Mango-Glazed Bacon

by Lynne on May 19, 2012

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Ok, all you bacon addicts, this one is for you. I know you’re out there, because my BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp recipe has had the most pageviews of all the posts on my blog. If you do a Google search for Bacon Addicts there are 1,530,000 results. In fact there is a website called Baconaddicts.com that has 39,000 followers on facebook. I eat bacon about 3 to 4 times a year, usually on a Tomato and Bacon Sandwich on Honey Wheatberry bread. But this Mango-Glazed Bacon is a serious second place.

So in order to use all of the mangos sent to me by the National Mango Board, I present my Mango Madness #2, Mango-Glazed Bacon, a porky, smokey, caramelized mango-sugar decadent offering. I am imagining this mango glaze drizzled over vanilla ice cream topped with little batons of Mango-Glazed Bacon. How weird is that? Or not.

And for you bacon-lovers, here are the links to three of my other bacon recipes, just to make it easy for you:

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Applewood Smoked Bacon and Teleme on Maple-Pecan Bread
Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Chorizo and Goat Cheese

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The chopped mango is cooked in sugar and red wine vinegar to make a pureed glaze

The chopped mango is cooked in sugar and red wine vinegar to make a pureed glaze

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Both sides are brushed with mango glaze

Both sides are brushed with mango glaze

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After 12 minutes they are brushed on both sides again with the glaze

After 12 minutes they are brushed on both sides again with the glaze

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I cut them in half and rotated because the outside was caramelizing fast

I cut them in half and rotated because the outside was caramelizing faster than the middle

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See the layer of mango glaze on each piece? Are you  swooning yet?

See the layer of mango glaze on each piece? Are you swooning yet?

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Oh, by the way, did I mention the way Mango-Glazed Bacon smells? It makes your olfactory nerves want to flutter to heaven. Really.

Oh, by the way, did I mention the way Mango-Glazed Bacon smells? It makes your olfactory nerves want to flutter to heaven. Really.

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Mango-Glazed Bacon

Inspired by Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill Cookbook

Serves 4 to 6

1 cup sugar
1 cup red wine
1 large ripe mango, peeled, pitted and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon honey
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound thick-cut bacon

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Line foil with parchment paper to fit bottom.

2. Place sugar and vinegar in a large saucepan and cook until the sugar is melted and it begins to boil. Add mango and cook until reduced by half and mango is soft, 10 minutes or more. Cool slightly.

3. Puree mango mixture in food processor until smooth. Pour into a bowl and stir in the honey. Season with a dusting of salt and pepper. Store in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before using.

4. Place 6 to 8 slices of bacon on the prepared baking sheet and brush some glaze on both sides of each slice.

5. Bake the bacon slices for about 12 minutes. Remove from oven, brush slices with more glaze and turn them over, brushing with more glaze. Repeat 3 more times, for 10 minutes, 6 minutes and 6 minutes. Watch during the last minutes that slices do not become overly caramelized.

6. Remove slices immediately from sheet onto a new piece of parchment paper to cool.

7. Repeat with remainder of bacon.

8. Store cooked bacon in refrigerator in container singly in between sheets of parchment paper. Do not stack, as they will stick together. They are very sticky.

Note: Leftover glaze can be used for ice cream topping, in salad dressings, as a glaze for any meat or fish, in a dipping sauce. Be creative. Or freeze up to 6 months and use to glaze another pound of bacon.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Carole May 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Great recipe. Would you be happy to put up a link to it in my Food on Friday – Bacon Series.

Magic of Spice May 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm

What a great glaze for bacon! I do not eat meat, but I have a house full of bacon addicts :)

Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) May 22, 2012 at 7:55 am

Oh my goodness. Serious yum! I think these would go excellent on your sandwich too, maybe with a sharp cheese to cut the sweetness? I’ve never thought to glaze bacon…

Carole May 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Thanks for linking up. your bacon looks spectacular. Have a great week.

Valentina June 21, 2012 at 12:12 am

Oh, I don’t know how I missed this one. YUM! Mango + bacon = ultra deliciousness! And how beautifully caramelized it is — I just love the look of it!

Carole August 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Just to let you know that this link to Food on Friday was featured in my Need Some Inspiration? Series today.
It would be great if you followed Carole’s Chatter. I will follow you back
Have a great week.

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