World Peace Bacon Waffles

Today, I submit for your consideration: waffles and bacon. Together.

Alright, so I love bacon. I really do. I can’t help it…it’s delicious. I haven’t jumped on the Bacon Bandwagon, though. As much as I love bacon, and as much as I love the combination of sweet and salty, I’m not interested in a bacon cupcake. Or a bacon donut. Don’t even bother talking to me about bacon candy or gum…the idea makes me cringe.

While I’m sure there actually are great recipes out there combining bacon with cake and other sweet treats, I’m more of a bacon purist. I like bacon for what it is on it’s own. I like what it brings to a meal, but I could certainly eat an entire meal of just bacon strips. Don’t judge me.

Here’s the thing, other than bacon, I don’t eat pork. I’ve never really likes it, and unless it’s chopped up and served in some kind of lovely sauce, I typically avoid it. But bacon? Mmmmm, bacon.
About a year and a half ago, the hubster started making the most delicious (and probably the unhealthiest) bacon I’ve ever had. Ever. He got the recipe from the great Alton Brown, and we haven’t looked back.

Alton brown is going to take over the world, and make it a better place. His bacon alone could bring about world peace

Anyway, this particular recipe had bacon, brown sugar, and black pepper. All good things that should naturally be put together. Trust me. This makes the most phenomenal bacon…if you like to add a little bit of sweet and spicy to yours.

You simply lay your bacon out on wire cooling racks set over a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil and sprinkle plenty of brown sugar over it. Then crack lots of black pepper over that, and bake. Then flip and bake some more. Alright…so silly me didn’t take a picture of the glory that is Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon, but trust me when I say it’s a beautiful thing.

Now, we’d been enjoying this manna from heaven for about 6 months, when I stumbled upon Joy the Baker. Genius that she clearly is, Joy threw some bacon very similar to this into some waffle batter and made gorgeous bacon filled waffles with it! She and Alton should join forces in the quest for world peace.

I mean, come on! How on earth could this end up being anything other than brilliant? Trust me when I say that you must try this. If you love bacon, you can’t pass this up. Go invest in a waffle maker, if you have to, but don’t miss these. This is going to be our Christmas morning breakfast. I can hardly wait!

The bacon can be made a day or two before you plan to make the waffles and refrigerated until ready to use. Meanwhile, the waffle batter whips up in less than five minutes, and can be kept covered in the refrigerator for up to five days, so there’s nothing too long and complicated about this recipe and you can make it well in advance of the big day. I advise not mixing the bacon into the batter until just before you cook the waffles. We’ve made these several times, and the whole family loves them! Plus, the waffles freeze wonderfully, so you can just pop one in the microwave or toaster and have yummy bacon waffles anytime.

Add hot maple syrup, salty butter, and fresh strawberries and you’re transported. Seriously, who needs IHOP when you’ve got these?! And so fast too! Enjoy!

World Peace Bacon Waffles
Makes about 14 to 16 8-inch round Belgian waffles, but cuts in half very easily
Ingredients

FOR THE BACON
1 pound bacon
3 to 4 tablespoons brown sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons black pepper (more or less, to taste)

FOR THE WAFFLES
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups buttermilk
1 cup oil
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

To make the bacon: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and place wire cooling racks on the sheets.

Lay the bacon out on the cooling racks and sprinkle evenly with half of the brown sugar and half of the pepper. Press the sugar and pepper into the bacon, then flip it over and sprinkle the remaining sugar and pepper on. Again, press the ingredients into the bacon. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, flip the bacon slices over, and bake for another 10-15 minutes, checking the bacon regularly to prevent burning. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving, or allow to cool before chopping into bite sized pieces and adding to the waffle mixture.

To make the waffles: Preheat oven to 200 degrees

Preheat your waffle iron.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; make a well in the center and set aside. In a medium bowl, Combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla; whisk together. Pour the wet ingredients into the well in the center of your dry ingredients. Whisk until just combined; do not over stir. Stir in the bacon pieces. Cook waffles according your waffle maker’s instructions. Place each waffle in the preheated oven to keep warm until ready to serve.

Bacon adapted from Good Eats: The Early Years, waffles by Darla, inspired by Joy the Baker

 

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  1. Ingrid Gray says

    I don't understand the bacon kick either. I love bacon (it's one of my 3 favorite foods), but it should be bacon, not crazy. Have you heard that there is bacon infused vodka? I just cannot even imagine how that would taste! Yikes!

  2. Candi says

    I love bacon. I totally love it. My boss even saw it deep fried on a stick at a county fair but then they dipped it in dark chocolate. HELLO!?!? Yes, I would've tried it too.

  3. katie says

    i just made this for dinner–yum! i did end up making home made whipped cream, too. and i tinted it pink for my little girl. she loved it all.

  4. Keena says

    I just made the brown sugar bacon — oven temp is way too high for an electric oven. My bacon came out of the oven completely black!

  5. Darla says

    @Keena – Oh no! I'm sorry that your bacon burned!! I have made the bacon recipe in both an electric oven (in my old home) and in a gas oven (in my new home) and haven't run into any problems…although I had considered reducing the oven temperature to 350 when writing the post, since all ovens are different, but then the baking time would have had to increase, so I left it at 400 degrees.

    I will make note in the post for people to keep an eye on their bacon, after flipping it, to prevent burning.

    Again, I'm sorry about your bacon, but thank you very much for the feedback.

  6. Keena says

    After thinking about it, I think I might have been a little over zealous with the brown sugar on the bacon. That's probably why it burned! Oops! :)

  7. says

    So I totally missed this when you originally posted it, not sure how.
    Alton Brown (AB in my house) is a hero to us, and I can’t believe I’ve never tried this bacon. Hubby is not working this weekend, so this is most definitely on the menu at some point. Adding it to waffles?! BRILLIANT!

    (BTW, one of my favorite AB things is the beef jerky made with furnace filters and a box fan… if you like jerky at all, you have to try it!)

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