Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Orange Habanero Candied Bacon

I am so excited to share that I am one of 25 bloggers chosen to compete in Saucy Mama's 2015 Recipe Contest! This means that not only do I have a chance to win a Golden Ticket to the 2015 World Food Championships, but I get to play with 6 different Saucy Mama condiments and I get to give away a 3 pack of sauces to one of my readers!

For those not in the know, Saucy Mama is a division of Barhyte Specialty Foods located in Pendleton, Oregon. They are the makers of fabulous mustards, marinades, and wing sauces. I've participated in a couple of Saucy Mama's contests in the past and I've enjoyed their products immensely. The stakes are especially high this year, as this contest is a qualifying event for The World Food Championships being held in Kissimmee, Florida!

My husband and I immediately tore into the Poblano Ranch Dressing and the Hatch Chili Mustard ... we couldn't wait for the official picture to be taken....

I'll share more about the giveaway in just a bit. First, let me share the some of the fun I've been having with these sauces. According to the rules I can only enter one official recipe, but I've been testing and trying the different sauces and I can't not show you some of the good eats! 

Who doesn't love pulled pork? It's fabulous with a drizzle of Poblano Buttermilk Dressing!

A simple hot dog is made over-the-top good with a smear of Saucy Mama's Hatch Chili Mustard and some homemade ketchup made with Saucy Mama's Orange Habanero Wing Sauce.

Orange Habanero Candied Bacon. No words needed....

Today, I'll share this easy recipe for Orange Habanero Candied Bacon. It is a component of my final recipe, which is due the day after tomorrow. Yikes!

Orange Habanero Candied Bacon


1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange peel
1/3 cup Saucy Mama Orange Habanero Wing Sauce
12 slices thick-cut bacon

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil. Spray a cooling rack with cooking spray and place in sheet pan.

Mix the brown sugar with the orange peel and place in a shallow bowl. Brush the both sides of each side of bacon with the wing sauce. Place the bacon in the bowl with the brown sugar and toss to coat. Make sure the bacon is evenly coated. Place the bacon in a single layer on top of the rack. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the bacon is slightly dark. Watch carefully after 20 minutes to make sure it doesn't burn. Carefully remove the bacon from the rack and allow it to cool on a sheet of parchment. The bacon will crisp as it cools.

Eat it as is, crumble it and top a donut, or put it on a sandwich -- the possibilities are endless!

To add to all of the excitement, Saucy Mama is allowing me to give away a pack of three sauces...winner's choice! I think you'll agree that it will be a hard choice to make: 

-    Chipotle Mustard
-    Backyard Brat Mustard
-    Smoky Garlic Mustard
-    Champagne & Honey Mustard
-    Apricot Ginger Mustard
-    Tarragon Lemon Mustard 
-    Dijon Mustard
-    Hatch Chile Mustard
-    Dill Mustard
-    Creamy Garlic Mustard
-    Spicy Garlic Wing Sauce
-    Jamaican Jerk Wing Sauce 
-    Orange Habanero Wing Sauce
-    Honey BBQ Wing Sauce 
-    Hot Wing Sauce
-    Lime Chipotle Marinade
-    Cracked Pepper Marinade
-    Sweet Heat Marinade
-    Parmesan Garlic Marinade
-    Sesame Ginger Dressing
-    Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing
-    Pacific Rim Ginger Dressing
-    White Balsamic and Honey Dressing
-    Poppy Seed Dressing
-    Miso Orange Dressing
-    Four Leaf Balsamic Vinaigrette and Marinade
-    Honey Dijon Dressing
-    Creamy Horseradish
-    Zesty Cocktail Sauce

To enter this giveaway, simply log into the Rafflecopter widget and follow the directions. I'd love a comment on my blog, telling me which Saucy Mama product you would love to try. Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will run until 12:00 AM Central Standard Time, 6/01/15.

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  1. Havarti orange to make that bacon! Spicy garlic wings sound amazing. And I would put chipotle mustard on everything! Love spicy mustard.

    1. I know! That sauce is so good! Don't forget to enter via the Rafflecopter widget...it will let you leave me your email privately (in case you win!). 😊

  2. Am So excited about your wonderful giveaway. You have made some DELICIOUS recipes and I want to try each of them. I'd love to win! I would LOVE to try ALL the Saucy Mamas sauces. I'd like to try the Sweet Heat Marinade (highly recommended by a friend), Taragon Lemon mustard, (also highly recommended by two other friends) and the Pacific Rim Ginger Dressing. Um mmm my mouth is watering just thinking about them. Thanks Cathy for doing the giveaway and sharing such yummy recipes!

    1. Nann...I'm so flattered that you came to visit! I agree--these sauces are the best!

  3. Pacific Rim Ginger Dressing. So many possibilities.

    1. I haven't tried that one, but it sure sounds good!

  4. I would like to try the Honey BBQ Wing Sauce or the hot wing sauce...boy, I would love to try that bacon can you ship some of that?!

    1. I don't think it would make it out of the house! Good choices with those wing sauces, Veronica...they are tasty!

  5. I would love to try the Chipotle Mustard and to make some pulled pork to use it with!

  6. Oh my goodness ....... you got me with the pulled pork with the Poblano Buttermilk Dressing ...... BUT.... then there's the candies bacon with the Orange Habanero wing sauce!! Both sound awesome (as do your recipes)!!

  7. I love your recipes using Saucy Mama sauces, Cathy!!!!! Good luck!!! If I won your giveaway, I would like the Orange Habanero Wing Sauce, Four Leaf Balsamic Vinaigrette and Marinade and the Jamaican Jerk Wing Sauce!

  8. Orange Habanero Wing Sauce cause your bacon looks so good!!

  9. I think taking your bacon and adding it to a BLT would make it fantastic!

  10. I'd like the horseradish sauce, the cocktail sauce, and the sweet heat marinade!

    1. Hi Jen--nice to see you! :D That Sweet Heat Marinade is one of my favorites!

  11. I would love to get saucy with the Orange Habanero Wing Sauce, Pacific Rim Ginger Dressing and Poblano Buttermilk Dressing. Best of luck!

  12. I would choose the Chipotle Mustard, Honey BBQ Sauce, and Honey Dijon Dressing. A little bit of everything.

  13. I would like to try all of them but I guess I'd start with Four Leaf Balsamic Vinaigrette and Marinade, then Chipolte Mustard and Poppy Seed Dressing.

  14. I'm not sure if I entered or not but I didn't see a post from me so I would love to try the Hatch Chile Mustard, Parmesan Garlic Marinade and Jamaican Jerk Wing Sauce.

  15. Wow!!!! I'm so excited to be the winner!!! MANY thanks to Cathy for having this great giveaway!!!! My three choices??? Sesame Ginger Dressing, Backyard Brat Mustard and Apricot Ginger Mustard!!!! Can't wait to try them!!!!!