This past weekend, I attended a bacon themed birthday party and if you follow us on Facebook, you saw a picture of my bacon popsicles as I was making them. I call them popsicles because they are an equal parts savory and sweet and you eat your way through them in the same way you would bite a popsicle down the stick. There are plenty of variations on these, this recipe is one of my dear friends and I’ve been using it at parties for the last five years or so, without fail, there are never any left.
Here’s what you will need:
+ 1 pound center cut bacon (get the best quality that you can afford)
+ 1 bag of prebaked breadsticks (found in the bakery department, like you would be served at an italian restaurant)
+ 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
+ 3 T chili powder
Preheat your oven to 400° and line a sheet pan with a piece of parchment paper, then place a cooling rack inside of it. Set aside. In a bowl mix together the brown sugar and chili powder until the chili powder is evenly dispersed in the sugar. Then place pieces of the bacon in the mixture and toss to coat. Then taking one piece of bacon at a time, wrap the bacon around the breadstick and set on the cooling rack. Repeat until you have used all the bacon. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the outside of the bacon has started to caramelize.
Cool for about five minutes and serve.
Once baked, the brown sugar becomes almost like a candy coating and the chili powder adds a hint of kick to each bit. You’re guests will thank you and beg for the recipe.