The secret to a great BLT is great bacon and this Maple Glazed BLT has the BEST bacon! It also has apple butter and avocado to make it stand out in a room full of other BLTs 🙂
I’ve been going on major sandwich kicks lately. The last one was Ruebens, for about 2 months I was making them non-stop and ordering them out at restaurants – which usually ended up with me determining I can make a better one at home… I don’t know how my classic reuben didn’t make it on the blog, maybe I will revisit them this winter!
You may have already guessed what my new sandwich kick is! Yep! BLTs! Everywhere we go if it’s on the menu I’m getting it. And it’s not like I grew up loving BLTs, actually I didn’t even like bacon as a child and mayo made me gag. But things change and now I can’t get enough of them!
This Maple Glazed Bacon is EVERYTHING. I don’t know what else to say except that you need to make it NOW! The bacon is baked in the oven first with a coating of maple syrup and then with a rub of dark brown sugar. It’s the salty sweet combo at it’s finest!
I jazzed up this BLT with a healthy slathering of the slow cooker apple butter I posted earlier this week and slices of avocado. These additions help add to the sweet and savory mix of flavors and I definitely recommend it!
1/2 pound thick-cut applewood smoked bacon
1/2 cup maple syrup
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
8 slices bread
1/2 cup apple butter
1 tsp sea salt
1 head romaine lettuce
Preheat oven to 400°F
Line baking sheet with aluminum foil, make sure to wrap the aluminum foil around the sides and cover the whole pan for easy clean up
Place a baking rack on top of the lined pan
Lay the bacon slices on the rack in a single layer
Using half of the maple syrup, brush the bacon slices with a thick coat of maple syrup
Bake for 10 minutes
Remove from oven, flip bacon, brush other side with remaining maple syrup
Put back in oven, bake 10 minutes
Remove from oven, flip bacon again, rub bacon slices with half of the brown sugar
Put back in oven, bake 5 minutes
Remove from oven, flip bacon one last time, rub with remaining brown sugar
Put back in oven, bake 5 more minutes
Remove bacon from oven*
Spread a thick helping of apple butter on 4 of the bread slices
Slice avocado and tomato, sprinkle with salt
Pull apart lettuce leaves and slice into smaller pieces
Layer lettuce, maple glazed bacon, tomato and avocado on top of the bread with apple butter spread
Top with other bread slice
*You can make the bacon ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 3 days
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