Did you know August 31st is International Bacon Day? If not – you’re welcome!
To celebrate this day of recognition for this super delicious food, we’ve provided a few of our favorite bacon recipes below.
5 Delicious Bacon Recipes
Make one or more of these recipes and enjoy reaping the tasty rewards. And do so guilt-free. After all, this special day only comes once a year!
1. Maple Brown Sugar Bacon
Make this recipe for brown sugar bacon once and you’ll never go back to regular bacon. It’s that good!
- ¼ c light brown sugar
- 2 tsp smoked sweet paprika
- ¼ c maple syrup
- 1 lb thick-cut bacon
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and position racks in the top and bottom of the oven.
- Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil. Set cooling racks into the baking sheets.
- Mix together the light brown sugar, smoked paprika, and maple syrup.
- Dredge the bacon on both sides in the brown sugar mixture, rubbing to ensure the sugar adheres to each side.
- Arrange bacon on the racks without slices touching.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F, until the bacon is crisp and nicely caramelized. Flip the bacon slices and rotate the baking sheets from top to bottom halfway through.
2. Everything But the Bagel Bacon Rub
Cook up some scrumptious bacon with our flavorful Everything Bagel Spice Blend. This bacon is perfect to enjoy on its own and we especially love using it in BLTs!
To Make Everything But the Bagel Bacon:
- You’ll need 1 pound of thick-cut bacon. Using your fingers, rub bacon slices with Everything But the Bagel Seasoning, generously coating each side.
- Cook bacon in a frying pan and serve in a BLT or as a side with pancakes or eggs.
3. Green Beans with Warm Bacon Dressing
Want to get your greens and your bacon too? Then you’ll need to try this recipe from Real Simple. The warm bacon dressing knocks this dish out of the park!
- Coarse sea salt
- Black pepper
- 2 lbs green beans, trimmed
- 6 slices bacon
- 2 shallots, sliced
- 2 T cider vinegar
- 2 T whole-grain mustard
- 2 T olive oil
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 1 tablespoon of salt.
- Add the green beans and cook until just tender, about 4 to 5 minutes.
- Drain green beans and run under cold water to cool. Transfer to a serving bowl.
- Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes.
- Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Once cooled, break bacon into pieces.
- Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings from the skillet and return to medium heat.
- Add the shallots and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
- Stir in the vinegar, mustard, oil, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
- Add to the green beans, along with the bacon, and toss to combine.
- Dig in!
4. Bacon Jam
If you love jam, you’ll want to add this savory bacon jam recipe to your collection. Whether or not you’ve made homemade jam before, this recipe will be well worth the effort!
- 1½ lbs bacon, chopped
- 2 t butter
- 4 large yellow onions, diced
- 1 t salt
- ¼ c brown sugar
- ¼ c sherry vinegar
- 1½ t fresh thyme leaves, divided
- 1 t freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- ½ c water
- 2 t balsamic vinegar
- 2 t extra-virgin olive oil
- Place bacon in a large, heavy-bottomed pot and cook over medium heat until bacon is crispy and the rendered fat is foaming, approximately 10 minutes.
- Pour bacon and rendered fat into a strainer placed over a bowl to drain fat. When fat is drained and bacon is cool enough to handle, put bacon on a cutting board and finely chop.
- Return pot to medium heat. Drizzle 2 teaspoons of reserved bacon fat and butter in a pan. Sauté onions and 1 teaspoon salt until onions are soft and translucent, about 7 to 10 minutes.
- Stir brown sugar, sherry vinegar, 1 teaspoon thyme leaves, black pepper, and cayenne into onion mixture and add bacon.
- Stir water into the bacon mixture and cook until jam is a brick-brown bacon color and has a jam consistency, 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon thyme into jam. Stir until shiny and heated through.
5. Roasted Spiced Bacon and Nuts
For an energizing and tasty snack at any time of day or to serve at a party, keep this easy recipe from the Food Network(see number 21) in your back pocket.
- 1 egg
- 2 c mixed nuts
- 2 t Cajun seasoning
- 2 T brown sugar
- 4 slices crumbled cooked bacon
- Beat the egg until frothy.
- Toss beaten egg with mixed nuts, Cajun seasoning, brown sugar and crumbled cooked bacon.
- Bake at 325 for 10 minutes.
With these mouthwatering recipes, there’s no excuse to not celebrate International Bacon Day. Enjoy bacon for breakfast, lunch, dinner or all three meals – we won’t judge! And, of course, you’ll want to hang on to these recipes so you can make them whenever you crave bacon. And we all know that, for bacon lovers, that’s quite often!
Need more bacon inspiration? Learn how to make a caramelized bacon chopped salad, corn bacon dip, and more of our savory bacon recipes in another bacon featured article!