Maple bacon crack

OK, dads, for Father’s Day, we’re making you the most “highly craveable” snacks in existence – according to me, anyway.

It’s hard to believe that only four ingredients could create such a taste sensation, but when you combine bacon, brown sugar, maple syrup and crescent rolls, you pretty much know what the reaction is going to be.

Best part is, this bacon candy-like snack is so easy you can make it today for Dad’s special day. But wait! There’s more! I’ve included an irresistible recipe for beer candied bacon, too.

Maple bacon crack Ingredients:

1 lb. bacon, chopped

1 tube crescent rolls

1/4 cup real maple syrup, divided

1 cup brown sugar, divided  

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9x12 inch baking sheet with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray.

In a medium skillet, cook bacon until almost done, about 5 minutes.

Transfer to plate with paper towels to drain.

Roll out crescent rolls or puff pastry onto parchment. Pinch seams to make one single sheet. Prick all over with a fork.

Drizzle with half the maple syrup. Sprinkle a half cup brown sugar over dough. Top with cooked bacon, distributing evenly. Sprinkle remainder of brown sugar and drizzle with remaining maple syrup. Bake for about an hour or until golden brown and brown sugar has caramelized. (Note: It could take less time than one hour, depending on your oven.)

Let cool completely to harden before slicing into pieces.

Beer candied bacon Ingredients:

1 lb. bacon, thick-cut

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup dark beer (I used Stockyard Oatmeal Stout)

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chipotle powder

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place a wire cooling rack or oven rack on top. Arrange bacon on the rack. Cook for 10 minutes.

In a bowl, combine brown sugar, beer and cayenne, whisking to form syrup. Arrange bacon on the rack. Cook for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and brush one side of the bacon with beer syrup. Turn bacon over and brush the other side with syrup. Return to oven and cook for 7-10 minutes. Repeat process until bacon is browned and syrup is used up. (Do not burn bacon.) Cool to allow bacon to harden, about 10 minutes.

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