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OTT: Brown Sugar Bacon Twists

This is a guest post from my husband, Ben. Periodically, he has agreed to share some of his favorite recipes with you–and this is his first. He has entitled his guest post column, One Tablespoon Testosterone, or OTT for short. Enjoy!


Hello all.  I’m here to add a slightly more masculine variation to this blog.  While I don’t claim to have the cooking experience my wife does, I’m not an incompetent bumbling oaf in the kitchen either.  But I do like man food.  Like bacon.  Mmmm…nothing makes me happier food-wise than bacon.  So today I’ll share a recipe I made with bacon as the main ingredient… too bad they didn’t use my recipe last night when bacon was the featured ingredient on The Next Food Network Star.

Brown Sugar Bacon Twists |

Brown Sugar Bacon Twists

  • Servings: 8+
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from the Peace Meals cookbook by the Junior League of Houston


  • 1 pound bacon (16 slices [the amount, of course, can be adjusted to fit the number of people you’re serving…this amount serves 1 bacon fanatic such as myself…actually my wife would have a heart attack if she found out I ate a whole pound of bacon, then I would have a heart attack because I ate a whole pound of bacon])
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup awesome

Directions:  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil; place a wire rack on top of the sheet.  I don’t have a wire baking rack (or at least one that my wife would let me place in the oven), so I just use one of the oven racks, and place the rimmed baking sheet on the bottom oven rack to catch the grease.  Sprinkle the bacon evenly with the sugar and pepper.  The amounts for this are really subjective to your personal tastes.  More brown sugar and less pepper make it sweeter, more pepper gives it a little more kick (which I like).  You can also add cinnamon.  Tightly twist each slice to form a spiral.  Bake until the bacon is crisp and browned, about 30-35 minutes.

How long you cook them is also subjective to your tastes.  The first time I made these I cooked them almost 35 minutes and they were crispier than I would have liked.  This time, it wasn’t even 25 minutes and they were still soft, but perfectly cooked as far as bacon goes (in my opinion).  So you just have to decide how crispy you want them.

Brown Sugar Bacon Twists |

Brown Sugar Bacon Twists |

Brown Sugar Bacon Twists |

Brown Sugar Bacon Twists |

Okay, I think this about wraps up my first guest post.  I don’t have much else to say about this recipe…or anything else for that matter.  I’ll be back (if my wife lets me) in the future with more man-approved recipes (mancipes?) or just random other things I find amusing for which I’ll use my wife’s blog as an outlet.  In conclusion, bacon makes everything better.  Everything.


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