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April 19, 2015

APRICOT THYME GLAZED BACON STICKS

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Thick sliced bacon strips glazed with apricot preserves and dried thyme. They are addictively sweet, salty, herbaceous, and sticky.

Apricot Thyme Glazed Bacon Sticks
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We are bacon lovers in my house. If I want the gang to come running, all I have to say is BACCCON! And they come running faster if it's glazed bacon sticks. There is no such thing as left overs when it comes to these crispy, salty, sweet, and herbaceous bites of goodness. They are sticky and finger-licking good!    
Only three ingredients are required in the making of these tasty strips of pork: bacon, apricot preserves, and dried thyme. Apricot preserves provide fruitiness and sweetness while dried thyme imparts an aromatic and woodsy element. The contrasting profiles work together well. These bacon sticks are great as an appetizer or snack, but they are equally suitable for breakfast and brunch...or lunch...or dinner...or midnight snack. Essentially, what I am trying to say is they are perfect anytime you have a hankering for something delicious!


Apricot Thyme Glazed Bacon Sticks

I made the bacon strips two ways, with one method yielding better results than the other. In the first method, the bacon is placed directly on a baking tray whereas the second method places them on a wire tray to allow all of the fat and liquid to drip. By far, I prefer the first version simply because the bacon is more flavorful. When baked on a wire rack, the apricot preserves, along with the fat and thyme, drip to the bottom of the baking tray. The bacon, consequently, do not absorb all of the flavor. 


Apricot Thyme Glazed Bacon Sticks

I use thick cut bacon for this recipe and bake it at 375 degrees F for about 30 minutes, turning over once during cooking.  If using a regular cut, reduce the cooking time slightly. This is an easy recipe, but keep an eye on the bacon since some might cook faster than others. I skewered the ones in these photos after they came out of the oven, but this step is completely optional. If you don't want to take the time, merely serve them up without skewers and watch them disappear!

Apricot Thyme Glazed Bacon Sticks



 Apricot Thyme Glazed Bacon Sticks



INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup apricot preserves
1 1/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves
12 thick sliced bacon strips



INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Microwave apricot preserves for 20 seconds or until it is in spreadable consistency. Add thyme and blend. Brush mixture onto both sides of each bacon strip. Line bacon on prepared baking sheet(s) without touching (use two baking sheets if necessary). Bake for 30 minutes or until crispy and brown, turning over once halfway through. If any liquid collects at the halfway mark, drain. Or tip pan to pool liquid and blot dry with paper towels. Return to oven and bake to desired doneness. Place on paper towels to drain. Serve on wooden skewers, optional. Serves 4.






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41 comments:

  1. You mean bacon can be made even better!? This looks AWESOME!

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    1. I know! Who knew? :) Thank you for stopping by, Julie!

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  2. oh my what a tasty treat. One that I would love to have any time of day
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  3. Salty/sweet is the best flavor combo EVER! I am SO making this, this weekend! Pinned for sure!

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    1. I totally agree—you can't beat salty/sweet! I so hope you'll like it, Kathleen! And thanks for the pin!

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  4. Wow! We are lovers of bacon at home and I couldn't even imagine it could get better than that. This is amazing!

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    1. Thank you!! I hope you get a chance to try it! Thank you for stopping by.

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  5. I could eat that bacon all day long, Thao. Looks beautiful.

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    1. Thank you! And me too, Debs. Bacon is one of my weaknesses.

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  6. omg loving this apricot thyme glaze!! Looks so so yumm!

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  7. What a great idea! The apricot thyme glaze sounds amazing!

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    1. Thank you, Kelly. The sweet, herby glaze is good and sticky!

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  8. I can't wait to try this! What a fabulous idea!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jerusha. I hope you'll get a chance to try it!

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  9. I am in love with salty/sweet foods! This bacon looks amazing!

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    1. Hi Christin! I like sweets...usually in small amounts, but I have a bottomless pit for sweet and salty.

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  10. Apricot glazed bacon on a stick??? Genius!! I'm drooling over this!

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    1. Thank you, Cheyanne! SOOOOOO glad you like it! Unfortunately, these bacon sticks are one of the reasons why I am having a hard time losing my winter weight! haa haa

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  11. These look amazing, but I know I would not be able to get these skewered before devouring each and every one :)

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    1. LOL!! I completely sympathize with your conundrum. I have been guilty of sneaking a few myself!

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  12. This couldn't look ANY better- I've been wanting to make some fancy shmancy bacon for awhile now, these picture are making me waaaayyyy too hungry- my morning V8 isn't sounding as appetizing now, haha! Happy Friday, thanks for another great recipe Thao!

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    1. Hi there Stephanie! I'm glad I could provide you with some morning eye candy...sorry about the V8 though. :) Have a great weekend!!

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  13. This is bacon at it's finest! I love that you used apricot and thyme -- such delicious flavors!

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  14. This is bacon at it's finest! I love that you used apricot and thyme -- such delicious flavors!

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  15. Those look really good! We are big bacon fans too...pinning and sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! I appreciate the pin and plug. Have a great weekend!

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  16. Okay I just turned fully vegan two weeks ago so I shouldn't really be saying this... but these bacon sticks look AMAZING! AWESOME looking photographs and great seasoning Thao! So impressed. :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Congrats and sorry for luring you over to the dark side!! Thanks for your really kind words! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  17. I, too, am a bacon lover! I never knew bacon could look so classy! Love the flavor combo and I am all for not letting the fat drip and getting all that yummy flavor in my bacon skewer!

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    1. That's one more reason to like you...my fellow bacon lover! And as bacon lovers, we know that fat = flavorful bacon = happy happy.

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  18. Wow, Thao, these look fantastic. I can't wait to try this!

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  19. You had me at bacon, lol. How interesting - bacon on a stick :D

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    1. Bacon never fails to get my attention either! Thanks for stopping by, Jas.

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  20. Ahhh! I just saw that this is being featured on What's Cooking Wednesday!!! AWESOMEEEEE, soo well deserved!!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Stephanie!! I wasn't aware. I'll have to jump over to check it out.

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  21. Bacon on a stick is brilliant! Love the apricot/ thyme combo. It sounds so good!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kristen. I think the combo is pretty tasty too!

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