Maple & Brown Sugar Bacon
Your guests will go wild over this sweet, salty, and crispy treat, so make plenty. Leftovers are great on salads, or just eaten as a snack.
- 1 pound bacon, cold
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, warmed
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (light or dark), or more as needed
Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper and lay a wire cooling rack on the foil. Using a pastry brush, brush each strip of bacon on both sides with the warmed maple syrup, then sprinkle brown sugar evenly on both sides. (Alternatively, put the brown sugar in a bowl, add all the maple-coated slices of bacon, and toss gently to coat. Let any excess sugar fall back into the bowl.)
Arrange the bacon strips in a single layer (not touching) on the wire cooling rack.
When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 300 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.
Arrange the baking sheet with the bacon on the grill grate. Cook for 30 minutes, or until the bacon browns and appears to be crisping. (It will crisp more as it cools.) Let cool slightly (the sugar will be hot!) before transferring to a platter.