PIG CANDY

1/4 cup light or dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne
1/4 teaspoon Ancho chile powder
10 slices of bacon (about 1 1/4 pound of thick-cut bacon)
1/4 cup pure Grade A maple syrup 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, ground cayenne and Ancho chile powder. 

2. Line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment. Place a baking or cooling rack atop the lined baking sheet and lay the bacon side-by-side. 

3. Sprinkle half of the brown sugar mixture onto the bacon, pressing it into the bacon to be sure it adheres. 

4. Bake for 8 minutes, or until very lightly brown. Take the bacon out of the oven and brush the top side of the bacon with maple syrup. Return to the oven to bake for an additional 2-3 minutes. After the 3 minute mark, flip the bacon over, and sprinkle the bacon with the remaining brown sugar mixture. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Brush the top side with maple syrup and bake for an additional 2-3 minutes. 

5. Allow the bacon to reach room temperature, until it's cool enough to handle and then transfer the bacon to a sheet of parchment or a plate. Place the bacon in the fridge until you're ready to serve. 

*I tweaked this recipe I made <a href="http://acozykitchen.com/pig-candy/" target="_blank">two years ago</a> because I can never follow a recipe completely, not even my own recipe. It's a recipe revisited. I like this version better, honestly, it's a bit more streamlined and I love the addition of Ancho chile powder, but the other one works splendidly. I'm just a brat. Even with myself. 
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