Brown Sugar Bacon
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
1/2 pound thick-cut bacon, 8 slices
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Mix brown sugar, cayenne, and black pepper together in a medium bowl. Add bacon and toss to cover with brown sugar mixture. Line a baking sheet with side, with foil, for ease of cleaning, then put a wire rack on the baking sheet and lay bacon on the rack. Pat any remanding spice mixture on the bacon. Put the baking sheet on the top rack of the oven and bake until crisp, about 15 - 20 minutes. The time may vary with different ovens, so watch the bacon. Remove from the oven to a serving dish and let cool slightly before serving.
Cook's Note: If using thick cut peppered bacon, omit the pepper in this recipe.