Beer Candied Bacon.

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Friends was on the air from 1994 - 2004. 10 years of watching the lives of six 20-somethings living in Manhattan. 10 years of relationship drama. 10 years of Monica's OCD. 10 years of "How you doin'?"s from Joey. It is easy to say that this sitcom helped define a generation. And unfortunately, there are way too many people who have never seen the show now. A friend of mine currently works as a high school teacher. Last year during the holidays, she showed her classes the Holiday Armadillo episode. Multiple students fully admitted to having never seen the show before. Really? Really? I don't understand. When I was a kid, I would watch Gilligan's Island, I Dream of Jeannie, and The Andy Griffith Show with my parents on Nick@Nite. These kids have no excuse.

Here's a little look into the life of Tommy Engstrom: I've always been the type of person that has a few good friends. I know a lot of people. I don't get nervous meeting new people. But I've never had a group of friends that I do everything. I've never had a Friends group of friends, if that makes any sense. I always thought that was the hand life was going to give me. A few good friends. There is nothing wrong with that. However, within the past year I've found myself having more guy friends than girl friends. I hang out with the same people consistently. It feels weird to go 24-hours without talking to at least 1 person in our group of friends. You guys, I have a Friends group of friends!

Most weekends we will all get together on Saturday morning and cook a family breakfast. Coffee. Eggs. French toast. Sausage. Fruit. Oh, and bacon. There is always bacon! When it comes to this incredible food, it is very difficult to mess it up. In fact, you can cook plain bacon and I will be all over that. Wanna make it mesquite bacon? Okay. What about smoked applewood bacon? Yup, I'll take that as well. Now what about candied bacon? Alright, I think I've died and gone to heaven.

Give this recipe a try and let me know if you're as much as a bacon-lover as I am!



| Beer Candied Bacon |


1 lb thick-cut, high quality bacon 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup Revolution Brewery Eugene Porter beer (you can substitute this for any dark beer)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine brown sugar and beer in a small bowl, whisking well to form a thin syrup. Set aside.
  3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place a wire cooling rack on top. Place the pieces of bacon on top of the rack, overlapping if necessary. Place in oven and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and brush one side of the bacon with the beer syrup. Flip, and coat the other side with the syrup as well. Return to oven and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven, and repeat process another time or two more, until bacon is crispy and browned, and you’ve used all the glaze.
  6. Cool on wire rack for at least 1 hour before serving.