You know I remember Christmas as THE time of the year to spread joy with gifts, love & gratitude. Ohhhhh man, I can’t think of any better way then to share this awesome recipe involving two gifts we love. Bacon & Christmas Ale. Enjoy!
CHRISTMAS ALE BACON:
Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 1 hour 20 mins
Serves: ~12 slices of bacon
1 pound of thick-cut bacon
1 cup Christmas Ale (or enough to cover the bacon)
¼ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
pinch of salt
fresh cracked pepper
Place the strips of bacon on their side in a glass baking dish (I found a bread pan worked extremely well), keeping them together in a tight bundle. Pour the Christmas Ale over the bacon, making sure it’s submerged in the beer. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and let marinate in the refrigerator for ½ – 1 hour.
While the bacon is marinating, prepare your brown sugar rub. Mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt, and pepper.
Once the bacon is done marinating, drain the beer from the baking dish. Pat the bacon with a paper towel, drying off any excess beer.
Keeping the bacon in a bundle, lightly pat the brown sugar mixture on the perimeter of the bacon. It’s ok if some of the brown sugar gets between the slices, but you don’t want it to be excessive.
Place the bacon back in the baking dish, cover in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 10-15 minutes.
Slowly cook the bacon in a skillet/pan/griddle over low heat, about 10 minutes each side. You want the brown sugar to caramelize, not burn.