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A Southwest Summer: Southwest Candied Bacon

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Summer is a perfect time for snacking but you do have to be a little careful on what you decide to snack upon. As opposed to the other three seasons of the year, during the Summer you want your snack foods to be rather lighter and have a combination of both sugar and salt (two elements you lose during the hot months).

When it comes to Summer snacks, the most popular are fresh fruits and homemade granola. Both of these are wonderful and easy to pack-up for those days at the beach or hiking your favorite trails. Out here in the great American Southwest, we like to snack on items which are a little more hearty, which might explain why we have some of the best beef jerky makers. For a perfect Summer snack, which has both elements of sugar and salt (and some spice), you might want to make a pound or two of Southwest Candied Bacon!

As the bacon cools, it will become crispy due to the sugar coating solidifying.

If you have never experienced the taste of candied bacon, you are in for one very special treat. Simply put -- this is bacon like you have never tasted before!

You will notice that the preparation to make Southwest Candied Bacon is a little different than the usual way of preparing bacon. Don't let this deter you. This is a very simple dish to make and once you've enjoyed it, you will make it over-and-over again.

Ingredients needed to make Southwest Candied Bacon (makes 1 pound):

  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder

Steps:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (do not use a silicon sheet or foil).
  2. Separate the bacon into slices and set on a flat surface.
  3. In a bowl combine the brown sugar and chili powder.
  4. Sprinkle the brown sugar/chili powder mixture over both sides of the bacon. Let the bacon rest 5 minutes.
  5. Place the bacon, in a single layer, onto the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Place a sheet of foil over the bacon.
  7. Place another baking sheet over the foil (yes, it will be sitting on the bacon).
  8. Place in the oven and cook 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven.
  10. Carefully remove the bacon from the pan and let sit at least 10 minutes before eating.

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