Your Bacon Will Taste Better With This Sweet Addition

The sheer sight or smell of bacon is enough to get anyone's mouth to water, and no breakfast is complete without it. Whether it be made at home or ordered at a restaurant, bacon is just one of those foods that always tastes good. There aren't very many ways to make the breakfast staple taste better than it already is, but adding some sweetness is certainly one of them. 

You'll often see maple bacon at the grocery store, for example, and candied bacon is also a delicious mode of preparation. But there's actually another way to enjoy bacon if you like yours on the sweet side. According to The Kitchn, all you need is balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. The two ingredients are used to create a sticky glaze, and when brushed over bacon and cooked down, it makes for a sweet and smoky combo. It's a great way to add flavor to your breakfast or any recipe involving bacon.

How to make a balsamic brown sugar bacon glaze

Unlike maple bacon, which entails curing the meat in maple syrup, or candied bacon, where you coat each slice in sugar before cooking it, balsamic and brown sugar bacon requires a different approach altogether. According to Betty Crocker, you'll need a fourth cup of brown sugar plus 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar per half pound of bacon. Start by par-cooking the bacon in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and in the meantime, combine brown sugar and balsamic vinegar in a separate bowl. If you want more of a thick glaze and less of a vinegary tang, The Kitchn recommends reducing this down in a saucepan over medium heat.

After the bacon cooks for about 20 minutes, per Betty Crocker's instructions, remove it from the oven, then cover each slice with the mixture of brown sugar and balsamic. Return the bacon to the oven for 10 to 15 more minutes, and when the bacon turns golden brown, it's ready to serve and enjoy.