Candied Smoked Chipotle Bacon (And a Giveaway!)

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I think it’s no secret that I’m a bacon aficionado. I love to create new and interesting recipes that involve bacon, so I was really thrilled when Jim from Des Moines Bacon Company offered to send me their products to try! I tested a few recipes with them and was quite pleased with the results, especially in this candied bacon recipe I am about to share with you. And there’s more information about a giveaway you can enter to win a free box of bacon (like the one below)!

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Des Moines Bacon Company specializes in thick-cut artisanal bacon made from fresh, locally procured pork belly using a traditional dry curing process.  Dry curing is a method that uses only dry ingredients instead of water.  By omitting the water, there is hardly any shriveling or splattering when the bacon strips are cooked.  Therefore, you can be rest assured that what you are paying is actually for meat and not water weight.  In the past, I’ve encountered problems with bacon shriveling up as I’m frying them in the skillet, leaving very little meat after cooking.  But definitely not so with this bacon!

post1-9Des Moines Bacon Company uses salt, sugar, and a variety of seasonings to produce four varieties of bacon that are available: Maple, Smoked Chipotle, Italian Herb, and Hardwood Smoked Uncured Bacon.  Maple Cured is a great all-purpose bacon perfect for breakfast, on a sandwich, or on a hamburger.  Smoked Chipotle (the one I used in the recipe below) is peppery, with a hint of spice (not spicy though), and goes well on a hamburger or with a steak.  Italian Herb contains a blend of Italian seasonings, and will surely enhance the flavors of a BLT sandwich or Cobb salad.  Hardwood Smoked Uncured Bacon is an alternative to the traditional cured bacon, as it is made with celery juice powder instead of curing salt.  The uncured bacon slices are nitrite- and nitrate-free, which is particularly good for you to enjoy if you are health conscious and mindful about added chemicals.

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I found it difficult to choose a favorite because they are all delicious in their own ways!  When cooked, each of them delivers a unique aroma and taste.  I love how little I have to do to give my dishes an additional layer of flavors.

Now that I’ve whet your appetite, here are the details about where you can pick up some of Des Moines Bacon Company’s products if you’re in Iowa.  And don’t fret if you’re not near any of those locations, because they can be shipped to you.  While you’re on their website, I’d definitely recommend checking out the page on making your bacon at home!  I’d love to give it a try if I can get my hands on a smoker.

Now about that giveaway…

**Giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Lori and thanks to all who entered!**

Des Moines Bacon Company has kindly offered a variety pack of bacon to one reader!  There are five ways to enter and each entry must be a separate comment (you can have up to five entries).  This giveaway ends on 11:59 pm EST on Saturday, January 19, 2013:

1.  Leave a comment below answering the questions: which of the four types of bacon from Des Moines Bacon Company would you most like to try?

2.  Like Des Moines Bacon Company on Facebook (and leave a comment below telling me you’ve done so)

3.  Follow @the_tasty_bite on Twitter (and leave a comment below with your twitter name)

4.  Tweet the following: Win Des Moines Bacon Company products from @the_tasty_bite #giveaway http://wp.me/p2wTWx-AC  (and leave a comment below with your twitter name or link to the tweet)

5.  Subscribe to my blog by email on the right hand side (don’t forget to confirm your subscription via the emailed link and leave a comment below telling me you’ve done so)

*Giveaway is open to US residents only (sorry international readers!)  Winner will be randomly selected on January 20, 2013 via www.random.org and contacted directly via the email you provided in the comment section.

And here’s the recipe I promised you…

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Candied Smoked Chipotle Bacon
(makes 12 pieces)

½ cup light brown sugar, tightly packed
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp black pepper
12 thick-cut chipotle smoked bacon slices

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a cooling rack on top (I just used a disposable aluminum foil tray with ridges for easy clean up).

In a shallow dish, mix sugar, cinnamon, and black pepper.  Dip bacon slices in the sugar mixture, coating both sides, and thread each strip of bacon onto a wooden skewer.  Place the bacon skewers on the rack.

Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the bacon appears to be caramelized and crispy.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

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  1. Maple!

  2. Subscribed too!

  3. I would most like to try Italian Herb
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  5. Definitely Italian Herb Bacon yummmmm

  6. Liked on facebook! :)

  7. Also follow you on twitter :) (username: bribrihead)

  8. Margaret Smith says:

    I’d most like to try the Hardwood Smoked Uncured bacon

  9. Margaret Smith says:

    Like Des Moines Bacon Company on Facebook (Margaret E. Smith)

  10. Margaret Smith says:
  11. Margaret Smith says:

    subscriber

  12. Ann Fantom says:

    I would like to try Des Moines Bacon Co’s Smoked Chipotle bacon.

  13. Ann Fantom says:

    I’m an email subscriber

  14. Ann Fantom says:

    I liked Des Moines Bacon Company on FB: Ann Fantom

  15. Tari Lawson says:

    Smoked Chipotle

  16. hoLLy miLLer says:

    Smoked Chipolte! I liked on Facebook & subscribed to your blog :o) Have a great day!

  17. I want to try the smoked chipotle. YUM

  18. I follow on Twitter @snowluvnferret2

  19. George A. says:

    I would love to try the Italian Herb.

  20. Carolyn G says:

    I think the Maple Bacon

  21. Carolyn G says:

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  22. Carolyn G says:

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  23. Uncured Hardwood Smoked!

  24. Subscribed!

  25. Maple!

  26. Liked Des Moine on FB

  27. diane Baum says:

    Yummy italian herb please

  28. Penny Snyder says:

    Would love to try the Hardwood Smoked Uncured Bacon!! grammypenny@frontier.com

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  31. I liked on fb!

  32. Will love to try the smoke chipotle bacon

  33. Christine says:

    Italian Herb

  34. I’d love to try the Smoked Chipotle.

  35. Liked on the Facebook

  36. Followed on Twitter as @NotEd.

  37. And subscribed.

  38. Rebecca Graham says:

    I would like to try the smoked chipolte.

  39. the Smoked Chipotle.

  40. Kyl Neusch says:

    the Hardwood Smoked Uncured Bacon

  41. Love to try the maple

  42. Brittney House says:

    The maple bacon sounds good.

  43. Definitely the maple!

  44. I subscribed also maple, seems to be the popular choice :)

  45. Maple Bacon

  46. Like Des Moines Bacon Company on FB

  47. I’d like to try the smoked Chipotle!

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  51. I would like to try the Hardwood Smoked Uncured Bacon. Like… NOW!

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  54. Jeni Lutz says:

    I would like to try the Maple Cured Bacon

  55. Michelle C says:

    I liked Des Moines on Facebook. Michelle Walters Curry

  56. I would love to try the Maple Cured Bacon.

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  60. Leslie S. says:

    Maple would be my favorite.Thanks!
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  61. Leslie S. says:

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  64. Leslie S. says:

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  65. Hardwood Smoked Uncured for me

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  67. like Des Moines Bacon Company FB as Kyhere Here

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  68. They all sound delicious but the one I would most like to try is the Smoked Chipotle. :-) Thank you.

  69. I follow @the_tasty_bite on Twitter. :-) (@sottovocerocks)

  70. I follow on Twitter @sbarnes1136

  71. Liked on facebook

  72. Maple bacon for me.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  73. I like Des Moines Bacon Company on FB (Ellie W)

  74. I follow you on Twitter @eswright18

  75. i want to try the maple bacon

  76. following you on twitter @buttmuffin

  77. i subscribed to your emails

  78. I’d pick the maple cured bacon

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  80. i would like to try the maple cured bacon.

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  82. I would like to try the Hardwood Smoked Uncured Bacon.

  83. i like Des Moines Bacon Company on Facebook

  84. I would love to try the Maple Cured.

  85. choateorama says:
  86. Italian herb.

  87. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    Maple Cured Bacon
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  88. I want to try the Smoked Chipotle!

  89. I’d most like to try the Maple Cured bacon (although they all sound delicious).

  90. I like Des Moines Bacon Company on Facebook.

  91. I subscribe to your blog by email and have confirmed.

  92. I would like to try the Maple-Cured Bacon.

  93. Following on Twitter as @carolasar

  94. I would like to try the Maple Cured Bacon

  95. I like the Des Moines Bacon Company on FB – Robin Trexel

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  97. I would get the smoked chipotle. Thanks

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  100. I would like maple.

  101. robyn paris says:

    i would like to try
    Hardwood Smoked Uncured Bacon

  102. robyn paris says:

    i like Des Moines Bacon Company on Facebook

  103. robyn paris says:

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  104. robyn paris says:
  105. Denise Donaldson says:

    I would love to try the Italian Herb bacon

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  106. Denise Donaldson says:

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  107. Vikki Billings says:

    I would like the maple the best

  108. Vikki Billings says:

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  109. Vikki Billings says:

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  110. Vikki Billings says:

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  111. Jennifer R says:

    All of the bacon sounds great but I would like to try the Italian Herb Bacon first.

  112. id like Maple Cured Bacon

  113. I’d love to try the Italian Herb.

  114. Maple bacon!

  115. I’d like to try the Maple

  116. I like Des Moines Bacon Company on Facebook

  117. I would like to try the Maple

  118. I would like to try the Maple

  119. new email subscriber

  120. i want the Smoked Chipotle

  121. I would like to try the Hardwood Smoked Uncured Bacon

  122. Jeanette H. says:

    Hardwood Smoked Uncured Bacon

  123. Susan Smith says:

    I would like to try Des Moines Bacon Co’s Smoked Chipotle bacon

  124. Susan Smith says:

    I like Des Moines Bacon Company on Facebook Susan Smith

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  127. Jennifer B. says:

    I’d like to try the Italian Herb

  128. Jennifer B. says:

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  130. I think the Maple Cured Bacon would be super yummy

  131. Jennifer B. says:
  132. I Like Des Moines Bacon Company on Facebook

  133. I Follow @the_tasty_bite on Twitter @mermont84

  134. Jennifer B. says:

    I subscribed via email

  135. I subscribe via email!

  136. I want to try Smoked Chipotle.

  137. I liked on Fb!

  138. I follow on Twitter. @easagredo

  139. Rachel Ellis says:

    I would like to try the maple bacon

  140. Rachel Ellis says:

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  144. Tanya White says:

    I would like to try the Maple Cured Bacon

  145. Tanya White says:

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  149. maple bacon. though any type of bacon is good bacon. ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

  150. I would love to try the Italian Herb bacon

  151. I like the Des Moines Bacon Company on FB as Lisa Rowe Ray

  152. susan smoaks says:

    i really want to try the Smoked Chipotle Bacon

  153. vicki lorenz says:

    I’m following via twitter and have like you on Facebook!

  154. I’d really like to try the Smoked Chipotle Bacon. In one hand you have bacon, in the other you have spicy food. Put those hands together!!!

  155. I Like Des Moines Bacon Company on Facebook with Aaron Bretveld

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  158. I would love the maple. Thank you

  159. Michelle Tucker says:

    I’d like to try the Hardwood Smoked Uncured Bacon. And as you can see from my email…we’re severe bacon lovers. We’ve been to bacon fests all over this country. I’d truly love to win this for my husband.
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  163. They all sound good but the maple cured bacon makes my mouth water

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  165. CATHY TRUMAN says:

    I would like to try the Maple Cured Bacon

  166. CATHY TRUMAN says:

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  167. I would love to try the Maple Cured.

  168. Beverly M. says:

    I would love to try the maple cured bacon, but they all look delicious. Thanks for this contest.

  169. I want to try the maple flavor.

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  172. Maple

  173. I would most like to try the Italian Herb.
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  175. I follow you on twitter.
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  176. Thanks for the giveaway…we would like to try out the Smoked Chipotle !

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  179. I would like to try the Italian Herb.

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  181. Email subscriber.

  182. The Smoked Chipotle Bacon

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