There is a little trick that has been making its way around the Internet that is turning floppy disappointments into crispy deliciousness. All it takes is one little secret ingredient!
Sugar. Yup, Japanese cooks are adding a dash of the sweet stuff to the frying pan when they cook bacon, and it’s creating some really satisfying and crispy results.
All you have to do is add a large pinch of sugar to the frying pan and then add the bacon on top. Let the natural fat and grease from the bacon mix with the sugar and allow it to cook for a bit. When it starts smelling great, that’s when you know it’s time to turn it over and give the other side some sizzle time.
Why is the sugar making the bacon crispier? When sugar is heated to about 190 Celsius (374 Fahrenheit), it starts to caramelize. That process then gives the normally pink and suspicious looking bacon a richer, more “bacon-like” color. And, since you are only adding a pinch of sugar, the sweetness won’t dominate the rest of the flavors. If you aren’t satisfied with plain old bacon flavor, how about trying black pepper bacon or jalapeno bacon?