Bacon is great. Glazed bacon is even better.

At least, that’s what Becki thinks. She likes bacon (like all of us), but she’s sometimes looking for something just a little bit different. So here it is, just for her.

This is a wonderful sticky, sweet-sharp glaze to brush on bacon before you put it under the grill. There are two ways to make it, depending on whether you use real maple syrup or whether you make your own maple syrup using mapleine (a maple flavouring I’ve only ever found in the US).

Better still, if you have your own smoker, get hold of some unsmoked back bacon and put it in at about 250 F (120 C) for somewhere between 30 minutes and an hour, depending on how you like it. (Cooking times in smokers vary so much that you may have to keep an eye on it to get it right.) There’s really nothing like the smoky taste you get from home-smoked bacon – it’s really something special.

Ingredients (using real maple syrup)

  • 60g maple syrup
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, crushed (in a garlic press)
  • tiny pinch of salt

Ingredients (using mapelene flavouring)

  • 20g water
  • 30g light brown sugar
  • 10g demera (dark brown) sugar
  • 0.5 tsp mapelene*
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, crushed (in a garlic press)
  • tiny pinch of salt

Recipe

Simply put all the ingredients in a pan and heat until the sugar dissolves. Then brush it on the bacon just before you put it under the grill or on the smoker.

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