Could bacon possibly get any better?? I didn’t think so until the summer of 2019. That’s when everything changed.
After many years of cooking bacon at home for my kids on Saturday mornings and up at our family cabin in Montana, I thought I had perfected the savory strips. Then, one day it hit me like a ton of bricks… “I should cook bacon on the smoker!”.
You see, as a long-time smoker, I consider myself an expert in the craft. But, why in the world had I not smoked my bacon?
This would not be any ordinary bacon, this would be GRANDPA’S BACON. My legacy would go down in history for this bacon. I started to draw up the plans. Blueprint after blueprint of how I could create something so effortlessly delicious you would think “Have I died and gone to heaven?”. I tried different seasonings…rosemary I thought? NO. Too overpowering. Chocolate?? No. Too sweet. The ingredients weren’t adding up as I hoped they would. Then, almost as if I was speaking to myself from the future I heard a slight whisper…. “Sugar… brown sugar”. OF COURSE!
I opened up the cupboard of our soon-to-be remodeled kitchen and pulled out a fresh bag of brown sugar. I started to drizzle sugar over each piece and I had the same feeling that I’m sure the founding fathers had when drafting the constitution. From, there it only felt right to add maple syrup. But, I felt it needed a bit of a kick, so I added my all-time favorite rub (insert name) and a but of cayenne pepper to be safe.
The first time my family and I enjoyed this recipe, it was like we were all trying bacon for the first time again.
Try this bacon for yourself and share with me how it goes on social media!
Serves 10 +/-
Prep time: 15 mins.
Cook time: 2 1/2 hrs
Skill level: easy
Cooking method: smoker/gas grill or oven
1lb. thick cut bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp favorite sweet rib rub 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 cup maple syrup
Step 1 – Combine brown sugar, favorite sweet rib rub, and cayenne pepper. Step 2 – Lay bacon strips on a grill mat, leaving a little space between strips.
Step 3 – Brush top sides of bacon with a light coating of maple syrup and generously sprinkle brown sugar mixture on each strip.
Step 4 – Cook on smoker/gas grill or oven at 225°F for 1 hour.
Step 5 – Remove bacon from grill/oven, flip, and give the untreated side of each piece of bacon a brush of maple syrup and sprinkle of brown sugar mixture.
Step 6 – Return bacon to grill/oven and cook at 225°F for 1 hour. Step 7 – Cool for 30-60 minutes.
This will take some time, but well worth it for special breakfast occasions. You can omit the cayenne pepper for a less spicy option. You can cook this ahead & warm it later in the microwave or a warm oven. However, it’s so good you can even eat it at room temp!
I think it’s a must for grandpa’s popularity.