Sweet and Spicy Bacon
1 stick lightly salted butter, cut into small chunks, plus more for the baking rack
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 pound thick-cut bacon
Preheat the oven to 400Â°F (204Â°C). Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on the baking sheet. Slick the wire rack with butter. In a small bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, and cayenne, using a fork to mash it all together until thoroughly blended and smooth. Arrange the bacon slices on top of the wire rack in a single layer so the slices donâ€™t overlap. Divide the butter sugar mixture evenly among the slices of bacon. Spread the mixture evenly over the slices, trying to evenly cover as much of the bacon as possible. Bake on the center rack of the oven until the bacon is crisp around the edges and the sugar mixture is caramelized and bubbly, 20 to 40 minutes. You want to remove it from the oven a little before itâ€™s as crunchy as you like since the bacon will crisp as it cools. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the bacon cool slightly and then transfer the strips to a plate. Resist the temptation to snich some and set aside until completely cool, about 20 minutes. Let guests help themselves but donâ€™t forget to set some aside to crumble over salads and ice cream or to slip into sandwiches or alongside pancakes. The sweet and spicy bacon is best demolished the day itâ€™s made.