Sue’s Company Bacon
Oven-cooked bacon, a brunch favorite
My friend Sue cooks up a mean brunch. I particularly appreciate her breakfast skills, because I NEVER make breakfast or brunch, except for a holiday or back in the day when my son Mikey was in high school and periodically would give me big eyes and say "studies show that students who have had a hot breakfast do better on tests." There is a reason my site is not called Something New For Breakfast!
Back to the bacon
Sue cooks up pounds and pounds of this addictive bacon for her brunches. She bakes the bacon on cookie sheets in the oven with a sprinkling of brown sugar and cracked pepper. The result is spectacular, incredibly easy, and with so much less mess than stove-top cooked bacon. In fact, this bacon is so good, I'm thinking about cooking it for dinner!
Make a bunch and freeze it
The beauty of this bacon is it can be made in advance and refrigerated or frozen. Just nuke briefly in the microwave. How handy is that? Almost makes me feel like making breakfast!
A cooking method you want to own
There are plenty of sites on the web that describe baking bacon in the oven. Some recommend parchment paper, others foil and others a rack. Some recommend starting with a cold oven. Some flip their bacon and others don't. Some add a sprinkling of brown sugar or maple syrup. It is all good. The key is to switch from cooking your bacon on the stove top and cook it in the oven instead. I have included this recipe, even though there are lots of sources for it, because it is a great technique you don't want to miss out on.
Sue's company bacon
Yield 6 servings
Spectacular, incredibly easy, minimal mess bacon in the oven. If you like bacon, you must try this method of cooking it. You will never go back to stove-top bacon.
- 2 pounds thick cut bacon
- 3 T brown sugar
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- Heat your oven to 400 degrees. Line your baking sheets with a sheet of foil. It will make your clean up easier. Lay the bacon out on the foil. Sprinkle with sugar and fresh ground pepper.
- Pop in the oven. Bacon will take between 15 and 22 minutes, depending on thickness of your bacon. Remove and drain briefly on paper towels. Don't let the bacon cool down too much on the towels or they will stick to the paper towels due to the caramelized sugar.
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