Can there ever be too many ways to eat bacon? I certainly don’t think so. And now that fall is in the air, it’s the perfect time to pair your usual bacon with a traditional fall flavor like maple! Although if we’re being honest… I will be eating this keto maple bacon year round.
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Keto Maple Bacon
The key with bacon is that you never want to overpower its natural taste. It deserves to be the star, not to be drowned out by other flavors.
That’s why I wanted to create a maple bacon recipe that wasn’t too sweet, but rather just the right amount of sweetness to compliment the delicious bacon flavor.
And this one hits the spot! Just a hint of maple, and the oven-roasted bacon tastes almost candied when it’s done.
Oh, and did I mention the smell? If you thought having the smell of freshly-cooked bacon wafting through your home was heavenly, wait until you smell this maple brown sugar bacon.
Baking Your Maple Bacon in the Oven
If you’ve seen my Perfectly Baked Bacon recipe, you know I prefer to cook my bacon in the oven. If you haven’t tried baking your bacon yet, let me tell you, it is a game changer!
I used to only cook my bacon on the stove. Results were unpredictable at best and always left me with a messy kitchen.
Oven-cooked bacon turns out perfect every time, and no more grease mess all over the stove and counters. Plus it’s a great way to collect bacon grease for future cooking.
Trust me, this is the way to do it.
Is Maple Bacon Keto?
If we’re talking about store-bought maple brown sugar bacon, then I’m sorry to say my friends, but the answer is no. Regular maple syrup has a very high sugar content, which means using this ingredient is a fast way to make the Keto world’s favorite food very un-Keto.
But I have some good news: the version in this recipe is 100% Keto… and not to mention, super easy to make!
So forget the store-bought version that could very well kick you out of Ketosis and start treating yourself to this Keto-approved Maple Bacon.
How to Make Keto Maple Bacon
First, you’ll preheat the oven to 400º. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil, then place a baking rack on top. You want your bacon to be elevated on the baking rack so that the glaze and bacon grease can drip down onto the pan.
In a small bowl, you’ll combine the sugar-free maple syrup and brown sweetener.
Brush half of the maple and brown sweetener mixture on the top side of the bacon. This will not only soak into and flavor the actual bacon, but also give us that candied taste we’re looking for.
Cook your bacon for about 8-12 minutes. The cook time is going to depend on how thick your bacon is (the thicker the bacon, the longer you’ll need to cook it).
Now, take your bacon out of the oven, flip each piece over, and coat with the other half of your maple and brown sweetener mixture. We want to make sure to get both sides of our bacon maple flavored and lightly candied!
Bake for another 8-12 minutes, or until the bacon has reached your desired level of doneness.
What to Eat with Keto Maple Bacon
First of all, let me say that if you choose to eat your bacon straight off the baking rack without anything else, you will get no judgement from me!
But if you do decide to include your maple bacon as part of a larger Keto meal, it is a very versatile dish. You can enjoy it alongside your eggs with a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino for the ultimate fall morning.
You can really sub this recipe into any of your favorite bacon dishes!
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- Preheat oven to 400%
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Place cooling/baking rack on baking sheet over foil. You just want the bacon OFF the bacon sheet and able to drip down without making a mess.
- In a small bowl, add sugar-free maple syrup and brown sweetener.
- Brush 1/2 the mixture on the top side of the bacon.
- Bake for 8-12 minutes (depending on thickness). The thicker the bacon, the longer you cook it.
- Remove bacon from the oven and flip each piece of bacon over.
- Brush the remaining mixture on the other side of the bacon.
- Bake for 8-12 minutes or until it reaches desired doneness.
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Serving Size:1 thick cut bacon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 75Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 7.5mgSodium: 277mgCarbohydrates: 4.5gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1.5gSugar: 0gProtein: 4.5g