Looking for something unique to do with Dad on Father’s Day? How does making Beer-Candied Bacon sound? Don’t be embarrassed, our mouths are watering just as much as yours.
We stumbled across this Pinterest “pin” titled “Beer-Candied Bacon – yep. Bacon and Beer…. candied!” So we had to try it. And since we have a Traeger Grill, there was a little added twist. It turned into Smoked Beer-Candied Bacon. Whaaaaaat? Yeah, that’s right. Smoked. Beer. Candied. Bacon.
So this is how we did it.
1 pound of extra thick cut bacon
1 cup of dark brown sugar
1 cup of your favorite Stout (we used a local Chicago brew, Finch’s Secret Stache Stout)
Of course you can substitute water for stout, light or regular brown sugar for dark brown sugar, whatever thickness bacon for extra thick cut bacon, and can use an oven instead of a smoker. But what fun would that be, right? This is America, so we opted for the full flavor version.
Now… Set your smoker or oven to 200 degrees.
Dissolve the brown sugar in the stout to create a syrup solution, use a whisk or spoon/fork. We ended up using more sugar than stout to make it thicker and more syrupy.
Place aluminum foil on a baking sheet (to help with clean-up) and then place an appropriate roasting rack on top of that.
Lay your strips of bacon on the roasting rack. Only overlap if necessary.
The smoker/oven should be ready now. Put your bacon in and baste the bacon with the syrup solution. Flip every 10 minutes or so and baste again. Continue flipping and basting until crispy. In the mean time, sit back and enjoy the rest of your stout(s) with Dad.
Post a photo to our Facebook page of what you come up with.
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