Sweet and Spicy Bacon inspired by the famous Chronic Bacon at Nashville’s Biscuit Love. A rub of brown sugar, cayenne pepper & spices make this bacon sweet, spicy & smokey. This post is sponsored by OhioPork.Org. All opinions are my own.
Before we get to the bacon, let’s start with the important stuff. I’m working with the Ohio Pork Council on this post and they are giving away a $300 Le Creuset Dutch Oven. To enter the contest, simply take this short survey on pork cooking and eating preferences.
As a born and raised Ohioan, pork has always been a staple in my diet. Living in the Midwest has its perks and I’ve been spoiled by the quality of locally-raised pork that is available to me.
I love to know where my food comes from and the people that produce it. Food tastes better when you know its story. One of my favorite things about living in Ohio is that I often have opportunities to interact with farmers and food producers. It’s fun to know who is producing your food, whether it’s the line cook at the restaurant or the farmer who grows the ingredients.
One of my favorite things to buy local is Ohio pork and I’m lucky because I’ve met some great pork farmers. My mom and I buy as much as we can from Weber Ranch, a northwest Ohio farm that specializes in pastured pork. We went and toured the farm last summer and we see them every week at the Perrysburg Farmers Market. They send email updates and even post on Facebook. It’s fun to follow what is happening on the farm and I love knowing the people who produce the high-quality bacon, sausages, and pork chops that I enjoy cooking.
The great thing about Ohio is that there are similar opportunities all over the state. No matter where you live, I encourage you to try to buy local and get to know where your food is coming from.
I’ve had different versions of candied bacon, but this sweet and spicy bacon was inspired by the famous Chronic Bacon that’s served at Biscuit Love in Nashville, Tennessee. It was great at the restaurant, but it was even better when I made it at home with local Ohio bacon.
This bacon is addicting because it hits all of those taste points that make food delicious — sweet, spicy, salty, and savory. It’s great for breakfast (especially with these buttermilk biscuits) but also makes a nice appetizer or bar snack. No one will ever complain if you’re feeding them sweet and spicy bacon.
Sweet and Spicy Bacon Recipe
Le Creuset Dutch Oven Giveaway
Take this survey on pork cooking and eating preferences for your chance to win a Le Creuset Dutch Oven worth $300. You even get your choice of color! This is one of my most-used kitchen items so be sure to fill out the quick survey and enter the giveaway.
Recipe Credit: Jordan Hamons
Photo Credit: Becca Russo