Breakfast of Champions

Sriracha-Maple Bacon

By • July 10, 2014 • 14 Comments

Each Thursday, Emily Vikre (a.k.a fiveandspice) will be sharing a new way to love breakfast -- because breakfast isn't just the most important meal of the day. It's also the most awesome.

Today: Bacon was once thought to be perfect, impossible to improve -- until now.

Sriracha Maple Bacon on Food52

Flashback to this past January: We had a three-month-old who didn’t sleep more than one to two hours at a time. Ever. But we decided it would be a good idea to invite our friends over for a New Year’s brunch so we could see everyone.

This was an entirely selfish move on our part: At that point, we still hadn’t really developed the necessary skills for getting out of the house with a baby -- so why not make the people come to us? And bring us food as well? My culinary contribution to brunch was making my husband go out and get one of those cardboard containers of to-go coffee. Our friends, happily, stepped up and provided the food.

More: Read up on the best way to cook bacon.

Perhaps because of my sleep-deprived fog, I don’t remember a thing that we ate -- except the bacon. Our friend Ryan brought a plateful of thick-cut, crispy bacon -- brilliant in its own right -- which he had cooked with a bit of sugar and spice so that each bite hit every one of the most addictive flavor notes: salty, smoky, sweet, spicy, and bacon-y. We went at the plate like a pack of hungry wolves, and when the dust settled we all asked, “What was that?!”

Sriracha Maple Bacon on Food52

Ryan looked both slightly smug and slightly abashed when he told us that his bacon is embarrassingly easy to make. It’s the perfect brunch dish to make you very popular while requiring almost no work on your part. Just rub or brush thick-cut bacon with a combination of sugar and spice, then bake until it's crispy. I’ve played with a couple of variations since then, and this is my favorite, with maple syrup for sweetness and Sriracha for spice.   

Sriracha Maple Bacon

Serves about 4 to 6 as a side dish

1 pound thick-cut bacon
3 tablespoons grade B maple syrup
2 teaspoons Sriracha hot sauce (use more or less to taste)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by Emily Vikre

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16 days ago jackandlily

Stop what you are doing and make this right now...it's amazingly delicious. My thighs and heart thank you.

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16 days ago inpatskitchen

I so Agree!!

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about 1 month ago AntoniaJames

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Thinking I might adapt this, next time I make carnitas using bacon ends (a treat from the meat vendor at the farmers' market); for more info, see: https://food52.com/blog...
;o)

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about 1 month ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

That is such a good idea!!!

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about 1 month ago Merrill Stubbs

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This is genius.

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about 1 month ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks Merrill! :)

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about 1 month ago aargersi

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Pig candy. Yum. What could be better? Add me to the "making it this weekend" team.

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about 1 month ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Exactly!

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about 1 month ago molly yeh

what is a delivery service that will BRING THIS TO MY MOUTH

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about 1 month ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Maybe there's a truck headed across the state that would agree to carrying some bacon. I don't think it would make it there though, too many bacon thieves! ;)

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about 1 month ago Allyn

I used to make bacon with brown sugar and cayenne, and oh man, now I need to make a batch this weekend. SO GOOD

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about 1 month ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yes! Brown sugar and cayenne was where these started, and then I started making adjustments from there.

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about 1 month ago inpatskitchen

Oh my! This one's on the menu this weekend. Thanks so much for sharing!

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about 1 month ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks Pat!