We Call This “Bacon Candy”

There are a lot of different ways to make bacon. The most common method is in a skillet on your stove. Some people like to cook their bacon in the oven, and sometimes people even cook bacon in the microwave (gasp!). My favorite bacon recipe uses the smoker, and we affectionately call it bacon candy. In my house, it’s just about guaranteed that within ten minutes of this bacon coming off the smoker, the entire batch will be gone.

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Choosing the Right Bacon

There are a lot of options for you to choose from when it comes to bacon. For this bacon recipe, it’s important that you pick thick sliced bacon. The thin stuff will work, but it’s tough to get the timing right. At least for me… My preference is Snake River Farms bacon. There’s a store close to my house that always has it in stock, and you can always order it online.

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If you do decide to skimp on the bacon for this bacon recipe, you run the risk of burning the bacon, which will not result in a happy family…

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Give Your Bacon a Bath

Before you make the bacon crack, give the bacon a bath.

In a large mixing bowl combine a half cup of brown sugar and a half cup of maple syrup.brown sugar for bacon recipe

maple syrup and brown sugar bacon recipe bacon crack

Mix it thoroughly until you have a thick sugary paste. Open your pack of bacon and using a pair of tongs put each bacon slice into your bowl, one by one. Once all of the bacon is in the bowl, toss the pieces in the mixture until all of them have a sticky coating of brown sugar and maple syrup.

Bacon Recipe
This will soon be a bacon explosion in your mouth

Cooking Bacon on Your Smoker

After you’ve coated all of the bacon pieces, let them rest in the bowl while you get your smoker going. For this smoked bacon recipe, I like to cook at 225 degrees.

When your smoker is up to temp bring the bowl out to the smoker and put each piece of bacon on the grill grate. Be sure to give each piece some good spacing.

The bacon will shrink as it cooks, but it won’t cook evenly if you have pieces overlapping or touching one another.

After an hour at 225 degrees, you’ll want to flip each piece of bacon. You’ll notice some good grill marks on the side that was down.

The fat in the bacon is slowly rendering, and by flipping the bacon it will cook a little more evenly. If you really want to get crazy, you can brush some more maple syrup on the bacon slices after you flip them. I usually skip this step.

Looking for more bacon ideas? Check out my post on a bacon wrapped smoked fatty.

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The Bacon Flip

Check on the bacon thirty minutes after the flip to check on the progress. Some of your pieces may look like they are close to done, and if that’s the case I’d recommend pulling those pieces of the smoker to taste test them.

This bacon won’t crisp up the same way that bacon does in a skillet, but I promise you the flavor is out of this world.

Continue checking on the bacon every ten minutes, and when the bacon starts to take on a darker color, and it’s somewhat firm when you pick it up with tongs, it’s time to pull it off the smoker. Put the bacon on a rack to let it cool a few minutes, and then dig in.

This is the tastiest bacon recipe I’ve tried. Do you cook your bacon a different way on your smoker? I’d love to hear what you would do differently.

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Bacon Crack

There are a lot of different ways to make bacon. The most common method is in a skillet on your stove. Some people like to cook their bacon in the oven, and sometimes people even cook bacon in the microwave (gasp!). My favorite bacon recipe uses the smoker, and we affectionately call it bacon crack. In my house, it’s just about guaranteed that within ten minutes of this bacon coming off the smoker, the entire batch will be gone.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 220kcal
Author Nick

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Thick Cut Bacon Snake River Farms Brand
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl combine brown sugar and maple syrup.
  • Mix it thoroughly until you have a thick sugary paste.
    maple syrup and brown sugar bacon recipe bacon crack
  • Open your pack of bacon and using a pair of tongs put each piece into your bowl, one by one. Once all of the bacon is in the bowl, toss the pieces in the mixture until all of them have a sticky coating of brown sugar and maple syrup.
    Bacon Recipe
  • For this smoked bacon recipe, I like to cook at 225 degrees. When your smoker is up to temp bring the bowl out to the smoker and put each piece of bacon on the grill grate. Be sure to give each piece some good spacing. The bacon will shrink as it cooks, but it won’t cook evenly if you have pieces overlapping or touching one another.
  • After an hour at 225 degrees, you’ll want to flip each piece of bacon. You’ll notice some good grill marks on the side that was down. The fat in the bacon is slowly rendering, and by flipping the bacon it will cook a little more evenly. If you really want to get crazy, you can brush some more maple syrup on the bacon slices after you flip them. I usually skip this step.
  • Check on the bacon thirty minutes after the flip to check on the progress. Some of your pieces may look like they are close to done, and if that’s the case I’d recommend pulling those pieces of the smoker to taste test them. This bacon won’t crisp up the same way that bacon does in a skillet, but I promise you the flavor is out of this world.
  • Continue checking on the bacon every ten minutes, and when the bacon starts to take on a darker color, and it’s somewhat firm when you pick it up with tongs, it’s time to pull it off the smoker. Put the bacon on a rack to let it cool a few minutes, and then dig in.

Notes

This is the tastiest bacon recipe I’ve tried. Do you cook your bacon a different way on your smoker? I’d love to hear what you would do differently.

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I like to spice the bacon up a bit . After the brown sugar I apply a layer both sides with a pork rub and then apply a small amount of cayenne pepper on one side . Sweet / salty / spicy. Umm good.

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