Hashtag Holiday: #BaconDay with Snoop Dogg

I love bacon. So it feels like #BaconDay (which is technically this Sunday, December 30) was tailor-made just for me. I love bacon in its natural state with a side of toast and eggs, I love bacon in dishes with pasta, and I even love bacon in my dessert (the mix of salty and sweet is the best). And since we’re in full holiday mode right now, I don’t feel so bad about indulging in a whole lot of bacon. So of course I turned to my pal and From Crook to Cook author Snoop Dogg for his best bacon dish—and man, did he deliver the goods. And as Snoop says, “Now eat up and go get that!”

Snoop’s Billionaire Bacon

Serves 4


½ cup (100 g) packed light brown sugar

1 tsp. cracked black pepper

1 tsp. red pepper flakes

8 slices thick-cut bacon

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C), with a rack in the top third of the oven. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, place a wire rack on top of the foil, and set aside. 2. In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. 3.Lay the bacon slices on the rack. Spread the brown sugar mixture evenly over the bacon. 4. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through the baking time to ensure even cooking. The bacon is done when it’s crispy and glazed. 5. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and cool the bacon for 5 minutes on the rack. Serve warm.