1lb. thick cut bacon (thick cut is key)
3 cups brown sugar
3 Tablespoons yellow corn meal
Preheat oven to 350°
Line a baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil. Place a baking rack or cookie cooling rack on top of foil. Spray with cooking spray.
In a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar and corn meal.
If making this for an appetizer then before separating the bacon, cut the slices into thirds. Dip each piece into the sugar/corn meal mixture to coat heavily. Place on the baking rack. You can place pieces close together because the bacon will shrink.
Bake approximately 20 minutes or until you see some charring on the edges.
Let the bacon cool. It will not crisp up until it cools. Serve at room temperature.
1-If you run out of the sugar mixture just make more. The measurements are not exact because the thickness of bacon depends on brand.
2-If you reuse the baking pan in between batches there is no reason to wash the rack, but change the aluminum foil!
3-If you see that your oven is running hot then turn down the temperature and cook a few minutes longer. You are trying to slowly render the fat out and create a crisp chip.