Woa. You know what’s hard? Blogging in the summer. Summer is already way too short and every year, even though in the fall of each year we say, “Let’s do less next year,” we’re booked solid. Every weekend is filled with some get together, BBQ, camping trip, wedding, out of town visitors, etc. etc. It’s the booked, planned out summer that I love as the type A that I am, that my type B husband, who’d rather be more spontaneous, cringes at but sees as a necessary ‘evil’. In the end, we’re able to enjoy every single minute of summer that we can, which in both of our minds is the way it should be.
This past weekend, our dear dear friends Charles and Alicia got hitched! Charles was my handsome husband’s best man and in turn my husband was Charles’ best man. Look at how studly these two are! I cannot say enough how much I adore Charles and Alicia. Not only has Charles been a beyond amazing friend to Dan, but also to us, Alicia has become such a wonderful friend to me. The morning of the wedding the men got ready at our house and the groom requested Bloody Marys. Done. But then I realized it was the perfect opportunity for me to make something I’ve been wanting to make forever but was just waiting for the excuse to do so: Guinness Candied Bacon. What better to go in a Bloody Mary?! Ok, so the groom’s vegan so it wasn’t for his benefit; however, all the other men could certainly enjoy!
It’s so easy. And it’s dangerously delicious. You can also use any other dark stout beer you may happen to have on hand, but since my husband rides for the Guinness Cycling Team, we’re kind of obligated to use Guinness 😉 Brown sugar + Guinness, basted onto some nice thick cut bacon, that’s it. I just whisked the brown sugar and Guinness into a nice frothy mixture, put some bacon on a baking rack for the oven, then basted it and flipped it every 10 minutes while it cooked away in a 400 degree oven.
Once cooled, we had some thick, crunchy, sweet candied bacon!!
The PERFECT accompaniment to a delicious, hearty Bloody Mary!
This bacon makes me salivate.
THIS is how we’ll be doing our Bloodys from now on! A really good vodka like Monopolowa (one of our favs), the very BEST Bloody Mary seasoning mix, Demitri’s (seriously this stuff is amazing, it’s pricey but SO worth it if you’re a Bloody Mary drinker), a slew of pickled veggies (we keep onions, asparagus, green beans, peperoncinis, and olives on hand), the classic celery stalk, and a slice of this Guinness Candied Bacon- the boys said it was a delicious way to start Charles and Alicia’s incredibly beautiful wedding day!!
- 1 lb of thick cut bacon
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of Guinness
- Pre-heat oven to 400°
- Whisk brown sugar and Guinness together until frothy. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, place baking rack on top, and line rack with bacon. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip bacon and generously brush with Guinness and brown sugar mixture. Bake another 10 minutes then flip bacon again and brush with Guinness and brown sugar. Bake another 10 minutes and baste again. Continue until desired crispiness.
- Let cool completely, at least 30 minutes - 1 hour.
- Serve with a Bloody Mary or just as a snack!