Twisted bacon is everywhere, it’s taking over the internet. JK it’s not really but it is having its moment in the sun. Twisted bacon is soft and crispy while somehow staying juicy. It’s a Tiktok trend and it’s super easy to make. Plus, who doesn’t love bacon?

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Twisted bacon makes the perfect combination of crispy crunchy bacon and soft bacon because the twist creates a tunnel – the inside of the twist is soft and tender and the outside edges end up being crisp. Somehow eating bacon that isn’t in it’s regular form factor makes it even more delicious. It’s perfect for a keto snack – in fact the original viral hack were via @house.of.keto and @lowcarbstateofmind

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How to make twisted bacon

Making twisted bacon is seriously the easiest thing ever.

  1. Heat the oven. You’ll want a 350°F oven so heat up your oven while you’re twisting your bacon.
  2. Line a baking sheet. Line a rimmed baking sheet (super important, make sure it’s rimmed so the bacon fat doesn’t spill everywhere) with parchment paper. This is so the bacon doesn’t stick to the pan and it also makes it easy to clean up.
  3. Twist the bacon. Take a strip of bacon and hold one edge down with one hand and use your other hand to twist it up. Place it on the baking sheet and repeat.
  4. Bake. Pop the bacon into the oven and bake until crispy, flipping halfway.
  5. Enjoy. That’s it! Use a pair of tongs to remove the twists from the baking sheet onto a wire rack or paper towels to let some of the bacon fat drain off then enjoy.
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Ingredients

All you need is a pack of bacon. I prefer thick cut but this will work with any bacon.

How to twist bacon

Grab ahold of your bacon with your hands, hold one side and use your other hand to twist until it twists.

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Air fryer twisted bacon

If you have an air fryer, you can make air fryer twisted bacon. It’s exactly the same steps, just preheat your air fryer, place your bacon in the air fryer basket, and bake for about 8-10 minutes. Air fried bacon is really great!

Tips and tricks

  • parchment paper – use parchment paper for easy clean up. You can use foil too if that’s what you have.
  • rimmed baking sheet – this one is important, don’t use a flat baking sheet because you need the rim of the baking sheet to catch the bacon fat.
  • you don’t need to space them out – usually when you’re making bacon you want to give them space to crisp up, with twisted bacon you can snuggle them all up next to each other.
  • don’t pour bacon fat down the sink – important!! let the bacon fat solidify on the the parchment paper and save it for another use, or fold it up along with the parchment paper put it in the compost if your city does industrial composting.
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Variations

  • candied bacon: sprinkle on some brown sugar or brush with maple syrup, it will caramelize into a sweet glaze.
  • spicy bacon: sprinkle on a bit of cayenne pepper for a bit of a kick
  • sweet and spicy: combine sweet and heat with brown sugar and cayenne
  • peppery bacon: add a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper
  • garlic bacon: sprinkle on garlic powder for a garlicky twist

happy twisting!

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