Indulge in a sweet, salty, and slightly spicy treat with our Bacon Crackers. Made with only 5 main ingredients: Club crackers, bacon, brown sugar, optional red chili flakes, and a pinch of pepper. A bite-sized sensation that’s hard to resist!
Oh, sweet memories! I remember the first time I stumbled upon this recipe. It was during one of those fun, family potluck gatherings where Aunt Margery, known for her quirky taste, brought over a tray of what she cheekily called “Pig Candy Crackers.” We were all skeptical at first. I mean, combining bacon with sugar on a cracker? But, boy, were we blown away! Each bite was an explosion of flavors. Sweet, salty, with just the right hint of heat. I couldn’t help but sneak a few more (okay, maybe a lot more) into my plate. Ever since, it’s been a staple at every family gathering. And today, dear reader, I share this magical treat with you. But be warned, they’re sinfully addictive!
Firstly, let’s chat about how this delectable dish requires just 5 main ingredients, making it super accessible and easy to whip up. Talk about simplicity at its finest! Additionally, its swift prep and cooking time, totaling a mere 15 minutes, makes it a perfect choice for those busy weeknights or when you have an impromptu guest appearance. But the real winner? That mesmerizing honey garlic sauce. It’s where savory meets sweet, and it completely transforms the humble boneless pork chop into a gourmet experience.
Ingredient for BACON CRACKERS (AKA PIG CANDY CRACKERS):
- Club Crackers: Go for the rectangle-shaped ones, folks! They provide just the right base to complement our bacon toppings.
- Bacon: Opt for a high-quality bacon. The better the bacon, the tastier the cracker. Simple math, right?
- Brown Sugar: It’s not just about the sweetness, but the depth of flavor. The molasses in the brown sugar will caramelize beautifully on our bacon.
- Red Pepper Chili Flakes: For those who love a hint of spice to balance the sweetness. Feel free to adjust the quantity or skip altogether, based on your taste preference.
- Pepper: Just a pinch. Trust me; it makes all the difference!
How to make BACON CRACKERS:
Step 1: Begin by preheating your oven to a cozy 350°F. Trust me, your oven wants to be part of this magic!
Step 2: Get a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper or foil for easy clean-up later. (Because who likes cleaning up sticky sugar, right?)
Step 3: Place a wire rack on top of the lined baking sheet. This setup allows for the perfect crisping of the bacon.
Step 4: Neatly line up your Clubhouse crackers on the wire rack, ensuring each one has its space, and they aren’t overlapping.
Step 5: Cut your bacon slices into thirds or fourths. Now, this depends on your cracker and bacon length, so eyeball it and adjust accordingly. Then, lay a piece of bacon, all posh-like, on each cracker.
Step 6: Time for some sugary goodness! Sprinkle enough brown sugar on each bacon piece so it’s covered but not overly piled up.
Step 7: For our daring readers, sprinkle a teeny amount of red pepper chili flakes and pepper on each cracker. This step is like adding a dash of sass!
Step 8: Pop the baking sheet into the oven and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes. Keep a keen eye on them; you want the brown sugar to melt beautifully and the bacon to achieve that irresistibly crispy texture.
Step 9: Once out of the oven, let the crackers cool a bit. Resist the temptation to grab one immediately (I know, it’s hard). Give it a few minutes, and then, dive in!
Once cooled, you can store the Bacon Crackers in an airtight container. They’re best consumed within 2-3 days to enjoy their optimum crispiness. But, let’s be real, they probably won’t last that long!
Variations and Substitutions:
- Crackers: Feeling experimental? Swap out the Club crackers for Ritz or any other crispy cracker of your choice.
- Sweeteners: Not a brown sugar fan? Maple syrup or agave nectar could be a fun twist.
- Spice: For a different type of heat, try smoked paprika or a dash of cayenne pepper instead of red chili flakes.
- Vegan Version: Substitute bacon with coconut bacon or any other vegan bacon available in the market. Adjust cooking times accordingly.
Remember, cooking is an art, and with art, there’s always room to improvise and make it your own. Enjoy your Bacon Crackers, or as we like to call them, ‘Pig Candy Crackers’. Once you try them, you’ll know why!
- 30 Townhouse or Club crackers rectangular shape
- 8-10 slices of high-quality bacon
- ½ cup of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of red pepper chili flakes optional, for those desiring some heat
- A pinch of freshly ground pepper
- Begin by preheating the oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or foil, ensuring it covers the entire surface.
- On top of the lined baking sheet, place a wire rack. This is essential for proper circulation and cooking of the ingredients.
- Systematically arrange the 30 Clubhouse crackers on the wire rack. They should be spaced to ensure none of them overlap.
- Carefully cut the bacon slices into thirds or fourths, adjusting based on the length of both the bacon and the crackers. Then, place a piece of bacon on each cracker, ensuring it’s centered lengthwise.
- Generously sprinkle brown sugar on each piece of bacon, making sure the entirety of the bacon slice is covered. This step is crucial as the brown sugar will caramelize during cooking, enhancing the flavor and binding the bacon to the cracker.
- For those desiring a touch of heat, lightly sprinkle red pepper chili flakes and ground pepper on each cracker.
- Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and allow it to bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. It’s important to monitor the cooking process, ensuring the brown sugar has melted and the bacon achieves a crisp texture.
- Once removed from the oven, allow the crackers to cool to room temperature before serving. This ensures optimal texture and flavor when consumed.