Billionaire’s Bacon

Billionaire's Bacon

Billionaire's Bacon
Caramelized brown sugar adds an irresistible layer of sweetness to crispy bacon in this recipe from late chef and food consultant Gene Hovis.Helen Rosner

Caramelized brown sugar adds an irresistible layer of sweetness to crispy bacon. The late chef and food consultant Gene Hovis gave this recipe to Mortimer's in New York City; it was subsequently adopted by that restaurant's successor, Swifty's, and served at cocktail parties both on premises and off.

Billionaire’s Bacon
Bacon strips get a coating of caramelized brown sugar for an utterly irresistible sweet-salty snack.
Yield: serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. bacon
  • 1 12 cups light brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Separate strips of bacon and blot dry with paper towels. Put sugar into a wide dish. Coat both sides of bacon in sugar, firmly pressing sugar into each strip. Lay bacon out on sheet pans as coated (some sugar will fall off).
  2. Cook bacon in a preheated 425° oven, turning once, until browned and lacquered, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a lightly oiled sheet pan to let cool. Break slices into thirds.