By Debbie Hinkle
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 40 mins
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Pepper to taste
1 pound thick-sliced bacon
Heat oven to 350 F. In a bowl, mix brown sugar, rice vinegar, maple syrup and pepper.
Place bacon slices on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet. Bake in oven for 10 minutes, turn slices and bake 5 minutes more.
Remove bacon from oven and brush both sides with brown sugar mixture. Return bacon to oven and bake another 5 minutes.
Repeat, basting every 5 minutes, turning bacon each time until bacon is browned and crisp, about 30 minutes.
Serve as-is for a snack or appetizer. Crumble and use as a topping for other dishes, such as waffles, pancakes, baked beans or chili.
Store tightly in sealed plastic bags for up to two days.