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Playing David Venable’s Spiced Bacon Skewers


  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 pound apple wood-smoked, thick-cut bacon with excess fat trimmed from the short ends


Serves: 6-8


Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Spray a wire rack with vegetable oil spray and place the rack on top of the baking sheet. You will need 15-20 8-inch metal or wooden skewers (if using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes).

Put the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cayenne, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a resealable bag. Shake the bag well to mix the ingredients.

Thread 1 bacon slice onto each skewers like ribbon candy. Don’t push the bacon together too closely or the skewers won’t cook evenly. Dip each bacon skewer into the plastic bag with the sugar mixture, making sure to coat both sides well. Lay each skewer on the prepared wire rack. Sprinkle the skewers with any remaining sugar mixture.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the bacon is brown and crisp, turning the skewers after 12 to 15 minutes. Serve hot.

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