My family loves bacon, my two teens can eat an entire package in one sitting. So, making the most amount of bacon at one time in the air fryer is important. Plus, as most people in America, we are always rushing. My mother used to tie the bacon on the cookie sheet when she baked the bacon in the oven, so today I tried it. I jazzed it up a bit, by adding brown sugar, in essence making candied bacon in the process. Nothing like Air Fryer Brown Sugar Bacon Knots.
So, this recipe came out of a discussion in the air fryer group I run on Facebook, Air Fryer Recipes & Tips. The main question was how do you put more bacon in the air fryer, I mean it is a question on everyone’s mind.
One suggestion was for twisting the bacon, and I tried that, but the bacon twists did not come out evenly cooked. The part that is twisted comes out undercooked.
So, I tried my mother’s trick. I tried it and they were all evenly cooked, which was the goal.
Some General Facts About Bacon-
- Bacon is the really the meat that comes from the pig’s belly or back. In the United States, most of the bacon at the grocery stores is salt-cured.
- America mostly sells side pork, which is cut from the side of the pig.
- The preserving method that is most common with bacon is salt-cured. All that means that it was soaked in a mixture of salt, nitrates, and sugar, and smoked before you purchase it. Next time you purchase a sealed package of bacon, look at the package.
How to Air Frying Bacon-
- Always, preheat the air fryer, bacon tends to cook better on a hot surface.
- Spread out the bacon, so it’s flat in the air fryer, no overcrowding, it leads to undercooked bacon.
- The ideal temperature is 400 degrees F.
Here are some other Tried & True Air Fryer Bacon Recipes,
As always, here are the step by step instructions, for making Air Fryer Brown Sugar Bacon Knots
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DON’T FORGET TO PIN AIR FRYER BROWN SUGAR BACON KNOTS–
This is such an easy way to get more bacon in your air fryer, and who doesn’t love this side dish. Then you get a great caramelized flavor with the maple syrup and brown sugar. This is one of my family’s favorite, I adapted it from my mom’s recipe, which she used in the oven.
- 1 pound of bacon
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- Tie each piece of bacon into a knot. Then add it to the ungreased air fryer basket or ungreased air fryer tray.
- In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar and maple syrup.
- Use a pastry brush and brush the maple/brown sugar mixture onto the knots.
- Place your knots into the preheated air fryer for 7-9 minutes (depending on how you like your bacon)
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
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