Maple and Coffee Glazed Bacon

By Lisa Frania — / Recipes

Maple and Coffee Glazed Bacon of Your Dreams

Everybody loves bacon—everybody. It just makes everything better, as it’s a perfect storm of sweet, salty and crispy. Now you can pair that tasty bacon with Death Wish Coffee Espresso Roast for a go-to treat any time of day—not just for your breakfast recipes. Introducing the Maple and Coffee Glazed Bacon recipe. It’s so good you won’t want to share one slice—no joke. 

Why Bacon? 

Besides its scrumptious flavor, bacon is reasonably nutritious, too. It’s not just empty calories. Two slices of pan-fried bacon contain 108 calories, 8 grams of fat and 8 grams of high-quality protein, along with several B vitamins and other nutrients like iron, magnesium and zinc, to name a few. Despite getting a bad rap, when eaten in moderation, bacon also contains healthy fats—especially bacon that comes from organic, pasteurized pigs. Eating bacon is also satisfying—it fills you up! That means you can control your appetite and food cravings in between meals throughout your day. Paleo- and Keto-friendly diets also concur that bacon offers several health benefits and contributes to a successful weight loss regimen. And maybe the best aspect of bacon? Add it to just about every main dish or side, and everything (including the dreaded vegetables) will taste better! 

For best results, use the highest-quality, thickest cut of smoked streaky bacon you can find. That means bacon made from pork belly. It’s called “streaky bacon” in the UK, but it’s just “bacon” to us. A thick cut of bacon does great in the oven and is perfect for Maple and Coffee Glazed Bacon, one of the best bacon recipes around. 

bacon on a paper towel with a fork[Photo credit: Claudio Schwarz via Unsplash]  

Move Over Eggs . . . It’s Bacon and Coffee Time 

We get it. Talking about bacon without mentioning eggs just seems odd. The delicious duo is a staple in the breakfast world. But for a moment, let’s make a shift. Coffee historically has had a strong kinship with flavorful meats, and pairing bacon with coffee is no different. Coffee will add a smoky, sweet, rich and even earthy flavor to that bacon, making it absolutely mouthwatering. 

For the Maple and Coffee Glazed Bacon recipe, you’ll use a shot of Death Wish Coffee Espresso Roast brewed—not the grounds. Using a brewed espresso vs. just the grounds makes this recipe different from other coffee glazed bacon recipes. Although coffee grounds can help transfer the coffee flavor to the bacon, the brewed espresso will also help you achieve a smooth glaze, not a grainy, gritty texture even after cooking. In addition, coffee grounds don’t melt or dissolve—no matter how much you soak or cook them. 

Maple and Coffee Glazed Bacon Recipe (Gluten Free)  

Ingredients: 

  • 12 slices thick-cut smoked streaky bacon (use the best bacon you can get your hands on) 
  • 1 shot Death Wish Coffee Espresso Roast, brewed 
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup 
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar 

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  
  2. Make the Death Wish Coffee Espresso Roast using your favorite brewing method (pour over with a Chemex, Keurig with Death Cups, coffee maker or other). 
  3. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. 
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the espresso, maple syrup and dark brown sugar until combined and the sugar is mostly dissolved. 
  5. Lay out the bacon evenly across the pan. 
  6. Using a brush, brush on half of the maple and coffee glaze on the bacon. Only brush the maple and coffee glaze on one side of the bacon at this time. 
  7. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and turn the heat up to 400 F. 
  8. Carefully flip each slice of bacon. Brush on the remaining maple and coffee glaze. 
  9. Put the pan back in the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes. 
  10. Allow to cool slightly before removing the bacon from the pan. 

pouring cream from one bowl into another [Photo credit: Joanna Lopez via Unsplash]  

Yields: 12 slices 

Prep Time: 2 minutes 

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes 

Total Time: 22-27 minutes 

*Estimated Nutrition: 

Calories: 162 calories  

You better be willing to share your Maple and Coffee Glazed Bacon—or else you’ll be cranking on the 12 slabs of tasty bacon all by yourself! Eat it as soon as it comes out of the oven—or you can always add it as a side to your breakfast dishes, on a salad for lunch, or make it part of your dinnertime desserts and crumble some on top of a vanilla glazed donut. Bacon really does make everything better! 

bacon on plate with a mug in the background

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