Bacon Fit for a King…or Millionaire
I’ve written about the array of glorious brunch options in San Francisco before, so I’ll get straight to the point: I was back in the Bay Area last weekend and of course I enjoyed MORE brunches with MORE bottomless mimosas and MORE benedicts and MORE bacon. Millionaire’s Bacon, to be exact.
You can find this delicacy at a good handful of restaurants in San Fran, but we first encountered it at Blackwood, an “American Thai Fusion” restaurant in the Marina area. In spite of the name, Millionaire’s Bacon will just set you back a couple extra dollars on top of your $10-20 brunch plate, so it’s not a bad deal. Especially considering the fact that this is no ordinary bacon—it’s super thick and meaty, coated in sweet maple syrup and honey, liberally sprinkled with spicy red chile flakes. After this flavor explosion, I’m never eating regular bacon again.
You can make your own, too! You definitely don’t have to live in San Fran (and you don’t have to be a millionaire, obvs) to enjoy this ultra-rich bacon.
1 pound of high quality, thick-cut bacon
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp honey
2 tsp red chile flakes
Set the oven to 350°.
Brush both sides of each bacon strip with syrup and honey and lay them out on a foil-covered baking sheet. Sprinkle liberally with red pepper flakes. Bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your bacon. Don’t burn or blacken it – it should be chewy and meaty (without being undercooked and limp… limp, gross, that is not a quality you want in bacon).
Chow down like you’re Richie Rich!