Last week, while grocery shopping at my favorite wholesale club membership store I noticed they started selling Buffalo Bacon. Not Buffalo as in the animal, but Buffalo as in the flavoring, like Buffalo Wings. I almost picked up a pack and placed in my cart until I noticed the price – $9.00 for the pack. Of course, it was a jumbo size pack of bacon, but $9.00 seemed expensive for something I may or may not like. Plus, it was regular pork bacon, and not turkey bacon, which is my preferred type of bacon. I put the Buffalo Bacon and bought my regular pack of turkey bacon with the idea of going home and making my own version of Buffalo Turkey Bacon.
For years, I have been making my bacon in the oven. It is the easiest way to make bacon and if you’ve never used this method before, I totally encourage it. All you do is place your bacon on a baking sheet, lined with either parchment paper or aluminum foil, and cook it at a high temperature in your oven (450 degrees) for 10-15 minutes (longer if you like it a little crisper), turning once during cooking. Before you know it you have a pound of bacon cooked and you didn’t have to dodge grease splats during the cooking process.
I used the same method for the Buffalo Turkey Bacon, but instead of cooking on a baking sheet, I cooked the bacon in a large baking dish.
Here is what you need:
- 1 bottle of your favorite buffalo wing sauce
- 1 pound of turkey bacon (I have an affinity for cured turkey bacon)
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Place bacon in large baking dish and smother with buffalo wing sauce, making sure to coat both sides of the bacon.
Once bacon is coated and oven is heated, place in hot oven. Let cook for about 10 minutes, then flip to cook the other side. Here’s a shot of my bacon, about half-way through the cooking process.
Bacon will cook quickly, so make sure you keep a close eye on the oven and don’t get distracted with television, chores or social media (like I did). This is how the bacon should look once completely cooked. My bacon was slightly charred along the edges (I was a little distracted and left it in the oven for about 2 minutes too long), but it was still so good and had great flavor.
I used my Buffalo Turkey Bacon in an Egg, Cheese and Buffalo Turkey Bacon Omelette, served alongside home-fried potatoes.
We had a few leftover pieces from breakfast and used them later that evening on our turkey burgers. Buffalo Turkey Bacon would also be great on a BLT sandwich, on a grilled cheese or even just along the side of your favorite style of eggs.
Buffalo anything is great in my book and when you add bacon, you can just call that a slam dunk. Give it a taste and let me know what you think. Enjoy xoxo.