Salty, sweet, and crispy, Everything-Seasoned Bacon is destined to become the only way you’ll want to eat bacon!
There’s not much to this recipe, but so much to love about the flavor. Since I first came up with Everything-Seasoned Bacon, it has become the go-to bacon in our house. The Boy wants it on burgers, in BLTs, on the side of everything, because it. Is. Everything!
You can, of course, buy Everything Bagel Seasoning at your local Hipster Joe’s. It’s fine. But there’s something quite satisfying about making something yourself, especially if you’ll be using it a lot. And you will! A note about my Everything Bagel Seasoning: my recipe makes quite a bit, but I haven’t found that to be a problem. I’ve sprinkled it on salmon, for the most amazing seared salmon you’ll ever taste (I’ll share that recipe soon!). I’ve sprinkled it on little pizzettes with cream cheese and smoked salmon, and it’s the topping on my delicious Jalapeño Corn and Bacon Everything Bagel Muffins. So, mix it up, put it in a mason jar, and keep it close at hand!
Everything Bagel Seasoning (This makes a lot, but you'll want it for "Everything"!)
- 1/4 cup poppy seeds
- 2 tbsp white sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp black sesame seeds (use more white seeds if you can't find black)
- 3 tbsp minced dried garlic
- 3 tbsp minced dried onion
- 2 tbsp coarse kosher salt
The Meat and The Sweet
- 1 lb thick cut bacon (trust me here and use thick cut bacon, not thin. It gives the seasoning something to really hang on to!)
- 1/4 cup Maple Syrup (do not use "pancake syrup", which is just colored and flavored corn syrup. Yuck.)
Making the Everything Bagel Seasoning
- Mix "everything seasoning" ingredients in a bowl. Done. Good job!
- Preheat oven to 400° Line a large sheet pan with nonstick sprayed parshment paper. This will be the landing zone for your finished bacon. It's sticky, so don't forget to spray the paper.Line another large sheet pan with aluminum foil. Place a baking rack in the sheet pan and spray that with nonstick spray as well. Lay the bacon in a single layer on the rack. It's okay if they're very close to each other because there will be shrinkage. Brush liberally with Maple syrup. The syrup will candy the bacon, and the sweetness will play a great counterpoint to the saltiness of the bacon and the seasoning.
- Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and flip the bacon. There has probably been some shrinkage by now, so you can move things around a bit to give each slice some space. Brush the second side with a liberal amount of Maple Syrup, and sprinkle the bacon well with your Everything Seasoning. Place back into oven for another 20 minutes or until nicely browned. Don't over bake, because both the syrup and the seasoning are prone to burning if not watched carefully at the end. Check in 15 minutes to be on the safe side.
- Remove bacon from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before placing on a platter with parchment paper to cool some more. It's a bit sticky, so you don't want to leave it on the tray too long.That's it. Delicious Everything-Seasoned Bacon ready to play a leading roll in any number of dishes. This is sure to become a constant in your diet! You're welcome!