- 1 pound thick-cut bacon
- 1.5 cups brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons spicy chili powder
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- Line a large baking sheet with two layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil and place a rack over the top.
- Mix the brown sugar and chili powder together in a large bowl
- Dredge the bacon in the sugar mixture. Press the sugar into the bacon so that you get a nice, thick coating on both sides.
- Lay the bacon in a single layer on your prepared pan. Try not to let the sides touch, which prevents the pieces from sticking together.
- Bake for 15 minutes and remove from the oven.
- Carefully flip the bacon over and sprinkle with a little extra brown sugar.
- Bake for an additional 10-12 minutes or until the bacon is dark brown but not burnt.
- As soon as the bacon comes out of the oven, remove it from the pan and lay in on brown paper bags to drain. It will stick to paper towels. Alternately, you could lay it on another clean rack and allow the excess grease to drain off that way.
- The bacon will firm up quickly as the sugar cools and gets crispy.
I use a smoked chili powder, which has a medium heat level and a nice hint of smokiness. That said, any chili powder will work fine, and the heat is optional. If you’re making this for kids, you might want to leave the heat out all together.
You could play around with different spices to make this even more fun!
If you remove the bacon from the oven too soon, it will be chewy and not crisp, so be sure to let it get good and brown. That said, watch it closely once you flip it. All ovens are different and yours might not take as long.
I’ve found the best way to clean the rack is to soak it in boiling water. I actually start a pot when I put the last batch of bacon in, so clean up is quick and easy while the bacon cools.