These caramels are rich and addictive and completely customizable to how much of a bacon experience you want. The bourbon acts as a replacement to vanilla extract, so if you're looking for a non-alcoholic version, you can make an easy substitution.
The next time you're looking for a slightly racy treat, give this bourbon bacon salted caramel recipe a try! You won't be disappointed.
Step 1: Materials
12 ounces (340g) bacon
1 cup (236mL) heavy cream
2 tablespoons (30mL) bacon fat (from cooked bacon)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (60mL) corn syrup
1/4 cup (60mL) water
1 tablespoon (15mL) bourbon (or vanilla extract)
8 ounces (227g) pecans
Small sauce pan
Large sauce pan
Candy thermometer - love, love, love this one
Step 2: Get everything ready
Cook your bacon.
Strain the grease into a container to use in the next step.
Chop the bacon up into small pieces.
If you're using pecans, chop them up into small pieces.
Grease your pan with butter and sprinkle with pecan pieces.
Measure out the rest of your ingredients and have them standing by.
Step 3: Simmer down now
Step 4: Make the candy
Clip on your candy thermometer, set for caramel, 320F (160C).
Let cook without stirring until it reaches the appropriate temperature.