Here’s a hearty New Year’s snack — candied bacon. This is bacon so good it will haunt you. The process is slow, but effortless. The bacon can be made ahead of time and kept at room temperature for three days (you are essentially making bacon jerky, so it won’t spoil). Just be sure to get thick-cut bacon. You want meaty and bold for this.
SLOW CANDIED BACON
Start to finish: 2 hours 15 minutes (15 minutes active)
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground mace
20 ounces thick-cut bacon
Nutrition information per serving: 340 calories; 200 calories from fat (59 percent of total calories); 23 g fat (8 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 35 mg cholesterol; 28 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 27 g sugar; 7 g protein; 380 mg sodium.