Next-Level Bacon To Take Your Breakfast To New Heights

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By FiveandSpice 

Bacon is pretty irresistible; I think most of us can agree with that sentiment. Yet, some days — lazy weekend days, especially — I rather like the idea of dolling up one of my favorite pork products. And this bacon, sweet, spicy, and smoky, is next-level. Your brunch just got a whole lot better.

Sriracha-Maple Bacon 
Serves about 4 to 6 as a side dish 

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1 lb thick-cut bacon 
3 tbsp grade B maple syrup 
2 tsp sriracha (use more or less to taste)  

1. Heat your oven to 400°F and line a couple of rimmed baking sheets with parchment or foil. Lay your bacon out on the baking sheets, making sure the pieces don't overlap.

2. Mix together the maple syrup and sriracha in a small bowl and brush the bacon slices on both sides with it. You should still have a bunch of the sauce left — you'll use this to brush occasionally as the bacon is cooking.

3. Stick the pans of bacon in the oven and bake until browned and crispy, about 18 to 25 minutes (depending on the thickness of your bacon), taking the pans out and brushing the tops of the bacon with more sriracha-maple sauce a couple of times during the baking process (once about halfway through, and once towards the very end, when they're looking almost done). Transfer the cooked bacon to a plate or platter and serve.      

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