Cornmeal and Brown Sugar Crusted Bacon

As any of you who have been reading this blog for more than a week or so know, I have a love affair going on with bacon that is on the level of Scarlett and Rhett, or at least the cute guy from Love Actually who is head over heels for Keira Knightley.  My love is true and ever-lasting, and I will put bacon in anything from cinnamon rolls to pralines.  Some of my friends are a little concerned about me (you know who you are!) but hey, when it comes to bacon, I gotta be me.

I also completely enjoy it in its natural state, cooked up just the right amount of crispy and chewy alongside some sunny-side up eggs,  but now that I have tried this spin on regular bacon, I’m going to have a seriously hard time going back.  I belong to the cook-bacon-in-the-oven camp…it is SO much easier and more reliable than doing it on the stovetop or the microwave, and a million times less splattery.  And this version is an oven version, but with a quick twist that takes bacon to whole new heights of wonderfulness.  

So if you are ready to take your bacon to the next level of wonderfulness…go get that cornmeal and brown sugar out of the pantry.  You’ll never go back.

Cornmeal and Brown Sugar Crusted Bacon
  • ¼ cup plain yellow cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 16 thick bacon slices
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Combine first 3 ingredients in a shallow dish. Dredge bacon slices in cornmeal mixture, shaking off excess.
  2. Place half of bacon in a single layer on a lightly greased wire rack in a jelly-roll pan. Repeat procedure with remaining bacon, placing on another lightly greased wire rack in a second jelly-roll pan.
  3. Bake at 400° for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned and crisp. Let stand 5 minutes.

Recipe adapted from My Recipes


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  1. FOODalogue says

    I don't have a 'love affair' going with bacon but your version takes away all my aversions. I love the dry, crispy, and presumably sweet take on this.

  2. PoetessWug says

    I love cornmeal on just about anything! And you know I love bacon almost as much as you….almost! But the brown sugar idea threw me. O_O I'm gonna try it though! Hey! It's bacon after all! LOL

  3. FramedCooks says

    Hoo – cayenne pepper, yes!!! Definitely trying that one. A girl needs as much bacon as she can get with all that turkey going around this week. :)


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