Kiddo’s Awesome Brown Sugar Bacon

Sometimes it’s better when you don’t know the “proper” way to do things. A few nights ago, Hubby and I came home from running errands, opened the front door and were promptly greeted by the aroma of bacon. Not just bacon, but brown sugar bacon. No doubt about the smells. Kiddo was in the kitchen, eager to greet us. He had cooked up some brown sugar bacon (Kiddo loves bacon – could live on bacon) and had managed enough self-control to save us about a quarter of a slice to “sample”. It was awesome – smoky and sweet without being overly sticky. Wow!

As I sampled my little bite of yummy brown sugar bacon, I noticed there were no baking pans soaking in the sink with caramelized brown sugar. No racks dripping with the goo. Not even a hint of a sticky piece of foil. The only thing in the sink was a griddle pan, and it wasn’t a huge mess either.

“How did you cook this?” I asked, surveying the lack of mess in my kitchen.

“Simple.” Kiddo replied with a big smile, his chest all puffed up with pride. “I added brown sugar to the fry pan.”

Really? Fried brown sugar bacon? Not baked, not broiled but fried, as in cooked on a flat fry pan. I was amazed.

For Sunday’s breakfast of French Toast I asked Kiddo to cook up his brown sugar bacon. It was really simple – so simple there’s really no need for a real recipe. It’s all a matter of how much bacon, and go from there.

Brown Sugar Fried Bacon
2 tablespoons Bacon Drippings or as needed
1 tablespoon Brown Sugar or as needed
6 Slices Smoked Bacon or as desired

Heat a flat skillet or griddle pan over medium heat.

Add about 2 or 3 tablespoons bacon drippings to the warm pan. Stir in about a tablespoon or so light brown sugar to the melted drippings. Lay bacon over the brown sugar flavored drippings and fry bacon as you normally would, turning as needed to prevent bacon from burning.

As the grease in the pan increases, add a little more brown sugar to keep it a glaze consistency. Continue to cook bacon until it is golden and crisp.

To cook up additional slices, transfer cooked bacon in an oven safe rimmed dish and keep warm in the oven. To the now empty skillet, add a little more brown sugar to the pan and continue to cook a second batch of smoky, yummy bacon.

Each batch of bacon takes about 10 minutes or so to fry up – much faster than baking in the oven with the same yummy results.

Clean-up is a snap. Dump grease into the can you keep under the sink for grease (you know, the one that is later thrown out with the trash – please don’t tell me you dump grease down the sink!) Then wash the pan in warm soapy water. No soaking necessary.

Kiddo’s Secret to Crisp Bacon

Kiddo could live on bacon. I kid you not. He seasons his popcorn with bacon-flavored salt. He loves the Bacon Chocolate Bars we make it a point to pick up at World Market. Once when we were at the State Fair, he followed a girl around, not because she was cute (which she was) but because her T-Shirt said “Follow Me to the Bacon”. Turned out she worked at the Chocolate Covered Bacon food booth. Kiddo puts bacon on or in just about everything – from pizza to milk shakes. And yes, he adores bacon at the breakfast table.

I know we should eat breakfast together every morning, but the truth of the matter is my guys simply don’t have the time. They value sleep more than food  so they skip breakfast during the week. Now that I’m retired, I have the pleasure of lingering over breakfast once the men have headed off for the day. Some days it’s just a bowl of warm cereal, other mornings an omelette and still others the delicious convenience of a Sandwich Thin Fried Egg and Sausage Sandwich, an entire meal that I can hold in my hand.

Sometimes my guys work a Saturday. If work isn’t enough, Saturday’s chores and errands and all the other things we have neglected during the week need to be checked off the dreaded To Do list.

6057dffd8c8c28f8cf2ed0eff4cd7ffd--jamestown-california-state-parksSundays are special. Sundays are our day to linger, to move unhurried through the day. Sundays – with time for a second cup of French Pressed coffee. Ode to Sundays – with time to slow down and savor every precious moment. To soak in the sights, the sounds, and all things beautiful and right with the world. Time to listen to birds singing and the clickety-clack of a not too distant train. Sundays are slow, with walks along tree-lined streets. No talk of work or the outside world. Sundays are our day to simply slow down and catch our breaths. Breakfast is part of what makes Sunday special.

One morning Kiddo stumbled into the kitchen and said “Let me make the bacon.” Big mistake. Not for us, but for him. Making bacon is now his official duty on Sunday mornings. I was busy with all the other things like making hash browns from fresh potatoes and snipping herbs for the scrambled eggs, so I really didn’t pay much attention to Kiddo and his skillet. The bacon was perfect, crisp and golden.  Wow – I was impressed. Curious, I asked what his “secret” to perfect bacon might be. He shrugged and said it was simple. The secret is surprising. He fries the bacon in (are your ready for this?) bacon grease!

Did you ever notice how the bacon just sizzles better toward the end, when the skillet is full of bacon grease? Kiddo “primes” the skillet with bacon drippings from the jar we store in the refrigerator. Although the results are a better fried strip of bacon, his reasoning was not so much in the ease of frying. Kiddo was attempting to add more bacon flavor to the bacon. And guess what? It works.

Next time you fry up some bacon on a Sunday morning, give it a try. Okay, if you don’t save your drippings, fry up some bacon and save the drippings for next time. The bacon goodness is unbelievably intense.

Perfect Crisp Bacon
2 Tablespoons Bacon Drippings
8 Slices Hickory Smoked Bacon

Heat a large skillet or griddle to medium heat. Melt bacon drippings into skillet. Once the drippings begin to sizzle, add strips of bacon.

Once the bacon begins to crisp, turn as needed to cook and crisp evenly.

Remove bacon from the pan and place on a few paper towels to drain.

The bacon drippings can be poured into a jar and kept in the refrigerator for future use.

 

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