Everyone loves bacon, but my friend Nick REALLY, REALLY loves bacon. He could be bacon’s biggest fan.
He even conducted an experiment recently where he cooked bacon several different ways to see which way produced the crispest, flattest bacon with the fewest fat bubbles. It was something about adding ice water to the skillet. I suggested he bake the bacon in the oven, but he wielded his cast-iron skillet in my general direction and told me that was blasphemy (it’s not…really…baked bacon comes out perfectly, in my opinion).
So, I’m not going to convert him to baking bacon, but I can aid him in his quest to eat all things bacon-related.
Right now, Nick is in Kansas, finishing his training to become an engineer with BNSF Railway. He’s been working hard, very hard, on this for a year now, first earning his conductor stripes and then applying to – and getting into – engineering school, which is apparently much more difficult than people might think. I’m super proud of him; he’s sacrificed a lot this year to make this plan a reality.
When he comes back next week, his friends are going to throw a party for him with plenty of his favorite Cajun foods, all bacon-wrapped, of course.
Chicken thighs and legs are on sale this week at Brookshire’s, so I’m planning to make enough of these for a big party!
Bacon-Wrapped Smoky Chicken Thighs
4 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs
8 slices bacon
2 tsp Smoky Spice Blend
Preheat oven to 375° F. Sprinkle the chicken thighs with 1 teaspoon of Smoky Spice Blend, and then wrap each one in 2 strips of bacon. Sprinkle with the remaining Smoky Spice Blend and bake on a lined baking sheet for approximately 40 minutes. You could broil them for a few more minutes at the end to crisp up the bacon.
Smoky Spice Blend
1 Tbs chipotle powder
1 Tbs smoked paprika
1 Tbs onion powder
1/2 Tbs cinnamon
1 Tbs sea salt
1/2 Tbs black pepper
Combine all spices in a bowl, and then store in a small container. You can use it for other recipes.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 283, Calories from Fat: 170, Fat: 19 g, Cholesterol: 31 mg, Sodium: 655 mg, Carbohydrates: 0.4 g, Protein: 30 g
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