Our tradition for New Year was very simple. We cooked breakfast for dinner. Instead of a fancy schmancy meal, we just cook a plain breakfast meal. So, of course breakfast would include some tasty, crunchy bacon. Usually, I just pan fried the bacon, but this time I had to do everything myself, so I oven roasted it instead. I found this recipe last year, and had served the bacon for an Easter Brunch and my family loved it.
So I needed the bacon, brown sugar, black pepper, and for a variety, red pepper flakes.
The bacon was delicious. It was crispy and sweet, with a hint of the spiciness from the cracked pepper.
Print recipe here.
Cracked Pepper & Brown Sugar Oven-Roasted Bacon Recipe
Recipe adapted from Divine Dinner Party.com
This is the star dish of brunch menus. You can make this sweet, spicy, crisp bacon recipe in the upper rack of the oven while your ham and egg tarts bake on the lower. If you’ve never tried a recipe for oven-cooked bacon, now’s the time to start. It comes out crisp, cleanly-shaped (no rolled up bacon “balls”), and absolutely delicious. Be sure to use a rimmed jelly roll pan unless you want bacon fat to drip and fill your whole house with nasty fat-smoke.
Serves 6-8 people.
1 lb. lean bacon, sliced
1 tsp. fresh cracked black pepper
2 tsp. brown sugar
red pepper flakes (optional)
Instructions: Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
Arrange bacon slices on parchment paper. Sprinkle with pepper and brown sugar and red pepper flakes (optional).
Bake about 10 minutes. Lots of fat will collect during this time– drain that now.
Return bacon to oven and bake another 5 to 10 minutes, until it has reached your desired level of crispness.
Remove from oven and immediate transfer bacon slices onto paper towels.
Note: This is also wonderful made without the sugar and pepper– when I want to make plain bacon, I always do it this way. It comes out perfect every time!