat immediately.

Servings: 3-4 (or 1 if you're really selfish)