It's no secret that the members of Traeger Nation love some bacon and we, as dutiful bloggers, are more than happy to supply our members with as many bacon-based recipes as possible. From burgers to breakfast, bacon is pretty much always an appropriate answer when your loved ones ask "What are we gonna eat?" To help satisfy the cravings, we have a recipe here for a sweet and savory Maple and Brown Sugar Bacon that is just as good in the morning as it is before bed. Plus, it is simple, quick, and made from ingredients you will most likely already have on hand. Eat it plain or wrap it up in a pancake with eggs and cheese for a delicious breakfast sandwich on the go.
Maple and Brown Sugar Bacon
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.