I want to preface this by saying that I am NOT a wine connoisseur in any way shape or form.  Most of the wine that I would consider to pair with swine would be that of a pork tenderloin or perhaps a nice cut of pork chop.  But, NOT bacon!  However, there are a few suggestions of wine by Kendra Anderson.  What I did find interestingly yummy was the thought of bacon candy and yes, it exists and the recipe is super easy!

I'll turn the suggestion of wines to Kendra Anderson of Cafe Society/Denver.  She did the research on what wines go well with bacon and blogged about it a few years ago and actually found four so there's a variety for you to try.  Thanks for the info, Kendra!

What really caught my eye and might make for an interesting Easter brunch is Bacon Candy!  It's described as crispy, salty and sweet and only takes three ingredients to make.  I'm IN!

Now remember, I was looking for a wine you pair with swine which is why I was on Food & Wine Magazine website when I ran into the recipe for Bacon Candy contributed by Bronson Van Wyck.

Here's the ingredients that Bronson suggests:

  •  1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chile powder
  • 20 slices of thick-cut bacon (1 1/2 pounds)

I'd double the recipe, it'll go fast!

Easy to make directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°. It will take two baking sheets and make sure you line them with tin foil.  Then, in bowl, mix the brown sugar and chile powder thoroughly. Arrange the bacon strips in a single layer on the tin foil and coat the tops with the chile sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until caramelized and almost crisp. Don't take it out early or they'll be limp and you want these to be crispy!  Unlike bacon you'd serve with breakfast, you want these to be cool and crisp.  To achieve that, transfer the bacon to a rack to let the grease (mmm, bacon grease) to drain making sure you have the racks sitting on foil or wax paper to catch the drips.  After they've cooled completely, serve and watch them disappear!  (again, you may want to make a double or triple batch so you get a piece!)

Love bacon?  You are a perfect candidate for Baconpalooza coming to the Northland in May!  Taste test, learn different ways to cook and serve bacon and win prizes!!!  Bring your friends, mark your calendars and get your tickets now!

Info:  Bronson Van Wyck and Food and Wine Magazine