Millionaire’s Bacon. It’s everything. It’s insanely good. Hard to stop, good. So what is Millionaire’s Bacon? It’s like candied bacon on steroids. Salty, sweet, spicy, smoky, crunchy, chewy deliciousness.
It’s bacon, drenched in brown sugar and spices and baked in the oven until it’s deeply caramelized, so dark it almost looks burnt. It isn’t, though. The sugar is like a rub you’d use for pork shoulder and caramelizes into a bark. It’s a bit like Momofuku’s Bo Ssam.
Millionaire’s Bacon uses an insane amount of sugar & spice, but you’ll lose some of it in the process (make sure to line that pan, use the fan and man that smoke detector!) & the sugar tames the spice.
Here’s the thing about Millionaire’s Bacon – you need thick cut bacon. In San Francisco, where Millionaire’s bacon originated, they use bacon 1/2″ thick and cook it low and slow. I used a store brand “essential” thick cut bacon and cook it fast.
All bacon is different – some’s fattier & thickness varies across brands. You’ll have to keep an eye on it because the time varies with the bacon. My first batch was pretty much charcoal in 20 minutes, my second took almost 40! If you use the same kind of bacon every time, you can write down the time to make it easier next time.
In the meantime, lift a piece or two and look underneath. If it’s looking like cooked bacon & the fat has rendered (looks dry) take the bacon out. Let it sit for a few minutes, then with a thin spatula, pick up each piece and set it back down. That way it won’t harden on to the rack as it cools and crisps. If you can’t get it off the rack, don’t pry and chip it up. Just put it back in the oven for a minute or two to soften the sugar, then proceed.
Don’t let my helpful hints make you think this is complicated, coz it’s not. It’s super easy and crazy good. I just want to make sure yours is great the first time. So enjoy this. In moderation, lol! And for just a minute or two, feel like a Millionaire! (I served mine with a little home-made mustard based Kalbi sauce. As if it wasn’t hot enough already!)
- 1 pound thick cut bacon
- about 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2/3rds cup brown sugar (dark preferred)
- 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
- 1 heaping teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 heaping teaspoon black pepper
Place a wire rack over a foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet. Add bacon to the rack, placing it closely together so there are no spaces. If your bacon is cut unevenly with a thick and thin end, try turning every other piece around so it fits together. Brush lightly with soy sauce and let bacon sit while you mix the sugar and spices.
In a small bowl, add brown sugar and spices; mix together. Crush with a fork if there are any lumps. Sprinkle heavily on bacon and use your hands to distribute the sugar mixture evenly, gently patting to form a thin layer.
Place in the oven. Turn oven on to 400 degrees F. Bake for 15 to 40 minutes, turning the baking sheet from front to back if it seems to be cooking unevenly. Bake until the brown sugar is melted and starts to look a little dry and a piece of the bacon, when lifted, is rendered and looks cooked.
Remove from oven, let sit a minute or two. Using a thin spatula, lift each piece from the rack and replace, so the sugar won’t harden the bacon on to the rack. Cool to room temperature. The bacon will continue to crisp and harden as it cools.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.
Put Your Own Spin On It:
- I love heat, but some recipes use 3x the amount. That just be cray cray, but whatever floats your boat!Use your judgment & add less or more spice if you want.
- Endless variations of this bacon can be made by varying the spices – it doesn’t even have to be “hot” if you’d rather not. Think of Cajun, Mexican, Indian or Asian flavors. I’d love to try this with Thai Curry flavors. Just add whatever you’d like into the brown sugar.
Let’s talk about how to save money/time on this recipe:
- Use a coupon matching site! Every store has a group of enthusiastic Coupon Matchers. Do not discount the savings!
- Follow my 12 Strategies. You’ll see them on the upper drop-down menu of every page.
- Don’t get discouraged. Keep shopping at the best prices and your fridge/freezer and pantry will be stocked with sales priced ingredients.
- Look for store brand bacon, but also look for bacon to be on sale around every holiday. Name brand bacon may have coupons and bacon may be bundled in specials with other items like eggs. Pull out your calculator to see if these are good deals.