It’s that time of year and the big game is coming up! At Old Tomorrow we like to kick it up a notch. Bacon, Maple Syrup and our Canadian Pale Ale are all great on their own…but they are even tastier together! This All Canadian Maple & Ale Candied bacon is super easy to make and versatile for before, during and after the game. Game on!
What You Need:
One can of Old Tomorrow Canadian Pale Ale
One package of bacon
One cup of maple syrup
One cup of brown sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste
In a large measuring cup or bowl, pour entire can of Old Tomorrow Canadian Pale Ale.
Once head has settled, pour in maple syrup and brown sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Heat up a large frying pan (preferably with medium or high sides, to minimize splatter) over medium-high heat.
Once pan is hot, place several strips of bacon into the pan. Be careful not to over-crowd pan to ensure even cooking. Cook for about three minutes.
Flip bacon, and cook for an additional three minutes.
Turn heat down to medium, in order to prevent burning. Cook to desired level of crispiness.
When bacon is almost done, carefully pour off rendered bacon fat into a jar for disposal.
Keeping bacon in the pan, turn heat up to medium-high. Pour in one-third of beer-syrup-sugar mixture, and stir to ensure bacon is evenly covered. Keep cooking as you turn and baste bacon strips.
As the liquid starts to evaporate, it will thickens and caramelize. Remove bacon immediately from the pan so that it doesn’t burn. Place on a drying rack or on parchment paper, being careful to ensure that pieces do not stick together once dried.
Clean remaining beer-syrup-sugar mixture from pan and re-use, repeating steps 2-9 for the rest of the bacon.
This maple ale candied bacon makes a great addition to any sandwich, can be eaten on its own, or can be cut into small pieces as a sweet & savoury topper for salads or soups.
Created by Blake Macdonald, Old Tomorrow Fan living in New York, NY.